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Baking, a Love Story

Exotic Plum and Coconut Muffins for a Very Sophisticated Golden Retriever


“What’s for breakfast?” my sixteen-year-old, superglued to his computer, asks.

“Oh, I think I’ll make muffins,” I reply.

“What kiiiind of muffins?” he mumbles, not looking up for a second.

“It’s a surprise,” I say (aka – If I told you, you may not eat them).

Lucky for me,  his being brainwashed by the computer does serve a purpose once in awhile. I could bring a one hundred foot, fire-breathing dragon into the room, and he wouldn’t notice. Trust me. It’s been done.

Three plums peeled and rough chopped for the puree.

So a measly peeling and pureeing of plums certainly wouldn’t grab his attention. And the pouring in of creamy coconut milk and adding a dash of cardamom and ginger wouldn’t turn his head either. I am safe. The pickiest eater in the house is totally unaware that his muffin is revolutionary and filled with fruit. Whew!

And just when I think I may have to explain the bright pink color of the batter, it turns a normal oatmeal hue as if it knows that it must camouflage itself in order to be worthy of being eaten at our table.

Then, an illusive warm and exotic aroma of plums and coconut permeates the house.  I worry he may catch on, and yet still he clicks away, checking his Facebook page and laughing at the latest YouTube video which shows a man in a yellow Morphsuit dashing across the lawn at a baseball game (Morphsuits are popping up in his conversations more times than I can count these days…should I be worried?).

I chop some flaked coconut and almonds and stir them into an obscenely small portion of the batter because no one here eats coconut…well, except for the baker. Shameful, I know. Stop tsking please, it’s not my fault. I’ve tried to convert them— to no avail— but at Halloween time the Almond Joys are ALL MINE.

When they are still warm, we bite into these exotic muffins studded with chopped plum and coconut, and everyone says, “Mmmmmm,” including my son.  His brows furrow, and he looks confused. “What’s in them?” he asks.  I pretend to not hear him, continuing to chew and concerning myself with the goofy Golden Retriever trying to get my attention with her sad puppy-dog eyes pleading for a bite.

Quick iPhone snap of Sadie asking for her share.

Next, she brings me her plate.  I guess at least my dog has a sophisticated palate. There’s always that.

Plum Coconut Muffins
Adapted from my Fill-In-The-Blanks Muffin Recipe Post
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. almond flour (or wheat flour)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cardamom
1/3 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. coconut milk (you may need to add 1/4 c. more)
1 egg
3/4 c. plum puree from about 3 plums (or use a fruit you have on hand…peach would be divine)
1/4  t. coconut extract (if you don’t have it, just leave it out. It will be fine)
1/4 c. Canola oil
3/4 c. peeled, chopped plums (about 3-4 small plums)
3/4 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chopped almonds or other nut

To make the muffins: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place muffin liners in muffin pan.  Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl from flour to sugar, using a wire whisk to avoid sifting. Set aside.

Peel and chop all plums. Use three to puree in either blender or food processor. Chop the rest in small chunks.

In a large liquid measuring cup or medium sized bowl, combine milk, pureed plum, egg and canola oil.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Don’t over mix. If the batter seems to stiff, add another 1/4 c. of coconut milk to loosen it up.

In a small bowl toss the chopped plums with 1 T. of all purpose flour to coat.  Stir in the plums, coconut and chopped nuts into the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes and check. They should turn a tad bit golden and become slightly firm when gently pressed.


37 thoughts on “Exotic Plum and Coconut Muffins for a Very Sophisticated Golden Retriever

  1. That is one smart dog! This had us both laughing. Can you tell we fight for computer time? Great recipe. Priceless photo.

  2. I am glad my kids are still young!
    Those exotic muffins sound heavenly..I might just make them tomorrow…will keep you posted

  3. you really do have a teenager don’t you!! the number of times i have served pureed sauce laden with veg and said oh no.. it is just RED sauce,, ok,, gobble gobble! lovely muffins too..

  4. Those muffins look so lovely. Perfect for the breakfast, with a pot of tea.

  5. What a smart dog! Great muffin recipe as well great for tea time.

  6. This recipe sounds amazing…even for a non-coconut lover like myself. 🙂

  7. Ooh, the pureed plums and coconut sound delicious in muffins!

  8. Yum! I would find nothing to be picky about in these!

  9. I love unusual ideas and this actually sounds pretty good – plus, I’m also a big coconut fan. 😉 And how could your resist that golden mug? So sweet.

  10. That’s a crazy color-changing batter! The muffins sound fabulous, but I think I might like them even better if they were pink, too. You’re welcome to come to my house and cook for an appreciative audience anytime. 😉

  11. First of all these muffins sound amazing. Second, how cute is it that Sadie brings you her plate? That’s adorable! Did she get her share?
    Its funny you posted this too, because just tonight I made your banana cookies (I didn’t have chocolate chips) and Lexie went crazy for them. I dropped a piece on the floor and she’s been desperate for more all night. 🙂

  12. I would totally add the coconut to the last bit of batter too. Everything is better with coconut.

  13. Haha! Hilarious post! I think the muffins look amazing.

  14. hi geni, the fruits looks so delicious until they give to the oats color- ha ha.
    your muffins sure tastes delicious, must be authentic with so many flavorful ingredients added.

  15. Yay! Sadie is so cute when she holds her plate like that! ❤

  16. Plum & coconut together sounds so yum! Me always in for fresh fruits in baking!!You cracked me up with this funny post Geni..Have a nice week ahead!

  17. Wow, interesting flavor combo! I’m sure those are really delicious together, I’ve just never thought of it! I love that your dog has her own plate. Adorable.

  18. I would have never put together coconut and plums to make a muffin.. but you have definitely done an incredible job with this recipe. You always have such decadent recipes to share and I love it

  19. It sounds so delicious and healthy too. My dog also begs for food, he likes carrots, watermelons, and cucumbers. It’s a good thing he is eating healthy. 🙂

  20. Mwahahaha! Sneaky. Cunning. Delicious. I like.

  21. Is that my son over at your house??!! Wow, they sound so similar AND I handle my son exactly the same way you do….with silence! What he doesn’t know, never will hurt him!! And these muffins have to be amazingly good! My son would love them, but I’d never tell him what was in it! Not that it’s even odd, just that he cringes over anything other than very basic ingredients!!

  22. I love the camouflage line as I used to do with my son…these muffins look delicious with plum and coconut, not only exotic and so tropical.
    Sadie’s picture is SO cute.
    Hope you are having a great week Geni 🙂

  23. These are stunning and your dog is SO cute! I like this sort of muffin and my hubby would go bananas for it! (or coconut for it!) I found you from The Wed. Link Party!

  24. How unique! These sound perfect for summer. And your dog is so adorable with the plate! How could you say no?!

  25. Woh! I have never even heard of baking with that combination of flavors but I am intrigued. will have to try these asap!

  26. These muffins sound fantastic! I’m going to put them in my features for tomorrow 🙂

  27. Oh that is such a sweet dog, in I always fall for there watery, soft and loving eyes. What a gr8 combination, healthy, filling n sumptuous. N till he liked them why bother telling him what went in them.

  28. Hilarious story! I am pregnant for the first time with a boy and I can already see before my eyes a future filled with hidden produce. I love plums! I’m definitely making this.

  29. I’m surprised no one has mentioned this, but I think you have a typo in the recipe… it calls for baking the muffins for 120 minutes. I sincerely doubt that they need to be in the oven for 2 hours, so you may want to change that 🙂

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