ABCD Muffins… so healthy and so easy! These muffins are packed with apple, banana, coconut and dates which makes them super moist and extra tasty!
Now, can I just start this blog post by saying that this recipe contains no chocolate whatsoever. OMG I know….. what is wrong with me!!! Haha no but really, sometimes even a total chocoholic like myself (and one who thinks there is something seriously wrong with making muffins without chocolate) needs a little break from the sweet stuff. I can’t believe I’m writing this… seriously what is wrong with me!!???
Anyway, these muffins may lack chocolate, but in no way, shape or form do they lack taste!! So what’s an ABCD muffin you may ask? Well It’s a muffin filled with Apple, Banana, Coconut and Dates… that’s what! And yep, if you are thinking that these muffins must be super-moist, then you would be right. I love that they get their sweetness and moisture from all of the yummy fruit inside. And really, what an awesome way to get kids to eat fruit (just give them a muffin!!).
I’m pretty fussy when it comes to muffins and I prefer not to make the hugest batches as I really think they are best eaten on the day they have been made… or heated up a little the following day. After that, they’re ok but really not my thing. Like I said, muffins need to be moist and fresh!! So this batch made me 9 large muffins – kinda jumbo sized. If you wanted to make them slightly smaller, you would easily get 12 in a batch. And if you made them in a mini-muffin tin then you would get heaps (do you like my specific quantities??).
My two three tips for moist and delicious muffins??
1. Don’t over mix the ingredients!! You can mix your wet ingredients together as much as you like, but as soon as you add in the dry ingredients, STOP!!!! and just mix a tiny little bit (mix it the least possible amount you can, while obviously still combining everything!).
2. Don’t overcook the muffins!!! Muffins are only little things – they don’t take long to cook. There’s nothing worse than a dry muffin so check them with a skewer a few minutes before the cooking time is up and if there’s no wet mixture on the skewer, whip them straight out of the oven! If you think your oven runs hot, then turn it down a little and check them regularly.
3. Just before baking, sprinkle a little raw sugar over the top of each muffin. It gives them a beautiful, crisp top!
Now I made my muffins in my Thermomix but they could be just as easily made without one so I’ve included both sets of instructions below!
Happy ABCD muffin eating 🙂
PS – wasn’t there a Michael Jackson song called ABCD??? Or maybe it was just ABC???? Now I have that stuck in my head! I highly doubt he was singing about muffins anyway!
PPS – I just googled it and it was sung by the Jackson 5… hmmm my music history knowledge leaves a fair bit to be desired.
- 1 apple. grated
- 2 small bananas, mashed
- 50g pitted dates, finely chopped
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- 220g self-raising flour
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup raw sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Place apple, bananas, dates, oil, milk and egg into a bowl and mix until very well combined.
- Add coconut, self-raising flour and sugar and mix very gently until just combined (be careful not to over mix!!).
- Spoon mixture into papered muffins tins and sprinkle with extra raw sugar.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes (turn tray after 10 minutes and then check at 15 minutes).
- Leave in tray for a couple of minutes and then place onto a wire rack (so the muffins don't sweat).
Healthy ABCD Muffins – Thermomix Instructions:
1. Place quartered apple and whole pitted dates into the Thermomix bowl.
2. Chop on turbo for 10 seconds or until apple is grated and dates are finely chopped (you may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times).
3. Add the banana and mix on Speed 5 for 5 seconds.
4. Add the oil, milk and egg and mix on Reverse Speed 5 for 15 seconds or until really well combined.
5. Add the self raising flour, coconut and sugar and gently mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until just combined – be careful not to over mix.
6. Spoon mixture into papered muffins tins and sprinkle with extra raw sugar.
7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes (turn tray after 10 minutes and then check at 15 minutes).
8. Leave in tray for a couple of minutes and then place onto a wire rack (so the muffins don’t sweat).