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Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins are easy, cheesy buttermilk cornbread muffins that take minutes to prepare and pair perfectly with a bowl of soup! Thank you to Idahoan® for sponsoring this post.

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I have never seen a batch of muffins disappear as quickly as these Cheesy Cornbread Muffins. My kids wanted them for breakfast, lunch and dinner…and I don’t blame them. I managed to sample a portion of one of these tasty muffin morsels. They are cheesy good and have the delicious taste of cornbread with a hint of sweetness. It was one of those moments that brought my mind to a familiar place…a favorite local steakhouse! …

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

An easy recipe for warm, cinnamon, oatmeal, raisin studded Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins that take only minutes to make. Thank you to DairyPure Milk for sponsoring this post.

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Breakfast time just got a whole lot tastier, thanks to this easy recipe for Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins. The muffins are soft with a slightly chewy bite from the oatmeal. There are wonderful, warm cinnamon flavors and bursting sweet raisins throughout. They are topped with a cinnamon sugar crumble that makes them extra special….

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Mexican Quinoa Bites

Tracking PixelMexican Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy bite-sized mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and other southwestern flavors. {vegetarian, gluten free} Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

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With the big game just around the corner, while I am not necessarily a football fan, I am definitely a football food fan! Since this is also a time of year when people are looking to eat a little healthier, I am even more inspired to create fun tasty recipes with a healthier twist.  Quinoa bites are always my most requested recipes for parties, such as these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites and Pizza Quinoa Bites. Time to add Mexican Quinoa Bites to the list…they’re so good!  …

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An easy recipe for Fig Buttermilk Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Fig Buttermilk Muffins


Fig Buttermilk Muffins are an easy recipe for whole wheat muffins made delicious with buttermilk, figs and a touch of honey using honey granules, and topped with a buttery, oatmeal streusel. So good!

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I can’t remember the last time I baked anything that disappeared as quickly as these Fig Buttermilk Muffins. My entire family adored them, and really…what’s not to love! Fig Buttermilk Muffins are studded with soft, dried figs that have that signature slight crunch that only figs have.  …

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Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins are a simple cornbread made with pumpkin and hints of cinnamon and vanilla. {dairy free}

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Football season is upon us…or so I’m told. I am not much of a football fan, but I am a football food fan! Chili, chips, dips, whatever is in the slow cooker and more…it’s all good. I usually make this Three Bean Vegetarian Chili – it is quick to make, hearty and delicious – so much so that even meat-eaters go back for seconds!  So as I was planning the menu, I got to thinking where there is chili, there better be cornbread! Inspired by football season and all things fall, are these Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins….

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins

An easy recipe for Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins made with buttermilk, brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed pineapple.

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Mornings just got more tasty thanks to these Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins!  This is a simple muffin recipe featuring oats and buttermilk, which are always sure to make baked goods delicious. Made with real chunks of pineapple and pineapple juice, these muffins have a wonderful, light pineapple flavor.  Combine pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon, and the result is a wonderful breakfast treat.  Even better, these muffins take about 10 minutes to mix together and then bake to tasty breakfast perfection!

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Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Pizza Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy mini pizza muffins made with quinoa and your favorite pizza toppings.  Perfect for a healthy appetizer, snack or light dinner! {gluten free}

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One of my most requested party recipes are quinoa bites.  From the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites to the Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, quinoa bites are always a fan favorite!  They make great finger food appetizers, which is especially perfect this time of year for game day parties.  While I am not necessarily a football fan, I am a football party food fan!  So in preparation for the big game, I thought it would be fun to channel one of my favorite game day foods (pizza) into a fun little bit-sized treat that is a little healthier ~ Pizza Quinoa Bites!…

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Oatmeal Raisin Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins are a wholesome snack, or breakfast on-the-go, made delicious with raisins, oats, buttermilk and brown sugar.   

