Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mango Coconut Muffins



Featured Ingredient: Coconut Oil

I recently wrote an article for Shape magazines website about coconut oil. You can find it here and it pretty much outlines my stance on it. Sure, it has plenty of saturated fat but even as a dietitian I’m not banishing it from my pantry. In fact, it’s probably my favourite oil to use for baking as I find it makes for “lighter” products than what you get with butter.

With the tropics in mind, these mango muffins are a perfect opportunity to add some coconut goodness to your diet. Both the mango puree and the dried mango cuts down on the need for much added sugar and keeps the muffins crazy moist. Tabi says these are even better with honey. I have to agree!

These days there are a lot of great coconut oil products out there. Case in point: Kelapo. Perhaps I am biased because they source their coconut oil from Sri Lanka where Tabi and I spent a glorious winter recently cycling, but their organic, fair trade coconut oil really does rock. And in a food world increasingly dominated by big corporations, I’m always ready to give a shout out to the small guys like Kelapo. 

















So here is the good news. Kelapo has agreed to award one of my readers with some of their coconut oil. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says “I go cuckoo for coconut oil” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday November 14th, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize. 

Good news Julie, you were randomly selected the winner. Thanks to everyone who entered. 

Mango Muffins


















Adapted from Whole Foods

3 oz. dried mango
1 1/2 cup cubed mango, thawed if frozen
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut sugar or other sugar of choice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Place dried mango in a bowl, cover with boiling water and let soak 30 minutes. Drain well in a colander, pressing to squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible. Chop and set aside.

Prheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place mango and coconut milk in a blender container and blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, stir together whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg. Stir in mango-coconut liquid, coconut oil, sugar and almond extract if using. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix gently until everything is moist. Stir in chopped dried mango.

Divide among 12 standard sized greased or paper lined muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out mostly clean. Let cool several minutes before unmolding.

9 comments:

  1. I go cuckoo for coconut oil.

    I lived in Malaysia for several years and usually have dried mango if not fresh mangos around. I love coconut and memories of street hawkers hacking away at a coconut with a machete by the road side just brings a smile to my face. Definitely will try this recipe.

    Question: for the coconut milk, do you mean from a can (thick) or the beverage type I find in stores nowadays?

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  2. Man, I love guzzling back fresh coconut water on our bike trips to Asia.

    I used the coconut milk form a can, but the beverage type would likely work too.

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  3. I go coockoo for coconut oil !! I love it!
    silkymilksoaps@yahoo.com
    carolyn

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  4. I go cuckoo for coconut oil!! Use it to cook with, on my face and body and my little dog is named Buko, which is Tagalog (Filipino) for Coconut! (she loves it too) We lived 28 years in the Philippines and the only thing that would beat out coconut would be MANGO! Will have to try this recipe!
    Jeaniephillips4@gmail.com

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  5. I go cuckoo for coconut oil! I've never tried it before but I've been hearing alot about it lately. Edictjulieb at gmail dot com

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  6. I go cuckoo for coconut oil! I love the stuff!

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  7. I go cuckoo for coconut oil! Michiel

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  8. I go cuckoo for coconut oil!!
    I checked out their website, love the single serve packet idea!
    Michelle D..
    halloweentango

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  9. I go cuckoo for coconut oil! Especially for Kelpo which is what I have in my pantry - I love its really smooth taste compared to other brands.
    Susan V

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