Coconut Banana Muffins


Remember when you were a kid, and you begged your mom to buy you a coconut so that you could put straws and teeny umbrellas into it and drink cocktails like Thurston Howell III? And then maybe go build a car out of bamboo, or just sticks from your backyard? Because it’s totally possible, right?

W did the same a few days ago – begged for a coconut he saw in the produce section – minus the Gilligan’s Island reference. (An odd request – I don’t recall ever seeing Spiderman, Batman or Yoda drinking from a coconut.) When we got home Mike drilled holes through its eyes and poked in straws for the boys to drink.

They thought it was disgusting, and forgot it on the countertop. $3.50 for a couple sips of organic (do they use pesticides when growing coconuts, anyway?) coconut juice just seemed like too huge a waste for someone who typically bends over backwards to make use of half a bunch of wilting cilantro in the fridge.

We chipped away at its innards and snacked a little on the coconut meat, but hardly made a dent in the mound of it. I would have loved to have baked a pie, but I need a fresh coconut cream pie in my vicinity like I need a drill in the eye. I made muffins instead – banana-coconut, as banana is a safe sell around here.

I grated the coconut using my Grandma’s old mouli grater. It was more than a little dull. I muscled my way through it. You could of course begin with the shredded stuff.

They were nice and moist and friendly. The boys naturally thought they were weird and wouldn’t eat them. More for me.

Coconut Banana Muffins


If you want to turn up the tropical flavour factor, stir in some chopped dried apricots, dates and/or candied ginger.

Yields1 Serving

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4-1 cup shredded or flaked coconut
2 mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar - white or brown
1/3 cup melted butter or canola oil
1/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 375°F and line muffin cups with paper liners.


In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder and salt. Toss in about 1/2 cup of coconut. In another bowl whisk/mash together the bananas, sugar, butter or oil, buttermilk, egg and vanilla; add to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Don't overmix.


Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake until puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Makes about 1 dozen muffins.



 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
 1 tsp. baking powder
 1/4 tsp. salt
 3/4-1 cup shredded or flaked coconut
 2 mashed very ripe bananas
 1/2 cup sugar - white or brown
 1/3 cup melted butter or canola oil
 1/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
 1 large egg
 1 tsp. vanilla



Preheat oven to 375°F and line muffin cups with paper liners.


In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder and salt. Toss in about 1/2 cup of coconut. In another bowl whisk/mash together the bananas, sugar, butter or oil, buttermilk, egg and vanilla; add to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Don't overmix.


Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake until puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Makes about 1 dozen muffins.

Coconut Banana Muffins

I have something cool for Free Stuff Friday – a genuine Whirley-Pop popcorn popper! I found them at Lee Valley a few weeks ago, and they’re just too much fun. For those who like popping their corn the old-fashioned way, in oil, Phineas Whirley’s hand-crank machine has a stainless steel stirring system that coats and cooks kernels evenly while preventing them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The hinged lids allow steam and moisture to escape, ensuring a crisp, light, flavourful pop.
I liked it so much I bought another, just for one of you.

To enter – leave a comment and I’ll draw a name next Tuesday, before we leave for Tofino (yes, you’re coming). It’s Good Friday next week (how did that happen?) – is there something you love to make or eat on Easter weekend? And if nothing’s showing up on your Easter radar, what was for dinner last night? Or tonight? or whenever you happen to be reading this?

Or… what do you wish you were having for dinner?


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105 comments on “Coconut Banana Muffins

  1. Melanie
    March 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Oy – we had a fun dinner out with a good girlfriend at Joey’s Only. The fish wasn’t half bad – the company was excellent! So – fish and chips it was.
    As for those great popcorn makers – you can get them locally (locally?) in Water Valley at a gorgeous shop called Wallice&Derry – it’s right next to the pub with the amazing pizza! Well worth the drive!

  2. Laurie
    March 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Pad Thai with chicken

  3. Carol
    March 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Love the coconut muffins. I recently made Ina Gartens recipe. they were wonderful. Dinner for us was home made pizza. It was great!!

