Tropical Lemon Coconut Muffins

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 14, 2010

For a very important date!

Thanks to my lovely mother in law, our clocks are now set to the right time this morning!

Eric and I had a leisurely breakfast this morning and then we received her time-change reminder email around 11:30am. Who knows how long we would have gone had she not emailed us! lol.

Now, despite our lazy morning, I feel like I am running behind and I need to catch up! I sure love Springing Forward, but I do not like missing an hour out of the day…

Our weather continues to be very Spring like…


However, the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny all week, and just as it gets cool again we will be on a plane for FL! :)

Some of you asked if we are taking Sketchie on our trip with us…LOL…sadly, no! My in laws are coming to stay at our house while we are away to cat sit for us. He loves the in laws (I think more than us!) so he will have a grand old time I’m sure!

Let’s rewind to yesterday’s shopping trip at the outlet mall…

Do you ever have high hopes for a shopping trip and you don’t find ONE thing!? That was me yesterday!

Fun things about shopping:

  • Spending time with girlfriends
  • Summer clothes
  • Starbucks or Mall juices when you are dying of thirst
  • Sales

Not so fun things about shopping:

  • Trying on a million things and not finding anything
  • Huge crowds, people running into you
  • Not finding a parking spot
  • Too loud music in the stores

Krissy and I went into Guess and we said to ourselves…I think we are getting OLD because this music is just way too loud! It was really bad music too.

It was still pouring rain when we left and made for another 1 hour + drive home.

This morning’s breakfast however, was very tropical! I needed something to brighten the morning…


Close your eyes and picture a tropical beach. Picture the smell of coconut and lemon and the richness of coconut butter all melting together…

I recently met a wonderful lady named Ricki Heller from Diet, Dessert, n Dogs. Ricki is the former owner of a Toronto Bakery called Bake It Healthy and she is also the author of this wonderful cookbook:


It is called Sweet Freedom and it is fabulous. It features breakfast recipes, baking tips and tricks, cookies, bar, squares, cakes, cupcakes, frostings, cheesecakes, and raw and no baked treats! All baked with healthy ingredients of course.


The recipes in this book are very unique and you can tell that she put so much time and effort into every page. I was blown away by the creativity of Ricki’s recipes.

For example: ‘Sweet Potato and Chocolate Chip Muffins’, ‘Cinnamon Coffee Toffee Bars’, ‘Plum Topped Cornmeal Cake’, ‘Twice Spiced Ginger Biscuits’, and ‘Chai Cheesecake’. You will not find these recipes anywhere else. The recipes take more time than I am used to, but the results are definitely worth it.



Recipe: Tropical Lemon Coconut Muffins

By: Angela Liddon

Adapted from Sweet Freedom.

Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
25 min
Total Time:
40 min
6 large muffins


  • DRY:
  • 3/4 cup ground oats (I just put oats in the blender for a minute)
  • 2/3 cup whole spelt flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • WET:
  • 1/3 cup softened coconut butter (OR 1/3 cup pureed avocado)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup, but you might need 2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup almond milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grease 6 muffin tins.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into a small bowl and pour into dry.
  5. Stir well and spoon into muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.



These were really tropical tasting. Lemon and coconut muffins…who knew?!


With some vegan margarine…


So good! I had two for breakfast and didn’t think I would be full, but I am actually not hungry at all. Must be those filling coconut oils!


Don’t forget tomorrow is the LAST day you can place a Glo Bar order and have it shipped out before I leave for my trip! Otherwise, I will not be shipping out orders again until the second week of April! There may or may not be some sales going down! ;)

Plans for today include:

  • Workout (I am going to try HITT running today!)
  • Helping Eric with renos in the scary basement
  • Meeting a girlfriend for tea
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Packing for trip/digging out summer clothes

A huge congrats to Caitlin for rocking the triathlon this morning!

