Skinnier Mango Coconut Walnut Muffins


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Moist and crunchy muffins that are lower in fat made with mango, banana, yogurt, white whole wheat flour, and toasted coconut.


Thank you all so much for your kind and well wishes on Baby Evelyn’s arrival :)

I truly appreciate each and every one of your sweet messages and comments and hopefully you all understand if I can’t thank you each individually right away.

Please know that I think you guys are the best and totally rock *big hugs*! :)

We are all doing very well – I have been fortunate enough after this lil one’s arrival to feeling okay to be back on my feet and in the kitchen from day one but just taking things at a much slower pace.

We are still trying to adjust to having a newborn and a toddler in the house together but are enjoying every minute of it.

It has also been busy around here with visitors dropping by almost daily and spoiling us with their kindness and generosity either bearing gifts for the baby or food for us.

I did show my appreciation to all the guests with lots of homemade baked goods including these Skinnier Mango Coconut Walnut Muffins.

I know, what a tongue twister – hurry try and say that quickly five times hehe ;)




Haha, just kidding – now let’s talk about these muffins :)

Juicy mango, bananas and toasted coconut – all the flavors I love about the tropics in one tasty muffin because I am still dreaming about warmer weather.

The extra crunch from the toasted walnuts and shredded coconut make these muffins irresistible – my guests could not stop reaching for more!


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The muffin batter starts with tossing very ripe bananas, mango, non-fat greek yogurt, brown sugar, melted coconut oil and honey into the food processor until they are pureed to create the light and moist texture of the muffins.

The wet ingredients are then folded in with the white whole wheat flour and ground cinnamon along with toasted coconut and walnuts.

For the crunchy topping, I added some finely diced mango chunks and more toasted walnuts and coconut flakes.




The tropical flavors made us all hopeful that March will have a lot more warmer days than we have seen so far.

Enjoy and hope you all have a great week!



Skinnier Mango Coconut Walnut Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 12-13 Muffins

Skinnier Mango Coconut Walnut Muffins

Moist and crunchy muffins that are lower in fat made with mango, banana, yogurt, white whole wheat flour, and toasted coconut.


  • * 1 and 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (may use all purpose flour instead)
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • * 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • * 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • * 1/4 cup honey
  • * 2 ripe bananas
  • * 1 and 1/2 cups of mango chunks (frozen or fresh)
  • * 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • * 1 large egg, room temperature
  • * 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • * 1/4 cup of toasted walnuts, chopped
  • Topping - optional
  • * 1/4 cup of finely diced mango chunks for topping
  • * 1/8 cup of toasted walnuts, finely chopped
  • * 1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Spray 15 muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  2. In a food processor, add the the banana, mango chunks, greek yogurt, melted coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and egg. Pulse together until pureed. IMG_1203.jpg IMG_1204.jpg
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together until combined. IMG_1205.jpg
  4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently folding everything together. Fold in walnuts and shredded coconut being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Fill muffin tins almost to the top.
  6. Top with finely diced mango chunks, walnuts and a sprinkle of coconut. IMG_1218.jpg
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 16-18 minutes or until a a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow the muffins to cool completely.
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Source: Life made Sweeter


  1. …and you are baking already??! The muffins look fantastic, filled with goodies! :) ela

  2. Sarah - Bread & Batters says:

    That’s too funny, I couldn’t stay out of the kitchen for too long after I had my second one too :) Love these skinnier tropical muffins – they look delicious!

  3. You are Super Mom, Kelly! How on earth did you find time to bake up these gorgeous muffins? These definitely wouldn’t last very long in my house – I’d probably eat them all myself. ;)

    • Hehe, luckily the baby is still sleeping lots so far and people have been making me meals so I that leaves me some free time to bake instead of cook :) Thanks Eva:)

  4. Kelly – these muffins look fantastic! I don’t know how you do it – juggling a new born and a toddler AND baking muffins like these! Mango and coconut are such a wonderful combo, with walnuts taking the texture of these to a whole new level!
    Happy Monday wonder-lady! xxs :)

    • Aaw thanks so much Shashi :) Luckily the baby has been sleeping lots so far so that leaves me with some free time when my toddler naps hehe. Thanks again sweet lady and hope you have an awesome Wednesday! xxs:)

