Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins from Queen of Quinoa

Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins Queen of Quinoa

Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins from Queen of Quinoa

We’re closing in on the final hours of March Muffin Madness here on gfe, but I’ve still got quite a bit of great muffin goodness to share with you! Like these Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins from Alyssa, Queen of Quinoa! Now I’ve pretty much described Alyssa’s muffins from the title and reference to her blog. You know they include mango and coconut, so yes, that’s a tropical combo. Plus, I’ll go ahead and tell you that there’s banana in this recipe, which is a fruit that we sometimes forget is tropical since we always have access to bananas. And because these muffins are a creation from the Queen of Quinoa, you know there’s quinoa included (two forms of quinoa actually). Alyssa’s recipes are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, wonderful, and welcome as we almost close out March!

Enjoy learning more about Alyssa and her Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—super duper special!a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance (with a Wildside Jar)! Thanks again to the folks at Blendtec for sponsoring our Super Grand Prize! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway (which will be held at midnight EST on March 31), so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (Duplicate comments will not be counted. FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

Alyssa is the quinoa-obsessed girl behind the gluten-free website, Queen of Quinoa, where she shares healthy, wholesome recipes that center around this magical little seed. She’s been living gluten-free since 2010 after she discovered she was sensitive to gluten. Once the initial shock passed, she was able to revamp her entire diet and has never felt better. She started exploring the world of gluten-free cooking only to discover that the possibilities were endless. She’s a firm believer that having food allergies or sensitivities should never mean deprivation. Instead, they should be celebrated and enjoyed with great food.
Alyssa Rimmer Queen of Quinoa Bio Pic

Alyssa Rimmer of Queen of Quinoa

I believe I was introduced to Alyssa and her blog by way of another gluten-free friend’s blog, but can’t remember all the details. I do know that Alyssa and I ended up connecting via social media and had a fun Twitter discussion on my Crustless Pumpkin Pie (the dairy-free version) before and after she and her family enjoyed it for Thanksgiving!

A little later, Alyssa shared her Baking with Quinoa ebook—25 gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free quinoa recipes—with me and I talked about it here. I honestly could not believe all the delicious recipes that Alyssa created using quinoa!

Baking with Quinoa by Alyssa Rimmer

 I’ve featured a number of Alyssa’s delicious—and often very creative—recipes on All Gluten-Free Desserts.

~ Apple Ginger Scones

(part of Your Favorite Gluten-Free Apple Desserts—Top 175 Recipes!)

~ Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae (any peppermint hard candy should work fine)

~ Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

~ Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes (I would love these year round!)

~ Peanut Butter and Roasted Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

(part of The Ultimate Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe Roundup)

~ Peanut Butter Oat and Quinoa Cookies (her most popular recipe on All Gluten-Free Desserts!)

~ Zucchini Bread

(part of A Zest for Zucchini … Over 60 Gluten-Free Zucchini Dessert Recipes!)

And now here’s Alyssa to tell you more about her Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins recipe.

Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins Front View Queen of Quinoa

Hi everyone! I’m Alyssa and I’m super excited to be here on GFE today sharing a brand new muffin recipe with you. Muffins are one of my absolutely favorite things to bake because you can play with all sorts of flavor combinations, and they’re perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert. I mean, just look at the amazing recipes that have already been shared this month!

My recipe today is one that I’m crazy about (and I think you will be too). Why? Because we’re going to the tropics, and as someone who lives in the Northeast, there is nowhere else I’d rather be at this moment. I’ve made you Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins. Yum!

These muffins are full of wonderful fruity flavors, but don’t have an overwhelming sweetness to them, which makes them a great breakfast treat. The texture is perfect; they’re moist and tender without being too cakey. And, the best part is that they’re actually quite healthy too. There’s almost no fat, very low amount of sugar (coconut sugar at that) and it’s made with healthy whole-grain flours.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe and for all of you enjoying tropical weather, I’m jealous; for all of those who aren’t, grab a muffin and we’ll imagine ourselves there together. Enjoy!

Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins Single Queen of Quinoa

Shirley here again:  Alyssa is also offering another quinoa e-cookbook for anyone who signs up for her newsletter, so hop on over, sign up, and grab your FREE copy today! This latest ebook of Alyssa’s is really terrific! It even includes her Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust recipe, which is part of my Gluten-Free Pizza Party! Part 1: Over 30 of the Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipes. Plus, there are recipes for granola bars, truffles, English muffins and more. Honestly, Alyssa knows every form of quinoa and the best ways to use those forms. Did you know there are quinoa crispies? Quinoa crispies get used in Healthy “Reese’s” Quinoa Crispy Treats (and other recipes) in her free ebook.

Alyssa’s Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins Recipe

Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins Close-up Broken Muffin Queen of Quinoa

Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins from Queen of Quinoa
Recipe type: Breakfast, Desssert
Serves: 12
  • ⅓ cup sorghum flour
  • ⅓ cup toasted quinoa flour (see notes on why and how to toast quinoa flour)
  • ⅓ cup tapioca flour
  • ⅔ cup quinoa flakes
  • ⅓ shredded coconut
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or other granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon xanthan/guar gum
  • 1 cup banana, mashed (about 2 medium bananas)
  • ⅔ cup coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons light flavored oil
  • 1 mango, diced
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat together banana, milk, egg and oil. Add to dry and mix until smooth. Fold in diced mangos.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling ¾ full. Bake on center rack for 25 - 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool for 3 - 5 minutes in the pan. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  6. Enjoy!
Quinoa flour sometimes has a very strong flavor, which can overpower sweet baked goods. When you toast it, you bring out the flour's nutty qualities and really round out the flavor which makes it excellent in numerous applications. Toasted quinoa flour can easily be made at home. Simply preheat your oven to 300 degrees F, empty a bag of quinoa flour onto a baking sheet and bake for 1 - 2 hours until the flour has started to brown and smells toasted. Stir it around a few times during the cooking process so as not to burn it.