Enjoy your Sunday :)


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Jocelyn March 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

when i woke up..i totally forgot about the time change too! Definitly feel like I am lagging behind today :)

Those muffins sound and look delicious! I love anything coconut!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

those muffins look amazing!! :) Also does she sell that cookbook online – that link doesn’t work for me!! :)

Have a great trip to Florida… :)



Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2010 at 11:59 am
Jenny March 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

I love food that transports you to a tropicsl place!

Hope my Twitter advice about st. Pete restaurants helped ya!


Fae March 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

Those muffins look and sound delish!!!!!!!


Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life March 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

we also have rain rain rain… it’s very blah. i haven’t liked shopping at the mall for years now, although i must admit i used to be a mall rat with my friends in high school! it was the place to be! those muffins look so fluffy and soft and yummy! i LOVE HIIT running. i do it 3 times a week on an incline and i’ve seen a huge improvement in my hill running outside. works wonders. i’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on it after you try it!


Angela March 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm

When I was reading about Sketchie, It sounds at first like you were saying that Sketchie likes your in laws more than you do -too funny!!

I love Vaughan Mills but is always so freakin busy!!


La March 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Agh I forgot about the time change too! My day has been totally off because of it – missed Pilates and am just generally frazzled right now! Haha.

I can’t stand going shopping and finding nothing! It’s okay if I’m going shopping with no expectations to find anything, but when I’m looking for something specific and I can’t find it, its sooo frustrating!

The muffins look tropically divine. What a cool sounding cookbook, too.


Ameena March 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I never have luck with outlet malls! I also don’t like buying something and then not having the option of returning it because the outlet mall is too far away. Sorry you didn’t find anything either but I’m sure you’ll have better luck in Florida!


Brooke March 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. Those muffins look so good. I am going to have to make them (luckly I have all the ingredients in my pantry). I think I may have to wait until I get over the cold I woke up with this morning so I can taste all the awesomeness!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I’ve never thought about pairing lemon and coconut, but it sounds delicious! What a great idea.


Meg's Gut March 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I totally forgot about the time change today as well – I was so confused when my computer automatically had changed the time!

It’s so true about the shopping. When you’re out on a mission you can never find anything…but when you are shopping without anything in mind you can always find stuff.

The muffins looks great!


Lynda March 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Thanks for posting the link to the cookbook, I just called the Cookbook store on Yonge street to find out about getting myself a copy! :))


Michelle @ HeathyEatingRoadmap March 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

from the title, I thought for sure you were pregnant!!

Those muffins look pretty tasty. Happy sunday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm



Bronwyn March 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Man! Everywhere I turn I’m running into coconut muffins or cupcakes. :p And I need the time to bake!!!! :( Soon I will, soon I will. It’ll just have to be some of my procrastination time…


Thirtyandhealthy March 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I was the exact opposite. I was up at 8am and thought the clocks had changed but they hadn’t (I live in Scotland). Your list of shopping pros has made me want to go shopping. The nearest clothes shops are 3hours away from me but I can see a trip in my near future! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Those muffins looks so delicious – especially warm with the melty spread! YUM! I love HIIT – it is one of my main workouts of choice!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Those look fantastic– very moist and substantial! I want to go bake those right now :)


Heather (Where's the Beach) March 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I totally need to check out that book!


Run Sarah March 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Losing this hour put me behind this AM too. Those muffins look wonderful – perfect for that tropical feel. Thanks for sharing!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Love the look of those muffins! Tropical flavours remind me of summer!!



MarathonVal March 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Haha, I agree that sometimes the music is too darn loud at stores!! And I also am sick of going to bars and staying out after 10 or 11pm… did I mention that I’m only 26?!?! :)


Jolene March 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

In Saskatchewan we don’t do the day light savings thing :-) Weird hey!


Maureen March 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

My sister lives in Regina and says you are always on daylight savings time you just don’t bother with the time changing in the fall.


