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Vacation Muffins



  • 12 muffin cups
  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Streusel Topping

  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp. melted coconut oil



  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and adjust oven rack to the upper-middle position.
  2. Place muffin cups in muffin tin and set aside.
  3. Measure out 3 cups of blackberries. Cut larger berries in half using a chef’s knife.
  4. Zest two lemons into a small bowl. Set aside 1 tablespoon of lemon zest for a garnish.
  5. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into another bowl and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar and eggs together until homogenous and thick. Slowly add melted coconut oil and whisk until combined. Whisk in buttermilk, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  8. Fold egg mixture and blackberries into flour mixture using a rubber spatula. The batter will appear lumpy with a few dry spots. Take caution not to overmix.
  9. Using an ice cream scoop, portion batter into muffin cups. The batter should fill the cups and mound slightly.
  10. Apply streusel topping to each muffin.
  11. Place full muffin tin in oven and bake until muffins are golden brown or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed with only a few crumbs attached (17-19 minutes)
  12. Allow muffins to cool in tin for 5 minutes before transferring muffins to a wire rack for an additional 5 minutes of cooling.
  13. Garnish with remaining lemon zest and serve.

Streusel Topping

  1. In a small bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and flour.
  2. Add melted coconut oil and toss with fork until mixture is evenly moistened. Mixture will form pea-sized pieces throughout.

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