Apr 15, 2011

Piña Colada Cupcakes



Pineapple and coconut top these light pineapple cupcakes, what a perfect Spring dessert! For the coconut lover out there, these are super easy, low fat, moist and delicious! A variation of my pineapple bliss cupcakes, using a box of yellow cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple; no eggs, no oil or butter needed!!

This is great for lazy bakers like me, takes less than 10 minutes to prep! You can make the cupcakes a day ahead and the topping as well which should be stored in the refrigerator. Once you top them with the frosting they should be eaten within a few hours.




Piña Colada Cupcakes
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake no frosting • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 93.5 • Fat: 0.8 g • Protein: 0.5 g • Carb: 20.9 g • Fiber: 0.2 g Sugar: 12.2 g

Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake w/ frosting • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 153.5 • Fat: 4.1 g • Protein: 1.2 g • Carb: 27.2 g • Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: 16.5g 


  • 18.25 oz box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist)
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice  (do not drain)


Combine both ingredients in large bowl.

Mix on medium speed with electric mixer.
Pour into lined cupcake tins about 2/3 full. Bake in accordance with cake mix directions or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside to cool.





Pineapple Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice, completely drained of any liquid
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sugar



Combine cream cheese, crushed pineapple, sugar and coconut flakes in a medium bowl and mix with a hand mixer until combined well. Spread on cooled cupcakes and refrigerate until ready to eat.

188 comments :

  1. Melissa Esplin4/15/11, 2:46 PM

    these will be delightful! you mention marshmallow fluff in the frosting directions, but you haven't listed it in the ingredients. please help :)

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  2. I noticed the marshmallow fluff mention and no measure for it on there too. I want to make these this weekend!

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  3. Made your wholewheat blueberry muffin last night: this will be for sunday night :)
    I dont like marshmallow at all, would it be ok if I leave it out?

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  4. Yay!!! I have been waiting for this ever since you mentioned it in the Pineapple Bliss post. I LOVE Pina Coladas (boring virgin ones) and anything cocnut related and you have made me a very happy girl. Thank you MUCH!!!!!

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  5. Thanks for catching that, this is a variation from the pineapple bliss cupcake which uses fluff. This does not.

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  6. I didn't see marshmallow anywhere in the frosting

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  7. Gina can I put the frosting in the fridge and ice the cupcakes as we eat them during the week? Or will the icing become too hard to spread then?

    Thanks,
    Michelle

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  8. Yes, I adjusted. It is right now.

    Michelle - Yes! That is exactly what I did.

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  9. I wonder how these would taste with coconut and whipped cream topping? I have a coconut cake recipe that uses that kind of icing. I may have to experiment because this sounds delish!

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  10. This looks like Sunday dessert! Thank you!

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  11. I'm going to make this in cake form for Easter! Sounds sooo good

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  12. I make a cake similar to this only with mandarin oranges in the cake. Super Yummy! :)

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  13. I wish I saw this before I went to the grocery store today so I could make them right now. Looks yummy!

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  14. I made this in a Bundt pan and it came out great! Very moist...I left the topping off and just spooned it on after I sliced it. Delicious!

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  15. Gina, I would recommend saying 'crushed pineapple' for the ingredients in the frosting. I was confused for a minute. :)can't wait to try this!

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  16. I have been meaning to try this cake box combo for so long! they look amazing. pina colada is my all time favorite cocktail and m pretty sure the baked variety is healthier for me! x

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  17. just wondering how much of the frosting is used when calculating the points?

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  18. Shauna Chandler4/15/11, 7:44 PM

    I just tried these. OMGoodness! they are amazing. thank you so much and i will be making them for easter :)

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  19. Are you kidding me? Those look amazing!!

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  20. ooooh! So looking forward to trying these!

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  21. I am a coconut freak and a pina colada freak (haven't had one in years though)....these look delicious!
    Your photographs are amazing...they are magazine quality....you have me drooling lol

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  22. I don't like pineapple. Do you think I could make these with mandarin oranges instead?

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  23. i just made them, they're great! I have my husbands birthday net week and he loves pina coladas. Will definately be making these for him alongside his tirimasu gateau..now there will be something waist friendly for me to enjoy too!

