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Healthier Hummingbird Muffins

by flavorthemoments on May 15, 2013

healthier hummingbird muffins

I’ve been wanting to bake hummingbird cupcakes forever.  The problem is, I don’t get around to baking cakes or cupcakes unless there’s some type of occasion.  I love cake too much to have it lying around! :smile:  Because of this reason, the hummingbird cupcakes just haven’t happened yet.  :sad:   I do bake muffins often, however, so I baked these Healthier Hummingbird Muffins instead.  These are the perfect way get your hummingbird fix without the guilt associated with cake.  They’re moist, and packed with so many wonderful things — bananas, crushed pineapple, and shredded coconut.  They’re topped off with crunchy, toasted pecans.  These are so delicious, they instantly became my new favorite muffin.  :grin:

healthier hummingbird muffins

I adapted this recipe from my Healthier Strawberry Banana Muffins, which were adapted by Ellie Krieger’s Better Blueberry Muffins.  They’ve got half whole wheat flour, and half all purpose, which makes them whole grain. They’ve got very minimal oil, so they’re also very low in fat.  Don’t think that these muffins taste like cardboard, because they’re nice and moist.  They get their moisture from the bananas, crushed pineapple, and one container of Chobani 2% banana yogurt.  I had some in the fridge, so I figured why not?  It made these muffins so scrumptious!  :tounge:

healthier hummingbird muffins

The muffins are also very flavorful from the ingredients I listed above, plus I’ve used all brown sugar to impart even more flavor, as well as plenty of cinnamon.  The warmth of brown sugar and cinnamon is something I always enjoy.

healthier hummingbird muffins

I’m not at all crazy about nut in my quick breads and muffins.  What I do love, is placing them on top of the batter before baking.  As the muffins bake, the nuts become toasted.  There’s nothing better than a toasty crunch on top of a nice, moist muffin in my book.  :smile:

healthier hummingbird muffins

I give these muffins a quick spritz of cooking spray before pouring in the batter, because these muffins tend to stick to paper liners.  I got this tip from Kelly over at Hidden Fruits and Veggies, and it worked like a charm.  Thanks, Kelly!  This recipe makes 14 good sized muffins.  I know that’s a little more than usual, but isn’t that better?!

healthier hummingbird muffins

I considered a cream cheese filling for these, or topping them with a cream cheese glaze.  I opted to take the straight and narrow path of simplicity this time, and I have to tell you, I honestly don’t think this muffin needs anything else.  I may do it in the future for a special occasion brunch or holiday, but for me, these healthier hummingbird muffins are perfection just the way they are.  :wink:

healthier hummingbird muffins

Healthier Hummingbird Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 14 muffins

Healthier Hummingbird Muffins are moist, and full of flavor from bananas, crushed pineapple, coconut, toasted pecans, and even banana Greek yogurt. Delicious!


1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)

1/4 cup canola oil

2 large eggs

1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large)

(1) 6 ounce container 2% Chobani banana Greek yogurt

1/4 cup milk (I used non-fat)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin cavities with paper liners. Give the muffin liners a quick spritz of cooking spray so the muffins don't stick. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, and eggs until well combined. Whisk in the bananas, yogurt, milk, and vanilla until incorporated. Fold in the crushed pineapple and coconut. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until incorporated. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the batter with the chopped pecans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the top springs back when touched and the muffins are golden brown. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack, then remove the muffins from the pan and allow to cool completely on the wire rack. Enjoy!


Make these muffins more indulgent with a cream cheese glaze for holidays or special occasions. For regular days, they're perfect as is!

Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger's Better Blueberry Muffins

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies May 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

I’ve actually never heard of hummingbird cake, but it totally sounds like something I’d love! Bananas, pineapple, coconut — all some of my faves! I’m glad the nonstick spray tip worked for you. Nothing worse than when your muffin sticks to the paper and you lose half of it.


flavorthemoments May 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I would hate to lose any part of these muffins on the paper — they’re just too good! I heard of hummingbird cake a few years back, and it’s usually topped with cream cheese frosting. Now I can enjoy it with much less guilt!


Em @ Persnickety Pineapple May 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The photo (and the muffins) look wonderful! I like how you opted for just the nuts on top and let the muffin flavour itself shine through.
I always have trouble getting that beautifully domed top on my muffins! Any tips?


flavorthemoments May 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Thank you, Em! You know, I’m not sure why your muffins aren’t getting a nice domed top, especially if you’re following the recipe exactly as stated? Are you filling the muffin cups 3/4 the way full? If you try this recipe, please let me know what happens! I’m very curious!


Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion May 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love hummingbird anything! I made a hummingbird cake once and totally fell in love with it! I have also had an obsession with coconut lately, who knows why?

xo Jackie


flavorthemoments May 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

Sounds like you’ll love these muffins, then! I’m hooked on them, and I’m a huge coconut fan!


Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love hummingbird cake, but, like you, I only make cakes for special occasions. It’s just to easy to eat a whole cake by myself. I love the idea of making hummingbird cake into a healthier muffin. Smart!


flavorthemoments May 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thanks, Nicole! These muffins are a great substitute for cake!


karolina August 1, 2013 at 10:50 am

I just wanted to let you know that your muffin recipe has been a HUGE hit around here, in London ON. My sister made these muffins a few weeks back, and gave the recipe to me. I’ve made a batch for my husband’s work and all of his coworkers have asked for the recipe. I do a lot of baking, but have never had such a requested muffin before. Thank you for sharing!


flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

These muffins are one of my favorites, and it makes me very happy to hear that so many people enjoy them, too! I really appreciate the feedback, Karolina! Have a wonderful day.


Angela October 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

Is there an alternative the Chobani greek yogurt? They sound wonderful and I would love to try them sans dairy. Thank you so much.


flavorthemoments October 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I would try it with a dairy free yogurt like coconut milk yogurt or something comparable to that. You could also try adding more mashed banana in place of it, too. I hope that helps you, Angela!


Kelly May 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Ooh! I think I may have to make these for my Mom on Mother’s Day! (: Thanks for the recipe!


flavorthemoments May 9, 2014 at 9:47 am

I hope you enjoy them, Kelly, and thanks for stopping by! :)


Dannielle September 3, 2014 at 2:39 am

OMG yummiest muffins I’ve ever made!! I used 5am organic vanilla yogurt rather than the banana and omitted the vanilla Essense! Sooo good they may not last for work this week!!


flavorthemoments September 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Danielle! I made them this past weekend with just plain greek yogurt and they turned out great too…they’re some of my favorite.


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