  4. Lori
    March 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I invited some friends for dinner tonight and made pizza with chicken breast, spinach, red onions, feta and mozzarella. My friends were so impressed that I made the dough and the sauce from scratch and they thought for sure I bought the brownies, but no, I made the brownies from scratch too and they were warm when I served them with ice cream. I did not make the ice cream. A girl has to draw the line somewhere after all. Gosh I hope I win the whirly pop! The first thing I’d do is make cowboy popcorn-the kind that’s sweet and salty.

  5. Jan (Family Bites)
    March 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    We have a bit of an Easter feast with ham and potatoes and lots of veggies. We also eat lemon tarts and carrot cake and chocolate nests with chicks and eggs. There are 14 of us that contribute to this meal. And despite the fact that we are not catholic, we also have fish and chips on Good Friday!

  6. Rose
    March 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    We had popcorn for dinner tonight! We love popcorn here and shred cheese on it and add salt and pepper and onion powder….


  7. Claudia Lima
    March 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    It may sound weird, but what I really like for dinner ie another breakfast, considering I always have a dinner for lunch.
    Happy Easter!

  8. lauren
    March 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    those muffins sound great! love the combo of banana and coconut.

  9. Rachel
    March 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    My mom takes care of most of the Easter cooking – I usually contribute one of the vegetable dishes, cranberry ‘chutney’, and dessert. This year it’s just cookies – lemon/buttermilk, chocolate-covered macaroons, triple-ginger – made small enough so that people can try one of each. It feels sort of like spring here in Edmonton (at least, more than it usually does in March), so I think some dainty little cookies fit the bill.

    Dinner for the past few days has been mixed greens with radish, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber and leftover roast chicken. With a sesame dressing. Tasty, easy and it has ensured that massive sleep deprivation combined with a ton of studying hasn’t rendered me completely useless! It’s amazing how much good a healthy meal can do in times like these…

  10. Jen
    March 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Those muffins sound delicious! Is it hard to crack open a coconut? The closest I’ve come to a real coconut is through the cans of coconut milk I buy at the store, so I’m definitely intrigued.
    And I had the last bit of leftovers from a strata I made the other night – i adapted it from this recipe:http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/09/30/tomato-goat-cheese-strata/
    And it was delicious.
    That popcorn popper sounds so cool! I’ve always wanted to make old-fashioned popcorn. Especially since my microwave is tiny and can only handle the mini bags.

  11. Sarah
    March 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    That popcorn maker looks amazing! I love making homemade popcorn.

    I’ve never purchased a fresh coconut before, but I think it would be kind of neat as an experience. Too bad the boys didn’t enjoy it 🙁

  12. Carrie
    March 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Tonight’s dinner, not exciting, neither was last night’s. What I wish I was having – Shrimp & Grits from Desire on Bourbon Street in New Orleans! With the giant “sopping buns” – Yum!

  13. Jean
    March 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Bizarre! We just did an evening of Gilligan’s Island re-runs but weren’t able to find any coconuts. Last weekend we did ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ with pseudo-chicken chitlins’ and collard greens.
    Looking for another old TV show to cook with next weekend. Something that suggest popcorn, perhaps…

  14. Elaine
    March 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Last Easter we had a motley assortment of the hubs’ band-related friends over for dinner, and I decided to order a leg of lamb from the local groceria. The piece of meat I ended up with must have been from a freakishly large lamb; I couldn’t even close the oven door all the way, and had to set up an elaborate system of roasting pans within the oven to catch all of the drippings.

    Things worked out well, though, and the guests–all bachelors–were terribly impressed. (Plus, we got to brandish the bloody bone afterward like intoxicated Vikings.)

  15. Angela
    March 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Dinner tonight was with a great friend at The Coup on 17ave. Yam burger on focacia and a yummy cappachino. I sent her home with a turtle cheesecake I made this morning for her moms birthday.

  16. AL
    March 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Dinner tonight was baked salmon with garlic aioli, last night was tomato soup with homemade croutons….What I wish I could have is the best Paella in the world made by a woman named Maria in Seville.

  17. Erica B.
    March 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Dinner tonight used every. dish. in. the. house.

