lemon coconut yogurt muffins with tillamook farmstyle greek yogurt


lemon muffinsUp until today I hadn’t  been too adventurous with the delicious stash of Tillamook Farmstyle Greek Yogurt in my fridge- very nicely shipped to me by Tillamook.  I’ve been enjoying it throughout the week for breakfast or as a snack with a sprinkling of my homemade almond honey granola.  I’ve also done a little yogurt sharing, especially once I realized I could buy more at my local Safeway store.  So this morning I let a slightly overcast sky inspire me to do some baking.  My last minute decisions to bake are always the most rewarding and this time my spur of the moment decision to bake a batch of muffins this morning led me right to my Greek yogurt.

Of course there are a few more things involved, besides having a large container of Greek yogurt in your fridge,  when planning to bake a batch of lemon coconut yogurt muffins – like having lemons, coconuts, flour, sugar, measuring cups and spoons etc.  Lucky for me I had everything I needed in my pantry for these muffins.  I think most home bakers like to keep the basics for their baking on hand -just in case the urge to bake strikes.  I like to bake with yogurt and having it on hand for my baking projects as well as for just plain eating is one of the things I’m doing these days.

I used the last of my Meyer lemons for these lemon coconut yogurt muffins and I admit to being sad to come to the end of my special lemons, but any lemons would work in the recipe.  I noticed my Meyer lemon tree is covered with blossoms, very exciting -looking forward to a new crop!
Lemon Coconut Yogurt Muffins
I haven’t posted a recipe here in over a month so I had to do a little scrambling to gather all my food blogging accoutrements -such as a quick camera check-battery dead?  Yes, of course- but not too worry I have an extra one fully charged just for a rainy day like today.  Speaking of rainy days, it sort of feels like Oregon here today with the green hills, rain and Tillamook yogurt.  But, I love it for a change from the warm early Spring weather we’ve been having or I should say enjoying here in the Bay Area.

So there you have it-a new recipe, a quick check of the weather, a few words and Patty’s Food blog is up and running this week.  Please enjoy my recipe for lemon coconut yogurt muffins.

Lemon Coconut Yogurt Muffins

lemon coconut yogurt muffins with tillamook farmstyle greek yogurt

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 & 1/4 cups Tillamook Farmstyle Greek Yogurt, Nonfat
  • 1/4 cup lowfat milk
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil
  • for the topping
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cake spice, I used Penzeys Spices brand


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Spray with baking spray or line with paper cups a 12 cup standard muffin pan.
  3. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and lemon zest in a large bowl.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the yogurt, milk, lemon juice, coconut flakes, eggs, coconut oil and lemon oil.
  5. Stir together until just combined, batter will be thick and fluffy.
  6. Portion the batter into the prepared muffin cups, I use a large scoop.
  7. The batter should be almost to the tops of muffin cups.
  8. Sprinkle the topping over the muffin tops.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a rack until muffins are cool enough to remove from pan and continue cooling on rack.

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  1. Welcome back – we have missed you! I went to their Farmstyle brunch back a month or two ago and tried this new yogurt – it is simply DIVINE. My favorite flavor is the coffee house. I must make these muffins – they look fantastic! Hope you are doing well my friend!

  2. I’ve been thinking of you, Patty. Glad to see you back and as Lisa says, we’ve missed you. I love your return-to-blogging recipe–lemon and coconut together? Yes, please!

    I haven’t blogged since January but hoping to be back at it again soon. We missed you!!

  3. These muffins do look delicious, Patty. Glad to have you back. We’ve missed you, your beautiful presentations and your good food.

  4. Nice to see you back in action! I love baking with Greek yogurt, too. It adds so much richness without weighing down the texture. Those muffins look beautiful!

  5. FINALLY! I was so excited to see this update on my feedly…Welcome back!
    These muffins look gorgeous!
    Happy Spring!

  6. Oh Patty, these look wonderful and to me, would be perfect for a sunny, rainy, cloudy, cold, warm or snowy day. I could make up a reason to enjoy them any day, any time. Delicious!

  7. Nice to see a post from you again, Patty! I know stores here carry Tillamook cheese but I haven’t seen their Greek yogurt yet. I’ll have to check next time I shop.

    Your muffins sound delicious!

  8. Anything with lemon is a favorite of mine! The scrumptious muffins evoke bursts of spring sunshine!
    Welcome back and Happy Spring Patty!

  9. I love these spring-y muffins, so perfect with the lemon and coconut!

  10. Welcome back, Patty! I’ve missed you, too! I was quite excited to see your new post show up on my feed! Such a great recipe to come back with! Your muffins sound and look delicious…wonderful flavors!
    I’m not so lucky to have a Meyer lemon tree in my yard, but I did pick a up bag at Trader Joe’s…now I know what to do with what’s left! Beautiful photos!
    Happy Spring!!

  11. Glad to see you are back, Patty! And I am really loving these muffins of yours. Coconut and lemon is such a lovely combination. I consider myself a home baker and am hoping that I have all of the ingredients on hand to make these very soon!

  12. These look like the perfect muffins to welcome spring! I also like keeping basic baking ingredients at home, and in all honesty, even non basic ingredients :)

  13. Welcome back my friend. I like baking with yogurt too. I have lots of blooms on my tree, hoping I get lemons this year, last year I didn’t. I’m happy about the rain, even though spring was teasing us. Hope to see you soon.

  14. Those muffins look fabulous Patti! I would love to make these very soon. I fell in love with Tillamook products after my tour of the facility years ago. Our market just started to carry their sour cream. It’s really good too.

  15. Patty – love these bright, fresh and cheery muffins with the use of your Meyers and the Greek yogurt! Like the way the topping adorns the muffin crowns. ;) In the ingredients I noticed “lemon oil”…is that like EVOO infused lemon oil or a special kind of baking oil?

    How did your tea party turn out (that you mentioned in a prior post)?

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Cristina-the tea party was fun and the little girls were adorable all dressed up for their tea ;-)
      ps. the lemon oil I used is the Boyajian brand natural infused citrus oils for baking.

  16. SO good to see you back, Patty!!! The only thing better than lemon muffins is lemon COCONUT muffins! They look spectacular…and I’m certain they are extra moist from the yogurt!

  17. Yum! Lemon & Coconut are two of my favorite flavors! I’ll bet these are just delicious.

    So glad to see you back! xoxo

  18. So happy to see that you’re blogging again! Muffins are one of my favourite things to bake, and I’ll be looking forward to trying these.

  19. Now this is my kind of muffin! I love the lemon-coconut flavor of these fabulous muffins. I could see myself baking a batch soon! Thanks, Patty.

  20. These look wonderful. And a quick scan of the ingredients confirms I do indeed have all I need to make these (today me thinks). :)
    So lovely to see you back. I love your blog.

  21. I just love making muffins with yogurt. So moist and tangy! I made a batch of raspberry yogurt muffins yesterday but these look equally as good!

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