Saturday Mix | Chocolate Chunk + Coconut Banana Crumb Muffins

April 2, 2016

Chocolate Chunk + Coconut Banana Crumb Muffins // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

It was bittersweet this morning as I shot my last recipe post for the blog here in our Denver apartment. I’m so happy to leave, but at the same time am starting to feel nostalgic. It was here my blog was born, and even after a year and a half of shooting in this apartment, I feel as if I just found my favorite light in this space a month ago. Now its time to pack up and move onto another space, and I’m pretty giddy about that part too. Mainly because we will be going to stay in our family’s vacation house in California (where I shot this recipe a few months back) while we patiently seek out the perfect spot to settle into. The neighborhood we have our eyes on is a tough-y, very few cute places open often, so we need to be there waiting and ready to snatch one up once it hits the market. We lucked out when we used to live there, and are hoping to luck out a second time too. This gets me all sorts of excited, the idea of finding a “forever” place. Or at lease a “longer than 2 years” place. I’m now going through the cupboards and fridge, getting creative and trying to create meals using only what we have left for this last week. A few neglected bars of dark chocolate, a bag of coconut, and a bundle of overripe bananas yielded this recipe discovery that Scott, and every person I have shared a few with this past week, has been freaking out over. If you have plans this afternoon I suggest you cancel them, and make these muffins. Or better yet, invite over whoever you had plans with to enjoy these babes with instead. Maybe ask if they have a few overripe bananas on hand (if you don’t), and say you’ll make them a treat if they bring them along (**wink wink**). They are so sweet, moist, chocolate-y, with a little chew from the coconut and crunch from the crumb topping. Swoon. Happy weekend-ing, now onto some fab links I stumbled upon this week!

If you haven’t ordered a copy of Lindsey’s new book yet, you can do so here! I have a recipe fave I’m sharing with you from it next week, and you can check out In Style’s feature of one here too! She is so stellar, this book will inspire you to use more chickpea flour in ways you never imagined.

I loved Nutrition Stripped’s tips here for how to achieve a better work-life balance. I think my favorite one to practice is “get moving”, but a close second is nourishment. I couldn’t live without running, and I couldn’t run without fuel!

I use coconut oil in more ways than one daily, mainly for cooking and as a body moisturizer, but this article has me wanting to use it for everything. I’ve always loved it for treating sunburn, but homemade toothpaste? Intrigued.

Even though there are certain stores I like to visit for grocery shopping in-person to be inspired, I’ve been considering ordering my groceries for pick-up from Whole Foods once we move, and this article is confirming a lot of my reasons why.

I was blown away by the power of the complaining and the negative effects it has on your overall health in this article. But the part I loved most was how feelings of gratitude can repair the damage!

On our move back to California at the end of this week we are stopping by Phoenix to visit with our parents for the weekend, and it is giving me all the music feels for Arizona. Mainly Nate Ruess from The Format, Fun, and now his awesome solo albumthis song on repeat please!

Makes 1 dozen muffins.

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
1 cup mashed, overripe banana (about 2 medium)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole spelt flour
2/3 cup oat flour
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

crumb topping
1/3 cup whole spelt flour
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
a good pinch of salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil (solid, preferably)

Combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and almond milk in a small sauce pot on the stove. Heat on low while whisking until the coconut oil is completely dissolved. Set aside on the counter to cool.

Once cooled, preheat the oven to 400F, and combine the mashed banana with the vanilla extract in a medium mixing bowl. Add the coconut oil mixture and stir. Sprinkle the dry ingredients on top (except for the chocolate) and stir into the wet ingredients. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate, and scoop into your muffin tin lined with parchment baking cups (the chocolate will stick if you only grease, so make sure to line). The batter should divide evenly between the 12 cups, and fill to a half inch from the top.

Mix the crumb topping ingredients in a small bowl with a fork until the coconut oil is worked throughout the dry ingredients. Sprinkle just shy of a tablespoon’s worth over each muffin, and bake in the oven for 21 to 22 minutes. The tops should be golden brown. Let sit in the tin for 5 minutes, then pop out and place on a cooling rack to fully cool. Serve warm or let cool fully before placing in an airtight container on the counter. Best if eaten within 3 days (will last longer, but may become more dense).


Chocolate Chunk + Coconut Banana Crumb Muffins // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Mariana April 3, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I love crumbed topped muffins! Banana is a personal favourite. Good luck with the move!

