Donna Hay chocolate and double coconut muffins

12 Oct

chocolate double coconut muffins

Many moons ago, in another life, I used to eat a chocolate chip muffin every day for breakfast. I commuted from one side of Sydney to the other and at the train station at my destination there was a muffin shop. I would alight, grab a behmouth of a choc chip muffin that probably had 10 gazillion calories and eat it on the walk to work.

It wasn’t until I started baking that I realised muffins weren’t supposed to be the size of a toddler’s head. Also, muffins are about a healthy a breakfast as birthday cake. 

I bake muffins frequently for school lunchboxes or to take to work for my work collagaues. No-one kids themselves that they are a healthy breakfast alternative but I do like the portability of them.

This recipe for chocolate and double coconut muffins was in a recent issue of Donna Hay magazine. I thought I could hide the banana from Miss9 who has, in recent times, decided that she isn’t a fan of bananas…

Do not use replace the coconut milk with coconut cream as it will be too thick. I halved the amount of sugar from Donna’s original recipe.

double coconut chocolate muffins


2 ½ cups self-raising flour

½ cup dessicated coconut

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup Dutch cocoa

½ cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

3 large bananas, mashed with a fork

200 grams dark chocolate chips

Double  coconut  chocolate  muffins


Preheat oven to 180C and line cupcake or muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, coconut and coca until combined.

In a large jug whisk together the vanilla, oil, milk and egg then tip into the dry mix and use a silver spoon to gently mix until just combined.

Spoon into the wrappers and bake for around 14 minutes – err on the side of under rather than over baked as they will cook up a bit more after being remved from oven.

Place on wire rack to cool completely, then dust with icing sugar if desired.

The Hungry Mum. Double coconut chocolate muffins


16 Responses to “Donna Hay chocolate and double coconut muffins”

  1. cheergerm October 12, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    Ah Mrs H, the things we once ate and got away with! I too like a smaller muffin and also like the idea of coconut milk in these. Kid 2 loves banana but Kid 1 hates it, sooooo annoying…..

    • The Hungry Mum October 15, 2015 at 12:57 am #

      Isn;t in annoying that kids don;t like the same things?! Miss9 used to love bananas, now just about has an attack of the vapours if there’s one in her vicinity. Grrr.

  2. hotlyspiced October 12, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    I do love homemade muffins but I’ve never been a fan of muffins from muffin shops – so much sugar! I do like how you’ve made these with coconut milk – a lovely flavour with chocolate xx

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 12, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    I think you must be Donna’s biggest fan! And yes I used to walk past a muffin shop every morning but for some reason wasn’t really tempted. I think I prefer home made ones.

  4. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness October 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    It’s been a while since I made (and ate!) muffins. But double coconut sounds perfect!

    • The Hungry Mum October 15, 2015 at 12:56 am #

      Maybe this is the recipe to tempt you back to muffin land 😉

  5. Shari October 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    I love muffins and wish I could eat them every day. I do eat them once in a while, though. It made me laugh when you described some of the store bought muffins as being the size of a toddler’s head! 🙂 So true! The combination of coconut and chocolate sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • The Hungry Mum October 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Those behemoth muffins!!! They could feed a family of 6 😉 I love coconut and choc anything so these were delish!

  6. Ruby_&_Cake October 13, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Homemade muffins are the greatest. These look awesome. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I am on a muffin rampage at the moment. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum October 15, 2015 at 7:06 am #

      Muffin rampage! Love it! Hope you enjoy these choccy ones.

  7. writingmonique October 13, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    This looks delicious!

  8. thesurprisedgourmet October 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Here you’ve shattered my dream that muffins aren’t healthy for breakfast. 😉 These look delicious.

    • The Hungry Mum November 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      I am the bearer of bad news, aren’t I 🙂 #oops

  9. Sweet and Savoury Pursuits October 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    This sounds delicious, always love the combination of chocolate and coconut.

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