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Piña Colada Muffin for One

That’s it! I’ve had it!

If the temperature drops one more degree, I am moving to Hawaii!

Lately, it’s been so cold, my mind spends a lot of time in Hawaii. Warm beaches, hula skirts, eating so much pineapple you get sick

vegan coconut cupcake

And Hawaiian Single Lady Cupcakes.

Topped with coconut butter, of course.

vegan coconut cupcake 2

Yesterday, I made a special muffin for my favorite piña-colada-loving lady. (I didn’t join her for this one. As much as I love coconut, I’m strangely not overly-enthusiastic about the coconut-pineapple combination. Go figure.)

Vegan Piña Colada Muffin
(makes a single muffin/cupcake)

  • 3T flour (30g) (I used spelt flour)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1T virgin coconut oil
  • 1T plus 1 tsp pineapple juice’
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T chopped pineapple
  • Sweetener (I hate giving specific amounts, since tastebuds are so different. For normal tastebuds, 1 to 1 and 1/2 T of sugar should be about right. If you use liquid sweetener, cut back a tiny bit on the other liquid. You can also use stevia.)
  • Toppings of choice, such as Artisana coconut butter and shredded coconut

Directions: Preheat the oven to 330 degrees. Mix the ingredients and pour into an oiled (or sprayed) muffin pan. Smooth top of batter. Cook for 12-15ish minutes. (Or, you can use Heather’s microwave version.)



Question of the Day:

Is it cold where you are?

If not, can I move in with you? I promise you won’t even notice I’m there… although you *might* notice all your chocolate mysteriously disappears!
P.S. Above is a scrapbook page I made of last year’s post.

Published on January 13, 2011

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  1. Albizia says

    Coconut… *starts daydreaming* You totally won my heart with this one! 🙂

    Yes, it’s cold. And muddy. And foggy. But I can offer you a chocolate dessert 😛

  2. Jenny says

    so I just got a cupcake maker for my birthday (eep!) and my first thought was: I’m definitely going to use this to make Katie’s single lady cupcake 🙂 yayy!

  3. Emma says

    Those muffins look beautiful!
    It is soooo cold where I am from…ontario. It was -15c (or 5 f) when I left for school this morning! Burr! I’m going to have to make a muffin to warm up haha.

  4. Jennifer JCD says

    Gorgeous cupcake!!! Pineapple coconut is one of the best flavour combinations. Especially the coconut icing. Can I move in with you? It would be a tropical holiday for me, really.

    Right now it is a ‘balmy’ -25C/-13F (but feels like -34C/-30F) outside. Yesterday was worse, at -27C/-17F all day plus the wind chill. Brrrr… At least it doesn’t feel like -58C/-72F like it did three years ago, that was REALLY cold. (And yes, we all went to school and work that day, just like a normal day; there’s no such thing as a ‘snow day’ here.)

  5. Katie says

    and the song just came in my head, If you like pina coladas..getting caught in the rain, lol! Love it! This looks so yummy !

    I really really need to make your pizzert stat! It is on my to do or die list, yes I have a to do or die list, nice huh ; )

  6. Rach says

    Ick! It IS cold where I am right now, but it’s supposed to warm up this weekend! I’m ready to move somewhere that’s 75 year round… where is this magical place?

  7. Stephanie says

    Coco-pineapple is probably my FAVORITE flavor combination! These look right up my alley!

    And YES…it’s FREEEEZING here. My sister lives in Hawaii, though and is currently experiencing some torrential downpours so I can’t say I’d want to be where she is either…..for today at least! 🙂

  8. Melissa says


    I just tried the new coconut choco Luna and whooooo boy.
    It kicked me in the mouth with deliciousness!

    It sort of reminds me of my old favorite Girl Scout cookie – the Samoa (caramel/coconut/chocolate – I guess other regions call them other names). Luna got rid of my old fav (peppermint stick) and I was all 🙁 but then I tried this one and now I’m like :D!

    • Melissa says

      Oh, and I’m in MN. So, yeah.
      My APT is warm, though, and I’ve got two cats who like to lap surf so you could be cozy inside! I’ll make you tea. I just got a coconut chocolate herbal one from the Republic of Tea (so good!)… are you seeing a theme, here. Hah.