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  24. Gee, these are haunting me! They look sooooo amazing! Gonna make them for bible study next week! Can't wait. You know me and desserts!

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  25. These sound like just the kind of light summer treat perfect for an afternoon tea.

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  26. Gina- I gave you an award at my blog. Please check it out if you get the chance-http://theaddictedbaker.blogspot.com/2011/04/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers-award.html

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  27. I have stamp club tonight, and we always have some high calorie treats. I will be making these to bring tonight...I bet nobody will even notice they are healthy for them.

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  28. I bet it would be great with mandarin oranges, but not sure if the points are the same. I haven't tried it, if you do let me know!

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  29. Oooo! I've made cupcakes with a mix and a can of pumpkin, but never pineapple...I'm really excited to try these *:)*

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  30. I made these last night and forgot to stick them back in the fridge! I am seriously bummed. I didn't even think about leaving cream cheese out. Duh :(

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  31. Made this last night and it was delicious. I used Duncan Hiines pineapple supreme cake mix (I love pineapple so it wasn't too much). I had to add about 5 minutes extra baking time to mine to get them to the perfect texture, but absolutely delicious.

    For the frosting I ended up using Truvia instead of sugar and it still turned out to die for! Thank you for this recipe, it is now my favorite cupcake recipe!

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  32. I just joined WW so I am thrilled to find your gorgeous blog with wonderful recipes and points included! I'm just giddy! Thank you so much!

    Newest follower for sure!

    Megan

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  33. These are SO GOOD! Just made them tonight and I'm looking forward to bringing them to the in-laws as an Easter treat! Thanks again Gina :)

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  34. I have these baking right now and my house smells SO yummy - I can't wait to try them. I am going to split the frosting recipe in half so I can try both this one and the pineapple bliss for variety at Easter!

    Thanks for all the yummy recipes - I share them on my Facebook page all the time.

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  35. I'm wondering what the serving size is for the frosting.

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  36. Yummy! My family loves these cupcakes !! Thanks so much for your fabulous recipies!

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  37. These look AMAZING. And my fiance who loves anything with coconut will be in heaven!

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  38. I want to thank you so much for sharing such wonderful, surprisingly healthy recipes!

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  39. Just for fun I toasted the coconut in a dry non-stick frying pan over medium heat, stiring it constantly so it wouldn't burn and then let it cool before making my frosting. These are fabulous!!

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  40. Do you use the cake mix ingredients also or just use what is in the box and mix it with the pineapple?

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  41. No don't add eggs or oil. Just pineapple.

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  42. Made this on rainy Saturday: eat many of them (Thank god had tons of extra points kept aside for the weekend). Didn't realise immediately that the recipe was for 24 cupcakes, and we are only 2 at home: made a cake with the other half and brought it to work. Gone in 20 min!!! everyone loved it! Thanks Gine: you are making my WW journey so much fun!!! Shared your website with my friends abroad, they love it too!

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  43. I just made these with the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix. I didn't add the whole can of pineapple and had to bake them a bit longer than the box said but they are fabulous. My son is gluten free so I don't like to make things he can't have. We will all be enjoying these. No one would know they are GF.Thanks!

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  44. Thanks Shi!

    I'm so happy it worked out with the gf mix. I can't wait to make these for my gf friend!!

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  45. Could I substitute something for the coconut? I don't like coconut really. The rest of the recipe sounds awesome though!!

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  46. Just want to confirm....these are regular size cupcakes, right? (not mini's)... they would be cute as mini's too :)

    they look fabulous and can't wait to make them for Easter Brunch ....thanks so much!

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  47. I did make these as mini-cupcakes and they were a big hit! I took them to a potluck where everyone loved them and my kids have already asked that I make them again. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  48. these look amazing! it actually inspired me to make a cake using the same method and it was awesome, so I posted about it and I included one of your pictures! linked back to you, of course :) here's the blog link:

    http://reluctantwwfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/summer-pineapple-bundt-cake-and-a-weekly-menu/

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  49. Gina, I would love to use this recipe to make a cross-shaped cake for Easter. Do I need to make any adjustments to make this into a cake? Also, would the icing hold up well for that, or should I try something a little more stiff? Thanks for all of the great recipes!