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The other day after school, while Greta was napping, Adam presented me with a cookbook.  A cookbook that was all about muffins. That’s my kind of cookbook!  He proceeded to point out several recipes that we should make…now!  I was inspired by an Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin, but needed to switch up the ingredients to use up what we had on hand (no way am I waking the baby to go to the store!)   After a quick peek in the pantry, I found oatmeal, brown sugar, buttermilk and California Raisins.  Sounds like the makings of a tasty Oatmeal Raisin Muffin!…

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites are healthy, spicy little mini muffins made with quinoa, cheese, vegetables, and shredded chicken soaked in a lighter, seasoned buffalo sauce. {gluten free}

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With tailgating season upon us, bring on the tasty munchies!  While I am not necessarily a game watching fan, I am definitely a fun food fan! I especially love coming up with bite-sized finger foods that are a bit healthier yet super tasty (like these Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites)  With this in mind, I wanted to come up with a fun recipe combining another tailgating favorite, buffalo chicken.  As always, it was a natural transition to come up with Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.

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Classic Vanilla Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #muffins #takebackvanilla #cgc

Classic Vanilla Muffins

An easy recipe for Classic Vanilla Muffins with a double dose of vanilla flavor that is classic, simple, delicious vanilla!

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We are always trying to come up with creative muffin recipes, often inspired by the season or a favorite flavor combination.  While it is fun to try unique flavors of muffins, there is something simply delicious about a Classic Vanilla Muffin.  This is an easy recipe for Classic Vanilla Muffins, made with a double dose of vanilla that makes a real vanilla impact!    …

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Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins combine two of the best flavors of the holiday season – cranberry and gingerbread – into a delicious breakfast treat.  The tart cranberries complement the sweet and spicy gingerbread beautifully.  These muffins would be a wonderful treat for Christmas morning, or any time you’re craving something festive for winter that is easy to make….

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Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs #SundaySupper #GGHoliday2013

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs are tasty little pizza bites filled with cheese, garlic and herbs.  They make a great appetizer, snack or light meal and are perfect for dipping in your favorite pizza sauce!

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This week, Sunday Supper partnered with Gourmet Garden to share easy Holiday entertaining recipes.  We were provided with a wide variety of Gourmet Garden products, including various herbs, garlic, ginger and more.  These products are used like fresh herbs in a one-to-one ratio, but can be used in place of dried, typically at a two-to-one ratio.  So, two tablespoons Gourmet Garden ginger equals one tablespoon dried ginger….

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Pumpkin Muffin Cookies

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Pumpkin Muffin Cookies

 Pumpkin Muffin Cookies have been a staple for us this Fall.  They are soft, chewy and healthy pumpkin cookies easily customized with chocolate chips, dried cranberries or your favorite mix-in. 

Pumpkin Muffin Cookies are are soft, chewy pumpkin cookies studded with chocolate chips or whatever mix-in you might enjoy, such as raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, the options are limitless.  These cookies are actually kind of a cross between a cookie and a muffin, which makes them perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack, or just any time you need a little pick-me-up.   Like I shared with you over doughnuts last week, lots of pumpkin recipes going on here!

The portability of these healthy pumpkin cookies made them an essential snack for us during our Fall activities.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that our favorite activity this Fall was Sever’s Corn Maze!      …

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bring on Fall with this easy recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!  They are light and moist, made with buttermilk, pumpkin and chocolate chips.

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Fall is my favorite baking season.  I love all the fun apple recipes and pumpkin recipes, making old favorites and trying new recipes.  These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are a wonderful, easy recipe to kick off pumpkin season!  When I came up with this recipe, I wanted something simple, similar to my Banana Buttermilk Muffins.  These recipes use common pantry ingredients, so they’re easy to make any time….

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healthy whole wheat banana buttermilk muffins

Banana Buttermilk Muffins

Banana Buttermilk Muffins are healthy muffin recipe that is not only delicious, but takes 10 minutes to prepare. These are sure to become a household favorite!

a healthy banana buttermilk muffin recipe

While I thought it was safe to assume that Pumpkin Banana Muffins are Adam’s favorite muffin, these Banana Buttermilk Muffins  may quickly take the top spot, if they haven’t already.  Within the first week of making the first batch, I had to make another…and another!  It seemed that Adam and Mike (and I too!) were devouring these faster than I could make them.  Fortunately, they are super quick and easy to make!  The hands on time takes about 10 minutes, and for some reason, these just seem easier to make than other muffins….

