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Pumpkin Coconut Muffins Recipe

Tender Pumpkin Coconut Muffins have the aroma of fall, sweater-weather and cool mornings. The rich combination of coconut and pumpkin are lightly sweetened with brown sugar.

Pumpkin Coconut Muffins Recipe

Yesterday, it seemed like it went from relatively warm to downright chilly in no time flat. It’s no wonder people say if you don’t like the weather here, wait five minutes — that is just how it is at this time of year in New England. And if you aren’t unprepared, you can find yourself shivering. (For the record, I was a little unprepared.)

When the weather gets like this, I crave warm, rich, heavier foods that keep you comfy even when the weather is not. This muffin totally fits that bill.

Pumpkin Coconut Muffins are a rich combination of coconut and pumpkin, two of my very favorite flavors. The brown sugar makes it pleasantly sweet, but not so sweet that you will have a sugar rush at 8 a.m.

The recipe is pretty easy (as most muffins are) and I was able to whip these up on a Friday morning, without missing any deadlines to school drop-offs. No, I don’t have any magic elves to help out — just two sweet kids.

Actually, I did happen upon a new method for having the kids help me cook while testing this recipe.

In the past, they’ve always pulled chairs to the counter and stood on them, as I did when I was a child. But walking space is at a premium near our counter, so I have been trying something different: mixing up recipes at our kitchen table.

That allows me the freedom to get and put away ingredients as needed, and I don’t have to worry about anyone tumbling from a chair or getting too close to a hot stove. It’s working for us, and the kids really seem to enjoy it (the cooking and the new method).

Yield: 12 muffins

Pumpkin Coconut Muffins Recipe

Pumpkin Coconut Muffins Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 tbsp sweetened coconut flakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 spots with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, oil and coconut extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin liners. Don't be afraid to fill the cups to the top. Sprinkle the coconut flakes onto the top of all the muffins.
  6. Place the muffins in the preheated oven and cook until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (15-20 minutes). Let cool before serving.
  7. Store in a cool, dry place.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g

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susan from food blogga

Sunday 25th of October 2009

Oh, Sarah these sound fabulous! I have paired a lot of ingredients with pumpkin, but not coconut! I'm definitely trying this! I'll link to it in my post tonight on pumpkins. :)

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Saturday 17th of October 2009

Yum! Can't wait to try.

Sarah Caron

Thursday 15th of October 2009

Maria, the pumpkin and the coconut do go really well together. I got the idea while I was cutting a slice of pie recently ... so yum.

Cate, for sure!

Mangochild, cooking at the table really makes things easier. I just wish I'd discovered the technique sooner!

Annie, thanks! I hope you love them as much as we did!


Monday 12th of October 2009

Wow! Those look fantastic, they're on my baking list for this week.

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