Toasted Coconut Blueberry Muffins (reduced fat)

Anyone who knows my mom knows she is a highly overprotective woman who needs to speak to all four of her kids every single day.  salsa mac and cheese 026

There are times my mom will call me, and I am unable to take her call… sometimes I’m in a meeting, or on the subway with no signal, or I just miss her call since my phone’s usually on vibrate.  Oops!    salsa mac and cheese 012

Well, that all changed a couple months ago when I received not a phone call, but rather a text message from my mom and our conversation went as follows:
    mom: Hi Honey I am learning to text.
    me: Hi Mummy.  Finally.  :)
    mom: Ok thanks.
    me: Do you want to talk?
    mom: If you have time I’m at brother’s home.
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And then I called my mom and the first thing I asked her was, “who taught you how to text?”  She responded, “Rhea is teaching me.”  Rhea is my niece and my mom’s ever so patient granddaughter.  It’s nice, my mom finally learned how to text thanks to my niece.  salsa mac and cheese 023

So now rather than calling me (and my other 3 siblings) all the time and waiting to hear back, my mom will just text me to find out if I can talk, and she’ll receive an immediate response especially if I am at work.  salsa mac and cheese 031

Here are some messages I received from my mom in the past month, she sticks to the main words and skips all punctuation, I find it cute and so endearing:
    Hi honey are you working from home and what about VS mummy  (she sent me a text on a snowy day, VS is my hubs)
    Hi honey I am in grocery store will leave 5.30 for home mummy
    Honey I am waiting for your call at home
    Hi honey are you home can you talk mummy
    Hi honey can you talk or busy mummysalsa mac and cheese 038

Yeah, she’s cute, but as annoying as I find her incessant calling habit at times, I love my mama dearly.salsa mac and cheese 039

And now muffins.  These muffins are exactly my mom’s cup of tea, that is, desserts without frosting, with less sugar, with fruits, not gooey, and as she calls them, “dry desserts.”  salsa mac and cheese 041

This recipe comes to you from Pam, of course I slightly modified Pam’s recipe by using coconut oil instead of butter, unsweetened coconut instead of sweetened coconut, and whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour.  salsa mac and cheese 011

Enjoy these super quick and easy to make Coconut Blueberry Muffins, they’d be perfect for Sunday brunch with your mama.  salsa mac and cheese 056

NUTRITION: Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is a good source of Protein and Fiber.  Blueberries are a very good source of Vitamin C and Fiber.  They are a good source of Vitamin E. In addition, blueberries are an ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE.  Coconut is low in cholesterol and sodium, and it is a good source of fiber.  Although coconut contains high amounts of saturated fats, not all saturated fats pose as a health problem, especially those linked with coconut.  Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid which helps in increasing good HDL cholesterol.  Coconut Oil is also beneficial in weight loss by controlling the blood sugar levels.  The saturated fats in coconut oil are not as harmful as the saturated fats seen in vegetable oil.  With that said, coconut is a saturated fat and should be eaten in moderation.  For a more healthier alternative, substitute Organic Canola Oil in place of the Coconut Oil. Canola Oil contains very little saturated fat, however Coconut Oil offers more nutritional benefits.

APPROXIMATE NUTRITION PER SERVING (yields 6 muffins @ 350 degrees):
  • Calories: 217 cals
  • Fat: 9.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.3 g
  • Carbs: 31 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g

slightly modified original recipe For the Love of Cooking:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.preheat
2. Line a muffin/cupcake pan with liners.
3. Toast 1/4 cup of coconut on medium heat. 
4. After a couple minutes, the coconut should be toasted.  Turn off the stove and set aside.
5. In a small mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients… flour, baking powder, salt, turbinado brown sugar, and toasted coconut.  Mix and set aside.
6. Melt coconut oil.  I microwaved some for about 30 seconds.  Allow the coconut oil to cool.  You only need 2 tablespoons.
7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients… egg, milk, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. 
8. Blend until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
9. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. 
10. Now mix until all the ingredients are all mixed in, however DO NOT OVER MIX! 
11. Add 1/2 cup and a little extra blueberries.  Mix the blueberries into the batter using a rubber spatula.
12. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop out the batter and release the batter into each muffin liner. 
13. Top each muffin batter with 1 tsp of coconut and a few blueberries on top.
14. Into the oven for 18 minutes.salsa mac and cheese 251
15. Voila.  Nice and hot!  Love the burst of blueberries on top. 

VERDICT: 4 / 5
The results were fantastic, however I do recommend eating these muffins the same day because I felt the texture was a bit dryer the next day. In the event you end up with a slightly dry muffin, just nuke the muffin for 20 seconds and you’re ready to go.  Additionally, the sugar amount was just right for me, however you may want to add a little more sugar as per your preference. 

TELL ME: Do you have overprotective parents?  Do you have elderly parents/grandparents who are learning to text?  What are some struggles you are facing in teaching them how to text? 


  1. Love the story about your mom- she reminds me of mine :)! From vowing to never getting a Blackberry, she is now addicted to it...and Facebook & Instagram for that matter :)! I say her incessant messaging & commenting is too much but I prefer her being social media & technology savvy...makes communication all the more easier! My grandmother, however, is hilarious when talking on a mobile phone. It's more of a case of yelling- I don't think she realises how much the clarity of phones has evolved over the years, even with international calls.

