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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??