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 & Oil-Free Cocoa-Beet Muffins

vegan cocoa-beet muffins

I finally scored a mini-muffin tin from the Kona salvation army and had an itch to bake today. A bunch of beets from the Captain Cook farmer’s market were also in need of consumption. Here’s what happened: 


  1. 1 large beet
  2. water to boil
  3. 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  7. 1/2 cup spelt flour
  8. 1/2 cup organic, fair-trade hot cocoa mix
  9. 2 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp. salt
  11. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Rinse and peel your beet. Cut it into quarters and boil in a saucepan until soft. While the beet is cooking, combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. When the beet quarters are soft, drain the water and place beets into a blender with 1/4 cup water and 1 cup applesauce. Blend until smooth. Pour the beet mixture into a bowl and add the vinegar and vanilla. Slowly combine the beet mixture to the dry mixture. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and fill your muffin tins. I cooked my mini-muffins for about 12 minutes. Your muffins may need a bit more time according to size. Test by inserting a toothpick into the center. When it comes out clean, your muffins are ready to leave the oven. 




vegan cocoa-beet muffins