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  50. i stumbled upon your site last week and i'm in loooove! the cilantro lime recipe is so yummy and tonight i made these cupcakes. what can i say!? amazinnggg! i switch up the frosting and blogged about it (obviously gave credit where amazing credit is due). feel free to check it out at http://dianaricart.blogspot.com/. :)

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  51. I just made this recipe. It is sooooooo delicious! My husband who is thinking about joining Weight Watchers later this weekend absolutely loved them.

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  52. Made these yesterday and they turned out great. My family was quite impressed with such a simple baking recipe. Loved the frosting...thanks so much for sharing these wonderful recipes.

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  53. This recipe is sooooo amazing! Thank you so much!

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  54. My friend made us these recently and we all fell in love. I'm now taking them along for my family to Easter dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. I want to make these for a potluck, but I won't be able to refrigerate them before setting them out...do you think I could substitute the cream cheese for Betty Crocker's Whipped Buttercream frosting? I would still mix in the pineapple and coconut.
    thanks! - erica

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  56. I have a question- am I supposed to add the egg & butter as well as it says on the cake mix box? Or just the dry packet & crushed pineapple?

    -Stacey

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  57. oops nevermind, i just read the part about no eggs or butter needed!

    Stacey

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  58. Delicious! I made these for a party and everyone loved them. No one could tell they were from a "skinny" recipe. Thanks!

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  59. I tried making this into a cake on Thursday; however, the base didn't set completely. (Which I didn't realize until I tried to flip it. Next time, I'll leave it in longer than suggested) But, I put the topping on yesterday and off to the party I went. I cheated and used a spoon to serve and no one was the wiser. Btw, everyone LOVED it!!! Very delicious!

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  60. Just made these with a sugar free cake mix and they are delicious! Also, my frosting was pretty thick and didn't look as thin as your photo. I think I did a REALLY good job removing the liquid from the pineapple! :o) Thanks for such great recipes!!

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  61. Hampton Crabber4/23/11, 4:56 PM

    I am so anxious to see what happens when I remove the cake from the oven. I am using a bundt pan and already mixed the icing and put in the fridge! Everyone seems to think they will have a piece tonight, but have advised it's for Easter. Sorry! The entire house smells wonderful!

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  62. Just tried making these for Easter. They turned out to be a mess. I drained the pinapple juice before adding the pineapple to the frosting recipe, but it was a wet mess. Unattractive and didn't taste right at all. Not sure what I did wrong. Husband told me to throw the whole thing away and we are now hoping to find a grocery store where we can grab Easter dessert.

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  63. Gina, these are great! I found them to be super easy. I made everything the day before and put the frosting in the fridge. Today I just frosted my cupcakes and we were out the door to a family dinner. I admit I added a little coconut extract to the frosting, just to give it a great flavor. The cupcakes were very most and yummy. Huge it with the family. Thanks!!

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  64. Made these for Easter today, they are delish! I have been using your recipes for about the past month now and have loved everything I have made. Thank you so very much!

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  65. I made these for Easter and they were great. Super easy to make. One change - My family doesn't like super sweet things so I made t with unsweetened coconut and slightly less sugar for the topping. It turned out great. Love your work, keep it up!

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  66. I'm so happy you all had great success and loved this recipe as much as I did!

    To the person who messed up this recipe, not sure what you did wrong, it sounds like you didn't drain the pineapples enough for the frosting.

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  67. I made these for Easter Sunday! They were amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe. I only made a small batch of frosting and topped the others for at home with light whipped topping.

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  68. This looks wonderful. Does the frosting have regular sugar or powdered sugar?

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  69. Jessica, I actually did half coconut, half pineapple when I made them.

    This uses regular sugar.

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  70. Made these last night and they are delicious! I accidentally bought one can of crushed pineapple, and one can of pineapple chunks - it was a blessing in disguise! They were much easier to drain and I just coarsely chopped them up for the frosting. YUM! LOVE your blog - thank you!!

