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Papaya Coconut Muffins

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What do you do with left over papaya? You make muffins of course!

Papaya and coconut give these low fat muffins a tropical flair. If you can’t take a trip to the tropics, bring the tropics to your kitchen!

These are moist and wonderful from the minute they come out of the oven. If you can’t find papaya in your market, ripe mango would work too.

Low Fat Papaya Coconut Muffins

5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Yield: 14 servings
Serving Size: 1 muffin


  • 1 cup papaya purée
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat pastry flour, Bob's Red Mill
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted butter or margarine


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Puree papaya in a blender until smooth.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Add coconut and mix to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and puréed papaya.
  • Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  • Pour batter into a prepared muffin tins and bake at 325° for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for about 10 minutes.

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Serving: 1 muffin, Calories: 126.6 kcal, Carbohydrates: 22.8 g, Protein: 2.3 g, Fat: 3 g, Fiber: 2.7 g, Sugar: 8.8 g


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59 comments on “Papaya Coconut Muffins”

  1. Just made this recipe my favorite fruit is papaya never thought there would be a recipe for papaya muffins l! Thanks so much the muffins were delicious! The dough is a bit sticky but the muffins cake out perfect. 

  2. I have a papaya tree that produces TONS of fruit so I’m always looking for recipes. This one was a hit! I modified a bit by using less wheat flour and adding some oats and flax for a hearty muffin. I also don’t like to use sugar so I replaced it with maple syrup. At the end I added 3 drops of lime essential oil to give it even more of a tropical kick! They turned out flavorful, moist and hearty. All of my friends LOVED them!

  3. really nice recipe! First I thought the dough is a bit too sticky, but after baking they were really good. I put some lemon-icing-sugar mixture on top to finish. Delicious!

  4. Hi Gina can I use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar? if so, would it be the same measurement and the same smart points?

  5. We live in SW Florida. I have about 20 trees that produced Papaya's galore. I've made Jam, cake, pies, ice cream you name it. Trying these this morning. I added Flaxseed and sprinkled Chia seeds on top. The house smell so good. Thank's for the recipe.

  6. Hola! Aquí en México no he visto coconuts flakes, se podrá reemplazar con coco rallado? O cambian mucho los puntos?

  7. They are in the oven right now. I used Applesauce instead of papaya. My batter was thick and sticky not like a regular muffin batter. Is it normal ? hoping they come out great. Fingers crossed.

  8. I've tried now your muffin and they're amazing! I think that I'm going to use this site for recepies asap! Thank you so much and greetings from Italy :)))

  9. I made this yesterday and th results were okay. I only had 2/3 cup of papaya so I used a 1/3 of applesauce too, and I made it into a bread instead of muffins and baked it for longer. It's kinda dry and doesn't have a lot of flavor. Next time I will try to get more papaya and maybe add some coconut extract too.

  10. I just made these for the second time but decided to exeperiment a little. I had some cream of coconut I needed to use up so I used 1/2 cup of it in place of the sugar and shredded coconut. Delicious 🙂

  11. I am not fond of papayas,but these were delicious. I made a batch for my picky son with chocolate chips on top, and he loved it. I was wondering if the papaya purée would work with your box-cake recipe(sub the pumpkin)? Not sure if it would be too runny.

  12. Thanks to this recipe I found out that papayas STINK! I couldn't even make the recipe because everyone was complaining about the smell of it when I was cutting it up! lol How do you get past the smell??

    ps. Trying another fruit for these muffins next time! I know they will be delicious!

  13. I've been lurking around for a week now….made 4 of your recipes and I'm hooked! These are fantastic

  14. I currently live in Hawaii.. and LOVE LOVE LOVE Papaya!!! I have some in the fridge I think I'm going to turn into these muffins. =) As always.. thanks for the awesome recipe's. I have spread them around at my weightwatchers meeting. And a couple of the ladies come to my house after the meeting for dinner, and there is usually one of your recipe's on the menu. I even have ladies wishing they were invited! LOL. I can't wait to try these!!

  15. I know you highly recommend the whole wheat pastry flour, but I live in South Korea and am lucky to get whole wheat flour, lol. In a pinch can I use whole wheat flour?? There maybe one place in Seoul that I can check for it, but just in case they don't have it….

  16. Hey Gina! I want to make these tonight but I don't have whole wheat flour – would regular white flour work the same?

  17. Hi!!!
    I really do hope some one reads this comment!!!!
    Can I use Splenda instead of real sugar?
    I have type 1 diabetes and I am constantly looking for ways to lower sugar grams content
    If I use pinaple, don´t you think they will ferment? Go bad because of the acidity of pinaple??

  18. gina, I love your website. Such wonderful recipes. I have a question on these. In the recipe it calls for one large egg and then later on in the directions it says Mix the eggs. Is there more than one egg needed? And is the batter pretty stiff?

