Skinny Tropical Smoothie Muffins

I confess that eating clean is boring. 100% boring.
Not that it doesn’t taste good…
but I like my sugar and I like it a lot!
Salad, green smoothies, and eggs are all I have been having.
I really want muffins, cookies, and brownies.
But those sweet things make my jeans shrink…
or my butt grow depending on how you look at it.
I’m of the opinion my washer and dryer are out to get me
and that is why my pants are smaller now:-)
I confess that I have been guzzling Diet Dr. Pepper
trying to keep my body from going into sugar withdrawals completely.
So far it is working, but all the diet websites tell you
that the aspertame or whatever makes it diet is even worse for you.
I am willing to take my chances since the yummy taste of it
is keeping me from raiding the many boxes of baking stuff
stored in my living room. (yes, living room…my kitchen is barren right now)
Skinny Tropical Smoothie Muffins
I confess that with all the warm glorious weather
comes the urge to…clean every nook and cranny.
My shoe shelves were looking kind of “messy”,
so I started organizing there first.
And that led to me putting them into like piles.
Which led me to realize just how addicted to shoes I am.
Even I didn’t know I had accumulated that many! Whoops:-)
Since some are old and some are just not worn any more,
I gave 15 pairs to Goodwill.
And put the other ?? back in the closet. Baby steps.
Let’s not even talk about my purse or jewelry addiction.
I confess that shopping at Target is not good for my wallet.
There is always something too cute to look at.
But since I am trying to hold out on clothes for me…
you know…the clean eating thing trying to shrink myself.
So my daughter got some cute stuff!
1 cute dress and shrug & 1 cute pair of skinny capris and top
and 1 super cute food prop item for me. (love their new glassware)
Then there are the cute orange flip flops that I really need to go back for.
Bonus: she wears the same size as me…so really flips for me:-)
I confess that I finally bought The Hunger Games.
The library still had a hold on it, so I figured $6 at Walmart
was my best option.
Now I will probably not sleep for the next night or so
while I get totally addicted to it.
Hello, grouchy mama, when 6:30 am rolls around.
It’s all part of the confessions…if I don’t get enough sleep…
let’s just say mornings are not my favorite part of the day.
But from all the good stuff I have heard from this book…it will be worth it:-)
I confess to bribing my kids to do yard work with Klondike Bars.
Not that they don’t like to help out around the house,
well, they are kids. They don’t like doing work period.
There was piles of cut off shrubs and weeds that needed moved.
Enter in the Klondike…
help mom do the yard work. Get an ice cream bar.
Bribery works every time:-)
I figure if they eat them all, I will stop hearing
ice cream voices yelling at me from the basement freezer!
I confess that I did indeed eat 1 of these muffins last weekend.
They are my somewhat feeble attempt at a healthy baked good.
Feeble because there was still butter and sugar involved.
They actually turned out pretty good.
Of course my kids turned their noses up, because I didn’t use chocolate.
Would you want chocolate in your pineapple muffins?
I didn’t think so either.
But the laughs on them, because I am working on a chocolate muffin
with some pretty healthy alternatives…I’ll let you know if it works out!
But for now make some Skinny Tropical Smoothie Muffins,
and sit outside on your porch or deck and enjoy the sunshine!!!
Skinny Tropical Smoothie Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 15 muffins

Skinny Tropical Smoothie Muffins

Light tropical muffins topped with toasted coconut


For the Topping
1/2 cup shredded coconut
For the Muffins
2 cups flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained(reserve juice)
1/4 cup fresh mango, crushed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons pineapple juice


  1. Spread the coconut out on a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove and let cool.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add applesauce and combine again. Place mango in microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Crush using a fork. Add to the butter mixture with the pineapple, yogurt, and vanilla until creamy. Stir in the flour mixture.
  4. Spoon into 15 cupcake liners in a muffin pan. Bake at 350* for 28-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Stir the powdered sugar and juice together until smooth. Dip tops in glaze and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Store in a sealed container. Makes 15 muffins.
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  1. says

    These look both plenty healthy AND delicious–and I seriously admire your willpower! Everytime I think I am going to be “strict” on my diet, I end up caving :( so good for you!! And I love your little confessions. Bribes always work; cleaning closets can be like shopping; and Target… danger zone!

  2. says

    I love Dr. Pepper too! You will LOVE the Hunger Games. I made my daughter read it before I bought our tickets to see the movie. She did and now she is chomping at the bit to see the movie! Tickets for the matinee on Saturday are burning a hole in my purse!

  3. says

    I love your confessions, you’re so honest! Maybe I should hold myself accountable and do that too!
    I love hunger games, didn’t care for the last book so much (Mockingjay) but it was a great read!
    I think your muffins are gorgeous :)

  4. says

    I love love The Hunger Games! Just wait till you read the rest. Oh man. I love the muffins! And your confessions. Have a happy day!

  5. says

    Lovin’ these muffins! Your pics are always gorgeous! Loved reading your confessions too. lol I just got back from Target… and spent waaay too much money! Theres just something about that place. You go in for one thing and you come out with a cart full! ha

  6. says

    Totally gonna make these! I am trying hard not to feed my kids ONLY junk food, and doubling that effort for myself :) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. says

    Now I feel guilty….I have a lot of things to confess too…many are the same as yours! These muffins…yum…they have oats in them…I cannot seem to turn anything with oats (but I should just be eating oatmeal!)

  8. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. says

    Such a cute post and the muffins look delicious!! We loved having you at “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  10. says

    Can you come to my house when you’re done with yours? Because all this warm weather does is make me want to go outside! That and the sunlight streaming in makes all the dust/pollen/dirt that much more visible!


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