  5. Kelly – you are truly amazing! I can just picture you up and about, cooking, baking, taking care of your infant and little boy, while being gracious to all your visitors. I was totally not functional when I had my son 8 years ago – what was wrong with me! : ) Seriously, you are truly inspiring me – and beyond just the amazing food like these muffins, which look out of this world with all that tropical flavor. It was snowing for a few minutes here…wish I had some of your muffins to cheer me up. : ) You take care! xo

    • Aaaw, thanks Monica, you are too kind and sweet. I totally was not able to be up on my feet so quickly after I had my son either but thankfully with this lil one, I am recovering a little bit quicker but still being careful to take things a lot slower. Luckily the newborn has been sleeping lots and I don’t really have to worry as much about cooking meals since people keep bringing us food so I have a little bit of free time to bake if I am feeling up for it and not too tired. Thanks so much again my friend, you are awesome and amazing yourself and your family is lucky to have you making them so many delicious treats :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! xo

  6. The flavors in this sound amazing! Wish I had these for breakfast : )
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  7. Mango and coconut – two of my very favorites!! So clearly I would love these muffins. I haven’t been able to find any good fresh mangoes lately – I’m so excited for them to be awesome again! But I’ll make do with frozen until then : )
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  8. These tropical flavoured muffins look super! Mango and coconut…our favourites too.

  9. Kelly you are super amazing! You just that little baby and you’re whipping up beautiful muffins! These look delicious and I love the flavor combination!

    • Aaw, thanks so much Cindy :) Luckily for me, she is still in that sleepy newborn stage and people have been bringing us meals so instead of cooking I can bake a little bit while the toddler naps if I’m not too tired. Thanks again Cindy and hope you have a wonderful week :)

  10. I love that you added mango and coconut into these muffins! They are absolutely my favorite and thinking of that makes me want to eat these muffins! Looks so delicious… I miss really good mango!!!

  11. Good for you getting back in the kitchen so quickly! These muffins look delicious, I am sure all of your guests loved them!

  12. Kelly, these muffins sound wonderful! I love this flavor combination! I can’t believe you are getting all of this done with a new baby – you are amazing! Thanks for sharing and pinning!

    • Aaw you’re so sweet, thanks so much Cindy :) Luckily she is still in the sleepy newborn stage and people have brought us meals so instead of cooking, I can bake if I am not feeling too tired while our toddler takes a nap. Thank you so much for pinning :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  13. These look amazing! Everything you make looks so good! I can’t believe you baked for your guests! You’re super mom!!!!
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    • Aaw thanks so much Lisa :) Haha, supermom? Nope, I wish – luckily the baby is still in the newborn sleepy stage and people keep bringing us meals so instead of having to cook meals, I can bake if I’m not feeling too tired :) Hope you have an awesome rest of the week!

  14. You just had a baby and you’re baking already! I love the tropical flavours in those muffins!

  15. Kelly, these look great! I am loving the flavor combination! Yum!!!
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  16. Love the tropical flavors these muffins look so good Kelly :)

  17. These muffins look amazing, Kelly! I just posted something similar today, great minds think alike :) I love how yours have nuts and mango, mango is for sure one of my favourite muffin add-ins. Glad to hear everyone is doing well and it’s awesome that you’ve been able to get in the kitchen and have some cooking time too.
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    • Thanks so much Katy – haha totally great minds :) Your muffins look amazing – I still need to try spelt flour one of these days :)
      Thanks Katy, luckily the newborn has still been sleeping most of the day and people have been bringing us food so instead of cooking, I can bake if I’m not feeling too tired :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  18. I LOVE all the additions to these muffins and mango is definitely my favorite of your add-ins. It’s one of my favorite fruits! These look so great Kelly. Congrats again on beautiful little Evelyn!
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  19. Yum Kelly these look fantastic, I love muffins – pinning :)
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  20. Yum. I like mango a lot. They are so sweet and juicy.
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  21. You’re so kind to bake for your guests, and these muffins look amazing, Kelly! This flavor combination sounds divine, and they’re full of ingredients I love! They sound like a tropical paradise. Pinning!
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    • Thanks so much Marcie, it wasn’t too bad since the newborn has been sleeping a lot for now. I made a big batch of a few baked treats to last us for a few days for our guests that came by since everyone brought us so much food so it was nice that I haven’t had to cook :) Thanks so much for pinning and hope you have a wonderful week!:)

  22. So moist, so yummy! I love, love coconut!!! Now to peek at baby again :)

  23. I love that these have a little crunch to them! I try to bake with gluten free flour, will it still work with this recipe?
    I hope you guys are adjusting well and enjoying all the baby snuggles!