    Did I mention Mom & Jacques are visiting? They made us dinner tonight… bison meatballs, boiled potatoes and a green salad and a baked lemon pudding.

    The lovely local bison got mixed with a packet of Lipton onion soup mix, and quick oats then braised and thrown in a pot of St-Hubert Ragout sauce – which they packed in their luggage(!). It wasn’t shoe leather thankfully 😉

  18. Eleanor
    March 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Nothing special for Easter all the family out of town. tonight I made Quiche Lorraine and salad and one of your blueberry crisps, delicous

  19. Donna
    March 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Dinner tonight was Jambayalla (spelled wrong I’m sure)
    One of the few meals I’ve cooked lately. (2 weeks of hospital food and another week of guy cooking – ie takeout) No complaints – motivation for getting well faster.
    Easter dinner – a ham or turkey

  20. wanda
    March 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Dinner was leftover thai chicken curry. I used a can of red curry sauce with leftover chicken, broccoli and red pepper. My kids love popcorn!! Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Easter in Tofino!!

  21. Sonja
    March 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I Love Love Love Popcorn 🙂 I was in Tofino for spring break the kids and I love it there.

  22. Amber
    March 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    The popcorn maker is Da Bomb. I love mine a lot. I use a little coconut oil and then just let it pop. If I’m feeling decadent, I melt a couple spoonfuls of butter to pour over it. I got mine on Craigslist for a little less then the store price, nearly new.

    Bought butter warmers at the Thrift Store and I use them to heat up my single serving (well almost single serving) of maple syrup too. Works like a charm and is really fast. Yum!

    Good luck to all of you wanting to win it!

  23. Cheryl
    March 27, 2010 at 12:04 am

    We used to have one of those popcorn makers. Between you and Jamie Oliver of Oprah I have a serious hankering for popcorn with truffle oil now!

    Easter? Hopefully Hubby will be home from work. I will be making macaroni cake next week for sure. It’s a Ukrainian thing – thin egg noodles baked with cream and eggs.

  24. Laurie in Burnaby BC
    March 27, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Dinner tonight was a lovely fat chunk of wild salmon that I split open to make a pocket which I stuffed with tiny fresh shrimp and cream cheese and herbs. I made too much stuffing and couldn’t think what to do with it if I didn’t use it up, so I stuffed a bunch of mushrooms and let them cook beside the salmon. I made a quick stir fry with spinach, pea pods, bean sprouts, red and yellow chetty tomatoes to go with it. It was so pretty and so yummy. I put the salmon skin side down in a cast iron pan on a reasonably high heat so that the skin went all crispy (that’s where the omega 3 fatty acids are)
    It was like my own private feast.

  25. nikkapotamus
    March 27, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Last night’s dinner was homemade pizza. We used sausage and peppers to top it all off. Then we made popcorn for movie watching!

  26. piccola
    March 27, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Last night’s dinner was a giant green salad with chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, red onion and (soy) bacon bits. Dessert was a low-fat bran muffin and yogurt. Now I wish I’d made popcorn…

  27. Jennifer Jo
    March 27, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Oh good! A popcorn maker! We make so much popcorn around here and I’ve been coveting one of those poppers. (And by the way, how do we KNOW that anyone ever actually wins one of your prizes? I mean, we all dutifully enter but then we never hear another peep out of you…) (I’m smiling, you know.)

    Easter: we’ll be at my parents’ house, doing a work weekend for my dad. My SIL and I will be making a bunch of food to help my mom. Not sure what yet…I need to plan that menu today.

  28. Dorothy
    March 27, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Easter dinner was my favorite dinner as a kid because we had foods that we never had any other time of year. My Mom’s first husband was Italian so she learned to cook a few of his family’s dishes and as well they would make sure we had some of their delicious Easter baking. Lovely Easter breads flavoured with anise and lightly glazed with vanilla icing. Thin sheets of pasta cut into strips, deep fried and either dipped in honey syrup or sprinkled with powdered sugar and coloured sprinkles. My very favourite was a pasta dish which took my mom a day to prepare. First a long-simmered meat sauce with ground beef, ground kidney(!), tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, oregano, thyme and rosemary. She would then make thin crepes, fill them with the sauce and layer them on platters (2 layers only), spreading a bit of sauce and sprinkling with lots of Romano cheese on each layer. Then into the oven to bake until bubbly and melted and the crepes were sometimes a little crispy on the edges. These we ate with whatever else we were feasting on usually turkey or ham. A wonderful meal!!

