6.18.2012

Aloha Muffins with "Butter" Cream Icing

I made these tasty little muffins back in May for my daughters preschool class.
And, well I had to make them again...
because I am freshly back from Maui and obsessed with all things Hawaiian,
(it happens every time I go to the islands!)
and because they received rave reviews.
These muffins are full of fruity goodness,
whole wheat flour, and made with Melt






I was introduced to I was introduced to Melt last year.
And recently had the opportunity to test out some new recipes again.
Melt Buttery Spread is an organic gluten-free "healthier alternative to high cholesterol spreadable butter". It has become the perfect compliment to the dishes I have been making - not to mention a new component to my baking and cooking. Oh how I love the added benefit Melt brings to the table by incorporating healthier oil into my dishes.


Melt has a whipped creamy buttery yumminess, but it is better for you, made with virgin coconut oil, flax seed oil, palm fruit oil and canola oil. It is a gluten-free butter and supports digestive wellness, optimal nutrition absorption and healthy weight.

I have tried and tested Melt with great success.
My recent creation were these
ALOHA MUFFINS
WITH "BUTTER" CREAM ICING



MUFFINS - INGREDIENTS and DIY
Makes 12 large muffins
I tried to healthy up a basic muffin recipe...replacing sugar with mashed banana's and oil with Melt and applesauce. They are moist and tangy.


1/4 cup Melt
1 egg
1 medium ripe mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce
2 Cups whole wheat flour 
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained
OPTIONAL, shredded coconut,1/2 cup (or more depending on preference)



  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Mix first 4 ingredients together, set aside
  • Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Fold in crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges.
  • Prepare muffin tin with baking liners or baking spray.
  • Use ice cream scoop to fill muffin tins.



ICING - INGREDIENTS and DIY
THIS IS A "Melt" VERSION OF A BUTTERCREAM FROSTING...IT IS NOT AS THICK AS A TRADITIONAL BUTTERCREAM and needs to be refrigerated...and it is TASTY!


1 Cup Melt 3 Cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 Tablespoons half and half (or whipping cream)
OPTIONAL, shredded coconut for garnish

  • Add Melt to mixing bowl.
  • Slowly add the sifted sugar.
  • Add vanilla and half and half.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined and thickened.
  • Refrigerate to stiffen.
  • Place in a pastry bag  or Ziploc bag (with end snipped off) to frost muffins.
  • Sprinkle with coconut if desired.





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disclosure: I was provided with Melt to use in a recipe. The recipe and opinions are mine base don my experiences with Melt.
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9 comments :

  1. I would definitely head back to Maui with you:-) These muffins look great...I love that they have butter cream on them!!! I will have to keep my eyes open for some Melt to try out!!!

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  2. Yum!!! I will have to try these!! Don't you love the way you step off the plane in Hawaii and the air just smells so yummy? I lived on the Big Island for a couple years, just beautiful. Now I'm jonesin for Shoyu Chicken!! I know what I'm making for dinner!! lol Anyway, count me in for the Maui trip (although seriously, the BI is awesome!!!) xoxo

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  3. Yum, can't wait to try these out, sounds perfect for summer! I will have to check out Melt too! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  4. Good to know! I was looking at a coconut based butter spread at the market just last night... but was nervous to try it!

    These look SUPER yummy by the way =)

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  5. These sound super yummy Holly!! I love tropical things - especially in summer! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  6. I love all the healthy items in the muffins and the Melt product looks so good! I will definitely keep my eye out for that!

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  7. Hawaii...oh how fabulous. Lucky u. :)

    Those look so yummy!!

    I haven't been here in ages. Decided today that it was about time I came by and said hi. :)

    Tami
    The Things We Find Inside

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  8. Giving this recipe a try - love pineapple, plain, grilled, or cooked in recipes. thanks for sharing!
    JoAnn

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