Coconut Muffins with Streusel Topping

These coconut muffins with streusel topping were originally published in May 2012. The post has been updated as of March 30, 2017 with new photos, text and a slightly modified & improved recipe!

It is absolutely no secret that I am a total freak over coconut. I love it, love it, love it!

Light, fluffy & simple coconut muffins with streusel topping! Packed with coconut flavor from coconut milk, coconut flakes and extract! With an irresistible sweet topping!

So the pure coconut simplicity of these muffins??? It makes my heart (and belly!) oh so happy.

There really are no other competing flavors … just coconut goodness to the max. We have coconut milk. Coconut sugar. Shredded coconut! Coconut extract! All combining into one fantastic light and fluffy muffin that is plenty coconut-y … but not in an overwhelming sort of way.

With their gorgeous puffy tops and that deliciously sweet streusel, consider this your warning that they are fairly addicting. ESPECIALLY warm straight from the oven. Oh me, oh my.

Now, I would consider these more on the dessert side of muffins (with that aforementioned streusel), but let’s be real. They are so good that you’ll probably want to eat them all day long. Which would be why I forced myself to give away plenty of our extra muffins to the construction guys working at our house. Because, hellooo zero self control!

Seriously though. Make a batch and then let’s chat about how hard it is to walk through the kitchen without sneaking just one more muffin.

Light, fluffy & simple coconut muffins with streusel topping! Packed with coconut flavor from coconut milk, coconut flakes and extract! With an irresistible sweet topping!

So, moving right along, let’s get to a few tips & tricks for the recipe.

  1. First up – substitutions! Lightly packed brown sugar should work just fine here in place of the coconut sugar. You could also use melted coconut oil in place of the grapeseed oil (Just make sure that everything is at room temp if you go this route! The coldness of other ingredients can harden up the coconut oil).
  2. I would encourage you to stick with white whole wheat flour in this recipe (and not regular whole wheat flour). It helps keep the muffins light and fluffy!
  3. For the canned light coconut milk, give the can a good shake before pouring out what you need. This just helps make sure it is nice and combined.
  4. Because of the streusel, I find that these muffins are best on the day they are made. However, if you do have any leftover, place a piece or two of paper towel in a container, then add the muffins and cover with a lid. The streusel starts to almost melt, for lack of a better word, into the muffins, but they are still delicious! I like to pop in the microwave for a few seconds to warm back up before enjoying!

Coconut muffins … make em’ make em’ for your spring (or anytime!) baking needs! PS – you should also totally try these blueberry coconut muffins. Or, or these strawberry vanilla muffins. Can you tell I really like muffins???

Light, fluffy & simple coconut muffins with streusel topping! Packed with coconut flavor from coconut milk, coconut flakes and extract! With an irresistible sweet topping!

Yield: about 12 muffins

Coconut Muffins with Streusel Topping

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Light, fluffy & simple coconut muffins with streusel topping! Packed with coconut flavor from coconut milk, coconut flakes and extract! With an irresistible sweet topping!

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Ingredients:

For the topping:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 ½ teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the muffins:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup grapeseed oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with baking cups and set aside.

For the topping:

  1. Add the sugar, coconut, oil and cinnamon to a small bowl and mix until combined and evenly moistened. Set aside.

For the muffins:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together both kinds of flour, the sugar, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil, vanilla extract and coconut extract until well combined. Add to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the shredded coconut (it will be a thick batter). Evenly scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each about ⅔ to ¾ of the way full. Use your fingers to sprinkle the streusel over the tops of the muffins.
  2. Bake for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then remove the muffins to a wire rack.

Heavily adapted from Taste of Home.