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oreo cookies and cream muffins

Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins

Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins are a tasty vanilla muffin studded with large chunks of chocolate sandwich cookies throughout.  If you like Oreos (or Joe Joe’s!) and are looking for a fun recipe to try with them, these muffins are for you.    While Oreo muffins are not something that I would make every day, after making the crust for my Lighter Chocolate Cheesecake Bars, I found myself with leftover Oreos (if there is such a thing).  Why not try something new for a change!  Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins are glorious and definitely something worth trying if you’re a cookies and cream lover, like myself!

Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cold butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 Oreo cookies, chopped
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a standard muffin tin, line 12 muffin cups (or spray with cooking spray) and set aside.
  2. Make topping: In food processor, combine flour, sugar and crushed cookies until combined. Add cold butter, pulsing until crumbly. Put in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Make muffin: In a food processor, put flour, sugar and baking powder and process until combined. Add cold butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour into large bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, egg and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Gently fold in chopped cookies.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with topping. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
Source: Taste of Home

 

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas made in a muffin tin

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas are fun, little individual deep dish pizzas made in a muffin tin.  First you roll out little pizza dough circles and then gently put them in the muffin cups.  Then fill each dough round with your desired sauce and toppings and then top it with cheese.   I used premade dough (from Trader Joe’s), topped them with a marinara sauce, broccoli, red onion and mozzarella cheese, and they came together in less than 30 minutes.  These Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas are completely customizable with your favorite sauce and toppings.  Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas are a definite crowd-pleaser. Besides – there is always something fun about anything in miniature!


Today I am being featured over at Momma’s Meals where I’m being featured as part of Tammi’s Featured Fridays series!  Every Friday, Tammi gets to know her fellow bloggers and makes one of their recipes to share with her family and then with her readers.

I thought it would be fun to make something from Tammi’s site to share with you, and her Individual Deep Dish Pizzas were perfect!  Incidentally I had been looking at an Everyday Food recipe for little deep dish pizzas made in a muffin tin, so these Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas that I’m sharing with you is sort of a combination of the two recipes.

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas
 
Yields: 12 pizzas
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 1 pound pizza dough (homemade or store-bought) - in 12 pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (I used a homemade marinara sauce)
  • Your favorite pizza toppings - about 1 to 2 tablespoons per pizza (I used chopped broccoli and red onion)
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray 12 standard muffin cups with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of pizza dough into 6-inch circles. Place into prepared muffin cup, gently pressing dough into bottom and up the sides. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon sauce in each dough cup. Top sauce with 1 to 2 tablespoons of pizza toppings and then top with cheese.
  4. Bake until dough is browned and crisp, approximately 12 minutes. Let cool for 2-5 minutes before removing from cups.

 

Sources:  Everyday Food,September, 2010 and Momma’s Meals

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Muffins put a Fall twist on banana bread with the perfect balance of pumpkin and banana. 
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Pumpkin Banana Muffins are a huge hit in our household. They are made with whole wheat flour, bumping the nutrition value.  The pumpkin and banana make for a moist muffin, so not a lot of oil is needed.  I typically make these as a combination of mini muffins (24) and standard muffins (3) and freeze half of the mini muffins.

So last week was Adam’s first day of preschool. I decided to make Pumpkin Banana Muffins as a special surprise after school. Pumpkin Banana Muffins are his favorite muffin of all time, so I knew they would be a hit.  He loved school and was welcomed home with his favorite treat.  It is safe to say, he had the best day!

