Aloha Muffins

I did it. That 30 day running challenge I said I was going to do? I’m done. I ran. Every. Single. Day. Would I do it again? No. Am I glad that I did it? Yes. Let me explain… Before I started, I ran occasionally. I would aim for a couple times a week, which was realistically more like maybe once a week, and I would go to the gym a few times. I was not out of shape, but I definitely had room for improvement. I hoped that by running for 30 days in a row, it would become more of a part of my routine, perhaps even something that I enjoy.

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I am quite happy with myself for actually sticking to it for the whole 30 days, but I am VERY glad that it is over. I think that at least 1 or 2 days of rest a week is really important for your body to recover, especially if you already live a busy, active life. I will definitely continue to run, but probably only every other day, or 3-4 days a week. I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will probably not ever actually like going to the gym or running and will spend most of my life forcing myself into going. But that’s okay, I think. As long as I’m also doing exercises that I do enjoy, like yoga, hiking, or going for bike rides.

I mentioned before that I would announce a new “challenge” for myself every month – something new that I would try to do every day for 30 days straight. February is something that should be pretty easy for me – I will make my bed every day. You probably already do this, but I have somehow gotten out of the routine of it when I’m rushing out the door in the mornings. I’m anticipating a super busy month, and I think in times when my life is feeling a little chaotic, a nicely made bed will make me feel a little more organized.

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On a totally different note… I am dreaming of Hawaii. It’s been a month since I’ve been back, and I am longing for those days sitting on the beach, in the sun, reading. These muffins originated from those dreams. Think of them as a little piece of Hawaii, in muffin form. If that makes any sense at all (it doesn’t).

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These have triple the coconut, buttery macadamia nuts, slightly crunchy tops, and when served with guava jelly, they are to die for. And if you needed more convincing, they are made with mostly whole wheat flour and minimal sugar. I think these might actually be my favourite of any muffins I have made, which is saying something. They are the perfect consistency, the perfect sweetness, the flavours work together perfectly – I’ve already made them twice and I am firmly in love.

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Aloha Muffins:

Makes 12. 

Inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

1/2 cup White Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

2 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted and cooled

1 Large Egg

1 Ripe Banana, mashed

3/4 cup Light Coconut Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

1/2 cup Raw Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped

Raw Turbinado Sugar

Guava Jelly*

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin pan or line pan with muffin liners. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

3. In a separate medium bowl, mix coconut oil, egg, mashed banana, coconut milk, and vanilla together.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula. Stir until just combined. The batter will be thick. Gently fold in the coconut and macadamia nuts.

5. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool. Serve topped with guava jelly.

* I bought Hawaiian Sun guava jelly when I was in Hawaii, but haven’t seen it sold in Canada. It seems that you can order it on this website. Let me know if you guys have seen guava jelly sold elsewhere!

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