  29. Kelly
    March 27, 2010 at 5:59 am

    How did you cut open the coconut? Thanks!

  30. mexbird
    March 27, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Easter means sweet bread and hot cross buns

  31. Natalie (GA)
    March 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    We did the same thing as kids – but, like W, never liked it.

    I am going to try your crockpot leg of lamb for Easter… mmmmm

    Would love the popper. My husband has started to do all of his own popping. Much better, and cheaper, than microwave….

  32. Jenn F
    March 27, 2010 at 7:38 am

    For Easter, Schwarties potatoes are a must! It’s hash browns, cream soup, sour cream/yogurt and cheese.

  33. Lindsay
    March 27, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Ooh, I could have used that popcorn maker last night! We just did it the old fashioned way, shaking the pot on the stove. As for Easter – usually its turkey, but this year I’m craving HAM!

  34. Betty C
    March 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Popcorn…..I’m sure popcorn should have its own colour in the Canada Food Guide rainbow!
    Easter this year is going to be a turkey as my daughter and grandchildren, as well as my brother and sister-in law on their way home from Mexico, my sister here in Calgary, and my son and his girlfriend will all be sitting down to dinner. Dessert will be the cake of his choice to celebrate my son’s Birthday and purchase of his 1st home. A room full of family – what could be better.

  35. Julie
    March 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Easter weekend it’s tradition for my mom to make a bunny cake – a yellow cake cut into the shape of a bunny and decorated with coconut and jelly beans.

    That is too cool that you got a coconut as a food adventure for your sons. I’m sure when they’re older they’ll remember that time when mom and dad drilled holes in a coconut, so they could try it… even if it was disappointing tasting. 🙂

  36. June
    March 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Coconut Banana muffins – wow they look scrummy. Last night’s dinner – clam and corn fritters with coleslaw and some of Emeril’s spicy tartar sauce. The big guy was plum happy!

  37. Margaret
    March 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Popcorn popped on the stove – in any kind of pot is the best ever. Nothing compares to it!

    Dinner last night was leftover roast beef , chopped into cubes on a bed of mixed salad greens, with roma tomatoes. Oh, and warm bumbleberry pie with ice cream.

  38. Julie
    March 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Last night’s dinner was sushi at our favourite local. Afterwards, microwave popcorn to go with a movie. Weirdly enough I always seem to burn the popcorn in the microwave…

  39. Melissa
    March 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Last night was homemade pizza…I’m noticing a trend with your other readers 🙂 I made the dough in the bread machine and then crammed the whole recipe onto one poor Pampered Chef stone. It ended up being INCHES high and my youngest son couldn’t get him mouth around it. It was topped with mozzarella, red peppers, green olives and leftover bbq’d chicken. It was super tasty in all of it’s bready-goodness – just really tall!

  40. rea
    March 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Easter food this year will include roast chicken and a bunch of spring vegetables and maybe something lemony for dessert?

    memories of Easter weekend always involve a bonfire as we’d always clean up the yard and burn off the leaves, twigs in a big bonfire. i can see my mom raking in the yard, dad manning the garden hose by the bonfire. good memories.

  41. Krista
    March 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Mmmm, popcorn. The best popcorn I’ve EVER had is at the Market Lounge in Vancouver – delightful. In fact, I think I ate about 3 bowls all by myself. Dinner last night was Chinese/French fusion at BaoBei – yum!

  42. Vivian
    March 27, 2010 at 11:12 am

    My first taste of real coconut “milk” was on Maui when one of “da locals” hacked one off the tree in his yard, whacked the top off with a machete and handed us the sloshing “cup”. An interesting flavour but one needs perhaps a more adult palate. The meat was quite soft and tasty with a kind of rubbery crunch, if that makes any sense. Very nutritious…as is popcorn, a whole grain that is even recommended for heart health.