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Pumpkin Banana Muffins
 
Yields: 30 mini-muffins (or 15-18 standard muffins)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour (or 1 cup all-purpose flour/1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with baking spray and fill empty cups with water. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the bananas, pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla, until well-blended.
  4. Add banana mixture to flour mixture, gently folding until combined.
  5. Divide mixture evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes for mini muffins / 13 to 15 minutes for standard muffins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

ETA 10/19/12:  I have made these several times since posting and have experimented with different flours, since white whole wheat flour isn’t an ingredient I always have on hand.  All whole wheat pastry flour works really well, and the recipe has been updated below accordingly.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins {alidaskitchen.com}

Source: Pumpkin Banana Bread

healthy buttermilk oatmeal peach muffins

Oat Peach Muffins

One of the first cookbooks I purchased was the Better Crocker’s New Choices Cookbook.  I have found several wonderful recipes in that book, including these Oat Peach Muffins.  These muffins are one of my very favorites from the book, and it’s nice knowing they’re made on the healthier side.

What really makes these muffins amazing is the molasses.  Molasses adds such a delicious character to the muffins and really goes well with the peaches and cinnamon.  The oats give a hearty texture, while the buttermilk yields a moist crumb.  These muffins are a great way to put to use all of those fresh peaches this time of year.   I do often use frozen peaches though, so we can enjoy these muffins all year long.

Oat Peach Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup chopped peaches (thawed if frozen)
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray (or line with paper liners).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats and buttermilk. Add brown sugar, oil, molasses, vanilla and egg, whisking until blended.
  4. Fold in flour mixture with buttermilk mixture until moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fold in peaches.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Adapted from Betty Crocker’s New Choices Cookbook

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S’more Muffins

These S’more Muffins are everything you love about a s’more baked up in a tasty little breakfast treat.  These are made with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and lots of miniature marshmallows.  The marshmallows in the actual muffin melt into the muffin, while the marshmallows on top get sticky and gooey.  The buttermilk lends a moist crumb to these muffins and a bit of brown sugar deepens the flavor.

I recommend not using muffin liners with these, as these muffins live up to the reputation of the campfire treat and can be sticky.  I just used baking spray (the cooking spray that has flour) and let the muffins cool in the pan long enough.  They came out perfectly.  These S’more Muffins are moist and delicious and a fun way to start any morning!

Sâ??more Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs (about 4 sheets)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used mini)
  • 1¼ cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cracker crumbs, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture into flour mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and 1 cup marshmallows.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Top with remaining marshmallows (2-3 marshmallows per muffin).
  6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before gently removing from pan. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adaped from Taste of Home: Cupcakes & Muffins

herbed goat cheese muffins

Herbed Goat Cheese Muffins

Herbed Goat Cheese Muffins are a savory, herb-y muffin stuffed with goat cheese.  The muffins are almost biscuit-like in texture, and the goat cheese center is a delightful contrast with the green onions and herbs.  These are very quick and easy to make and go well with your favorite salad or grilled chicken (or any grillable for that matter!).
Speaking of herbs, do you usually plant an herb garden?  That is my plan for this weekend!  It’s always a tough decision, but I usually plant rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, and then whatever else looks good.  What’s in your herb garden?

Herbed Goat Cheese Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup skim milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt until combined. Make a well in center of mixture.
  3. Combine goat cheese and 2 tablespoons milk in a small bowl, stirring until blended.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining milk, butter, oil, , egg, green onions, chives and parsley until combined. Add to flour mixture, folding until just moistened.
  5. Spoon half of batter evenly into 12 muffin cups. Top each with goat cheese filling (about 2 teaspoons). Spoon remaining batter over filling.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool in a wire rack.
Source:  Cooking Light way to bake
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Banana Cornbread Muffins

These  Banana Cornbread Muffins were whipped together as a result of a request from my little Adam.  For weeks, he had been asking me to make cornbread ~ specifically rosemary cornbread.   Since I did not have any fresh rosemary on hand (and let’s be honest…it’s just not the same with dried), I decided to come up with something new.  I spotted an overripe banana, got out a pen and a yellow sticky note and started jotting down what became this recipe.