EaterNotARunner March 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I hate losing that hour! The muffins look pretty yummy though :-)


Leah March 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I forgot about the time change this morning too, and I looked at my cell phone and thought “what? how did I sleep until 10?” and had a complete panic attack.


Kiersten March 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Try the carrot snack cake in that book! It’s one of my favorites.


Gracie @ Girl Meets Health March 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Muffins for breakfast are such a good treat…especially if there is COCONUT involved!

I’ve recently discovered that I am not at all a long-distance runner…just not my thing! But I *love* HIIT running. I love giving it my all for those 30-60 seconds – pushing my body to that limit feels like such an accomplishment! Let us know what you thought of it =)


Ricki March 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm


Thanks so much for this amazing review of the book! I am so glad you liked the muffins :D

Hope to make it to the next meetup so I can bring along some baked treats for you(I just know you’d love the Ultra Fudgy Brownies!)

xo Ricki


Laura Georgina March 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

What a busy day! At least it will stay light out for longer–I always love spring forward day and all that extra daylight….


Heather (Heather's Dish) March 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

lucky girl! you get to go from warm spring weather to even warmer spring weather with BEACHES! i’m not the biggest fan of losing an hour of sleep, but i am thankful for an extra hour of sunlight! hope your run is good…run a couple yards for me and my gimp knee :)


LisaG March 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

It’s great weather here; not sure what part of fl you are going first. But, it was a cold winter here so flowers are just about to be major blooming. Have a good trip!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Those muffins sound great!!! Very summery :) And we can always use a little burst of summer in March!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Gosh those muffins look GREAT!! I love the idea of the oat ‘flour’ :)


Christie March 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I hate when planned shopping trips don’t result in big finds!
It never fails for me- if I have money to spend, I find nothing. If I am trying not to spend money that I don’t have in the first place, I find all kinds of goodies!!!



Katie March 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Sometimes I am really glad that Arizona doesn’t change times! THose muffins look awesome. I’ve been reading Ricki’s blog forever and her recipes are always a hit!


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

that cook book looks amazing! I’ll have to check it out myself


Grace (Graceful Simplicity) March 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Yum! I’ll check out that cookbook and her blog.

I’m in the market for a new blender (broke blender #2 a while ago, and was wondering which kind you use?


Michelle @ Eatingjourney March 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I need that book..that’s basically my life summed up in recipes and pictures.


Stacey March 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Those muffins look good and like normal muffins, that’s important. :)


Paige @ Running Around Normal March 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

That hour really got away from me, too!! I want it back! haha
Those muffins look amazing!
Have a great night :)


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Finding anything at the outlets is always so iffy for me. It seems like my size is always gone! Those muffins sound amazing–kind of like summer, which I’ve been dying for since December.


Aoife - Adventures in Veg March 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Aw those muffins look so nice…am practically drooling here! I love Ricki’s blog, she seems like the sweetest person, I bet you two got on so well :)

I just wanted to say too, I know this sounds silly as we don’t know each other but I’m so excited for you getting to go on a fab holiday – you work so hard, you and Eric really deserve a lovely holiday together. I’ve never been to Florida but I imagine it’s really relaxed with lovely weather!


Christine (The Raw Project) March 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I forgot about the time change too, lol. The muffins look great! I have not been outlet shopping in awhile, but I’m itching to go now.


Kelly March 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Those recipes do sound good, especially the muffins you made and the sweet potato muffins. Unfortunately I am major slacker when it comes to baking and I like it to be as quick as possible haha. Though if I have many more rainy days like this I guess I could spend some time baking haha.
Sorry about the shopping trip. I definitely have days like that where I just find nothing I want!


[email protected] March 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

those muffins look amazing! yes sometimes shopping can be very draining….i try to take it in small chunks or I go crazy!


island girl March 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

hey angela! those muffins look great, i can’t wait to make them! do you know how many calories are in one muffin?