  43. Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet)
    March 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Can’t decide if these would be for breakfast or dessert? I think both times would be fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

  44. Linda
    March 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Easter will be the usual – ham, turkey, stuffing, etc.

  45. Pat
    March 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    For dinner last night I had something I call “clean-out the fridge” salad for one…roasted beets, pumpkin seeds, tomato, cucumber, goat cheese, avocado and the piece de resistance, a grilled eggplant. With a curry vinegarette. Delightful!

  46. Kelly
    March 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Leftovers for dinner last night: smorgasbord of green chicken enchiladas, BBQ ribs, and a minestrone soup. I think your muffins look awesome!

  47. Barb
    March 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Time for Tofino again? Yay! I can hardly wait! Last night was a birthday dinner for my niece. She requested baked salmon and some kind of pasta which turned out to be cheese tortellini with asparagus, snap peas, and grape tomatoes (this month’s Kraft Cooking magazine) and banana chiffon cake with peanut butter frosting. A great birthday.

  48. Brigitte
    March 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Dinner tonight is a candlelight dinner for 14 friends. We’re celebrating Earth Hour. It is a Potluck Dinner. My contribution is a chicken Potpie. I found the recipe 22 years ago in Canadian Living Magazine. It made the cover. It is the best recipe!
    Have fun in Tofino!

  49. JenF
    March 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Easter is usually ham & scalloped potatoes. Last night we had a roast chicken with roast potatoes & carrots, using the Jamie Oliver link you’d posted here. It was delicious & there are lots of leftovers.

  50. Natasha
    March 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Ooo.. I love popcorn cooked in oil. The best recipe for kettle corn is http://goop.com/newsletter/60/en/.

  51. Sue (London, ON)
    March 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Ham at Easter. A big, bone-in ham. Yum. I can’t believe Easter is next week already. I’ve done NOTHING to prepare!
    Aw Tofino… lucky girl! Have a great trip

  52. Joni
    March 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Love the popper! I always make popcorn the old fashioned way.

    The only Easter tradition I seem to have adopted over the past few years is making pickled eggs out of the leftover colored eggs… sometimes they’re a little technicolor, but so good.

  53. Anne
    March 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Last night leftovers…. it was a long week

  54. Lee Anne
    March 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Oh a popcorn popper. I always see these pots in the Lee Valley catologue and wondered how well they work. My hubby loves popcorn, especially the kettle corn from the stand outside the Strathcona Farmers Market.

    I made your naan bread the other night (and the night after that). It was a huge hit. My hubby is West Indian and grew up with roti. He thought it was BETTER that his mom’s roti. I’m still beaming about that kitchen success.

  55. Lesli Christianson-Kellow
    March 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I will make a wish that the Thomson’s Earth Hour menu magically appears for my family’s Easter dinner…


    *eyes closed tight*

  56. MegQ
    March 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    For Easter, I’ll be going to my mom’s place and have ham roast with sweet-mashed potatoes and some sorta green veggie. Dessert is usually a Golden Layer Supreme cake from Gregg’s Restaurant in RI.

    Tonight, I wish I was eating a lobster roll without mayo…. but your post has inspired me to make a HUGE bowl of popcorn.

  57. ladyloo
    March 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Last night was a less then stellar garlic chicken pizza in San Jose, followed by some acceptable gelato. Dinner tonight is probably hibachi or sushi.

    I’ve been away from my kitchen for a week, and I’m itching to bake something.

  58. laura
    March 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I have been dreaming of making banana/coconut/pineapple muffins for a week now, and your post just might send me over the edge (or over to the store to pick up the last ingredients that I need).

    My fave Easter menu is my grandmothers – cabbage rolls, turkey, creamy polenta, broccoli and caulifower with cheese sauce. In all likelihood, we’ll be having Thai food for Easter dinner this year, though.

  59. Jenine
    March 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I will definitely be making those muffins!
    What I would like to have for dinner is more of the vegetarian dishes I enjoyed at a veggie potluck earlier today … but I’ll most likely be eating scrambled eggs on toast while madly studying for an upcoming exam.