The result is a muffin with a nice balance of banana and cornbread.  They are light and fluffy, like any good muffin should be (so more muffin-y than cornbread-y).  I made half with a banana slice on top and half without.  They look nicer with a slice, but the banana turns brown after a day or so.  It still tastes good, but just not as pretty.

Banana Cornbread Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ripe banana, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 1/2 cups low fat buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
thin banana slices (optional, for topping)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin pan with 12 paper liners (or spray with cooking spray).  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the banana, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla until blended.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the cornmeal mixture and fold until combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.  Place a slice of banana on top of each muffin.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
raisin bran muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

These Raisin Bran Muffins come from a cookbook called Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual, by Klutz Press.  I received this book as a gift when I was about 10 years old.  The book is obviously geared toward kids with recipes using basic ingredients ~ some with silly names or  interesting concepts (for example Tuna Cones, i.e. tuna in an ice cream cone.  Hmm…)

Anyway, these Raisin Bran Muffins were always a favorite and probably the most made recipe from that book.  They taste just like you would expect – raisin bran in muffin form.  I thought they would be a fun treat to make for Adam, only this time I decided to enhance the recipe with some vanilla, cinnamon and extra raisins.  I had no idea how much he would love them!  Adam is lukewarm about raisins alone, but the raisins in these muffins he loves.  Go figure.

Raisin Bran Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

2 cups raisin bran cereal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir raisin brain cereal, flours, sugar, raisins, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Mix egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.  Add to the dry ingredients and fold gently until combined (do not over mix).
  4. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups.  Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Put muffins on a wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual by Klutz Press

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Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I will be featuring a few chocolate recipes this week.   Of course a little breakfast chocolate is the perfect way to start off any week.  These muffins are more than just a little breakfast chocolate though.  They are chocolate on chocolate.  A chocolate muffin studded with chocolate chips topped with chocolate chips.  What could be better?  Well, they come in under 200 calories and are low fat – a true breakfast treat! 

The original recipe uses red wine vinegar and water, which I thought was intriguing.  Red wine vinegar in baked goods?  I had to try it!  I did, and it was good.  BUT…I have since revised the recipe to replace the vinegar/water with buttermilk.  Nothing compares to the flavor and texture that buttermilk gives to baked goods, and in these muffins that is no exception.  I also replaced some of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat in order to bump up the nutrition level a bit.

For a little variety, it is fun to change up the chips with different flavors (peanut butter chips anyone?) but I always find myself coming back to the mini chocolate chips.  Mini chips give the illusion of more chocolate per bite since there are more bits throughout.  A little more for less kind of thing. 

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners (or spray muffin tin with cooking spray).
  2. In a large bowl, mix flours, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and egg.  Stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, gently folding until just combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly among 12 muffin cups.  Sprinkle tops with remaning 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Cooking Light

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Bring on citrus season!  When life gives me a bowl of lemons, you better believe I’m going to make some muffins!  And perhaps some lemonade to wash them down, but that’s another post all together.  For now it’s all about muffins, as these Lemon Ricotta Muffins definitely deserve the spotlight.  They are bright, perfectly sweet and bonus – they’re low in fat, though you would never know it.  The ricotta cheese gives the muffins a moist, soft texture, and the flavor goes perfectly with the lemon.  The taste is reminiscent of delicious lemon ricotta pancakes, only a bit more portable.

With the wonderful citrus bounty upon us, over the next few weeks I will be sharing several recipes using citrus fruits.  In the meantime, grab those lemons and give these muffins a try!

Lemon Ricotta Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoons salt (optional)
  • ¾ cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 12 muffin cups with paper liners or cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta, water, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, egg, and vanilla until blended.
  4. Fold the ricotta mixture into the flour mixture until just blended.
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the tops of the muffins.
  6. Bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins sit in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Cooking Light

chocolate malt muffins

Chocolate Malt Muffins

I had a lot of leftover malt powder after making Triple Chocolate Malted Cookies.  While I’m sure Mike would love if I used it up making several batches of his favorite cookie, I had other ideas.  One of them, of course, being muffins!  These muffins were a fun change from our usual breakfast.  The malt flavor was not overwhelming, and the chocolate chips gave a little extra interest.  A little chocolate for breakfast can’t be a bad thing, right?  Definitely not if that means enjoying these muffins!