    • Thanks so much Chastity. I haven’t tried this recipe with gluten free flour but I would imagine your favorite gluten free flour blend like Cup4Cup, King Arthur or homemade multi-purpose gluten free flour blend would work well if you add xanthan gum as well. I should try it with my gluten free flour next time and I’ll let you know how it turns out:)
      So far we are adjusting well – baby is sleeping lots for now and big brother was jealous but he adores her now hehe. Definitely enjoying the baby snuggles:) Thanks again for being so sweet and hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful week :)

  24. Ok, first off. That baby is absolutely precious! Love baby girls, my sister in law just had one and they are so sweet. :) Congrats time a million Kelly!

    Secondly, these muffins sound awesome. Love the mango, coconut, and walnut for some crunch combo. Very tropical…. :) Pinned!

  25. Wow, these look and sound SO wonderful!

  26. These muffins look incredible! I love the use of mango in your muffins – I’ve never tried that before. I imagine they would add such a lovely sweetness and moistness in every bite! So wonderful.
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings recently posted…avocado toast with fried egg

    • Hi Lisa, if you are a fan of mango, you will love them in these muffins as they do add a nice fragrant sweetness and help keep the muffins moist. Thank you so much and hope you have a wonderful week!

  27. A little belated congratulations on the arrival of your little one!!! These muffins look great and love the topping :)

  28. Kelly, these muffins look amazing! I love all the delicious flavors, perfect for a spring morning breakfast! Pinned :)

  29. Hi Kelly,

    Congratulation to you! You are amazing juggling with a newborn, a toddler, baking and blogging !!! You must be a super mum. I’m always on a constant lookout for anything that is fat-reduced and your muffins look delicious!

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    • Thanks so much Zoe, you are so kind and sweet :) Haha, definitely not super mum – newborn is just sleeping mostly for now but I know that will change soon hehe. So glad you like these muffins and hope you have a great rest of the week!

  30. Wow Kelly how are you back on your feet baking and blogging already? You are amazing!! These muffins look so delicious.

    • Hehe, thankfully the recovering is going well and baby has been sleeping a lot for now. Everyone has also been so kind to bring us meals so I haven’t had to cook too much so on days that I’m not feeling too tired I can bake when the toddler is napping hehe :) Thanks so much sweetie, you are the amazing one juggling so many things at once too:) Hope things slow down for you a bit and have a wonderful rest of the week friend :)

  31. I cannot believe that you are baking…you should try to get more rest my dear…
    The muffins look great…and yes, I love all the ingredients in it…so tropical :D
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  32. You are a rockstar, Kelly! I can’t believe you are baking for guests and maintaining your blog mere days after giving birth! You put the rest of us to shame, girl. Your muffins sound amazing, and just the kind of thing I want to eat right now. Love the tropical flavors!
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    • Aaw, you are way too sweet Allie and you are the rockstar my dear:) Luckily for me this time around, the recovery process has been a little bit quicker and this lil one so far seems to love sleeping during the day mostly. I am still taking things slowly and my guests have been kind enough to bring us lots of food so I haven’t really had to cook which helps a lot. Thanks so much as always Allie and thank you for pinning sweetie :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  33. Forgot to mention- pinned! ;)
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  34. i love every single ingredient here! :)

  35. Congrats on the new little one! I cannot believe you are back in the kitchen! That’s one dedicated mama. What a wonderful recipe you were able to put together for us too! Yum!
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  36. Kelly, I am happy to hear everything is going great with the two babies…including the new arrival. I love how well you are feeling. ;)
    These muffins look amazing with all the flavor combinations you have got going on here… delish!
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    • Thank you so much Gloria, you are always so sweet :) So glad you like the muffins and hope you have a wonderful weekend with your gorgeous family:)

  37. I’ve been craving a muffin/bread with these exact flavors. Love the combination of the mango and coconut. I can’t believe you are already back to baking and posting! Enjoy your new little girl, Kelly :)
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    • Thanks Ashley, so glad you like the flavors, this winter has been so long and I know that we are all wishing we could be on a tropical beach right now :) Thanks so much again and hope you are enjoying your weekend so far:)

  38. Okay you’re definitely better than me – to be back on your feet and baking again already!! I hope your baby is doing well :) . These muffins look so yummy…I love coconut and mango and so in one muffin sounds great!

