Coffee walnut muffins and unusual best friends



My best friend is a hen. Our friendship is based on mutual compassion – we are both victims of misunderstanding. The other day I was given some chicken bones to eat and, because I’m a generous sort of dog, I invited BHF to share them. I made it plain to the other hens that she was the only one invited; they tend towards vulgar, thuggish behaviour and gate-crashing. Luckily, I can be very intimidating *grrrr* , so they quickly got the message. I’m not sure that BHF knew she was cannibalising, but I didn’t explain because I know she has enough problems and a rather sensitive nature. Sometimes, when Bossy isn’t looking, I invite her into the house to eat from my food bowl. I’m working on a plan to sneak her in to watch television with me. My favourite programme is Scooby Doo and I think she’d like it too (did you like the internal rhyme? I’m learning about poetry at the moment). I think you’d agree that it would be worth it just to see Bossy in full meltdown mode *wicked doggy cackle*.


Walnuts are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acid (just 25g a day covers most of your needs). They are also very rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants, as well as providing a healthy supply of B-complex vitamins. Added to this, they contain numerous minerals: manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Ingredients (makes 12)

175g spelt flour

100g rye flour

Pinch of sea salt

I heaped tablespoon instant coffee

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon ginger, powder or freshly grated

3 eggs

250ml coconut milk

4 tablespoons honey

60g chopped walnuts

150g organic virgin coconut oil, melted

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Prepare and grease two muffin tins with butter or coconut oil. Sift the flours, salt, coffee powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then add the coconut milk, honey, walnuts and melted coconut oil, stirring constantly. Combine the two mixtures well. Fill the muffin tins and bake for about 18 minutes.

Delicious served hot or cold as a dessert with Greek yoghurt or ice-cream, or alone with a cup of coffee.

26 responses to “Coffee walnut muffins and unusual best friends

  1. These look so tasty! 🙂

  2. Hugo, I read your post to Izzy and Nando and they wanted me to tell you that they are very jealous of your BHF, and will now petition their Mum to get one for them also. Their favorite food is chicken, ahem….
    The muffins are gorgeous and perfect with that cup of coffee any time. I have been putting ginger i in everything lately and am especially pleased to see the ginger in there. I don’t have rye flour but could maybe sub oat flour what do you think?

  3. Definitely going to try your muffins – they look so delicious as well as nutritious.

  4. I would love this tomorrow morning, with my tea! Looks amazing!

  5. I loved reading that….so fun! And these muffins sound delicious!

  6. Walnuts are one of my favourites. Will try anything with walnuts as an ingredient!

  7. I love what you read! Those muffins look great, she shape I mean. They remind me a small version of “panettone” (traditional Italian cake of Christmas period), even though the ingredients are completely different. Coffee and walnut are such a great match together!

  8. Bookmarked – I love coffee and walnut combination in a cake but never thought of them as a muffin. Have spelt flour, will bake.

  9. Another excellent post by Hugo. Beautiful muffins too!

  10. it looks great, love it 🙂

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