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  71. *drools* I just made these for a get together we're going to this weekend. Of course after making them I had to sample ;) They're SOOO good! I love the pineapple! I'm tempted to see how the cupcakes by themselves taste. Thanks for your recipes! Your website is my go-to for great meals and desserts. Everything I've made has turned out fantastic and you give such easy-to-follow directions!

    Kristina

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  72. Just made these and they are excellent! They're so easy to make and very tasty!

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  73. To Anonymous re: this not being a recipe because it uses a cake mix....It is a recipe and the cake mix is one of the INGREDIENTS!!!!!
    Definition of rec·i·pe (n.)
    1. A set of directions with a list of ingredients for making or preparing something, especially food.
    The mix is on of the ingredients along with other ingredients! IF YOU are such an expert on "recipes" why are you bothering with this blog. Go start your own and make everything from scratch if you wish...but there are MANY people who use this site daily and have NO complaints about the RECIPES!!!!!

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  74. We are making these today for school lunch box treats! Look fab! As for it not being a recipes- um, you're cooking something that you've mixed together using described ingredients- sounds like a recipe to me! I'm a busy full time working mum and I love any recipe with shortcuts! Keep up the fantastic work you do Gina, you do a wonderful job making all of us healthier!
    Jane xx

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  75. I made these for mother's day and you MUST drain the pineapple for the frosting - sort of like you would do with Spinach for dip. They came out WONDERFUL and I got rave reviews!!

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  76. These are absolutely delish! I made them for my 30th birthday celebration with family, and they ate them up!

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  77. Just wondering if you know if these freeze well?? I'm counting points and I know that I will want to eat them all...it helps if I can put some in the freezer for later. They look sooooooo good! Thanks!

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  78. I haven't tried but I think they will!

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  79. I made a cake last night (9x13 pan) using carrot cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple with whipped topping on top and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea! I'm sure your recipe is delicious too. I'll try it next time.

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  80. Three generations of southern cooks (coconut pineapple cakes are one of the hallmarks of a good southern cook) say "thank you" for a quick and easy recipe when you need a dessert quickly. We value the nutritional and Points (Plus) information you provide. We can pay homage to our family members when we make these very delightful treats and stay true to our efforts for a healthier lifestyle. They were very lovely and just as delicious. Three requests already for the summer birthday celebrants. Joy! Just pure Joy! Thank you, Gina!

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  81. I had no idea southerners liked their coconut pineapple cakes, I am happy you all enjoyed them!

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  82. Just made these for my bbq tomorrow and had to :try one" to make sure they were going to be good. Oh my word, delicious!! Thanks once again!
    Oh, and I also made your diet coke cake as cupcakes with diet dr. pepper instead and the one I "tried" was amazing as well.

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  83. I made these for our BBQ today. All I can say is WOW! They were great and a big hit with everyone. Who says healthy eating has to be boring? Not when you have Gina's recipes!

    Danielle in Las Vegas

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  84. made these last week and they were SO delicious and guilt free!! my husband loved them too, even though they are "healthy". thank you! will be trying many more of your wonderful recipes!

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  85. My sister made these for Father's Day. They are SOOO good! I linked your post on my blog...great recipe! Easy and super yummy! Thanks for posting!

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  86. I just made this for some of my work friends and they are on Weight Watchers and couldn't believe how awesome they taste - the recipe came out perfect, I used a little less sugar for the frosting but you couldn't tell! Really love your website & recipes (shared with my friends)... thanks so much!!

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  87. Just made these with Gluten Free Betty Crocker Yellow cake mix. They came out AWESOME! Exchanged sugar for Splenda and then toasted some coconut to toss on top! They were delightful. :) Thanks so much for an awesome recipe.

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  88. I made these yesterday and they are amazing!!! I did not want bits of pinappple in my cupcakes so I threw the can of pineapple in the blender and blended it until smooth before adding it to the cake mix. Delicious!!!

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  89. I made these to take to a family picnic today and OMG! is all I can say. What a great recipe. The only change I made was to use powdered sugar in place of regular sugar. It made a smooth frosting and whipped up quickly. Thanks, Gina, for another great recipe. People kept asking "who made the pineapple cupcakes??" I didn't tell anyone it was a "skinny" recipe, because it sure doesn't taste like it's diet food!
    Tricia

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  90. I put the icing on top of the cupcakes and kept it refrigerated. Do i have to eat it within a couple hours?

