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Mango Coconut Oatmeal Muffins

Mango Coconut MuffinsThis Mango Coconut Oatmeal Muffins recipe makes filling muffins healthy enough to have for breakfast, but the sweet fruit makes it taste like a dessert!

Wake Up Call

What wakes you up the morning? Your kids or significant other? Maybe an alarm clock? Well, here’s what wakes me up in the morning:

Mochi in the morning
My cat Mochi. He’s almost as reliable as an alarm clock, but a million times cuter. He likes to sit next to the bed and make little chirping noises until I wake up. And if I don’t wake up when he wants me to, he jumps into bed and politely taps me on the arm until I do. And really, it’s hard to get mad at him—I mean, he’s a one-eyed cat! And he chirps like a bird!

But you know what else wakes me up in the morning? A good breakfast. When I have a delicious breakfast ready and waiting for me in the morning, it’s easier to get up than on those days when I know the only thing on the menu is cold cereal. (Maybe that’s why I’ve been making so many breakfast recipes lately?) And these Mango Coconut Muffins are just that kind of wake-you-up-in-the-morning breakfast.

Mango Coconut Muffins on TrayAbout the Recipe

This recipe was inspired by my Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal—I wanted those same tropical flavors in the form of a muffin, so I started with my favorite Greek yogurt/oats/banana muffin base and went from there. And because I’ve heard from some readers telling me they’ve had difficulty finding whole wheat pastry flour, I’m using a half-and-half mixture of white flour and whole wheat flour this time. (Although if you do have whole wheat pastry flour, you can use a full cup of that instead of the mixture.)

With the coconut and sweet, ripe mango, these muffins taste like a treat, but the Greek yogurt and oats help you start your day off right. I made a batch of these over the weekend, froze them, and heated them in the microwave in the morning, until they were piping hot. Hello breakfast!

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Mango Coconut Oatmeal Muffins

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With the addition of coconut and fresh mango, this nutritious breakfast muffin almost tastes like a dessert.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1 (6 oz) container plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced mango (about 1 large mango)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or fill with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, coconut, yogurt, banana, oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until moistened—do not over-mix! Fold in mango.
  5. Divide mixture evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 17–20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin

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62 Comments

  • Reply
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 14, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Dessert for breakfast? I’m in!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    June 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I wonder if I left the coconut out if it would still be yummy, because I want one!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Yes! They would still be good. 😀

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    CulinarilyCourtney
    June 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I am in love with your kitty. Such a precious photo! These muffins look excellent too. I have recently discovered that I like mangos (after seeing them in recipes on your blog, in fact, I decided to try one for the first time!). A nice change up from my typical banana muffins.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks! It is so hard to get a good picture of him–it’s hard to get a picture of any of our cats, but Mochi is even worse. So fidgety! I’m so glad my blog prompted you to mangoes–I first tried them a few years ago and they’re one of my favorite fruits now.

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Giveaways
    June 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Mochi is so cute!

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    Natalie
    June 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love everything about this post – your handsome cat, those adorable muffin liners, the combination of mango and coconut in those muffins, and that they’re pretty healthy! Will have to try them!

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      Kiersten
      June 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you! I think Mochi’s pretty darn handsome too. 😀 The muffin liners are from Isakay Boutique on Etsy–they have so many fun little things like that.

  • Reply
    Pam
    June 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    What a cutie pie! I love a great cat personality.
    The muffins look yummy. Now I am counting minutes until dinner time. lol

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      He is so cute and he has the funniest personality. As soon as I saw him on Petfinder, I knew he was meant for us. 🙂

  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    June 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Aw, cute kitty! Your muffins look delicious!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you! I think so too. 🙂

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    Rikki
    June 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Your cute is adorable! My dog wakes me up in the mornings sometimes…she lets me sleep in some days though [:

    I love how tropical these muffins are. The coconut and mango are perfect together.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I would love it if Mochi would let me sleep in at least once or twice a week! Or once or twice a month! I’ll take anything… 🙂

  • Reply
    Stefani
    June 15, 2012 at 2:45 am

    These muffins look yummy and the kitty is very cute!

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    Genevieve
    June 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I love the flavours in these muffins, and since they’re inspired by your mango coconut overnight oats, then I already know I would love them! I’ve never seen muffin liners that look like that, but I love them too!

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      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      They’re from Isakay Boutique on Etsy. I love them! They have lots of unique items like this and they’re pretty reasonably priced too. I always see cute muffin liners at the store and they are SO expensive, I can never bring myself to buy them.

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        Genevieve
        June 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        Their stuff is cute! Once I factor in the shipping costs on Etsy though (especially for Canada), I can never bring myself to buy small items!

  • Reply
    Shirley
    June 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Cutie pie!! I wish my cats were so helpful — I swear they conspire to keep me sleepy and in bed.

    This sounds super healthy for being a baked good, and I really love the taste of cakes made with yogurt. I noticed my local Sur la Table has started selling King Arthur pastry flour, and I’m going to see if they’ll stock the whole wheat variety too. I hate paying shipping costs. And the muffin cups are too cute, perfect for a sunshine-y start to your morning.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Ha! I would love if my cats did that. Miso is the only one who will just chill at the foot of the bed.

