Cocoa Coconut Muffins

Are you a grocery store tourist?

I definitely am. I love checking out local markets, health food stores and shops to drool over their products, especially when I’m in a new city. Though Toronto isn’t exactly ‘new’ to me, I have been away for a long time and plenty has changed in my absence.

I’ve been traipsing my way around to discover the great foodie spots. A few weeks ago, I was at The Big Carrot and some large, shaved coconut flakes caught my eye. They weren’t something I’d seen before – the flakes were much bigger than your traditional shredded coconut.

I’ve been tossing them in granola and trail mixes, but they also work perfectly in baking. They gave these sweet, comforting muffins a lovely, coconutty crunch.

Do you enjoy exploring grocery stores for fun? Or is it just me?

Cocoa Coconut Muffins
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gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free
Recipe type: Muffin
Serves: 12
  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup sunflower seed meal
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Irish Moss, or egg replacer equal to one egg
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, or shredded coconut
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together and whisk well.
  2. In a small pot, gently melt the honey, maple syrup, applesauce, coconut oil, water, Irish Moss, and vanilla. Stir mixture into dry ingredients and gently mix. Toss in the coconut flakes.
  3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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9 Responses to Cocoa Coconut Muffins

  1. Stephanie March 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I’m not familiar with sunflower seed meal – is it like s.seed butter? What could I use in place of it?

    • Sondi Bruner March 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      I just ground up sunflower seeds into a powder. You could use almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans – whatever nut you like!

  2. trialsinfood March 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    i am a grocery tourist. i like going to the markets and grocery stores wherever i am to buy local food products as souvenirs. these muffins sound delicious!

  3. Hyeran Nam March 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    so do i. I’d like to look around grocery store.
    i hope to make it :-)

  4. Sandra robbins March 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I used those size and sweetened to make peanut brittle that is just to die for!!

  5. frugalfeeding March 10, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    What a delectable colour – great post :)

  6. Christina March 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I’m a grocery store looky loo too. I like going into Meinhardt’s with a friend and playing a game called Guess How Much This Costs. :)

    • Sondi Bruner March 11, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      Oh, Meinhardt’s is ridiculous!! What a fun game.

  7. Kimberli March 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Nope, you are not the only one as I have a developed a grocery store obsession! The only one who understands it is my friend, Mary, who comes with me on these little trips. We love going to local stores, farmer’s markets and we especially love going to Asian markets. We love to cook so we enjoy going to stores to see what to taste or use in the kitchen šŸ˜€