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  91. It should be fine if you eat it tomorrow!

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  92. Gina, so it wouldn't be good after today? It has been in the refrigerator the whole time..

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  93. I am making these for the fourth but with a slight adaptation. I will let you know how it goes!

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  94. I just made these today and WOW! They are so delicious. Surprisingly, I loved them just as much without the frosting. I made some with and without. It was moist and delicious. I am definitely going to keep this in my recipe box! =)

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  95. Sure, they are fine in the fridge for a few days.

    Jenn, yes they are great with cool whip!

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  96. SO good! What a wonderful dessert! I had a craving for a cupcake and this one totally hit the spot! Amazingly easy, super inexpensive and makes TONS! I can't wait to have another one tomorrow! Will definitely save points for this!

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  97. i added this to my Recipe List Blog
    I will come back and let you know how it was when i get around to making it
    thanks for the recipe
    From Cristin To Mommy

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  98. I made these last night and they were easy and wonderful! Sure helped with the baked good cravings! Dee in MT

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  99. Soooooo Yuummy! Made this little bad boys today for dinner and they were a HIT.... Not bad considering most of my family members don't care for The pineapple or coconut taste, every one was quiet surprise to like them! It will be added to my love it list. :) and this site will be bookedmark :) thank you!

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  100. This is the second recipe I have tried and I am so happy I found this site! Hubby doesn't care for flaked coconut so we omitted it. It was so delicious. Very similar to pineapple upside down cake (but better). I'm in my 2nd week of WW, and I can stick to it with your great recipes.

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  101. :-) I so love your recipies Gina!!! I just started a Cake decorating class, so I will be using a lot of your cake recipies to bring into my class so that I won't ruin my waistline. :-) Do you have any lighter version for Buttercream frosting? lol Thanks much and Keep up the good Work!

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  102. Low-fat buttercram, I don't think that's possible!

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  103. Hi Gina I made these yesterday and loved them.. however is there a reason they have to be eaten within a few hours after they are topped? I have them stored in the refrigerator.. it made too many for my family to eat in a few hours haha.

    Genna

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  104. The frosting is best fresh or the next day. So if you don't top them all, then you can keep the cupcakes in the fridge a few more days.

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  105. My daughter made these for me and a friend recently and they were very good. She has found a lot of good recipes on Skinnytaste and even the kids have liked the different dishes they've tried.

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  106. I'm always happy when the kids like my food. They ate the hardest to please!

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  107. I am making this right now and noticed once I mixed it that the Betty Crocker cake mix comes in 15.25 now not 18.25 and I used the 20 oz. of crushed pineapple so I hope it comes out just as good :-)

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  108. Made these for a dinner party tonight. Everyone LOVED them! Making them again Monday to take to my college class.

    My question is if I made the topping on Tuesday will it still be ok on the following Monday? I have quite a bit left and think it would be enough. Do you think it will last in my refrigerator?

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  109. I don't think I would keep it that long, maybe freeze it?

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  110. YUM!! I got the BC Coconut Supreme Mix with a 20 oz can of crushed pineapple! SO easy! Thanks for posting. I'm not only watching my diet and points but also my wallet these days and this is the easiest and cheapest way to make 48+ mini cupcakes for a party and still feel like a hit!! (came out to only $5 plus it was BOGO on the cake mix this week ;o) I also have coconuts in the back yard so all summer my fiancé and I have been shaving and dehydrating our own flakes! SO perfect! Thanks again.
    -K

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  111. Coconuts in your backyard! No I'm jealous!

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  112. I made these today and they were fabulous. I was making them for adults only, so I may have added a splash of Malibu coconut rum to the frosting. OMG - delish!!

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  113. Do you think any cake and 20 ounce fruit will work, like chocolate cake and cherry fruit or lite pie filling? These are great, so just wanted to know if any fruit would work?

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  114. I would assume so but you'll have to experiment :)

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  115. how much frosting on each cupcake, to add up for the point plus?

