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banana coconut muffins

Banana Coconut Cupcakes

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This moist cupcake is loaded with flavour. The bananas and coconut combine perfectly to deliver a heavenly bite every time. Enjoy it plain or frosting with delicious Cream Cheese Icing!


1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

1 and 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 medium)

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

Cream Cheese Icing

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional to sprinkle on top of icing)


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups. 

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

3. Stir in coconut and set aside.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Set aside.

5. In a third bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter for 1 minute. (use larger bowl for this as you will be adding all the other ingredients into it)

6. Add brown sugar and beat for two minutes

7. Beat in egg.

8. On low speed of mixer, alternately beat in dry ingredients (divided in two) and banana mixture (divided in thirds). Beat until just combined.

9. Fill each muffin cup to 3/4 full.

10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when pressed. Check the centre of the cupcake and ensure that it comes out clean using a skewer.

11.  Cool on wire rack.

12. Frost if desired.


  • buttermilk may be substituted by making your own by following these steps: Measure out a cup of milk and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Stir, then allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast and Brunch
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 16.3 g
  • Sodium: 169.1 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 36.4 mg