Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They're easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ ... [Continue Reading]
Good morning! (or afternoon, or evening, as the case may be). Can I interest you in a muffin? How about a blueberry donut muffin? Drizzled with a sweet and tart lemon glaze? I thought so.
I've been stumbling upon recipes for donut muffins for a while now, and once I saw these lemon glazed blueberry donut muffins I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed to find out what a donut muffin tasted like. I baked up a batch of my very own, whisked together the glaze ingredients, and dipped each muffin top into the glaze.
My first thought? These really smell like donuts. I don't think the taste is all that similar to a donut, but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious. Like donuts, ... [Continue Reading]
The other day, I found myself with a bunch of ripe bananas in my fruit bowl. I have a number of different ways that I like to use up over-ripe bananas, but really wanted to try something new. I decided to whip up a batch of banana-apple cinnamon muffins, and I'm so glad I did!
These are my new favorite banana muffin. They are moist, full of the flavors of banana and cinnamon, and I just love the pieces of cooked apple that are scattered throughout the muffins. I ate one warm from the oven, and just had to have a second. I couldn't resist. :)
I've made these muffins with both pink lady and granny smith apples, but I'm sure your favorite would work well too. A little Greek yogurt mixed into ... [Continue Reading]
I love weekend mornings. This past Saturday, Julia and I were at the farmers' market bright and early. There are a few different farmers' markets in our area, and this time we went to the one in our local downtown. It's small as far as farmers' markets go, usually with only one or two vendors selling each type of fruit or vegetable.
We bought some strawberries that were perfectly ripe and sweet. They needed to be eaten quickly though, because they were so ripe they only lasted a few days. We probably could have finished them by snacking alone, but as I was drinking my coffee Sunday morning I got the urge to bake some muffins.
The batter for these muffins smells amazing. Once I ... [Continue Reading]
As my due date approaches, my nesting instinct has kicked in, compelling me to organize, clean, and do other tasks around the house to get ready for baby. Maybe what they call nesting is real, or maybe it's just a myth, but either way, over the past few weeks I've felt the need to clean out the refrigerator and freezer, organize my desk, update my photo albums, make sure my recipe binder is up-to-date, and keep the house clean and tidy. And that doesn't include all of the getting-ready-for baby tasks that I've enjoyed doing, especially washing, folding, and putting away all of those cute little clothes, washcloths, blankets, and burpcloths. How come laundry is so fun when it's in preparation ... [Continue Reading]
Lately Julia has really gotten excited about helping me in the kitchen. This week we decided to bake some cranberry orange muffins. Julia loves to help scoop the flour and sugar into the measuring cups, and give her a spoon or whisk and she is an expert mixer. :)
These muffins were especially fun to bake together because they required us to make freshly squeezed orange juice. Ever since she was little, my plastic hand juicer has been one of her favorite "toys." That little orange and yellow juicer has provided her with hours of fun, taking it apart, putting it back together, so you can imagine how much she enjoyed using it to juice some real oranges. (Funny how random things around the ... [Continue Reading]
Made with four different grains, these muffins have a heartiness to them that makes them perfect for breakfast on those days when you need something to grab and go. The cornmeal in the muffins gives them an almost savory taste, so they would also be great for a light lunch, paired with some cheese and fruit. The maple syrup lends just a hint of sweetness to the muffins.
I added raisins and toasted pecans to my muffins, and you can use whatever fruit and nut combination you like, or omit them altogether. These Great Grains Muffins would be delicious spread with a little honey butter, and are a healthy way to satisfy your sweets craving.
One year ago: Swiss Enchiladas and Sugar-Topped ... [Continue Reading]
Fresh plums are an ingredient that I would have never thought to bake into a muffin, so when I saw this recipe I was immediately intrigued. My plums were perfectly ripe and sweet, and tasted amazing on their own. After baking inside of these muffins, however, the plums became even sweeter and more delicious. To make these muffins, you fill the muffin cups halfway with batter, sprinkle on the chopped plums, and then add the remaining batter on top. A sprinkle of cinnamon sugar completes these coffeecake muffins.
These muffins are best served warm from the oven, but are also delicious the next day stored at room temperature or defrosted and warmed from the freezer. Plum Coffeecake Muffins ... [Continue Reading]
These delicious little muffins are surprisingly healthy. Low in sugar and butter, and full of good-for-you bananas and cinnamon, these muffins are a smart choice when you need a fast, portable breakfast. Just add a piece of fruit or a glass of milk and you're ready to begin your day.
The mashed bananas in the batter provide most of the sweetness you need, plus the fruit takes the place of some of the butter that you would normally need in a muffin (similar to the way applesauce is sometimes substituted for some of the butter or oil in baked goods). Banana Cinnamon Muffins are a treat that you can feel good about enjoying.
Banana Cinnamon Muffins
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The other morning I was in the mood to bake some muffins. Most recently I'd made blueberry muffins, and had just finished off the last of the batch from the freezer. I decided to go with a non-berry variety this time, and these peanut butter chocolate chip muffins sounded like just what I was looking for.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out. They are soft on the inside, have a subtle peanut butter flavor, and are studded with chocolate chips. Although they sound a little indulgent for breakfast, they are not overly sweet. Paired with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit they make a fairly balanced breakfast.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
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