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  116. These are the best cupcakes EVER! I am going to make them today using the new Fun Da Middles cupcake mix and see how that turns out.

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  117. These sound great. I want to take them to a tailgating, so no fridge. Any ideas on what to do for frosting?

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  118. I wonder how this would taste with chocolate frosting or glaze instead? Anyone try that?

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  119. I fixed these last night and they were delicious. I only iced the ones that were to be eaten and put the rest of the icing in the fridge. I just had one with lunch and I must say, it was SO much better with the icing really cool. OH, and I don't like coconut, but I never noticed it was in there. I will definately be making these again!!

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  120. I am one luck girl -- My colleagues at work have been baking up a storm with Skinny Taste recipes as of late. This was today's treat. Delish!

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  121. could I make this into a whole cake instead?

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  122. I haven't made a cake with it but I don't see why not!

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  123. Hi! Love the recipe. I tried it this weekend and posted about it on my blog at the following link, http://pam-thebestlaidplans.blogspot.com/2012/01/pina-colada-cupcakes.html

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  124. Oh my! I've been in the mood to bake for a few days now! I think I found the recipe!!! Yum Yum Yum!

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  125. Gina - making these now and needed to wing it with frosting as sweetened coconut not available in Oz. Used normal shredded coconut, a little coconut essence and a v. v. small amount of pineapple juice. Also used icing (confectioners) sugar instead. Turned out fine though so when they cool and I've taken a photo, I'll send you the link

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  126. Tonight completes my second week of WW. I've wanted a cupcake the entire time, so after searching, I decided on these. THEY ARE SOOOOO GOOD. It's hard to use the self control with these, but I've been good. Delicious. Thank you! I look forward to trying more of your desserts!

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  127. I made these for the first time tonight and they were delicious! They were extremely moist and weren't too sweet, but just perfect. I really liked the fact that they were pretty filling for a dessert and they definitely satisfy the sweet tooth. Thank you for these delicious WW recipes!!!

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  128. Gina- thanks for all of your hard, DELICIOUS work!!! I need help troubleshooting with this recipe...I may have accidentally overlooked the "drain all fluids" out of the pineapple in the frosting. Now it's too runny. Do you have any ideas on how to thicken it up? I'd hate to waste an entire batch of frosting.
    Thanks! ~Ginny

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    1. That's pretty tough to fix. Maybe adding more cream cheese.

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  129. Problem solved! I added a bit of instant vanilla pudding mix - not the entire package, just enough to soak up the excess liquid and solidify the frosting a bit. Yes, it adds more calories/points, but at the moment it's better than throwing out the batch! Thanks! (it still tastes great!)

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  130. These are what we in the south refer to as "smack your mama delicious." How long will the frosting stay good, as long as it is refrigerated? I am keeping it in a container separate from the cupcakes so that I can eat them throughout the week. Thanks!

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  131. @Regina--I made them and iced them... put them in the fridge and it took us about 6 or 7 days to eat them all. They were just as good on that last day (in my opinion)

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  132. I made this tonight, but got lazy and made it a bundt cake instead of cupcakes. I just followed the baking time on the cake mix box for the bundt cake and it turned out great! I also kept the topping in a bowl in the fridge so I wouldn't have to refrigerate the whole cake and it worked out well. Will make again!

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  134. Ok...I just have to say that I made these tonight. I TOTALLY forgot the sugar in the frosting and they were AWESOME!! They were super sweet W/OUT the sugar. DELISH!! Thanks for a excellent recipe as always :) Now...has anyone else made these w/out sugar?

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  135. I made these last weekend and they turned out AMAZING! and sooo deelish, very hard to eat just one!

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  136. Yesterday, I hosted a friend's engagement party and made these for dessert. They came out absolutely amazing. For her wedding she wants cupcakes and I have volunteered to save her money and make a few of your delicious recipes.

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  137. Just had a dinner party and made these ... SO GOOD! Serve them cold ...

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  138. I just noticed that you said 18.25 oz yellow cake mix. I bought the same one pictured and it was 15.25 oz. I made the cupcakes last night and realized they are bit on the soft side, toothpick still came out clean, but tasted okay.