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38 Responses to “Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins from Queen of Quinoa”

  1. Cheryl Harris on March 30th, 2014 6:21 pm

    Great day to think about the tropics! It’s snowing here.
    I’m totally loving the muffin cups, they don’t look like typical liners. Are they reusable?

    • Alyssa on March 31st, 2014 8:24 am

      Hi Laura,

      I don’t think they are reusable. They’re paper and I think I got them at HomeGoods / TJ Maxx. They had a bunch of different colors :)

  2. Laurel on March 30th, 2014 7:08 pm

    Alyssa’s magical mango muffins are sounding pretty tempting right about now; they look so good I obviously had to rename them due to the happiness they’d bring taste buds.

  3. julie on March 30th, 2014 8:17 pm

    mango is my sons fave he would love these

  4. Kay on March 30th, 2014 8:50 pm

    I love mango and coconut, will try these.

    • Alyssa on March 31st, 2014 8:25 am

      Would love to know what you think of them! xo

  5. Mary Tokar on March 30th, 2014 10:09 pm

    These look amazing!

    • Alyssa on March 31st, 2014 8:25 am

      Thank you :) Let me know if you give them a try!

  6. Tanya on March 31st, 2014 2:22 am

    Those sound amazing!!!!

  7. Jamie on March 31st, 2014 7:54 am

    These sound good, I’ve been using lots of Quinoa since going GF.

    • Alyssa on March 31st, 2014 8:26 am

      Isn’t it the best? I love using quinoa to add some extra protein to my baked goods. Yum!

  8. Tracy on March 31st, 2014 8:09 am

    Just found your blog today- can’t wait to get started. I was fortunate enough to spend a bit of time on St. Croix this winter, and these muffins are making me reminisce..

    • Alyssa on March 31st, 2014 8:28 am

      I’m so very jealous. I went to St. John a few years ago – what a magical place!

  9. Roberta on March 31st, 2014 11:14 am

    Hi, Alyssa!

    I must admit I’ve not been a big fan of quinoa flour up til now–the strong taste was very off-putting, and I threw out my one and only bag about a year ago!! However, looking at your note about how to toast it in the oven has given me new hope, and I especially want to try your lovely looking Mango-Coconut Muffins. Thanks for the note about how to toast quinoa.

  10. Susan on March 31st, 2014 11:18 am

    Yummy! These muffins would be a great dessert for my husband – he has diabetes (and I have gluten and soy intolerances – so by baking gluten-free, we both eat for better health). I love finding recipes using quinoa, and using coconut sugar is a plus! Thanks, Alyssa, for this recipe and your tip on toasting the quinoa flour!

  11. Erin on March 31st, 2014 12:12 pm

    These sound like a winner. I can’t wait to try them.

  12. Teufelchen on March 31st, 2014 12:46 pm

    Hm, I haven’t tried quinoa yet, but a packet of it sits in my pantry, so I guess it is time to use it.

  13. Venessa on March 31st, 2014 1:11 pm

    I’ve never baked with quinoa. They sound so good!

  14. Naomi on March 31st, 2014 2:01 pm

    What a great idea! I have mangoes waiting to be eaten. Get me to the kitchen!

  15. Katie on March 31st, 2014 3:23 pm

    Oh yum! These pictures are beautiful and coconut is definitely a favourite of mine! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Lewann Rice on March 31st, 2014 3:39 pm

    We love mango! Never thought to put it in a muffin! Thanks!

  17. patricia on March 31st, 2014 5:55 pm

    Yum, look good. I am off the store shortly for more quinoa.

  18. Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats on March 31st, 2014 8:50 pm

    These are another great use of quinoa!

  19. Cindy W. on March 31st, 2014 9:08 pm

    These sound wonderful!

  20. Laureen on March 31st, 2014 9:36 pm

    mango sounds great, not into coconut though

  21. Tamara Hamilton on March 31st, 2014 10:46 pm

    Vacation without leaving home. Sounds delish

  22. Tracy mann on March 31st, 2014 11:15 pm

    Never tried mango with a muffin, so this will be a first! Pumped to see how it turns out!

  23. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:29 pm

    These look yummy. And those wrappers are adorable!

  24. Sarah on March 31st, 2014 11:37 pm

    The fruit combo sounds wonderful!

  25. Lindsey on March 31st, 2014 11:55 pm

    Never had quinoa in muffins, would love to try!

  26. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:57 pm

    After the longest & coldest winter on record in 35 years (I’m only 33!) these sound like a welcoming treat for my belly (and mind!) Too much snow already, I need to dream of (and taste!) a tropical vacation!

  27. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva on April 1st, 2014 11:07 pm

    gosh darn, I have muffin recipes to try coming out my ears from this event…great recipe Alyssa!

  28. Amanda on April 2nd, 2014 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the tip about roasting quinoa flour; great to know!

  29. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) on April 22nd, 2014 8:42 am

    Great muffins! Love Alyssa! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)


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