Coconut Mango Muffins

Although a lot of people use the month of January to make resolutions, I find that I make a lot of little mental resolutions throughout the whole year. They usually consist of spur-of-the-moment things such as “eat healthier” when I’m in the grocery store salivating over the candy aisle or “exercise more” when I find myself planted on the couch in front of the TV. The problem is that these kinds of resolutions never last because I never remember them until I find myself in the same situation again. And then I feel guilty for not really sticking to them.

One of last year’s more memorable mental resolutions was to try and eat more varieties of fruit. Back in the summer, I bought a large bag of frozen mango chunks from Costco in hopes of getting out of my then smoothie rut. I was getting tired of consuming the same fruit over and over and decided that frozen mangoes would cure me of this problem. It was later that I realized that it wasn’t a fruit rut I was suffering from, it was a sick-of-summer feeling. I was tired of the sticky humidity and eating cold food for supper every night, including smoothies. By December, I still had 3/4 of the Costco-sized bag taking up my precious freezer space.

In keeping with this same mental resolution, I recently decided late one night to incorporate these mangos into some baking. Muffins were the first thing to come to mind because they are quick, easy and are fantastic for weekend breakfasts. Plus, it’s just after the holidays and I’m pretty sure that if I see another sugar-laced cookie, I may step on it.

I’m kidding. (I hope)

Side note: when I told Trevor that I was going to make muffins this weekend, his eyes lit up and he said, “Muffins? Out of all your baking, muffins are always my favourite.”

Mental resolution: make more muffins this year.

When I set out to make these muffins, I decided that I didn’t want to make a recipe with little mango chunks in them. The idea of having to further chop up the pieces of frozen mango did not sound very appealing, so I lightly defrosted some and threw it in my food processor. The results were a thick, delicious fruit puree with a similar texture to ice cream. If I wasn’t using this for muffins, I could have easily eaten my weight in this stuff.

Instead of using vegetable oil, which is my usual go-to item for making muffins, I decided to try using coconut oil. A couple months ago on another trip to Costco, I stumbled on a large container of coconut oil. With the winter months coming up, I figured it would be a good purchase to use as moisturizer since cold air and my skin don’t generally agree. It wasn’t until a month later that I realized that this stuff is also fantastic to cook with. Another blogger also wrote to me to tell me that she successfully adapted my Chocolate Chip Pomegranate Muffins recipe and used coconut oil. I was sold and knew I had to incorporate it into my baking for the new year.

The muffins turned out to be just as delicious as I hoped they would be. So soft and moist, they don’t even need butter or margarine! In keeping with my “eat more fruit” and “eat healthier” mental resolutions, I omitted the additional sugar the original recipe called for and doubled the amount of mango puree. With the natural sweetness of the fruit, I’m happy to report that you will not miss the added sugar (my taste-tester Trevor sure didn’t).

But I do recommend that if you have shredded coconut, sprinkle some on the top of the muffins before you stick them in the oven. Do it for me, because I really wanted to, but I did have any in my kitchen. It’ll bring out the coconut flavour more nicely, as I think it’s being overshadowed by all the mango.

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Coconut Mango Muffins 12 muffins

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups mango puree
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine mango puree, beaten egg and melted coconut oil. If the puree is still cold, it will harden the coconut oil back to a solid, so be sure to mix it quickly and try to break up any larger oil chunks that you see.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Pour into a greased muffin tin. I fund that these muffins barely rose, so you are welcome to fill the tins to near the top. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly touched.

Recipe adapted by Savorychicks.com

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12 Responses to “Coconut Mango Muffins”

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    Anonymous — January 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    These look delicious! I just made a batch of flax muffins, but once those are gone, I think I am going to make these. What kind of flour did you use?

    • Jessica replied: — January 8th, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      I used whole wheat pastry flour in the majority of my cooking. I love using it because it has the same texture as white flour, but the benefits of whole wheat flour.

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    Valerie — January 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Oh gosh! Really mouth-watering! I will definitely try to bake this recipe soon. Especially that coconut oil benefits are the ones involved.

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    Stephanie — January 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    ooh mango puree and coconut?? These are definitely on my to-bake list.

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    Needful Things — January 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Love the idea of adding coconut along with the mango and making these with coconut oil. How long did these muffins keep?
    I made some cornbread with fresh mango last summer and it didn’t keep very well beyond a day or so – probably because it was so warm here.

    • Jessica replied: — January 24th, 2013 @ 11:36 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I don’t believe they would last more than a few days on the counter, since they are so moist. I kept them in a container in the fridge and they were great for the 5 days we had them.

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    tschuppibaking — January 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I was just searching a recipe for Mango Muffins and this one is definetly one I have to try! :)

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    Anonymous — March 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I was excited to try these, but I’m afraid I won’t make them again. I followed the instructions but did use fresh mango instead of frozen, but that’s the only substitution. The muffins are moist and fluffy as promised, but despite using very ripe, very sweet mangos, these just have no flavor. I can’t even taste the coconut oil. I may serve them along with dinner as they can’t pass for a treat or a breakfast muffin. I love the idea of baking without sugar, but it’s really needed here.

    • Jessica replied: — March 21st, 2013 @ 10:43 am

      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t like the recipe. We found that we did not miss the added sugar, but we also are not that fond of very sweet muffins. Everyone has different tastes and I respect that you did not enjoy this recipe. I did however mention that the taste of the coconut oil is overshadowed by the mango, so that is probably why you didn’t taste it in the muffins.

      Happy Baking!
      Jessica

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    Molly — May 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    These can be made vegan by subbing a flax egg for a real egg. 1 tbsp. of ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp. of water. Let sit for a few minutes! Egg!

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