These coconut pineapple muffins are a lightened up treat made with whole wheat flour, coconut milk and fresh pineapple. An easy snack or breakfast option!

Muffins are a breakfast classic, but have you ever had a pineapple muffin? These muffins incorporate tropical flavors for a fun twist on a standard recipe.


A coconut pineapple muffin topped with glaze.

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So now that we’re a little over a week into the new year, who is still going strong with their resolutions? I am not really a resolution kind of person; rather, I feel like it’s better to incorporate little changes over time rather than trying to make a major change in one fell swoop. Like everyone else, I am looking to incorporate healthier eating habits into my life. Instead of giving up all of my favorite foods at once, I’ve been swapping out ingredients in my recipes to create healthier alternatives.

One of my favorite afternoon rituals is a cup of tea and a pastry. Rather than giving up sweet treats altogether, I’ve created a healthier coconut pineapple muffin that satisfies my sweet tooth with less sugar and fat.

Pineapple muffins in a baking tin.

How do you make coconut pineapple muffins?

To make these muffins a little lighter, I omitted the butter entirely and added back in a little bit of heart healthy oil. I also reduced the amount of sugar in the recipe and swapped out part of the white flour for whole wheat flour. The glaze is optional, but you really only need a teaspoon per muffin so it doesn’t add much in the way of sugar or calories.

You can use fresh or canned pineapple for these muffins. The trick is to cut the pineapple into small pieces so that you get a little bit in every bite. The muffins get a double dose of coconut with the addition of both flaked coconut and coconut milk. If you’re a pina colada lover, you’re sure to love these muffins.

Coconut muffins topped with shredded coconut and pineapple.

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4.75 from 8 votes

Coconut Pineapple Muffins

AuthorSara Welch
These coconut pineapple muffins are a lightened up treat with less fat and sugar than the original version. They're the perfect snack or breakfast to pair with a cup of tea. #MeAndMyTea Ad
These lightened up coconut pineapple muffins have less fat and sugar than the original version but are still light, fluffy and full of flavor.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Serves 12 muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour I prefer white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • cooking spray
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light coconut milk
  • slices pineapple and shaved coconut for garnish optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine both flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine coconut milk, oil and egg in a bowl; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist. Gently fold in pineapple and coconut flakes. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper wrappers.
  • Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove muffins from pan; cool on a wire rack. After the muffins have cooled, combine powdered sugar and coconut milk in a bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins. Garnish with pineapple slices and coconut shavings if desired.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g

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    1. I’ve never tried these muffins gluten free. You could try a gluten free flour substitute, but I can’t say exactly how that would turn out. -The Dinner At The Zoo Team.

  1. Hi – I made these today and they are yummy! I only had about half a cup of crushed pineapple so I added a ripe banana in too. So tasty. Thanks.

  2. Canola oil is NOT heart healthy. Please do some research. It is a highly refined and processed oil that goes through 168 discrete steps between seed and bottle, including exposure to hexane and bleach. I know it’s an easy error to make if we just believe what we’re told. But again, please do some research. There have been so many recent discoveries about Canola and other oils and the damage they do to our health.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I made a few changes and absolutely love it.

    I used 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of oatmeal, used honey instead of sugar, used full fat coconut milk, and substituted the oil with 2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt. The muffins are super moist and not too sweet. Loved the taste of the pineapple! And the moisture that the coconut milk gives is perfect – so happy for your idea!

    It’ll be my basic recipe for other muffins (without the pineapple and coconut flakes).

    1. I think it would probably work, although the muffins might be a bit drier since the coconut milk adds more fat to the recipe which makes for a moister muffin.

  4. Is there a decent substitute for the coconut milk or is it necessary for the flavor? Live rural it could be hard to find.

  5. I like your recipe, but you should use olive oil or coconut oil rather than canola oil. Canola
    oil is not that healthy

  6. 5 stars
    I love, love, love this idea! A hot cup of tea in the afternoon is such a simple pleasure, especially when it’s sooo cold outside. I’m going to add both your muffins and the tea to my shopping list!

  7. I always have a cup of tea beside me when I’m working to keep me warm and motivated. I think I need one of these muffins next time, too, to keep my belly from rumbling. [client]

  8. 5 stars
    Your pineapple muffins are the perfect snack to have with a cup of tea. I find myself drinking it a lot more now that the weather has turned colder and the snow is not melting. Perfect pairing!

  9. I’ve been having a cup of tea in the afternoon when I feel like eating an unhealthy snack. It really is curbing my cravings for potato chips. I am sure these muffins would help too.