Muffin Monday: Citrus Coconut Muffins

Let the experimenting begin!

As soon as I heard we were tasked with making Citrus Coconut Muffins this week, I knew I would love these muffins. Citrus. Coconut. You just can’t go wrong.

Inspired by Nastassia from Let Me Eat Cake’s post from last week, I copied her idea of using a pancake mix in place of regular flour. I ended up using a gluten-free pancake mix, hoping the results would be light and spongy.

Wanting my muffins to rise as much as possible without resorting to gluten, I added 1 ½ tsp baking powder along with an extra egg. I also opted for brown sugar instead of granulated, a pinch of salt, 1 ½ tsp vanilla, doubled up on the amount of coconut, ½ tsp coconut extract, and added ¾ cup coconut milk as the main liquid.

Unfortunately the lack of gluten in this particular pancake mix resulted in the most crumbly muffins ever baked on this planet. Seriously! The texture was almost comical. Even my five year-old commented that “the muffins are kinda crazy Mom”. Touché. They did rise beautifully…all except one. Kudos to the person that is able to explain that mystery! Same batter, equal scoops.

“…one of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong…”

NOTE: the pancakes we made from this same mix ended up just as crumbly, so I am totally pointing my finger in that direction as far as pegging culprits is concerned!

Crumbs aside, the muffins tasted fantastic. The citrus and coconut paired beautifully together (no real surprise), and the brown sugar gave these muffins the best, crunchiest top that was chewy and crispy all at the same time. The coconut milk and extract really helped to dial up the coconut flavour, making these muffins an overall lovely start to the day.

For a copy of the original recipe for Citrus Coconut Muffins, please visit Baker Street’s site and be sure to check out what the other food bloggers have baked up this week!

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