      • Melissa says

        Oh! I double checked and the website still shows P-mint. Maybe my WFM just stopped carrying them, I assumed they were disco’d. I should shake the grocery team and demand they bring them back! Or special order a case. 😉 Sorry for the false alarm!

  9. Gen says

    Yummy! that looks good!!!!!
    I’m in Brazil!!!!! Its 95 degrees here. Wanna visit? You can have all the chocolate you want, and all I ask for is single lady cupcakes and cookies every day. =D

  10. Disturbed says

    It is freezing here, and snow is everywhere. My public school back home is out all week, but because I am at a private school we have been in school all week-well were out on Monday, and back home they got an inch less snow. Thankfully, they are giving us a free jeans day to make up for this, so one day without dress code.
    But seriously, I have been making chocolate-almond oatmeal every morning to try and get my body in motion to just get out the door and face the cold-and wind.

  11. VEGirl says

    That first photo took my breath away, the one with the flowers. It is SOOO pretty! Your photographs are becoming so beautiful! It’s has been pretty cold here, but the temperatures are beginning to rise so all our snow is icing and slushing sporadically. not pretty… it’s supposed to rain all week 🙁

  12. Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast says

    I love your photograph of the muffins! Gorgeous and very inspiring. I just might have to go to a crafts store and get a whole bunch of brightly colored silk flowers that I can toss in the background to brighten things up. I know what you mean about not wanting to list the amount of sweetner. It is such a personal thing. Just like adding salt and pepper to a soup. I typically like things way less sweet than most people so it’s hard for me to say how much would be the norm. 🙂

    I like the blue. It’s very sweet which matches you perfectly!

  13. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    I’m not a huge coconut -pineapple fab, but I love pina coladas!! But I never buy any pineapple….so I make my “pina coladas” with coconut and banana-so much better!!! Know whats even better? Coconut+banana+chocolate=duh!!! Its my fav oatmeal combo!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Mmmmmmmmm reminds me of the banana butter I just made: coconut butter and banana blended together. So freakin good :). (I’m posting ’bout it soon, but my first batch disappeared before I could even get a photo. Oops!)

  14. Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day says

    I LOVE pina colada anything.

    .. and I hate to say it, but I really love making muffins in my microwave too!

  15. Camille says

    It was super chilly here in Oregon last week, like, in the 20s mostly. But yesterday it randomly jumped up to 52 degrees!? Unfortunately, the temperature hike also brought rain 🙁

  16. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I do love the Single Lady Cupcake, and since I love coconut and pineapple, this will be awesome I bet!! 😀

    It’s not that cold in London…around 3C? It’s not snowing or icy, so that’s something! 🙂

  17. Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South says

    that scrapbook page is just too cute! you are so talented. every time i hear about the single lady cupcakes i remember that i haven’t made one yet – and i feel like a right FOOL. i want to make a chocolate chip one. or a banana one. or a chocolate chip banana one!!! 😉 can’t go wrong with that.

  18. Tatiana says

    I live in Australia at the moment. So it’s pretty much the summer out here 🙂
    But, I’m fron France where in January it’s usually cold, but not as cold as your place I guess 🙂

    By the way, I was looking for your English muffins recipe but could not find it … Could you please tell me where you hide it? 🙂


  19. Namaste Gurl says

    What a fun single- lady cupcake flavor! It involves coconut, so I’m definitely intrigued and wanting to make this one 🙂

  20. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Thank goodness it’s not cold here. This is the time of the year when living in So Cal is truly worth it. Sorry, can’t help’s gorgeous here…low 60s, sunny and nice 🙂 Not to rub it in or anything.

    That muffie..oh that looks and sounds delish! I love pina coladas and pineapple and you just make me want to have one. A muffin or a pina colada 🙂

  21. Kim says

    Oh wow, (blush), I’ve been named in your blog! Eeeeek!

