I love fruit. Love, love, love it. Crisp apples, slightly underripe bananas, juicy peaches, sweet blueberries… I could go on and on. I love them all. Nine times out of ten I’d choose fruit over chocolate–whether on its own or in a dessert. But when you add chocolate to fruit…? Oh man. I’m in heaven. Heaven! Like these muffins, a basic coconut batter filled with juicy chunks of tropical mango, coconut flakes, and white chocolate chips.
These muffins are my dream come true!
You can make these muffins with the regular variety you buy in the grocery store but my favorite kind of mango is the Ataulfo mango, also known as the honey or champagne mango. They are rich and sweet, and in my opinion… easier to cut. They have an intensely sweet flavor, with some peppery or minty notes.
They’re soft and fluffy, perfect for any occasion from book club [that’s what I made them for!] to lunchboxes. Ben’s been taking them in his lunch and people have been asking him what in the world is in that glorious muffin that smells SO SO good. I mean, who can resist these tropical treats, especially during a long day? I know I can’t! And you won’t be able to either! :)
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted + cooled
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon coconut emulsion/extract [or vanilla extract]
- 1 cup fresh diced mango
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dried coconut, divided
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners or grease well.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl stir together buttermilk, milk, coconut oil, egg, and coconut emulsion. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then gently fold in mango, white chocolate chips, and half [2 tablespoons] of the dried coconut.
Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin tins and then top with remaining coconut.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days and then freeze leftovers.
Time: 30 minutes.
Yield: 16 muffins.