Coconut Pineapple Muffins with Crumble Topping

I’m loving muffins these days, it’s one of the easiest thing to bake: mix wet ingredients in a bowl, dry ingredients in another bowl, combine the two together, mix, pour and bake and voila! Delicious Muffins! Quick and easy (magic words for me), what could be better than that? I wish I’d known this when I was just learning how to bake.

Muffins are just like cupcakes without the frosting or icing; these babies are rich enough by themselves that frosting will just spoil them. What it needs is a cup of coffee or tea and your love ones to share it with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Coconut is my love so it’s only natural for me to make coconut muffins..I’ve searched the web for a good coconut muffin recipe and after testing a couple of them, I settled for this one. I like this recipe because it has crumble topping..yum!

I tweaked it just a bit by replacing some ingredients like: oil instead of butter and buttermilk for milk. For the flour I used half whole wheat pastry and cake flour, I was happy with the result, and so are my family. My husband (as usual) forgot that he doesn’t like coconut and finished 3 in one sitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tip on making muffins: DO NOT overmix. That is one great tip that you have to remember if you haven’t made muffins before..Over mixing develops the gluten in flour which results in tough don’t want that.

This recipe is easy enough that I didn’t take any photos of the process..just this one…

muffins fresh from the oven..

I found this recipe here

makes 12 yummy muffins

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut (I sub dessicated coconut)
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup cake flour and 1 cup wholewheat pastry flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted ( I used coconut oil)
1/2 cup milk (I replaced this with buttermilk)
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained well


1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
3 tablespoons cold butter, cut up

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle the coconut on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Alternately, you can do this in a pan over medium high heat, stir constantly or you’ll burn it or you may skip this but ย toasting the coconut makes it more flavorful.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave combine ย oil,ย milk, pineapple juice, eggs, and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened; do not over mix. Fold in the toasted coconut and pineapple.

For topping, mix together brown sugar, flour and coconut. Rub in small pieces of butter with fingers until coarse crumbs have formed. Sprinkle coarse crumb topping over coconut- pineapple muffin batter.

Fill 12 non-stick muffin pans two-thirds full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are lightly browned and firm. Cool in pan on a wire rack. That’s it! Done. Enjoy with a cup of tea or yourself with a good book or with your love ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, I received an award from a blogger friend, Joy Zhang of I’m supposed to write 7 random things about myself and pass the award to 7 blogger friends…I will be posting it later today..

Thanks for reading and Have a nice day! ๐Ÿ™‚

11 Responses to "Coconut Pineapple Muffins with Crumble Topping"

  1. Mauro   November 20, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I’m looking for a good recipe for oatmeal and your recipe sounds easy enough for me, I’m going to try it. Thanks!

  2. Geneva Mcdaris   May 9, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Awesome photos! I love the post so much! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Billie Johnson   March 24, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I just baked your muffins. They are delicious!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. Eateng   December 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Hi, what a great site! I’m amazed how muffins made from the same recipe can look so different…..I’ll be more generous with crumbles next time. Since I’m here I’ll browse some of your work. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m jumping up and down in joy because I hardly ever get visitors. I tend to keep it to myself… I’m very shy…:)

    • Olive   December 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

      Hi Eateng! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for dropping by..I found you through google image search.. I really like your idea of adding crumble topping, so try I did and everyone liked it..thanks again for sharing your tweaked recipe .. I’m actually shy too but I’m shy to say it and I’m also forgetful… I forgot to jot these down when I wrote my 7 random facts ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Natalie   December 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    OMG I love these…coconut and pinapple is a match made in heaven…and those cup cake liners are preciously beautiful…LOVE LOVE !

  6. Jhonny Walker   December 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love a combination of pineapple and Coconut..these muffins look perfect!

  7. lululu   December 5, 2009 at 9:13 am

    These look divine!
    It’s just like a “pina colada” muffin for me!

  8. French Cooking for Dummies   December 5, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Oh my god! You got me at crumble topping muffin! I love the idea ๐Ÿ˜€ Pineapple and coconut sound like a perfect combination…Yummm…

  9. Katherine   December 5, 2009 at 2:23 am

    I love the topping you have put on these muffins. It must have been incredibly crunchy on top of a moist muffin. Yummm

  10. Sophie   December 5, 2009 at 2:20 am

    MMMMMM,..these muffins look so lovely & delicious!

    I love the combination of pineapple with the coconut!! I would never have thaught of that!! Just so yummie,…


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