Neven March 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Sweet Freedom looks like a winner. I’ll have to order a copy, my husband and son would love those muffins.


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) March 15, 2010 at 12:57 am

I hope you love Florida! I am heading to NYC.

Those muffins look delish!


Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen March 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

The same thing happened to my boyfriend and I yesterday. It wasn’t until I turned on my computer at 12:00. Kind of nice knowing we spent the morning not thinking about time. And I LOVE Ricki’s book. She is a delightful!


Teri [a foodie stays fit] March 15, 2010 at 10:02 am

those muffins sound AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Audrey March 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I don’t think you’re getting old, loud music in stores always bothers me, too. Maybe I’m an atypical teen in that way, but I’m always like “geesh! I only have one pair of ear drums!” Haha.

Ricki is awesome! Her stuff in so creative and I love reading her blog. These muffins sound great! They look super moist, too. :)


Lori March 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Those muffins look and seem so delicious and decadent! I cannot wait to try them!
Yay to the vacation! You’ve worked hard creating your dream (and someday mine… well not really but I would LOVE it) bakery creating the best looking and sounding foods!
Have a great vaca!


SoVeryFabulous March 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Those muffins look and sound delicious! I think I may try them out this weekend. I love that I already have most of the ingredients on hand. Thanks for posting the recipe!


Alyson @ Nourished Fitness March 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

Lemon & Coconut go so well together, who knows why!.. Another great addition.. white chocolate!


Debbie February 12, 2014 at 11:43 am

Those muffins were SO delicious. Being a registered dietitian and health conscious I was hoping I could find the nutrition information for them somewhere (anywhere). They were so yummy. Thank you for posting!


Jodie April 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

This is the second muffin recipe of yours that I’ve tried and it’s another keeper! Although not as moist as the blueberry banana, they’re still a pleasant change of flavor. I’d use more lemon zest next time and double the recipe. 6 muffins just wasn’t enough for the effort. I only used half a cup of maple syrup and the sweetness was fine. But I also added chocolate chips! :)


Jodie May 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I’ve made these twice because I really liked the flavor. I did however just scrape the batter into an 8″ round cake pan the second time so it felt like a bigger result than 6 muffins. Both muffins and cake were slightly dry and slightly crumbly. . . . how can I fix this? I found one site that suggested less baking powder?? What do you think?

Adding a handful of chocolate chips was really tasty :)


BigHeart October 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

I have tried this recipe several times. I love the flavour but they always turn out super crumbly. Is there something I am doing wrong or something I can add to prevent this? Thanks in advance. I visit your site often.


Amra February 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

I love all your recipes , they are soo delicious . It is truly hard to pick a favorite one , but I love your Lemon and Coconut muffins yummy . I was thinking of trying and replacing lemon with blueberries and see how that tastes .


Mimi October 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Hi Angela – just tried these and they’re delicious! Does anyone know the nutrition info per serving?


Pat November 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Can I substitute the spelt for almond meal (made from my almond milk)?


DS May 26, 2016 at 8:18 am

Hi Angela! Thank you for your amazing recipes! Don’t know how I’d have got through my vegan journey without them :)

A quick question about these muffins – Do they freeze well? And how long would you recommend?

Thank you again!


Renata February 11, 2018 at 8:59 am

Can you replace the spelt flour for whole wheat flour?


Sara Wong January 27, 2019 at 11:54 am


I usually LOVE your recipes, but I must have missed something….my muffins turned out very dry and powdery and they looked nothing like yours. The batter was equally powdery, like shortbread cookies before they’re pressed into their cookie shapes and baked.

Has anyone else actually tried this recipe (I tried to look through the comments and the comments I saw all commented on how they looked)?



Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Hi Sara, Oh I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you! To be honest, it’s been ages since I’ve made this recipe (it’s from 2010) so I will have to revisit it sometime. I appreciate your feedback! I highly recommend trying these muffin recipes:

hope this helps! :) Happy baking


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