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If you’ve read any of my story over on my About page you’ll know I started baking bread at the tender age of 11. For those of you who like math that’s 22 years ago, yikes! Here’s what I have learned: there are so many things I don’t yet know about bread making! Did you know that a Master Baker can be knighted? It’s called Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Merite Agricole or Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit. The French Republic bestows it on individuals such as Dominique Geulin for outstanding contributions to agriculture. Luckily for the rest of us, it’s still quite possible to make a nice loaf or two of bread to devour at breakfast without studying every aspect of bread making first. That’s my goal with this simple Multi-Grain Bread recipe.
Now, this is not an “artisan” bread recipe. I don’t leave it in the fridge or bake it on a stone or use freshly picked wild yeast from the moors of Scotland. This is just a lovely simple bread that’s perfect for home bakers to dip their toes into the deep pool that is bread making. I would try that other stuff though if it meant I got to go to Scotland… Instead we’re going to make and enjoy this pretty loaf that’s a combination of soft and just dense enough to sink your teeth into. Over time we’ll investigate many more ways to make, love, and probably improve our bread. For now this is just what I need in my life, an easy but still healthy Multi-Grain Bread.
Breakfast is often a little touch and go at our house. No one ever wants to eat the same thing on the same day, and they claim to dislike whatever the other one likes. I try not to get too annoyed because I get tired of breakfast food pretty quickly myself. However, I refuse to spend hours tailoring breakfasts. Check your seat kids, if you’re not sitting in plastic orange diner booths you can’t order a custom meal! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a nice Mom and I try and change up what’s available throughout the week so everybody gets something they enjoy. Like these delicious Caramelized Banana Bread Muffins. With these on the counter I can just whip up some eggs in the morning and boom – healthy, yummy breakfast for everyone! Perfect for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, dessert, snack….sorry I distracted myself.
Look how pretty they are! You could mix the coconut and chocolate in but I kind of like having it on the top. The coconut gets toasty in the oven and the chocolate is soft and sweet. Plus, this way you can make sure everyone gets chocolate in theirs. Otherwise you have to use the light colored cupcake papers so that you can check the bottom of each muffin and make sure it has plenty of chocolate chips in it before you commit. You know what I mean. This is also a great job for little hands. I put a couple little bowls of topping on the counter and let them have at it!
Since these are Caramelized Banana Bread Muffins it does add an extra step at the beginning – caramelizing the bananas – but it’s soooooooo worth it! Besides, who doesn’t want to smell roasting honey cinnamon bananas first thing in the morning? The rest of the recipe is super simple, you don’t even need to use a mixer. With a healthy mix of flour and a nice dose of fruit you can feel good about eating these yummy muffins. If you don’t have oat flour on hand (I live in the land of bulk food stores) just throw some old fashioned oats into the blender and voila!
1/2 cup (125ml) oil - vegetable, canola or melted coconut are fine
1 tsp vanilla extract
dark chocolate chips
unsweetened coconut flakes
Preheat your oven to 400 F (205 C)
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Peel your bananas and lay them out on the tray. Drizzle each one with a zigzag of honey and then sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 20-25 mins until the tops become golden brown. Let them cool for about 5 minutes then scoop them into a bowl (I scrape the golden honey bits off the paper in as well). Once cool, mash them up.
Reduce oven temp to 350 F (175 C)
Put 12 cupcake liners into muffin pans.
Whisk dry ingredients together.
In a separate large bowl combine the eggs and sugar and mix until smooth.
Add coconut milk and oil and mix again.
Stir in the vanilla and bananas.
Gently fold in your dry ingredients until just combined. This batter is moist but very thick.
Put about 1/4 cup of batter into each liner and sprinkle liberally with chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until tester comes out clean.
Eat warm with a cup of tea!
+++ Adapted from Half Baked Harvest +++ If you don't have oat flour, pulse old-fashioned oats in the blender to make your own! +++ The Teatime Baker | www.teatimebaker.com