Oct 24 2011

#MuffinMonday: Citrus Coconut Muffins

Muffin Monday is back! And I’m so happy to be baking with An of Baker Street and the crew again. :)

citrus coconut muffins

This week, she gave us Citrus Coconut Muffins. I’m sure you can already tell that coconut is a favorite. The original recipe called for orange zest, but I felt that lime was a better companion. I also thought it would be great to layer the coconut flavor by incorporating coconut oil and coconut milk into the recipe. The end result is a little biscuity tasting (though it may be psycho-somatic, given the only other thing I’ve used self-rising flour for were biscuits), but also quite delicious. The citrus zest gives it a nice zing, complemented beautifully by the more mellow coconut.

citrus coconut muffins

If you don’t have a zester (I don’t), just use a fine grater and grate the lemon and lime skins. It works just fine and it’ll save you money, too. Unless you’re looking for an excuse to make a kitchen purchase. Then, by all means, blame it on me when you show up with a bag from Sur La Table and your new zester. I’ll take the fall for you. I’m such a bad influence.

citrus coconut muffins

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Citrus Coconut Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 16
  • 2½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 90 grams coconut oil, solid
  • zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • zest of 1 lime, finely grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup coconut milk, well shaken
  • ⅓ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners or grease each cup. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest, lime zest, egg, and coconut milk. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar, cutting in the solid coconut oil with a pastry blender.
  4. Fold the milk mixture into the flour, mixing until just combined.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out batter into prepared muffin tray and sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  6. Bake for 25 mins.
  7. Cool on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm.

Let’s see what the other Muffin Monday bakers whipped up this week!

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. Baker Street

    Coconut oil and milk! Mmmm.. That ought to have made it yummier! Love those liners you used to bake the muffins..:)

  2. Kristen

    Lime and coconut is one of my favorite combinations. Interesting that they turned biscuity. That might make them good accompaniments to a Caribbean style stew!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      They still had a muffin texture, but for some reason, the taste reminded me of a biscuit. Like I said, it could just be because I knew the self-rising flour was in it and that’s the only other thing I’ve used it for. I loved them, all the same.

  3. elena @3greenonions

    oh those liners!!!lime and coconut sounds like a party to me:)

  4. Aimee @ Food: Je t'Aimee

    Hooray! Happy to be baking with you again, Carrie! Totally agree on the lime substitute; that’s what I did, too. I love that you really went all the way with the coconut add-ins and flavours. Yum.

    Also? So envious of your amazing baking cup collection. I don’t tend to use them, but then I see all your pretty cups and it makes me want to start! Lovely! xo

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      I prefer baking in my silicone muffin pans, but one of them tore and I can’t track down the same brand anymore, so I started using the paper liners again in my stoneware muffin pan. Thanks!

  5. Barbie

    Lovely photos, Carrie! And I agree, I LOVE your baking cups! :D

    Your muffins look so darn good, I’d like to have one now, so I can get through my day at work. :|

  6. sara

    These muffins look fantastic! Love that you use both lemon and lime zest. Bet they go great with coconut! :)

  7. Alli

    Muffin Monday … are you kidding. Amazing! I need a weekly reason to eat muffins that look this good.

  8. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves

    You put the lime in the coconut & eat the muffin up! :) Thanks to you I’m so going on a Sur La Table spree!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Perfect!!! Now I have that song stuck in my head. ;) Enjoy your shopping trip! :)

  9. Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake)

    coconut oil and coconut milk this recipe sounds like coconut heaven! i love coconut! I was worried about the texture of the self-rising flour so i opted out and just used flour and baking powder.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      They’re fine, but I think I might try that next time, just to see what the difference is.

  10. Kate

    Yum!! Your muffins sound SO good!!

  11. Stay-At-Home-Chef

    Weren’t these muffins amazing with the coconut milk?! Really dialled up the flavour and gave them a rich, moist texture. The lemon/lime combo must have been tasty. Happy Monday :)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      I’m really enjoying them. Perfectly balanced; nothing too strong or too weak in the flavors. And a great way to think of warmer days as it gets colder here.

  12. carolineadobo

    You know I finally bought coconut oil and couldn’t believe I forgot to use it for these muffins! I also thought about using coconut milk but only after I already mixed in my yogurt LOL. No worries though for I’ll be baking these again. Your muffins look great.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      So many different ways to make them, each wonderfully delicious!

  13. Anna

    Such a sweet and exotic treat! I can’t help but notice how cute and colorful your liners are! By the way, I will be using the powdered coconut milk, dissolved in water. I hope it win’t ruin the taste. Thanks!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      I didn’t know they made powdered coconut milk, but I guess that makes sense. Good luck!

  14. PrincessPolkadot

    Oooh, lemon-lime! :-D Neat idea.

    And thank you for stopping by to welcome me to #muffinmondays

  15. Yuri - Chef Pandita

    Love those baking cups :)

  16. Jenna

    Delicious! I added in the lime and lemon juice from the zested fruit & put in some crushed hemp seed to add in extra fibre.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Fantastic! Sounds like a winner!

  17. tabitha

    Baking them right now. Felt this would be a wonderful snack for my little ones.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Oh, that’s wonderful! Let me know what they think of them! :)

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