Vegan Pumpkin Muffins + A Review of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

by Rachel | Studio Cuisine on October 24, 2012

I apologize for my lack of consistency when it comes to posting lately.

Life has been pretty darn crazy. Working three days a week, taking four graduate school classes, and attempting to make it to the gym at least three days a wake has seriously taken its toll. I can feel myself getting sick, and somehow my body just won’t let me get there! I’m exhausted despite getting 8 hours of sleep and have the most minor of sore throats. Well, you hear me body? LET ME GET SICK! I just want to get it out of the way for the season and get back to my regular healthy self. I have way too much on my plate right now to let a silly thing like illness get in my way!

Now, onto pumpkin things. I hope you’re not sick of it yet because I’m certainly not. This week’s Sundays with Joy (slightly early, I know) recipe called for vegan pumpkin bread, and since I have absolutely no means of finishing two loaves of pumpkin bread, I changed up the recipe to make vegan pumpkin muffins. And because I’ve expressed my feelings about canola oil, I also replaced that stuff with my beloved Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.

I first used this coconut oil during a Paleo diet challenge sponsored my gym back in January, and while I’ve let that whole diet go, I’ve been hooked on this coconut oil since. When Tropical Traditions offered to send me a free sample to review, I just couldn’t turn it down. As someone who didn’t always like coconut, I was afraid that the flavor of this oil would be entirely too overpowering. I’m here to tell you that this is not the case. I used a whole 3/4 cup of this coconut oil in this recipe, and there’s absolutely no trace of its’ flavor. Do yourself a favor and try this coconut oil! It’s a healthy choice you can feel good about, and I promise you won’t be let down.

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins + A Review of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 9 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Calories per serving: 292


  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line muffin tin with 9 liners (or spray with cooking spray).
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour dry ingredients into wet all at once and stir until just combined.
  4. Distribute batter evenly between 9 muffin tins (it will be thick), and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Yields 9 muffins.
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To find out more about Sundays with Joy, click here.

The original version of this recipe can be found in the Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. As a disclaimer, I am in no way affiliated with Joy the Baker or the publishers of the Joy the Baker Cookbook. All opinions are 100% my own. Additionally, I received no compensation for my review of Tropical Traditions.

Check out the rest of this week’s variations on this recipe over at Bakeaholic Mama!

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1 Yesenia October 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

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2 Rachel | Studio Cuisine October 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thanks Yesenia!


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