    Your mom sounds so cute- and she clearly has delicious taste in desserts!!

  2. I cannot believe these are reduced fat my friend, these look so incredible :D
    And I loved your story with your mum, she sounds like a cutie!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Love your mom's text messages! I love the fact that my parents text - makes communicating so much easier. :)

    And I am making these muffins ASAP - for real - they look so good!

  4. These look amazing - so perfect for breakfast or snacking!

  5. I need these today!! That coconut on the top looks awesome and the bleeding blueberries even better. What a great recipe, and hardly any sugar :-)

  6. your parents are adorable - dad into facebook, mom into text you got tech savy family there Nisha :) my mom is in same page with your mom. Last time I texted her and I got one word, five texts in a row..grandmother is similar to @khushboo's granny..ok now on a different note - these muffins are calling my name!

  7. @Dixya - Thanks.. my dad just did something funny on Facebook again. I'm saving his comments for another post. LOL! I guess the family is pretty tech savy and I give my parents so much credit given they are older. That's so funny your mom had 5 texts in a row with 1 word. LOL! Too funny!

  8. @EatGood4Life - I like the way that sounds.. bleeding blueberries. YUM! THey were fantastic. Hope you try them.

  9. @Georgia - Thanks.. definitely good for breakfast.. look at the amount of fiber and protein! :)

  10. @Guru - Yeah, reduced-fat, although the coconut oil and actual coconut brings the fat up, coconut is still offers benefits. My mom is a cutie.. thank you for enjoying it. :)

    @Manu - Thanks!

  11. @Parita - Thanks. It makes communicating SO much easier.. I think we're in the texting age, no one wants to talk on the phone anymore, I find it boring. OMG.. let me know how they turn out when you make them. So excited! :)

  12. @Khushboo - LOL.. that is so funny your mom is hooked to Facebook and Instagram. I can't even imagine my mom getting into Instagram, she would first question me on what is the point? Why do people need to share pictures with the world? I think all desi parents/grandparents still scream on the phone when speaking internationally. It's so funny. Thanks K!

  13. Come to CA and bake some!!! Mini

  14. It will be fun!! Mini

  15. Smile. My mom recently learned how to text too. It is pretty precious. And these muffins? They need to happen in my kitchen. ASAP. They look just heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. These look amazing will have to try and make some!


  17. @Charlotte - hope you do. They are really good.

  18. @Monet - Ha.. it is cute when mom's can text. The muffins are so yummy, and relatively healthy. Hope you try them.

  19. @Mini - Yes.. of course, but I thought I wasn't allowed to bake? I'm looking into it. :)

  20. My parents + texting = disaster. I love how your mom signs off on each one with "mummy." Too cute. And you are so patient!

    Best part of all is that your mom calls all 4 of you every day. Amazing.

  21. PS: Gorgeous pictures of a delicious looking muffin! I would love to try these!

  22. @Ameena - Thanks Ameena. Yeah, I call her "mummy," it's an Indian thing. She definitely checks up on her kids, even if we can only talk for a minute. Thanks.. hope you try it, at the very least Maya will be so happy! :)

  23. Not sure my mom knows how to text! Now these muffins - YES! I really wish i had some of these for breakfast tomorrow!

  24. Lol! I totally see my mummy's character in yours!!

    I'm a little too excited of this recipe! Toasted coconut, blueberry muffins and low fat?!? Sign me up :D

  25. @Kiran - I think all Indian moms are the same. You'll like this recipe, but it's not low-fat, it's reduced fat. Close enough! :)

  26. @Chung-Ah - Hope you make these, I love your creations. :)

  27. Ha! I remember when my mom was first learning to text! So cute. And whoa! These muffins look heavenly!

  28. I love Pam's recipes and I've actually been meaning to make this one since she posted it not long ago. I love that you replaced the butter with coconut oil, unsweetened coconut and used less sugar, I would have done the same. I really have to make these soon.
    Your mom sounds like mine by the way. Except mine has to speak to all her children numerous times a day.
    I'm going to snoop around your blog now since this is my first time here.

  29. @Mrs. B - Yes, Pam has great recipes. Oh wow, your mom talks to the kids multiple times a day, I find once a day a bit much at times, I can't imagine numerous. Snoop around, hope you enjoy your visit. Thanks!!!

  30. @Ashley - It's definitely very cute watching older people learning to text. Muffins are heavenly, indeed. Hope you try them.

  31. Hi Nisha,
    These muffins look awesome! Gorgeous clicks!

  32. My parents are in their 60's but are completely up to date with technology..the only thing is that they are slower.ur specially in texting...and because my mum was a teacher text messages come with all punctuation and no abbreviations, she writes the entire word very time!

    1. Amelia - that is so funny.. I can't imagine writing out the entire word every single time, that's too much given the amount I text. That's cute.

  33. You dont know how much I love coconut and also blueberries! This recipe looks like its meant for me! cant wait to try it out!

    1. Julia - Awww.. I'm so glad.. I hope you try it.. I think so many people love blueberries and coconut, antioxidants and good fats, couldn't be better. :)

  34. Never thought of the blueberry-coconut combo but sounds really delicious!!

    1. Thanks. It is delicious. Hope you give it a try.


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