Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: One Bowl Coconut Muffins
Today, I’ve got a yummy one-bowl coconut muffin recipe for you.
Muffins are one of my favorite goodies to make because they are so quick and easy to bake and naturally shareable.
As soon as I spied this recipe for one-bowl coconut muffins it went to the top of my “must make” list.
As a successful lifetime WW who loves to bake, I’ve come to understand that any muffin you make at home is going to be much better for you than the kind you find in supermarkets, bakeries and coffee shops because the portion size is smaller and you can control the amount of fat and sugar you use.
Let’s get real, today’s mass-marketed muffins are really just cupcakes in disguise!
It doesn’t get much easier than these Weight Watchers One Bowl Coconut Muffins. Packed with lots of coconut flavor, they come together in a matter of minutes.
Perfect when you want a sweet treat to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee.
The Skinny on Weight Watchers One Bowl Coconut Muffins
The original idea for these coconut muffins came from Nicole at Baking Bites. I made few changes to lighten them a bit.
The muffin batter is easy to stir together because it calls for vegetable oil, instead of butter. Vegetable oil is not only easy to incorporate into batter, it encourages the muffins to stay nice and moist even a day or two after baking. I used sunflower oil, but I think coconut oil would be fun to try too.
These muffins are flavored with a little vanilla and packed with plenty of shredded coconut. Though, you can use either sweetened coconut or unsweetened coconut in your muffins, I used sweetened since it’s what I usually have on hand.
A little extra coconut sprinkled on top before they go into the oven will create a pleasant crispy topping.
I used less sugar and oil and more milk in my WW friendly version of these One Bowl Coconut Muffins. I also used unsweetened coconut milk beverage instead of milk. My changes are noted in parenthesis.
You could make these even lighter by decreasing the oil and using a sweetener such as erythritol or Truvia in place of the sugar or decreasing the sugar even more, something I intend to try next time.
The one-bowl technique used in this recipe couldn’t be easier. Just combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then make a well and add in the wet ingredients. Whisk everything together until well blended and portion out into paper-lined muffins cups.
It not only takes about 5 minutes, and there’s a good chance you have the ingredients in your kitchen to whip up a batch right now!
If you’re a coconut-lover like I am, these will be an instant classic.
I shared them with Mom and my sister who wholeheartedly approved too.
According to my calculations each muffin, as I made them, has 188 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus and *7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints
Muffin Making Tips
- Most easy muffin recipes can be stirred together by hand in a large bowl.
- For the best results mix together the dry ingredients well with a fork or wire whisk. The goal is to fluff the flour up so it is well aerated which will help create lighter more tender muffins.
- When combining the dry and wet ingredients, mix just until blended because over mixing will cause your muffins to be heavy and tough.
- If some of your muffin cups are empty, add water to them to prevent your muffin pan from buckling.
- Don’t let the baked muffins sit in the pan too long or they will become soggy.
- Well made muffins are golden brown with slightly rounded bumpy tops. They are tender and light to fairly dense and moist inside and easy to remove from the pan.
- Most any recipe for a large (9×5-inch) loaf of quick bread can be turned into 12 (2-1/2-inch) muffins. Just evenly distribute the batter among the muffin cups and bake in a preheated 375F degree oven until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean, somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes.
Perfect for coconut lovers - these muffins are a winner in my book.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk (I used 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used 2 tablespoons)
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup shredded coconut (Use less to decrease SmartPoints)
- additional shredded coconut (for topping if desired)
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla.
Whisk until the ingredients start to come together, then add in coconut. Stir until batter is uniform and no streaks of flour remain visible.
Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with 2-3 tsp shredded coconut.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs attached.
Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *5
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *7
Source: adapted from Baking Bites
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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