Tropical cherry Paleo muffins

Hi, I made you some muffins!

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Don’t let the little green bits freak you out; just some hemp seeds. 🙂

For these muffins, I decided to make something a little different than my usual fare. Usually I’m all about chocolate and almond butter (like this, this and this!), but with my recent obsession for bright tropical flavors, I decided to add some pineapple, coconut and dried cherries to these grain-free muffins. They’re not too sweet; a fun spring twist on my usual chocolate faves. Also, the flavor combo totally reminds me of an upside-down pineapple cake, but packed with healthy fats and fiber.

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The honey shot:

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Fresh out of the oven:

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try!


Tropical cherry Paleo muffins
Yields 9
A lightly sweet and grain-free treat!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  2. 1 cup almond meal
  3. 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. pinch of sea salt
  7. 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1/4 cup honey
  10. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  11. 1/4 cup almond milk
  12. 1/4 cup dried cherries (dried cranberries or raisins would work, too)
  13. 1/2 cup frozen chopped pineapple
  14. 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a standard muffin pan with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the coconut, almond meal, hemp seeds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Next stir in the coconut oil, eggs, honey, almond milk, dried fruit, pineapples and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. 3. Distribute evenly in the muffin pan and bake for 22-25 minutes. Start checking them at 20 because the tops tend to brown easily.
  1. These are delicious straight out of the oven, but even better the next day! For extra sweetness, serve warm with butter and honey.
  2. Store in the fridge!
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Bonus: they’re kid-approved, too. 

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  1. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on April 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    LOOOOVE coconut and cherry together! Such an underrated combo!

  2. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Um yum! I love hemp seeds!

  3. Mary on April 13, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Looks great! I don’t have hemp seeds, how about chia seeds instead?

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      i think 1/2 cup chia seeds would be too much. what about 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1/4 cup chopped nuts for texture?

      • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 8:04 am

        Made them using 1/4 c chia seeds and 1/4 c macadamia nuts and they turned out great! Also subbed dried apricots and cranberries. This is such a great base recipe, with lots of options for mix-ins. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

        • Fitnessista on April 22, 2015 at 9:33 am

          awesome! happy they turned out for you 🙂

  4. Kelsey on April 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Someone got a mobile site!

  5. India on April 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    As I was reading, I got so excited because I have all these ingredients! Can’t wait to make them. So glad the site is good too, kept trying to do it on my phone and it would jump to something else. Thanks for the changes!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 14, 2015 at 1:36 am

    These sound delicious not to mention adorable. Love the addition of pineapple in this!

  7. CARLA on April 14, 2015 at 2:20 am

    my girl LOVES the hemp seeds raw as a snack too.
    we are IN FOR THIS.


    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2015 at 8:35 am


  8. Missy on April 14, 2015 at 2:55 am

    These sound good. I just bought some almond flour and coconut flour to bake with so I’ll have to try them.

  9. Britt@MyOwnBalance on April 14, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Yum! I love coconut and pineapple!

  10. Ali on April 14, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I can’t see the recipe link – it says [yum print – recipe id ’87’]

  11. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on April 14, 2015 at 5:30 am

    I’ve never cooked with hemp seeds before! This looks like a great recipe!

  12. Cassie Vaughn on April 14, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Sounds good!

  13. Jessie R on April 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Those look good! I finally made your paleo lemon cake last weekend, AHHHHmazing! The bf and I finished it off in one sitting 🙂 (mainly him hahha).

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      thanks for reminding me to make some more 🙂

  14. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on April 14, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I haven’t thought to try pineapple or cherries in baking!! I can’t wait to give this a shot – a little tropical flair to my typical muffins 🙂

    xx Jill
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  15. Molly on April 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    The link to the recipe isn’t working

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      is it working now??

      • Molly on April 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

        Unfortunately, Not yet

  16. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free on April 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, these sound delicious and I have totally had muffins on the brain lately! I would have never thought of adding pineapple to a muffin but it sounds fab!

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm


  17. Alex @ True Femme on April 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve made a few different paleo muffins over the last few months and LOVE them! I can’t wait to try these!

  18. Heather@hungryforbalance on April 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm


  19. Ashley B. on April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Totally delicious & easy…I’ve been eating them for snacks & dessert ; )

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      so happy you’re enjoying them!

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