#MuffinMonday: Chocolate Chip Pecan Sweet Potato Muffins

fb5cd-muffin2bmonday2bcropI’m finally back with a muffin for #MuffinMonday! I’ve actually been sitting on these since the summer but other things, like my birthday and Halloween, kept cropping up and I’ve kept having to push my sharing of these beauties back.

Turns out it’s okay though, because Sweet Potato muffins are much more seasonally acceptable in the Fall!

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

This muffin recipe came out of one of Food Network Magazines pull-out booklets; this one for 50 muffin recipes.

wesleyI love putting sweet potato in baked goods for the added nutritional benefit and it adds to the moisture content. I do think there was a missed opportunity in the batter making – spices! I would definitly suggest adding some pumpkin pie spice, or at the very least some cinnamon!

Firecracker loves helping me bake muffins (or, in his world, “cupcakes”) and he usually eats them without problem. With these muffins, I think he was more interested in licking the chocolate chips than he was with eating the muffin.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Sweet Potato Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1 C white wheat flour
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C pecan pieces
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 C pureed sweet potato
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, chocolate chips, pecans, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, yogurt, sweet potato, and butter.
  4. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Divide batter among muffin tin.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly. Allow muffins to cool 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is modified from Food Network Magazine*

Chocolate Chip Pecan Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Banana Chocolate Espresso Swirl Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Chocolate Banana Crinkle Muffins from Making Miracles

Christmas Morning Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

Gingerbread Muffins from Palatable Pastime

Savory Sage Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Shrimp Scampi Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Stout Spice Muffins from Passion Kneaded

#MuffinMonday: Key Lime Pie Muffins (two ways)

fb5cd-muffin2bmonday2bcrop#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

I had made muffins with Firecracker on the day of last month’s #MuffinMonday reveal and thought to myself, “Wow, I’m on top of it!” I scooted on over to the Facebook page to submit my recipe title and stopped in my tracks. Turned out August’s reveal lands on my birthday!

Just because it’s #MuffinMonday doesn’t mean I have to stop my streak of Key Lime Pie birthday treats! I shared the traditional version of my favorite dessert on my first birthday while writing Sew You Think You Can Cook. I think I’ll have to make it again this year and vastly improve upon those photos! Last year I transformed the dessert into a bundt cake. (The year in between those I was still getting used to being a brand new mom and shared some adorable baby quilts instead of a recipe.)

I was surprised to find that a search for key lime pie muffins yielded very little and most with coconut. I decided to make my own! I couldn’t decide which route to take and made two versions of Key Lime Pie Muffins.

Version 1 uses key lime flavored Greek yogurt and doesn’t have any added sugar. I substituted some of the flour for crushed graham crackers, and, for good measure, added white chocolate chips. This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Key Lime Yogurt Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Version 2 uses key lime juice and has both white and brown sugars. I again substituted some of the flour for crushed graham crackers and added white chocolate chips. This recipe makes 8-9 muffins.

Key Lime Pie Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

We enjoyed, and ate, both versions happily. The key lime flavor is much more pronounced in Version 2; it did strengthen after a day or two in Version 1. The graham cracker flavor is more pronounced in Version 1. Both muffins were incredibly moist, but Version 2 gets a little bit of a “crunch” thanks to the sugar. It almost goes without saying that Version 1 is healthier, and a muffin you don’t feel guilty about eating two of in one sitting; it did stick to the liners freshly out of the oven, but come day 2 that wasn’t much of an issue.

Key Lime Yogurt Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 3/4 C crushed graham crackers
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 container (5.3 oz) key lime Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 3/4 C white chocolate chips

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt, milk, oil, and lime juice and zest.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups.
  5. Bake 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

*This recipe is modified from http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/greek-yogurt-blueberry-muffins/be7753bf-4d1a-4834-be0f-ded299caa589*

Key Lime Pie Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 C crushed graham crackers
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1/3 C buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp key lime juice
  • zest 1 lime
  • 1/2 C white chocolate chips

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, graham crackers, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat together the egg, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the vegetable oil, buttermilk, key lime juice, and lime zest.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Fill the prepared muffin tins 3/4 of the way. Makes 8-9 muffins.
  5. Bake 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

*This recipe is modified from Sally at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/02/18/master-muffin-mix/*

Let me know which one you’d prefer to try – or better yet, make them both and then tell me which is your favorite!

