These Vegan, Paleo Tropical Muffins will make you feel like you’re at a Luau! They’re low in sugar and full of fruity flavor.

Tropical Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/meatless-monday-tropical-muffins/

If you know me, you know I bake with whatever I happen to have on hand or have something I need to use up, like avocados. And my method of creating new recipes consists of: having a thought in my mind, throwing everything together, quickly writing down the exact ingredients, baking and then tasting to see if it worked. 9 times out 10 it works.

Tropical Muffins

Tropical Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/meatless-monday-tropical-muffins/

These muffins were born when I realized I had entirely too much Papaya. Have you ever bought a Papaya? They are huge and you get a ton a fruit from them! For an entire week, I was having Papaya Smoothies, Papaya Salads, Papaya Chia Pudding, and I still had leftovers.

Tropical Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/meatless-monday-tropical-muffins/

I love idea of “Tropical Flavors” in summer. Julian loves both coconut and pineapple and I knew those would pair nicely with the Papaya. I happened to have a bottle of ZICO Pineapple Coconut Water in the fridge, so I used that as my liquid. Coconut Sugar is supposed to be lower on the Glycemic Index and it gives a nice flavor to these muffins. Finally, I used coconut flour so that these would be gluten free and suitable for Paleo diets.

Tropical Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/meatless-monday-tropical-muffins/

Tropical Muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

6 muffins

Tropical Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C Chopped Papaya
  • 1/2 C Chopped Pineapple
  • 1/2 Very Ripe Banana
  • 1/4 C Pineapple Flavored Coconut Water
  • 1/4 C Shredded Coconut+extra for topping
  • 1/4 C Dates (approx. 4)
  • 1/4 C Coconut Sugar*
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 2 TBSP Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 C Coconut Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Blend all ingredients except Coconut Flour and Flax in a food processor until smooth
  3. Combine Coconut Flour and Flax Meal in a large bowl
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mix
  5. Stir just until fully blended
  6. Spoon into muffin cups
  7. Top each muffin with coconut
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

*You can sub regular sugar for the coconut sugar if you desire.

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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”~ Maya Angelou

Enjoy!

Keep Well,

Marla