Coconut Orange Muffins

James had a sidekick named Joe, and they lived in an apartment above a storefront a few blocks from the bakery.  Joe did not come to the bakery to sit around or work, but he and James would stop in for a while or he would come looking for James at the bakery.  Joe often appeared to have business or other concerns on his mind.  After visiting a few minutes, he and James would take off, strolling down Clark Street to do whatever they needed to do.  I never knew Joe’s profession, and I didn’t ask.


2-1/3 cups whole wheat flour                                     1/2 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda                                       1/3 cup oil

1/2 teaspoon salt                                                             3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg                                                    2/3 cup orange juice (from 2 medium                                                                                                              oranges)

2/3 cup shredded coconut                                          2 tablespoons orange peel

1 large egg, beaten


  1. Mix the flour, soda, salt, nutmeg, and coconut in a bowl.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix the honey, oil, yogurt, orange juice, peel, and beaten egg.
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400o Lightly oil 12 muffin cups.
  2. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients so the dry ingredients are moistened and the batter is homogeneous. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups so they are ¾ full.

Bake the muffins for 25-27 minutes until firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Remove the pan from the oven and take the muffins out of the cups to cool on a wire rack

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