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Papaya is wonderful, kind of like a cantelope but softer and sweeter! Sometimes I sprinkle a little lemonade powder over cut papaya and eat it lime that! Delicious!

  20. I*ve never ever had Papaye before. I*m madly in love with Coconut though. And even though I*m not sure if I even like Papaya, these are calling to me. I can*t keep my eyes off this recipie thinking it will be delicious!!! Can*t wait to try it!! Any hints on what Papaya actually tastes like?? You said above melon. Like a Cantelope??

  21. Hi Gina,
    My sister in-law got me in touch with your site. I just pulled the muffins out of the oven. YUMMY!! One question…do these freeze well? I tend to make muffins ahead of time and freeze several batches…thaw overnight in the fridge, then pop into the oven or microwave. Breakfast…done!

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    The Capitol Baker

    I just made these and had to bring out the serious will power to stop eating! They were so delicious and I still can't believe they are only 3 points. Much better than a 3 point vita muffin! Thanks Gina.

  23. I made these with the mango instead, but it was thicker than papaya puree I think. Made the batter really thick but they still taste delicious.

  24. i tried to make these today and managed to screw them up (forgot the baking soda), thats what i get for cooking WITH the 2 yr old, lol.

    for those of you who made this with applesauce instead of papaya did you omit the coconut or did it still taste good with it in? i only had the one papaya 🙁

  25. Just out of the oven. This time I made them with apple sauce and white flour. They taste great.
    Who knows what fruit puree I will use next.
    Thank you Gina for this wonderful recipe!


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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I love banana muffins, you may have to check the points to make sure they aren't a little higher.

  27. Just made these tonight 🙂 Used banana puree instead of papaya… they were SO good! Obviously papaya would have been better I would imagine thats why you picked it 🙂 but i had bananas that HAD to be used so I did those instead! Thank you!

  28. These just came out of the oven, and the house smells wonderful! I used banana puree, and regular whole wheat flour and they came out great.
    Thank you Gina for a very tasty, low plus point muffin.


  29. I'm not a fan of papaya, so do you think canned pumpkin or applesauce would work for this recipe?

  30. I can't wait to try this recipe. I love the flavor combination. This is the best Weight Watchers Recipe site !

    I will be back often.

  31. Anything with papaya is officially my favorite food in the world. These sound totally exotic but easy to make. Love it!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Gluten free.. there's a wealth of information for Gluten Free baking on Gluten Free Goddess.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Shelia O- lol, yeah 20 meatballs would be overkill! I think wheat germ, bran or flax would be wonderful here. These are super moist so I think the recipe could handle it.

    Tanya- thanks for the shout out!

    vferr- I used sweetened coconut, it's what I had on hand. These muffins are not overly sweetened so the sweetened coconut worked well.

    Sara, let me know how you like them!

  34. Gina, I just must say that I'm in love with your site. We have tried a variety of your recipes (Asian meatballs, pork BBQ, sante fe chicken) and have loved every single one. I will be trying these muffins this weekend!

  35. Kayla- If you make it gluten free, any way you could post it?! We've recently discovered my daughter is gluten intolerant and is having a hard time having to give up muffins!

  36. Wow! What a unique combination. I ought to try this. I have been on a muffins craze and this will certainly go into my bookmarks! I might adapt this and make it gluten free:)

  37. looked so good I HAD to give it a shoutout!


  38. Hi Gina!

    I'm new to your website and am THRILLED with all your recipes. My boyfriend is in love with your Skinny Italian Meatballs – I keep having to remind him that a serving size is NOT 20 meatballs!

    Question about this recipe – could I add wheat germ, bran or something similiar to up the fiber without turing it into a rock hard muffin?

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Rene- I've had those tins for years, they are regular sized cupcake tins.

    Papaya is similar to a melon, but sweeter and softer. Ask someone in the fruit area if it's ripe, that's what I do 🙂
    Mango puree would work great in place of papaya if you can't find papaya.

    If you prefer, leave the coconut out. It's not overly coconut-y if you leave it in.

    Amy- I highly recommend Bob's whole wheat pastry flour, the results are always superb – it's like baking with white.

  40. This sounds wonderful!!!! I cant wait to make these! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    @Anonymous….I googled Papaya and came up with this…hope it helps!!

  41. These look fantastic! Now to find a papaya so I can give it a try… 🙂

    Consumed: My Culinary Adventure

  42. This looks really yummy… alas, I must admit I've never bought a papaya let alone cooked with one. Any tips for how to pick a good one?


  43. Yum! These look awesome! Quick question though; I love the flavor of cocunut, but I really dislike the texture. Could I maybe put in a coconut flavoring instead without effecting the points too much?

  44. Those look amazing! I can't wait to try it! Do you use jumbo muffin tins or the normal size ones? I've never seen normal size muffin tins with only 6 muffins… I want them!