Key Lime Pie Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook (pin)

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Apple Zucchini Muffins by Palatable Pastime

Blackberry Lemon Thyme Muffins by Food Lust People Love

Doughnut Muffins by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Lemon Muffins by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Whole Wheat Pear & Pecan Streusel Muffins (aka the Crack Muffins) by Farm Fresh Feasts

Plantain Muffins by Passion Kneaded

#MuffinMonday: Apple Blackberry Muffins

fb5cd-muffin2bmonday2bcrop#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

I am sharing with you this month a muffin I made way back in May after one of our weekly trips to the Farmers Market. I had picked up some blackberries from one of my favorite vendors for my husband. I am not the biggest blackberry lover mainly due to their texture. I didn’t think my husband would actually eat the entire carton of berries before they started to spoil so I decided to make muffins with about half of them. While assembling all of the baking supplies and getting my little helper situated, he started eating all of the berries! I knew I couldn’t use the fruit in the muffins, now; anything healthy my picky eater will willingly eat is all his! We had frozen blackberries for smoothie making, so I carried on with my muffin plan.

You’ll notice the recipe doesn’t call for any butter or oil, making them a little bit healthier than most breakfast treats I bake. I mean, there’s still sugar and syrup involved so it balances out, right? The downfall to not having butter or oil in the recipe means they’ll stick to muffin liners, so be sure to spray them as you would a non-lined muffin tin.

Apple Blackberry Muffins (toddler)  Sew You Think You Can Cook

Firecracker really enjoyed these muffins. I’m pretty sure he had 3 in one day.

I froze half of the muffins and had a quick morning snack throughout the month, I simply popped them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

This recipe makes 2 dozen muffins.

Apple Blackberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 C whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large apple, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 C cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C blackberries, chopped

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin, even if using liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add the apples and toss to coat until evenly distributed.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar. Mix in the milk, yogurt, applesauce, syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Gently fold in the blackberries. Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake muffins for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake another 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.

*This recipe is adapted from Sally at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/10/14/sky-high-blackberry-apple-muffins/*

Apple Blackberry Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Cappuccino Chip Muffins by Palatable Pastime

Cheesy Chile Corn Muffins (Gluten Free) by Farm Fresh Feasts

Cinnamon Swirled Muffins by Passion Kneaded

Fresh Peach Muffins by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Lemon Meringue Muffins by Making Miracles

Phase 3 Muffins by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Raspberry Mini Muffins by Food Lust People Love

#MuffinMonday: Apple Carrot Muffins

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

My cookbook library received a well deserved expansion this past Christmas and we excitedly started cooking out of them immediately. One of the books I received was a signed copy of Giada’s Happy Cooking. This cookbook is quite different from her previous cookbooks in both feel and format. Looking through the book makes me feel like I’m going through a beautiful magazine instead of a book book. There’s even a very honest introduction written by Giada.

The first thing we made were the black bean brownies. All I can say is these were… different. To be fair, we changed it up and used a can of refried black beans instead of regular black beans. Stuart took the interesting result to work for others to try our experiment. Successful wouldn’t be the term to describe that baking adventure! Maybe we’ll give them another go and follow her recipe exactly.

Apple Carrot Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)

Today’s muffins came from Happy Cooking. I did have to use all AP flour because I was out of wheat flour and omitted the flax meal. As always, I used cinnamon applesauce in place of the unsweeted regular applesauce called for. I also substituted golden raisins in place of dried goji berries. (I wouldn’t recommend shredding baby carrots, but you do what you gotta do!) Even with my changes, these muffins were definitely successful!

This recipe makes one dozen muffins.

Carrot and Apple Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1 C dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 C cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/4 C apple juice
  • 1/2 – 2/3 C shredded carrot
  • 1/4 C golden raisins

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and allspice. Add half of the flour mixture to the stand mixer and mix until combined.
  4. Add the applesauce and apple juice. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until combined. Fold in the carrot and raisins.
  6. Divide batter among the prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake 18 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly. Allow muffins to cool in the pan 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is modified from Giada’s Happy Cooking*

Apple Carrot Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook (1)

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Blueberry Cornmeal Sourdough Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins from Palatable Pastime

Cinnamon Molasses Muffins from Passion Kneaded

Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins from Making Miracles

Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Chocolate Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Sour Cream and Green Onion Corn Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Spicy and Sweet Hummus Muffins from Kelli’s Kitchen

Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

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#MuffinMonday: Nutmeg Banana Muffins

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

For Christmas, my uncle got Firecracker an adorable cook’s outfit complete with chef’s hat, apron, potholder, and oven mitt. It’s a little big (okay, a lot big) but that makes it even cuter! The chef’s hat, on the other hand, is a perfect fit! (My kid has a 90th percentile sized head…) In addition to the attire he gave us a “Cook It in a Cup!” kit. The kit includes a cookbook and 6 silicone cupcake liners.

