{Recipe} Orange and Coconut Mini Muffins

The weather has cooled down in my neck of the woods. The arrival of Winter heralds an abundance of luscious citrus fruits. Friends have presented us with backyard-grown lemons and limes. Country road-side stalls are bursting with mandarins.

Last week, we had a glut of oranges. The Tiny Vegans enjoy eating oranges, cut into segments. Mat and I add a peeled orange to our green smoothies. I decided to incorporate them into some baked goods:Β orange and coconut muffins.

Regular readers won’t be surprised when I mention that these muffins are perfect for lunch boxes! Eat a few in their freshly baked state, store some in an airtight container, and freeze the rest.



Quantity- 22 mini muffins

1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour

2 Tbsp dessicated coconut

1/3 cup raw sugar

3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (approx. 2 oranges)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Coconut chips for decoration


1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F. Grease a mini muffin tray or line the tray with paper cups. Alternatively, use silicone cups.

2. To a large mixing bowl, add flour, coconut, and sugar. Mix to combine.

3. In a small mixing bowl, combine orange juice, applesauce, and vanilla extract. There is no need to strain the orange juice – some pulp is ok.

4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well to combine the ingredients. Refrain from over-stirring the mixture. You don’t want rubbery muffins!

5. Spoon a metric tablespoon of batter into each silicone cup (or paper cup). Top each muffin with coconut chips.

6. Bake for 7-9 minutes.


We have been spending our Winter days playing in the sun:



baking with friends:


and enjoying warm bowls of porridge (oatmeal) on chilly mornings:



Each Monday, I feature a scrumptious vegan recipe that is enjoyed by my own family Β – I hope your family enjoys it too.




About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

25 Responses to {Recipe} Orange and Coconut Mini Muffins

  1. smiles00 says:

    Hi Ally – wondering if you are on facebook would love to stay connected with you I have my veganblog on hold due to other business time constraints .. let me know how to connect on facebook with you .. cheers suzanne in vancouver

    Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:02:36 +0000 To: smiles00@live.com

  2. playlovevegan says:

    I think it’s time for a Made of Stars facebook page so we can like it and share it around πŸ˜›

  3. susykat says:

    These look quite healthy! And I like how they don’t have too many ingredients. I will make these on the weekend πŸ˜€

  4. Ally says:

    Thank you Sarah and Susykat! I appreciate the vote of confidence. I did set up a FB page last year, but was worried that I did not have the time to adequately maintain it, so I ‘let it go’.
    Nevertheless, after reading your lovely comments I just logged in to the FB account, and to my surprise, all of my posts are on the timeline! I had forgotten that I had linked it to the blog’s twitter account. I have just sent you both an ‘invite’ to like the page. Thanks!

  5. Thomas says:

    Yum !! Love these coconut desserts This was the first thing I think I ever made… I think everyone loves them πŸ™‚ Hope you are well and enjoying the nice sunny days …

    • Ally says:

      Hi Thomas. Thanks for your positive comment!
      The days are glorious, but it was very cold last night and this morning. I hope you are well. πŸ™‚

  6. Sophie33 says:

    Your kids are looking very cute! I bet I Will love these easy to make mini muffins too! Yummy! I can’t wait to try them! x

  7. Brandi says:

    These look and sound delicious Ally! I love the orange in them and your kids are adorable! I don’t know why I don’t receive your email updates…I just signed up again and hope that resolves it!

  8. Starr says:

    mmm, orange and coconut! You’ve sold me :-)… And something new and exciting to look for, “wholemeal self raising flour”. Didn’t even know there was such a thing.

  9. Linda says:

    These look great, especially because we’re a bit overloaded on chocolate at the moment! My fruit bowl is full of mandarins, lemons and oranges too. I knew there was a reason I just bought a jar of applesauce.

  10. These really look good Ally! Celeste πŸ™‚

  11. Woah yummy! Definitely making these. The less ingredients in a dessert, the better, as far as I’m concerned!

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