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  139. Amazing Amazing! I tried the frosting without the sugar first then tried it with the sugar and hands down the one with the sugar was better and really just the perfect sweetness! Thank you! BTW I thought it was even more amazing after it was chilled (after frosting). And it was a bit prettier when topped with toasted coconut like someone here suggested. Yummmmm!

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  140. Woah...I'm super excited to make these next week! My husband and I are addicted to dessert and these actually sound WW friendly. :)

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  141. I made these last night and they were delicious!! I was blown away by how yummy they were! Thanks for another great recipe. :)

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  142. I'm worried because my Betty Crocker cake mix is only 15.25 oz! I might hold back a little liquid. Or not. I guess I'll have to see how the batter looks.

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  143. My icing is runny i drained the pineapples...any adcive?

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  144. These were sooo yummy! I made the icing a little differently...I used the 1/3 the fat cream cheese, 1 cup sweetened coconut and slowly drizzled in a little bit of pineapple juice to thin it out a bit and then spread a small amount on top of each cupcake. I've tried several recipes of yours and LOVE them all!

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  145. Is the consistency of the cupcakes supposed to be doughier than a normal full-fat cupcake? I am wondering if I undercooked mine or if that is just what is supposed to happen... Thanks!

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  146. Help- is it me or is there not a temperature for this cupcake? I am guessing it is the same as the box or maybe typical 350? Someone please tell me what temp I should bake this at. I am cooking it now... :) Thanks

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  147. hi I made the chocolate muffins with the tin of pumpkin puree that was this site they were delicious . i also saw the different cake mixes with different types of soda pop could someone post the recipes again i am not sure if it was just soda pop and cake mix

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  148. Just made this! Delicious!!

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  149. Are you supposed to add the oil, eggs and water that the box recipe calls for? Bc I just did...and they're baking as I type. haha I just assumed the eggs and such would be a necessity to baking. But now, the mix looks too thin... :/

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    1. Nope. Or I never have when I've made them. That goes against the "skinny" of it, I think. But maybe I'm wrong. Good luck!

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  150. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for "substituting" for the cake mix -- I'm not a big fan of the artificial vanilla taste but have seen great recipes like this one and still want to make them. I'm really struggling to get an airy/light texture without the butter and eggs in a normal yellow cake.

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  151. I've commented on here before, but I just have to say again how much I love these cupcakes. SO. GOOD. I don't feel too bad when I lick the bowl (as long as I have some extra points+ sitting around). I'm taking them to our Father's Day celebration tomorrow... finally a dessert I can have and not feel guilty about at a family party.

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  152. Really great! The grown ups at our luau loved it more than the kids! I should have stuck to cupcakes, as a 2 layer cake really didnt work. Great healthy recipe. Keep them coming!

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  153. No need for eggs in the cake mix ???

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  154. Seriously one of the best cupcakes I have ever eaten. This does not taste light or diet in any way--incredibly flavorful and moist. For mine, I made them without frosting since I was taking them to a picnic and didn't know how they'd hold in the heat. Instead, I sprinkled coconut shavings on before baking. They came out toasted and the result was tasty. Would definitely bake again and try the other recipes. I am someone who bakes almost everything from scratch and these don't taste one bit like a mix!

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  155. OMG!! Made these Friday before -the frosting, finished them today to take to a friend, kept 6 for myself! YUMMY, YUMMY! Making the pulled pork as we speak in slow cooker for Sunday dinner, my house smells amazing! I'm doing smothered cabage per my nephews request as a side. Love this site, have made so many of the recipes on my weight loss journey. Really helps to have all the nutrition info, and someone who has done the leg work, and tweaked the recipes for sucess.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH, Hope

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  156. FABULOUS recipe! 4 thumbs up from hubs and me. I will probably have to recalculate points, since I only got 18 cupcakes instead of 24... I've never been very good with spatial reasoning.

    I have made pretty much nothing but recipes from this site since starting WW, and have been impressed with each and every one. I'm having a blast going through the archives to find creative and healthy new ways to fix some of our favorites.

    Thanks, Gina!

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  157. Delightful! Absolutely mouth watering recipe! Can't wait to try this!

