Carrot Pineapple Muffins

I recently returned from a trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai and was so inspired by the tropical flavors I experienced there, that I created these Carrot Pineapple Muffins that are topped with macadamia nuts and a pineapple glaze.

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

This trip however, wasn’t just about food, it was really so much more. Kauai is an island that speaks to my soul. Of all the Hawaiian islands I’ve been to, Kauai is the least populated and most underdeveloped. You immediately become very aware of the clouds that billow and hang heavy over the green and lush mountainsides. The island seems almost prehistoric. It was peaceful and welcoming.

But, you know I’m all about the food, so… You can find a McDonald’s or a Subway if you really try, but what you WILL find lining all the roads and small towns of this paradise, are these very cool family owned business that may not be much more than a trailer or a wooden shack and they sell the most amazing local food. The entire time we were there, we never had a bad meal. I was in awe of the amazing array of fresh fish, homemade poke, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. One of my prized acquisitions was the Hawaiian Red Salt from the Red Salt Restaurant in The Koa Kea Hotel. (http://www.koakea.com). I use it on everything, as well as the Kauai Pie Coffee from Lapperts. (https://www.lappertshawaii.com)  It’s flavored with coconut, chocolate and macadamia and I can’t wait to get up every morning to drink it.  Heaven!

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

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Carrot Pineapple Muffins

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

Recipe: Easy

15 thoughts on “Carrot Pineapple Muffins

  1. I have only been to Maui, but even populated, Hawaii is another world. Kauai looks magnificent! What fun to have your Hawaiian coffee to bring back memories of paradise with every sip. The fresh flavors in these muffins really does evoke a Hawaiian feel. 🙂

  2. What you went to Hawaii and all I got was a muffin recipe? lol! But it DOES look like a fantastic muffin recipe! 🙂 It sounds like paradise, there!

  3. Interesting . . . I have always wondered why some people put pineapple in carrot cake and these made me think of pineapple in carrot cake.

    Sounds like you brought a lot of the island back with you (in regards to tropical flavors and cooking!

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