    Ok, I’m calmer now:)

    I love, love, LOVE that coconut and pineapple combo. But have you tried coconut, pineapple and CHOCOLATE? ‘Cause that’s what I put into my friend’s birthday cake a couple of months ago! Two layers of chocolate cake, welded together with pineapple jam and banana halves boiled in syrup, the whole thing covered in a rich molten mixture of roughly half dark chocolate and half un-diluted coconut cream. Way too sweet but way too good;)

    And if you’re going to eat all my chocolate, no you can’t move in with me. Besides, what’s cold weather but an excuse to make hot chocolate!

  22. Felicia ( a taste of health with balance) says

    this looks AWESOME! and uhmm, it is freezing where i am. single digits. wrap me up in a cocoon and wake me up in May!

  23. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    Looks delicious! Now I have “If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain..” running through my head. 🙂

    It’s cold here, but unfortunately not snowing. Everywhere around us got hit hard..but we got rain and wind. Boo.

  24. Brandie says

    OMG, is that brick house where you LIVE??? It snows that much there? Wow! That is a million dollar house! Dang girlie! How’s bout I come live with YOU instead? Lol.. Do you have room for the Beebits too? Lol….

    Once again I am reminded by your post that I have NOT tried a single-lady cupcake! What’s wrong with me!?!? Ack! 🙂

  25. BroccoliHut says

    Oddly enough, I never thought of combining coconut butter AND shredded coconut. As the glutton for texture that I am, I might just have to mix the two and eat them straight as a snack…

  26. Ashley@Quasichick says

    That cupcake looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try it. Right now King Cake is abundant b/c we are in Mardis Gras season. I am so sick of the cold too, I am ready for warm weather so I can be outside for longer then the time it takes for me to run to and from my car.

  27. Claire says

    Pina colada muffin, good idea Katie!
    It’s pretty cool for summer in Aus this year, we’ve been getting 18-34 and humidity so far (Celcius not Fahrenheit that is :P) normally it’s 30-45 degrees and no humidity. If you fancy a change my door’s always open 😀
    P.S love the scrapbook page.

  28. Amy at TheSceneFromMe says

    Yes K, it is freezing and snowy where I live too in the midwest! I am dreaming of spring flowers, bulbs blooming, sunshine and warmth! I need an adult “spring break!” And you said about being in Hawaii, eating too much pineapple that you get sick. Well I actually did that. I was at the pool, husband went to the store and came back with a pineapple, top chopped off and a spoon. I ate the whole thing!

    I love that you scrapbook. It’s a hobby of mine too. Here’s the scrapbook I made recently of my two sharpei puppies Journey and Ripley:

  29. jaclyn@todayslady says

    I absolutely love coconut muffins!!! I’m definitely a fan of pineapple in baked goods. Especially carrot muffins.

    It was cold here in Vancouver BC last week but this week we had a big snow fall, followed by lots and lots of rain-all at an ok temperature. I think I’d rather it be cold and dry….. Ideally I’d like it to be warm and sunny 🙂

  30. Heather says

    These look beautiful Katie! I love the way muffins/cupcakes look with shredded coconut topping! Ugh, it is so cold (and wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiindy) here in Tennessee! I really need to move closer to the Equator! I’m not built for cold weather!

  31. ruth says

    move in with us! i’m at the place where it’s ‘sunny everyday’. but last night it rained like crazy. and it’s just january. but i promise to buy whole jackfruits while you’re here, so you can make a jackfruit version of the single lady cupcakes. except i’ll bug you to make it for two single ladies. =D

  32. DessertForTwo says

    OhMG you need to check out my website! I do desserts for two! Small servings, no tempting leftovers!

    Ok, normally, I don’t plug myself like that, but I can see you’re in love with small sweets. We should talk 🙂

  33. Hawai'i Leah says

    I actually DO live in Hawaii… so it is about 82 degrees right now and the sun is shining. I absolutely love it here and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! (not to rub it in) But know that you have a chocolate covered fan in Oahu!

  34. Trajayjay says

    Gawd, it’s pretty anneuilling where I live. We get summers up to the 100’s but in the same year we get below 20. It’s like you gotta take of your winter coat and put on your flip flops. I always never liked hot hot, because you can strip naked and still be hot. At least with cold, you can put stuff on, vibrate, and put on an extra winter layer of fat.

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