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  158. Is the calorie count for mini cupcakes or regular cupcakes? I look forward to making this for a dinner party on friday night.

    Nicci

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  159. OMG! These were just awesome! Everyone that had one just loved them! the boyfriend's daughter said we are just about out of cupcakes!

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  160. These were great made them tonight... Can I freeze leftover icing? Leftover cupcakes?

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  161. Just found your site, these sound wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing<3

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  162. My daughter-in-law made these for me for my birthday this week as I'm a Lifetime WW!! They were so moist and delic and sooo guilt-free!! Txs for sharing these great recipes! :o)

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  163. I just made this in cake form and everybody loved it, even my mom and her picky boyfriend who won't eat anything even resembling healthy! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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  165. Made these with Betty Crocker Gluten Free cake mix for my brother in law! Everyone loved them!

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  166. Ok very dumb question here... the cake mix... add the pineapple to just the cake mix or the prepared cake batter?? Sounds wonderful... :)

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  167. Just made these! They're actually really sweet but it could just be the Duncan Hine's french vanilla cake mix. 33 degrees tomorrow, can't wait to share em around!

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  168. I made these for my Bible Study group. They are delicious! I made them exactly as directed. Everyone could not believe they were low calorie!!

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  169. Loved! My friend licked the cupcake liner clean.

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  170. I made this with a gluten free yellow cake mix and my husband loved them. However, they didn't come out with the consistency cupcakes are supposed to have...they were more sticky than fluffy if you have any idea what I mean. Do you know if there is something I can add when using a gluten free mix to make them the right consistency? Thanks!

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    1. I think the box cakes are smaller now, so it probably needs less pineapple. I'll have to figure this one out soon.

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  171. Hi Gina,

    I want to make these delicious cupcakes for Easter. I was wondering, you said there is no eggs, no oil, and no butter needed, but the Betty Crocker Cake Mix requires this. My question is do I add everything on the cake mix to make the cupcakes or I don't? And how are the cupcakes going to hold up with no eggs and oil?

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    1. Annie, don't add anything to the mix but the pineapple. It does sound crazy the first time you hear of it, but it DOES work! Give it a try. :)

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  172. Finally got around to making these today, and boy do they smell good! We got a fresh pineapple in our Easter basket, so they're going to be topped with fresh sliced pineapple and plain cream cheese instead of frosting.

    The best surprising part (other than how easy they are) is how good the batter smells!

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  173. Absolutely delicious! Made these for coworkers and they were devoured in minutes! The only thing...my cupcakes came out extremely moist, so moist in fact that they've wet through the entire cupcake liner. Is this normal?

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  174. Just wondering, are these supposed to be regular or mini cupcakes?

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  175. These cupcakes are fabulous! I've made them several times and my husband lights up when I buy crushed pineapple! I've found that really pressing the water from the crushed pineapple when draining makes a difference in the icing.

    As for the smaller cake mixes, I found this helpful blog post and will try her suggestion next time I make these:
    http://www.cakemixdoctor.com/2012/04/almond-cream-cheese-pound-cake/

    Thanks Gina for many of the go-to recipes in my healthier house!

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  176. Made these for a gathering tonight and boy were they a hit especially when I told them they were guilt free :)
    The icing was just a bit runny (thought I had got all the juice) but they were still very good. Topped it with a fresh organic strawberry half for color. Looked really nice and tasted great!
    Thanks again for yet another fantastic recipe - Gina rocks!!

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  177. I made these tonight after being swayed by the pics. WOW! These are soooo good. They are SO SO SIMPLE to make as well. 2 thumbs up :D

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  178. I made these with a twist I added a teaspoon of coconut flavor to the cake mix! ( I already made full fat pina coloda ones) Turns out great!

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  179. Could I swap out 8 oz of the pineapple for a cup of seltzer to make a light and airy cake?

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  180. I have made these repeatedly and everyone loves them. I'll be making them yet again for Fourth of July for those of us watching our waists. Thank You So Much for showing us you can have delicious foods that are healthy! Love This Site!

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  181. Coconut + pineapple are one of my favorite combinations! I'll definitely try this recipe, thank you!

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