  60. akaJB
    March 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I LOVE coconut and so will have to make those muffins for sure. Yum. 🙂

    As a poor grad student (okay, not as poor as I could be) I ate a pretzel (made from your recipe) and a bowl of steamed cabbage mixed with butter, lemon juice and salt. It’s actually really good, and an easy way to use up left over cabbage.

    No plans right now for Easter weekend, but maybe I’ll spend some time doing some more experimental cooking. 🙂

  61. eroica
    March 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    The first time I added coconut to banana muffins, it was to hide the taste of the ground flax seed I had included.It was such a hit that coconut-banana-chocolate chip muffins (minus the flax) are part of our normal repertoire.

  62. Ellen
    March 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    dinner last night was indian. chana masala, lamb vindaloo, nav ratton korma, bangan bharta, garlic naan. good stuff!

  63. Shelley
    March 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I just had your black bean soup for supper! I added a few crushed tortilla chips, some shredded cheddar and guacamole on top…

    And Easter I will be installing cabinets in my kitchen so dinner will have to be something takeout probably!

  64. hmhmgood
    March 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Almost every night my husband makes himself a HUGE bowl of popcorn using one of these poppers. This one is on its last leg and they aren’t easy to find around here. Easter dinner will be ham, lamb stew, home-made Paska bread(yum)and many sides for 20-30 depending on who brings their boy/girlfriends. FUN!

  65. Megan
    March 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Funny about the coconut BUT we were recently in the states and you can buy COCONUT water EVERYWHERE! It is suppose to be fantastic and if you look it up it does seem quite amazing. Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage filled with immune boosting vitamins and nutrients, it is suppose to rehydrate your body faster than 15 gatorades? Anyway, the taste is something to be acquired for the plain coconut water, the ones mixed with mango were tolerable!

    Dinner – homemade burgers on the bbq with good friends! yum!

  66. Glenda
    March 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    We’ve been eating alot of vegetarian soups this month, but tonite my hubbie made my favorite – black bean soup. Topped off with some cheddar cheese, yogurt, and fresh, homeade pico de gallo, with a few crunchy bits(multigrain torilla chips) on the side – it was perfect!

  67. margo
    March 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    We also have a very old one of these crank poppers that hubbie has repaired at least once along the way. Popcorn is definitely a Food Group at our house!
    The only for- sure- thing for Easter will be hot cross buns, as family is very scattered this year.

  68. steph
    March 28, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Julie – you make me laugh. I’m gonna see if I can find me some Gilligan on youtube now. For our family Easter dinner growing up it was always lamb, roast potatoes, mint sauce and peas. I passing the torch to my kids – love it!

  69. Rebecca
    March 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Hi Julie – I LOVE your blog! Your household so reminds me of my own – crazy loveliness – warts and all! Last night we hosted one of our favourite families for dinner: 2 police daddies, 2 teacher mommies on mat leave and a combined total of 7 kids (10, 7, 6, 3, 3, 5 mths, 4 mths)!!! Whew! Since we decided to just make whatever we felt like eating, rather than come up with a chosive “menu” it turned out to be sort of an around-the-world meal, so we printed out national flags for placemats for the kids to colour. Dinner was tortilla chips with a trio of Mexican dips, Greek salad, Indian butter chicken, Moroccan lemon-scented quinoa with roasted vegetables, and French crepes with fruit. Was healthful and delicious!

  70. Theresa
    March 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Home made pizza from the grazing cookbook. Once the girls’ friends noticed this I suddenly had extra people for dinner….. so I ate meatballs & rice leftovers. Fine by me though, I could eat curry for breakfast if it is a leftover.

  71. Joanna
    March 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Lemon meringue pie is an Easter classic at my house!

  72. Sue
    March 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Definitely trying the Easter ham with Mango Ginger Glaze from Steamy Kitchen – it sounds and looks amazing. Not sure what will go with it yet, but an Easter egg hunt with the grands will follow. Can’t wait!

