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 gluten-free Tropical Mango Coconut Muffins from Alyssa, Simply Quinoa (formerly 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 at our local grocery store. And because these muffins are a creation from the Simply Quinoa, you know there’s quinoa included (two forms of quinoa actually).
Alyssa’s recipes are always gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, wonderful, and welcome. These gluten-free Tropical Mango Coconut Muffins offer us a quick and frugal trip to the islands with every bite!
Enjoy learning more about Alyssa and her Tropical Mango Coconut Muffins (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here).
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 best ever version) before and after she and her family enjoyed it for Thanksgiving!
I’ve featured a number of Alyssa’s delicious—and often very creative—recipes before here on gfe and on Facebook.
~ 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; featured in this Ice Cream Sundae Recipe Roundup)
~ Grain-Free 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 (featured here in recipes for National Oatmeal Cookie Day)
~ 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 gluten-free Tropical Mango-Coconut Muffins recipe.
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 these gluten-free 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!
Gluten-Free Tropical Mango Coconut Muffins Recipe
- ⅓ cup sorghum flour
- ⅓ cup toasted quinoa flour (important---see recipe notes on why and how to toast quinoa flour)
- ⅓ cup tapioca flour
- ⅔ cup quinoa flakes
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup coconut sugar] (or [other granulated sugar)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt (my favorite sea salt)
- ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum] or [guar gum
- 1 cup banana, mashed (about 2 medium bananas)
- ⅔ cup coconut milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons light flavored oil (like light-tasting olive oil], [coconut oil], or [grapeseed oil)
- 1 mango, diced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
- Whisk together dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, beat together banana, milk, egg and oil. Add to dry and mix until smooth. Fold in diced mangos.
- 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.
- Remove from oven, let cool for 3 - 5 minutes in the pan. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
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.
Originally published March 30, 2014; updated July 16, 2019.