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Here honey, don’t forget the muffins!  I practically shoved a tray of these muffins at Mike as he was running out the door one morning on his way to work.

All the sudden he picked one up and started sniffing it.  Wait, I know this flavor…it’s something I used to love as a kid!  What’s in them, do I like these?, he asked, holding up a muffin to examine it further.  Instead of waiting for me to answer, he started grabbing muffins off the tray like there was no tomorrow, telling me to save them for him for later.I had to laugh.  Separately he doesn’t like kiwi, coconut, or lime.  Or muffins.  But apparently the combination of these three flavors reminded him of something he used to be crazy about, despite the fact that it’s in muffin form.

As for me, before I made them, I had no idea that these muffins would be as delicious as they turned out.  I first started playing around with a kiwi muffin recipe because I had a (huge!) excess of kiwi just sitting around in my fridge…but then I ended up making the recipe three more times because not only did I have kiwi to spare, but a husband who couldn’t get enough, lol.  I like to enjoy these muffins with a cup of cold almond milk spiced with cinnamon.

Kiwi, Coconut, & Lime Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

2 tablespoons coconut milk

2 medium kiwis, peeled and pureed*

1 teaspoon lime zest

4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (for topping)

*You should get 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of kiwi puree; if you don’t get this much, add enough water to the kiwi puree so you have this amount.

Preheat oven to 400F and line a muffin tray with 12 paper liners.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and unsweetened shredded coconut in a medium bowl; set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then whisk in the egg until light, fluffy, and pale yellow.  Whisk in the vanilla extract, coconut extract, coconut milk, kiwi puree, and lime zest.  Use a wooden spoon to stir the dry ingredients into the wet all at once, being careful not to over-mix (it’s better to see a few streaks of flour than to over-mix).

Divide the batter into the 12 lined muffin wells (each well with be about 1/2 to 2/3 full); sprinkle 1 teaspoon of flaked coconut on top of each muffin.  Bake until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean, about 14 to 16 minutes.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Made these today and the house smells amazing!!! Haven’t tried one yet but looking at the recipe I just realized I forgot the 2 tbsp coconut milk…oops….Thx for sharing a great recipe!

  2. how very tropical! i’ve never baked with kiwi, though i love it. i’ll bet the seeds make for very pretty muffin innards.

  3. What stunning pictures, Faith..and love the tropical combo in these cute muffins!

  4. perfect combination for summer now in NY hehe :) These look lovely and i can’t wait to try making them cuz i love love love COCONUTS

  5. I thought I’d made every kind of muffin, but Kiwi is new to me. I think I know what will be filling my muffin tin next! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  6. Wonderful tropical combo! Never thought of kiwi in baking and it looks so yummy… can’t wait to try!

  7. These sound amazing! I just started following your blog and cannot wait to hunt through the rest of your recipes :) !! I love the kiwi-coconut-lime combo, I always have kiwis in my kitchen, never thought to use them in a muffin! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  8. I wonder what your beautiful muffins reminded Mike of. I’ve never tried baking with kiwi, what a great way to use up extra kiwi.

  9. Score for Mike trying them without any trickery! LOL! Glad they were a hit, that always is gratifying to please your husband’s belly, right? The flavor combination does sound really good and I’ve pinned them to try.

  10. I love it when muffins get exciting! What a unique combo of flavors. I rarely see baked goods with kiwi. Yum!

  11. Delightful combination of flavors – you had me at coconut/lime. I have a fridge full of tropical fruits, but no kiwis – maybe I’ll substitute with the dragon fruit :)

  12. Haha, sometimes the whole is more than the sum of its parts. These muffins look loveley – but then I do happen to actually like all of these ingrediants anyway!

  13. I’ve never baked with kiwis before, but this combination sounds gorgeous! Makes a change from just eating them raw, must give it a go.

  14. Sometimes it’s best just to not tell these boys what’s in their food until after they’ve tasted it. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to. :) As for me, I like everything in these! WIN.

  15. Great combo of flavors! I have some kiwi sitting in the fridge and I’ve been wondering what I could do with I know what! Thx for sharing!

  16. I’m not crazy about kiwi when eaten solo, either, but it does magical things when paired with strawberries. I guess coconut must be another one of those key ingredients that unlocks the kiwi’s full potential!

  17. went to FG to check a submission and realized we were in neighboring squares and that I not only love your muffins, I love the little plate you have them on – so pretty!

  18. What a splendid combination. I love each ingredient individually though do not use kiwi due to family allergies but together is a complete explosion of flavors! Love these muffins!

  19. You hubby sounds a lot like mine. There are so many fruit/veggies he won’t eat but if I sneak them in baked goodies or other dishes he asks for seconds most of the times.
    Love all the flavors you put in these pretty muffins!

  20. Definitely a unique flavor combo! I want to give them a go! I love when I make something Josh claims to dislike…and then he eats it ;)

  21. Your muffins look so good I will also grab a few before running out of the house. Maybe I don’t even mind to be late for work just to enjoy it slowly with a cup of milk :D

  22. What wonderful flavors! Delightfully exotic.



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