  73. Mary Ann
    March 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    For a few years now I’ve been making Nigella Lawson’s Easter egg nest cake- it’s a sunken chocolate cake filled with chocolate laced whipped cream and topped with mini candy covered chocolate eggs. It’s free form- so it’s great if you’re a good baker but a terrible decorator- the less perfect it looks, the better.

  74. Tara O'D
    March 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Julie I can’t tell you how timely your post is. I have a couple of bananas dying to be mashed into a cake or muffin of some sort, but I had it in my head that I needed a recipe that used coconut, and perhaps cranberries and pecans too. I have soo much of all of these cause I bought them in bulk before the Christmas holidays, and I don’t seem to be making a dent in them as quick as I had hoped. Moving in 4 weeks has been a great motivator to get rid of things! thanks for the recipe!

  75. Shelley
    March 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Dinner tonight is egg benny’s over herbed waffles with tomato cream sauce. Using ham. (Anna Olson recipe).

  76. Colleen
    March 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I just took banana bread out of the oven – too bad I didn’t read this post beforehand although come to think of it I don’t have any coconut so…. We are trecking to Ulcuelet in June – our first time so I will take note of all the Tofino references in your next posts so that we can go see. Have a safe trip.

  77. Jenn
    March 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hmmm. I have brocolli, hard boiled eggs and a fresh french dressing laid out on the counter, so it’ll probably be some kind of salad. I also have the ingredients for Julia Child’s chocolate almond cake – which I might just make to offset the healthiness of a salad! For easter…that’s too far ahead for me..but maybe lamb?

  78. Yvonne
    March 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    My brother and his girlfriend have invited all of the family to their place for a non-traditional Easter dinner – EAST INDIAN FOOD! I, for one, am in heaven, but the rest of my family is less than enthusiastic!

  79. Agnes, Glenside, PA
    March 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I can’t wait to go over my friend Sue’s house for Easter dinner next Sunday! We don’t have any family in the area but she always invites us to her family holiday gatherings and the kids have fun and the adults get to catch up. It’s usually turkey w/all the fixings…Thanksgiving in the Spring!

  80. Coralee
    March 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    At some point during the Easter weekend one of our meals will most likely be a maple dijon glazed ham with heavenly potatoes and asparagus if we can find some from CA.
    I would also love to go to Culina for brunch as they are having a variety of Easter options one of which is cottage cheese pie which sounds delightful to me for some odd reason.
    Happy Spring!

  81. Shobha
    March 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I would like to have the traditional turkey for Easter. I love turkey…. and stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce! I think that’s what we will have!

  82. Lana
    March 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Tonight, we had two shepherd’s pies for dinner.I made the usual for John and the girls: ground beef, creamed corn, mashed potatoes. For me, something new: mashed sweet potatoes, topped with a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, onions, garlic, veggie ground round, and some tomatoe paste, then topped with a little grated cheese. YUMMY! Got the girls and John to TRY it but they still preferred the traditional.
    What can you do?

  83. marcia
    March 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Ham,scalloped potatoes, the usual suspects

  84. All Our Fingers in the Pie
    March 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Tofino sounds so wonderful. Have fun.

  85. Lan
    March 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    We had ham with roasted root vegetables. The kids ate only the ham!!

  86. Jen T
    March 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    My sister makes me Easter dinner. Can’t wait to visit her to see what menu she comes up with….

  87. Julia
    March 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly popped corn…either from the microwave or made the old fashioned way on the stove. We’ve recently started making popcorn on the stove since my hubby threw out our popcorn maker that was a wedding gift that we never actually used. Our son discovered he loves popcorn so much he’ll eat a whole box of microwave popcorn in a week!! So, when we run out of the microwave stuff, it’s back to the good old days making it on the stove…that way you can alter how much butter and salt goes on it too.

  88. Chris
    March 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    What a great popcorn popper! Never seen anything like it! Like your blog, recipes and of course the photos are great! I’m a food lover, been to Tofino (you’ll love it!) Love the straws in the coconut (now why didn’t I think of that!) Love simple recipes that show food off to it’s best. How can anyone go wrong with this…? I don’t get peeps who shop and buy pre-packaged, pre-prepared food. I mean I even used to be opposed to bagged salad stuff… (I’ve accepted that now and sometimes even use it if it’s the best looking dark green leafy etc…). Keep doing what you’re doing Julie as it encourages people to eat healthier foods that they’ve prepared themselves!