  39. Glad to hear you are already back on your feet and baking, while enjoying time with your expanded family! Love tropical flavors so these muffins are right up my alley.
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  40. Kelly, have you ever made Morning Glory Muffins? Your muffins are like the tropical skinny version…Tropical Skinny Morning Glory Muffins! I think these are the perfect muffins to celebrate spring’s arrival. I just love all the flavors going on. So sweet of you to bake these muffins for all of your guests. Be sure to take good care of yourself and get adequate rest. :) Have a lovely weekend, girl! xo

    • Hi Stacy, I haven’t made Morning Glory muffins before but would love to try making them one day:) Aaw, thanks so much, so glad you like the flavors – this winter has been so long and cold that I keep dreaming of warmer weather and tropical beaches and flavors. Thanks again for your well wishes and hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend too sweetie :) xo

  41. That’s wonderful that you’re feeling well! I thought for sure you’d take a few weeks off from food blogging to adjust (and rightly deserved, of course). I bet Evelyn’s big brother has been a huge help. :) What a lovely family you have. :)
    I’m loving these muffins! Skinny…I’ll take it. And I love the fruit combo…reminds me of the tropics, which is where I wish I was right now. ;)
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    • Thanks Tina :) Thankfully, the recovery has been going well and the baby has been sleeping a lot but once that changes – I don’t know how much longer I can keep the posts and blogging up to date so I am just posting whatever I can for now hehe. Haha, I wish, nope, big brother was jealous at first but now he is warming up to her which is nice :)
      So glad you like the muffins, this winter has been so long and cold – wish we could all be in the tropics right now too ;)

  42. Love the tropical flavors in these muffins. Muffins are always great to have around especially when life is a little crazy.

  43. These muffins look incredible! I’d never tell these were healthier than average since they look so so moist and yummy. I really like the flavor combo you went with – it makes me think of warmer weather and stuff. Can it be summer yet??
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  44. Whoa, lady! I can’t believe you’re already back in the kitchen!! I have yet to do more than pour a bowl of cereal for my toddler. ;) These muffins look and sound delicious. I am a big fan of foods you can eat with one hand while holding your newborn haha. Thanks for your sweet comment!

  45. Hi Kelly I am so glad to hear all is going well at home with your adorable new arrival and equally adorable toddler :) And that you have the time to bake these amazing sounding muffins is commendable! All these wonderful exotic flavours sound so good together and I wish I had a plate of these for my breakfast tomorrow. Have a great up coming week :D

  46. A big congratulations on the birth of your newest child! So glad that others are blessing you with meals! When my second daughter was born, a friend brought over some scrumptious mango bread. I’ll have to make these muffins and relive the memory!
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    • Thank you so much Julia :) That’s so nice of your friend, the mango bread sounds fantastic:) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  47. So glad to hear you are all doing so well!! And these muffins, swoon! They are chock full of so much goodness! :) Pinning!

  48. Glad to know that you, Evelyn and the rest of the family are doing well <3 My partner’s niece is also called Evi which is short for Evangelina, she’s a darling and will be turning one in two months and boy, babies grow up real fast! Her first words were mamamama and farty noises. You’re so sweet, Kelly, definitely a Super Mom, I’m impressed on how you found the time to bake muffins with two lovely kids! Mango and coconut are both of my favorite favorites, especially sticky rice & mango! I can’t wait for summer! xx

    • Aaw, Evangelina is such a beautiful name, they do grow so fast and she sounds like such an angel! You’re so sweet, thanks so much Rika, definitely excited for summer :) xx

  49. Hi Kelly, love love love these muffins! Toasted walnuts and shredded coconut? Wow, I am licking my lips just thinking about it. You are such a super mom to be able to bake these lovely muffins while juggling a newborn and a toddler and a husband!
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  50. Mango and coconut?! OMG it sounds so yummy! Great combination of flavors love!

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  51. What a rockstar combination of ingredients! This is one superb muffin!

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