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Lime and Coconut Muffins

I’ve been going crazy with zests and fresh citrus in my cooking lately. It just imparts such a vibrant flavor. Whatever it is that you are making becomes more alive with the simple addition of little scraps of peels.

Really, it’s hard to believe that I was so resistant to using zest until recently. And why? Honestly, I shied away from it because it just seemed like such a tedious thing to do … since I had never tried it. But as it turns out, zesting a lime or a lemon takes but seconds and pays off major taste dividends.

These muffins are heavy on the lime taste and lighter on the coconut, but the coconut still adds a nice richness to the flavor. Make these the night before and heat one up in the morning for a quick, fresh breakfast on the go — and don’t forget to split them in half and slather on the butter. Or eat them at room temperature with a steamy cup of coffee.


Lime and Coconut Muffins

Lime and Coconut Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

This recipe is based on the basic muffin recipe from the Joy of Cooking. It's been adapted for these not-so-traditional flavors. Be sure to clean the exterior of the lime before zesting, and use sweetened coconut.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2/3 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and coconut in a large bowl, using a whisk to blend together.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, canola oil, lime zest and vanilla. Pour into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.
  5. Cook in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Wednesday 27th of May 2009

there was enough batter for the 12-muffin pan and the extra went into a mini-loaf pan. The baked mini is stashed in the freezer for one of 'those days.' Thanks for the inspiration!


Thursday 21st of May 2009

These muffins look like they are specially designed for my taste - lemon zest included. I just cant wait to get them on the table. This Sunday teatime will begin with these tempting muffins. You can be sure.Thanks.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie

Wednesday 20th of May 2009

That has to be one of the most perfect looking muffins I have ever seen! Bookmarked.


Tuesday 19th of May 2009

Your post made me think of that old commercial for Coke with Lime that does a play on the song by changing the words to "put the lime in the coke, you nut." Hehe.

And the muffins look delicious.


Tuesday 19th of May 2009

These sound wonderful! I have felt the same way about zesting until I got my microplane zester, which makes it such a breeze! This looks like such a fresh muffin for the summer time!

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