Chocolate Malt Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chocolate malt powder (plus 2 teaspoons for topping)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (plus 2 teaspoons for topping)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffins tin (line cups or spray with cooking spray). In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons malt powder and 2 teaspoons granulated sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, malt powder, sugar and baking powder until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the oil, buttermilk, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and fold gently until just combined; gently fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Divide batter evenly among 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle with malt powder/sugar mixture.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from weewelcome

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Coconut Cranberry Muffins

I had been craving something with coconut for some time, and it occurred to me that coconut paired with cranberries would be a lovely combination.  Cranberries are so wonderful in the wintertime. They add beautiful, seasonal color, as well as a delightful zing to any dish.  Of course, my next thought was…let’s make muffins! 

The sweetness of the coconut was the perfect counterbalance to the tangy cranberries.  The whole family loved these, especially Adam (though at first, the cranberries were a bit too surprising).  Adam asked for coconut cranberry muffins every day for weeks.  Quite frankly, an almost 2 year old saying ‘coconut cranberry’ anything is quite possibly the cutest thing ever.  As if you didn’t need another reason to make these…they are just plain good!


Coconut Cranberry Muffins
Yields 18 muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, for topping

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare 18 muffin cups with liners or cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir flours, sugar, coconut, baking powder, baking soda and salt, until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture to flour, gently folding until combined.  Fold in cranberries.
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan.  Sprinkle with remaining coconut.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Adapted from Food.com

Linked to Sweet as Sugar Cookies: Sweets for Saturday #50

banana graham muffins

Banana Graham Muffins

One of the reasons I often make muffins or quick breads is so that Mike can take breakfast on-the-go.  With this lastest muffin creation, I wanted to make something that Adam would love as well.  It definitely did not take me long to come up with this one.  It is no secret that toddlers love bananas and toddlers love graham crackers.  So why not put the two together in a muffin to create the ultimate toddler treat!

I must confess that Adam is not the only banana and graham cracker lover in this house ~ yours truly is a huge fan as well.  These muffins definitely did not disappoint!  The crushed graham crackers definitely add a tasty spin on an otherwise simple banana muffin recipe.  In fact, they ended up being a nice combination of the two flavors.  They were not overly graham cracker-y but also not like banana bread.  I added some cinnamon, which ended up very subtle in this recipe.  That amount could be doubled if you’re looking for something cinnamony to go with your banana and graham.

So did Adam love them?  He sure did!  In fact, we all did, and I hope you do too!

Banana Graham Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 medium overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tin with paper liners (or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the graham crackers, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combined the mashed bananas, oil milk, egg anv vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, folding gently until combined (be careful not to over mix).
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Adapted from Baking Vintage

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Peanut Butter Surprise Muffins

It has been far too long since I have made something with peanut butter.  I thought these Peanut Butter Surprise Muffins would be a good way to curb any peanut butter withdrawal.  You know anything with ‘surprise’ in the title is going to be something special (good or bad I suppose, but I promise only good things for you).

First you have a peanut butter muffin, which by itself would be quite delicious.  Add a surprise in the middle (in the form of a mini peanut butter cup), and you have something that is just plain fun and tasty too!

Peanut Butter Surprise Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt (optional)
2 eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
12 miniature peanut butter cups 
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional, for topping)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, which together eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.  Stir into flour mixture until just moistened.
  4. Combine butter and peanut butter.  Fold into batter (do not over mix).
  5. Fill each muffin cup 1/4 full with batter.  Place a mini peanut butter cup on top of each.  Cover with remaining batter.  Sprinkle tops with chopped peanuts, if using.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Taste of Home