  89. Chris
    March 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    lol- forgot to say – dinner was the classic “roast chicken” dinner, salad with shredded lettuce and cabbage and cherry tomatoes w/balsamic dressing, and creamy mashed potatoes.

  90. Stacey
    March 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    What would Easter be without homemade Hot Cross Buns….Along with a great feast of Roast Ham. Hmmm mouth watering just thinking about it. The Hot Cross buns just don’t taste the same any other time of the year. Can’t wait!

  91. Kathleen
    March 29, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I haven’t even starting thinking about Easter dinner yet. Is it that time already? Maybe we will go out!

  92. Natalie from Ottawa
    March 29, 2010 at 6:55 am

    We are leaving for a beach vacation to Jamaica on Saturday, so we are having a small Easter dinner on Easter Friday. I picked up a small turkey, and we will do stuffing and cranberries. I will have to freeze the leftovers again, because we won’t be around to eat them! Jamaica, here we come!

  93. LeeH
    March 29, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I love coconut, will try these muffins this weekend. They sound like perfect spring/Easter weekend breakfast to me. I make my popcorn the old fashioned way, in a large pot on the stove.
    Never have done anything special for Easter dinner. It’s a quiet, go to church kind of day for me.

  94. Dim
    March 29, 2010 at 8:34 am

    We do the whole lamb on a spit thing in our backyard. Too much fun. Weather needs to cooperate though and with Easter so early, we could still have snow!

  95. Lindsay
    March 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

    We made whole roasted branzino for dinner last night. A little salt and some olive oil / lemon parsley sauce. Delicious and a fitting meal for Palm Sunday. This popcorn maker looks like a ton of fun!

  96. Heather
    March 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Oh, I just found your blog and I luurrrve it!

    I’m making your roasted chick peas and chard to accompany tonight’s roast lamb for Passover. And now I’m thinking about these muffins, too… but another day.

    Hmmm…. swirly whirled popcorn. Sounds like fun. Enjoy yours, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I might enjoy one of my own!

  97. Deirdre
    March 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Thinking of making your Tourtiere tonight. It is one of our favorites!! Love the little guys using phyllo pastry – great for work and school snacks.

    Deirdre 🙂

  98. glenda
    March 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Easter wekend coming up means – family, feasting, ham and all the other goodies, celebrating new life, the return of spring…lovin’ it!

  99. Kait
    March 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Wow — those muffins look delish! Definitely gotta try it out!

    Last night’s dinner was homemade Butternut Squash soup accented with Fireweed Honey. We had steamed kale on the side with cracked black pepper and a fresh garden salad with orange tomatoes and avacadoes!!! Delish!

  100. DJ
    March 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    For us, easter dinner is ham, some sort of potoato dish, salad and always for dessert; easter lillies filled with whipped cream.mmmmmmmmm..Can’t wait!
    I love popcorn cooked in these poppers..would love to have one.

  101. Colette
    March 31, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Easter is always about the hot cross buns! hoping that there are enough left over for the day after. It is also synonymous with ham and yams for me. Don’t care how you prepare it, as long as they are on the dinner table.

  102. Judy
    April 24, 2011 at 5:53 am

    It is 5 a.m. Easter Sunday, HAPPY BUNNY DAY?-and I am trying your muffin recipe but converting it to Gluten-free, vegan out of necessity. I love Lee Valley have shopped there when there was only 1 store in Vancouver. Funny you have another Popcorn maker as I have been wanting this style forever but now is the time as my whole eating is changed and the Microwave is off limits and I say Good Riddens?
    So my dear if you still need a taker-PICK ME! I would be very grateful and would use in good health.
    Cheers to good eating,
    Thanks for the recipes.
    Judy H Calgary

  103. HEATHER
    November 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Ilove all the recipes and taste even better THANK YOU

  104. Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen
    February 14, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I recently made banana bread and yesterday I made coconut chocolate chip cookies. Next, I will try these muffins. They look great!

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