      We don’t have a Sur la Table here, but when I’ve gone to the one in Chicago while visiting family, I never saw flour–or any foods, for that matter. So now I’m really jealous because not only do you have a Sur la Table, you have one that sells flour!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    June 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Is that a one eyed pirate kitty? He so needs an eye patch, I love him! And since I recently discovered that I love coconut, I also love these muffins.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      He’s not a pirate, he’s just winking at you! All the time!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    June 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Yum I love the flavor combination here! Both mango and coconut are among my favorites but putting them together is even better! Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      This is the recipe I was working on when I was wondering if you had made mango muffins before! 🙂 And I agree, mango and coconut are always a good combination.

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    June 17, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Love the cat and the muffins look yummy. Our Callie Ann cat wakes me up by licking me on the face…I think the bedside noise would be better:)

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Ha! That’s not very pleasant. Mochi will lick my arm sometimes, but usually I’m up after he starts chirping. 🙂

  • Reply
    BusyWorkingMama
    June 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Muffin recipe = yum. Mochi = adorable! Our cat Kicia is our alarm clock as well. They are very reliable!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      It’s so eerie, right?! I just wish cats would understand the concept of weekends. I’d love to sleep past 6:30 on a Saturday. 😉

  • Reply
    Notorious Spinks
    June 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    these look yummy! I love muffins for breakfast w/ milk.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you! Muffins are definitely the perfect breakfast in my humble opinion. 🙂

  • Reply
    TastefullyJulie
    June 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    My best friend’s cat is named Mochi, too! These look fabulous. I love the addition of coconut. I’m guessing pineapple with taste great in these as well. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      I thought we were really original with his name, but everyone tells me they know of other cats named Mochi. But I bet they don’t have one eye! 🙂

      Are you still having problems getting my blog to load? I think someone else might be too, but she might have been talking about my new Facebook page…

      • Reply
        TastefullyJulie
        June 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        Yes 🙁 I have to either use a proxy server or just go on at work.

        • Reply
          Kiersten
          June 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

          🙁 I wish we could figure this out! I’m going to email my host…

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 22, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I made the muffins and the overnight oatmeal (I didn’t have blackberries or leftover mango so I used blueberries instead) and I’m SO excited for breakfast tomorrow.
    Also, I just wanted to tell you that your blog is fantastic and I’m so happy I stumbled across it. I just graduated college and am cooking impaired, and your recipes are easy enough for me to figure out. After living four years in college off of instant mac and cheese or noodles, let me just say that this is awesome. Thank you so much for the ideas!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much for the nice comment–this made my day! 😀 When I first moved in with my husband, I could not cook at all (although I thought I could!). I think we had stir fry, pasta, or carry-out every day of the week for at least the first year. But practice makes perfect and you will get there! And I’m glad that my blog is helping in the meantime. 🙂

  • Reply
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    June 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    What a great flavor combination. Looks like a perfect way to start the day.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you! I love mango and coconut together–I have so many other recipe ideas with the two, but I have to hold myself back so as not to become Oh My Mango & Coconut. 🙂

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    Z
    July 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Hey! I just wanted to say that these muffins are sososo good! I have a cat too, though I like calling him my panther because he’s so HUGE! I really love the flavor combinations, have you ever tried it with a fruit medley of some sort? Anyway, thank you so much for sharing this recipe… it really makes my mornings great! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      July 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Yay, thanks for letting me know–I’m so glad you liked them! Mochi is a big cat too, although we call him a cow because he’s black and white and was born in a barn. 😉

      The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so versatile! I’ve used strawberries, cherries, dark chocolate (yeah, okay, not so healthy), and raspberries in it instead of mangoes and coconut. So you can definitely mix it up and as long as you keep the proportions the same, it should turn out well!

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    Rachel @ following in my shoes
    August 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Ha — just found these. And… YUM. You really do love Mango, don’t you? I’m toying with trying to make Mango Fruit Roll-ups. I haven’t made fruit leathers in a couple of years and mango sounds so good!

  • Reply
    A
    December 31, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Can you use oat bran instead of oldfashioned oats?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say. But I think it might be best to stick with rolled or old-fashioned oats. If you make it with oat bran, let me know how it turns out though!

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    Linda
    January 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I’m super excited to try this recipe and mango coconut oatmeal in the morning. I plan on substituting the oil for coconut oil. Have you or anybody else tried that with success?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I haven’t tried it personally, but I bake with coconut oil a lot, so I’m fairly certain it will be fine. I’d melt it first though. 🙂

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    Jasmine
    April 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    These look delish! What can you substitute for the greek yogurt? I can’t have dairy 🙁

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I haven’t made it without yogurt, so I can’t say for sure. You might want to try a non-dairy yogurt.

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    lindsay
    May 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’ve always wanted a cat named Mochi! Do you have recommendations for replacing the yogurt? We are dairy-free around here.

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      lindsay
      May 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Oh, I should have read the previous comments. lol

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      May 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      You should get yourself a Mochi! 😀 As for the yogurt, I think the easiest way to do it would be to simply replace the dairy yogurt with a non-dairy version. Because I haven’t tested it without the yogurt myself, I can’t make a fail-proof recommendation, so that’s probably the safest bet. Applesauce may work too…

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