Donna Hay’s one-bowl chocolate and coconut muffins

Quick and easy to whip up, Donna Hay’s recipe for one-bowl chocolate and coconut muffins will satisfy any sweet tooth.

From Modern Baking by Donna Hay


300g self-raising flour
175g light brown sugar
40g desiccated coconut
25g cocoa powder, sifted
250ml milk
125ml vegetable oil
2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
200g dark chocolate (45-55 per cent), chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Line 12 x 125ml-capacity muffin tins with paper cases. Place the flour, sugar, coconut and cocoa in a large bowl and mix to combine.
2. Add the milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and chocolate and mix until just combined. Spoon into the tins and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
3. Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Modern Baking by Donna Hay will be published by Fourth Estate on 18 October, price £30. To pre-order a copy for £24 (a 20 per cent discount) until 21 October, visit, or call 0844 571 0640; p&p is free on orders over £15. Donna’s TV series Basics to Brilliance Kids continues on UKTV until 26 October; to be followed by Basics to Brilliance later in the year. To mark the publication of Modern Baking, she will be in London at the end of October for events at Fortnum & Mason ( for details) and The Soho Hotel ( for details). And you can catch Donna on BBC Saturday Kitchen on 3 November.