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Its totally a fave here too! And thank you tons Mariana on the well wishes for our move! <3

  • Reply Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow April 3, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Gorgeous muffins! Good luck in your home search, that’s so exciting and wonderful! Soon enough you’ll hardly ever think of your Denver apartment. Thanks for the links, it is so true about complaining I try to remind myself and I’m in really bad habits! What is the point of griping unless it is to make positive change or is a serious issue, it only makes you and whoever you’re complaining to feel crap. My husband calls it ‘the emotional dump’ xx

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Ah thank you Amy! You are too sweet. And I know right, that article totally blew my mind. I like your husbands name for it too – its just not worth the energy! xoxo

  • Reply Sabine I Sweet Lemons & Lilikoi April 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I can so feel what you are experiencing right now. We moved so much over the last few years and suddenly felt the urge to settle somewhere. Make some roots. It wasn’t easy to find the perfect spot that ticks all the boxes and sometimes you have to give up one or two “ticks”. But we found a home. A long term place we learned to love. Wishing you the same. It sounds like you found it already xx

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

      So neat how you can totally relate, Sabine. And it is so true, you have to give it a little sometimes to get a lot. So excited you have found your home, hope to join you in that department soon ;) xoxo

  • Reply hannah-phoebe April 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I love your links round-up posts! And so excited to follow your move and development, it’s nice that your leaving Denver feeling warm about the place, better to leave whilst the memories are positive than wait for things to sour further!

    I’m really keen to get Lindsay’s book but do most of the recipes contain eggs? I’ve seen her pancakes on another blog and that loaf you linked to … I’m not confident replacing, could you offer any advice? xx

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Thank you tons Hannah! I’m so glad to hear that. And its so true what you say, no matter how much you want to leave a place – its always best to leave on a high note with things to miss.

      And as for Lindsey’s book! Great question. Over half of the recipes in the book are vegan (yay!) and for the ones containing eggs there are a few simple substitutes (like a flax or chia egg) that could work in some, but others I have to just skip over. Overall its a book worth having to me, because of the large percentage of vegan options. But I totally can understand your concern for the ones with eggs!

  • Reply Rebeca April 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Good luck looking for that perfect spot! The process can feel a bit daunting, but I hope you find the place that makes you feel at home.

    I made these muffins for some friends this morning trusting they’d be great (I’m a banana hater, so no taste testing) and they loved them. Thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you dearly, we are so excited and your well wishes are super appreciated <3. As for the muffins! That makes me so happy to hear they loved them! I feel so honored you trusted the recipe, no taste testing and all ;) xoxo

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow April 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Hi beautiful friend. Just wanted to send you good luck vibes as you finish the packing and moving and embark on the “more than 2 years” house search. We had a similar worry when we were looking for housing, desperately wanting to live in a neighborhood in PDX where houses are never available (or affordable, for that matter.) Somehow, we had luck on our side and landed in the sweetest little bungalow, which I couldn’t possibly love more. Okay, that’s a lie…I’d love it more if it had a dishwasher but beggars can’t be choosers. Keep the faith, something perfect awaits for you and S, I just know it. In the meantime, just keep eating these muffins. They look AMAZING. (Coconut + Chocolate + Banana, yes please!!!) xx

    • Reply Faring Well April 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Oh Brooke you are the sweetest friend! Thank you sincerely! We are so excited. And it makes me even more excited to hear how you two found your place too. I cannot wait to come visit you one day. Hopefully dishwashers are eventually in both of our futures ;) but for now, I’ll just take a cute little house with a yard <3. And thank you for the muffin love! Goodness these flavors are always winners, right!? xoxo

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition April 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I just made these muffins this morning and couldn’t haven’t more pleased with how they turned out! Okay… I did make a couple changes – hemp seeds for the coconut and no chocolate chips (no fun, right?!). But they were SO GOOD! I love the touch of crumble topping! Will be making these again and again! I’d love to share my variation on my blog once I have time to make more and photograph, but I’ll definitely give you the credit for this delicious version! I hope that’s okay with you.

    P.S. I hope all is going well this week with your move. Keep us all posted :)

    • Reply Faring Well April 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them Jess! I normally don’t like the republishing of recipes, but I’m cool with it this time! Thank you dearly for the well wishes on the move too! You’re too sweet! xo

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