Vegan & Oil-Free Sunset Beach Muffins & a trip to the beach!

Pack your bags and head to the beach with these tropical treats. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and your sunscreen! Here in Kohala, the sun is bright and unforgiving!

Mix Dry Ingredients:

  1. 3 cups flour (you choose your favorite!)
  2. 2 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  6. 1/2 cup raw sugar

sunset beach muffins

Mix Wet Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup pineapple juice
  2. 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  3. 1 cup papaya, mashed
  4. 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  5. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1/4 tsp. orange zest

Combine all ingredients (and oil or line your muffin pan) & bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (perhaps longer depending upon the size of your muffins.)

kohala coast

kohala coast

kohala coast


Vegan Coconut Orange “Mug-fins”

While I have yet to master the art of baking, and have limited kitchen supplies in my little Hawaiian bungalow, these wholesome vegan treats turned out to be surprisingly delicious. They are not meant to be sweet-better as a breakfast food when your taste buds are less judgemental in an “I want sugar” kind of way.

Please bare with my use of mugs for muffin tins and funny measurements (again limited kitchen utensils). We enjoyed these for breakfast with some vegan butter spread and a little jam.


  1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1/4  cup flaked coconut
  3. 1 tbsp. orange zest
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 2 tbsp. honey
  7. 3 tbsp. ground flax seeds (you can grind whole seeds in a coffee grinder) mixed with 3 tbsp. water
  8. 1 tbsp. applesauce
  9. 1/4 cup water
  10. 1/4 cup soy milk
  11. 4 tbsp. orange juice
  12. 1/4 cup flaked coconut for sprinkling on top


Turn your oven on to 350 degrees. Butter or oil your mugs or muffin tins.

In a large bowl mix all the “dry” ingredients together. In another bowl mix all the “wet” ingredients. Slowly add the wet to the dry. Spoon batter into your mugs or tins, then sprinkle the tops with coconut.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. I baked mine for 30 minutes because the batter was divided into only 4 large mugs. If you use a standard muffin tin, this recipe should make approx. 12 muffins and will only need about 20 minutes in the oven. You be the judge.