beauty muffins

I'm not exaggerating when I say, these muffins might be the best things I've ever tasted! They are so easy to make, moist, delicious, PACKED with fiber & keep your skin glowing and youthful with the help of a special ingredient.

Like most posts or ideas for The Haute Brunette, they start one way and end an entirely different way.

I wrote a post (years ago) called "Why Papaya?" which one of my readers / fellow blogger, Jacky Miller, recently came across. She too wrote a post about the health benefits of papaya, sent over the link (read her post here, 12 Health Benefits of Papaya) and I was immediately interested in the Papaya & Banana muffin recipe she wrote. 

You guys know I love to cook, so when I see a recipe I always put my own twist on things. Originally, I had planned to recreate the muffins by substituting regular flour to coconut flour and calling it a day. 

When I got to the store, they were fresh out of papaya so I grabbed some blueberries and then one thing lead to another. first it was just the blueberries and coconut flour and then collagen powder, chia seeds, etc. and ended up with an entirely different recipe!!

But thank you, Jacky, for the inspo, I couldn't have done it without you!

The reason they are called beauty muffins is because I added collagen powder to the recipe! Read about why I love collagen powder here

Collagen supplements are the ultimate beauty-must have for hydrated, plump, glowing skin. It also helps maintain strong hair and nails. I can't live without it.

Baking with coconut flour is no easy task, it seems like something you can easily substitute but it doesn't rise like regular flour and the consistency is entirely different so the same measurements never work.

Needless to say, there was some trial and error but the finished product is some of my best work for sure.

Let's get cooking...


1 cup coconut flour (I prefer a healthy alternative to regular flour & the taste is amazing)
1/2 cup coconut flakes (the smallest texture you can find, not the big chunks)
1/2 cup flax seed (amazing source of fiber)
2 scoops vanilla collagen peptides (I use Vital Proteins, their products are THE BEST)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup coconut sugar (I prefer this over regular sugar, it has a lower glycemic index)
1/4 cup ghee (or coconut oil)
1/4 cup chia seeds (helps keep you full throughout the day)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 bananas mashed 
1 cup blueberries 
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat the over to 375 degrees.

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl first. Mix them all together and then add the rest of the ingredients on top. Use your hands to mash everything together, making sure the bananas and blue berries are soft. Make sure to crush the blueberries, don't leave them whole. 

The muffins don't rise so you need to put them in the baking cups as you would like to see them when they are done. Lightly add the mixture to the cups, without compressing, adding enough to look like the shape and height of a cooked muffin. 

Bake for 25 minutes & top with coconut flakes before serving.


*Makes 6 muffins