Banana Coconut Saffron Muffins

makes 10 muffins (4 oz size cups)

Things you'll need:

2 medium size over-ripe bananas (with lot of  brown spots)
2-1/2 tbsp ghee
1/4 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered jaggery
big pinch of saffron
powdered cardamom from 6-7 pods (about 1/2 tsp)
2 tbsp slivered almonds plus 2 tbsp for garnish
2 tbsp unsweetened dessicated coconut

dry ingredients

3/4 cup whole wheat flour (chapathi atta)
1/2 tsp aluminium-free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt

paper baking muffin cups

How it's done:

Line paper muffin cups on a baking tray and keep aside.

Preheat oven to  350°F

Mash bananas to a puree using a hand blender (makes about 1 cup)

In a mixing bowl, beat ghee and powdered jaggery with a whisk until cream colored, fluffy and light. Add banana puree to the beaten ghee mixture and sprinkle powdered cardamom

Powder saffron in a mortar and pestle. Sprinkle saffron powder to milk and stir well

Whisk together banana puree, sweet cardamon ghee mixture and saffron milk

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients to mix well. Add the dry mix to the wet mix and gently whisk to combine.

Fold in desiccated coconut and slivered almonds.

Scoop out batter into the paper muffin cups until 3/4th full leaving room for the muffins to rise.

Garnish with slivered almonds pressing them gently to stay put.

Place the baking tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake at 350°F for 25 mins or until tooth pick comes out clean and the irresistible aroma fills the kitchen. Do not over bake.

Take muffins out of the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Serve warm at tea time or with a side of your favorite ice cream. It is great to eat on its own.


Keep all the ingredients ready on the kitchen counter and then preheat the oven. this saves time and electricity bill.

2% milk will also do in place of whole milk

Make sure jaggery is of good quality and free of impurities like sand, which is quite common.

if you don't have paper muffin cups,  6 inch round pan can be used for the entire batter.


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