1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) butter
1/2 cup (3 3/4 ounces) brown sugar, light or dark
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon coconut flavor or rum flavor (optional)
1 1/2 cups (13 1/2 ounces) mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium to large bananas, about 22 ounces before peeling)*
1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey
2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour, organic preferred
3/4 to 1 cup (4 1/2 to 6 ounces) diced dried pineapple**
generous 1/3 cup (1 ounce) shredded or flaked coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, for topping
*Did you guess wrong and find yourself a bit short of 1 1/2 cups mashed banana? Rather than cut a chunk off another banana, top off the measuring cup with applesauce, if desired.
**Don?t use canned pineapple; it?s too juicy and will make the muffins soggy. If you like, substitute another dried fruit: chopped dates, raisins, or chopped apricots are all good choices.