On a rare occurrence there were two sad looking bananas sitting on my counter and I thought it’d be fun to let my son in the kitchen with me and break out his gifts. He loves to mix and pinch salt. I am amazed at how few of the ingredients ended up on the floor, don’t get me wrong, there was a mess to clean up, but it was well worth it!

Making Nutmeg Banana Muffins | Sew You Think You Can Cook

 

The banana muffins from this book were a big hit. And how could they not be? There was a lot of sugar involved! These were not a snack to be enjoyed by a toddler in the afternoon. We opted to leave the chocolate chips out of the recipe due to the amount of sugar. Now, I know the recipes are written to be completed by children, but mixing softened butter and sugar with a fork would never, ever, become creamy and smooth. I broke out my hand mixer for the job.

Eating Nutmeg Banana Muffins | Sew You Think You Can Cook

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Nutmeg Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or use silicone molds.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  3. In another bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in the bananas, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined. Evenly distribute the batter between 12 muffin cups.
  5. Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly. Allow muffins to cool 5 minutes before removing from the mold to cool completely.

*This recipe is adapted from Cook it in a Cup!*

nutmeg banana muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Chocolate Chip Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Cinnamon Pear Muffins from Making Miracles

Coconut Lime Mango Muffins from The Spiced Life

Glazed Orange Poppyseed Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

Gouda Herb Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Orange Muffins from Passion Kneaded

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#MuffinMonday: Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. And I’ve decided to join in the fun! I’ve been a part of this group for a couple of months now but today is the first day I am able to post with the gang. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

We went through a spell with Firecracker where the only thing he’d eat was a waffle. I became creative in adding some extra nutrition to the breakfast item through apples, sweet potatoes, and Greek yogurt. The waffle obsession has slowed if not died and I’m happy to report the adventurous eater is slowly reemerging. I’m looking forward to continuing to post with this group once a month as it seems muffins offer another food medium to sneak in some good nutrition.

Today’s muffins are filled with ricotta cheese and lemon. The ricotta cheese provides extra protein and calcium and yields perfectly light and fluffy muffins.

I’ve had this recipe on my radar for 11 months and finally had some leftover ricotta (from Thanksgiving) to make it! (I’ve been using my leftover ricotta for pasta instead.) Tara’s muffins are much prettier than mine because she put coarse sugar over the top.

This recipe makes 1 dozen kid-approved muffins.

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 3/4 C cake flour
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 C ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (I used Nielsen-Massey)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In an other bowl fold together the egg, ricotta, water, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  5. Divide batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Tara at http://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/lemon-ricotta-muffins/*

lemon ricotta muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Bacon Cheddar Corn Muffins from Making Miracles

Banana Cranberry Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Banana Streusel Muffins from All Roads from Lead to the Kitchen

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

Lemon Ricotta Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Savory Corn Bread Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Sticky Toffee Bran Muffins from Food Lust People Love

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page

CIC: Apples & Chives

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The ingredients I voted for actually won this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge! It did come down to a one vote swing though for the chives over graham crackers. I have to say, graham crackers and apples wouldn’t be that “crazy” so I’m glad chives took the lead.

I didn’t think this combination would be too difficult though. I ended up being surprised. I kept thinking of some sort of tart or pie type dessert, but honestly, I didn’t have the time (or energy) for that. I then decided to try making an apple jelly with chives. I found a two-ingredient jelly using just apple juice and honey and thought, “Now that I have time for!” I think I cooked the mixture too long because what I ended up with something closer to a candy. Had I realized it was candy I wouldn’t have put it in an ice cream dish to cool and instead have spread it on a baking sheet. The aforementioned ice cream dish was sacrificed to the garbage can (good thing it was a 59 cent thrift store find!). It was now back to the drawing board.

I settled on an Apple and Cheddar muffin recipe. I simply swapped cinnamon for chives. The batter really reminded me of a corn bread (although with flour instead of cornmeal) so I decided to bake these in my Mini Loaf Pan instead of a muffin tin. But then I ran into a dilemma of what to call these guys! They weren’t flakey enough to be biscuits, but lighter than a savory scone would be, and it wasn’t a muffin at this point. So… mini loaves it is!

We loved these mini loaves. They were a great accompaniment to some buttermilk brined chicken and green beans. The loaves were also begging to be dunked in a warm bowl of soup or chili or paired with eggs in the morning. I found them best eaten the same day however the do warm up nicely in the microwave.

Apple Cheddar Chive Mini Loaves

Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-well mini loaf pan or a 12-well muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the cheese.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the egg with buttermilk and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients.
  4. Shred the apple over the bowl and fold into the batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Allow loaves to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-cheddar-muffins*

Apple Cheddar Chive Mini Loaves for Crazy Ingredient Challenge from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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