Might as well be the best muffin to date...
The rumors are true, and if you've checked out my Instagram, you will know that I’m back with these incredible power muffins. This morning I woke up and was sore, but it was early so I wanted to get something done. Well, I’ve been craving muffins recently, so I decided to whip up some healthy breakfast muffins before heading off to work. It’s not normal for me to want to bake in the morning, but when I am feeling motivated and want to do something I don’t usually want to do, I go with it! Enter, blueberry muffins.
I’m absolutely so excited to share this recipe with you. I adapted it from Sally’s Baking Addiction to be dairy free and added a little more zing in the batter to increase that oomph! In the mornings, I usually like having a smoothie or something savory, but this morning I was feeling something a little different that still were packed with protein and nutrients to keep me full and nourished for the rest of the morning!
*Fun fact* These are dairy-free, gluten-free and mostly refined sugar free! My dad absolutely loves streusel topped muffins, so I decided to add a quick-oaty cinnamon streusel topping to half of them (just because I ran out….). That said, I totally spaced on adding any sweetness to that portion, so I’ll sub it in the recipe.
They are best right out of the oven with a little drizzle of honey, and OH MAH GAH you will want to make batches on batches. I usually don’t feel THIS passionate about muffins, but this recipe has changed me. They don’t taste bland and “bran-ey,” so trust me on this one. TEAM MUFFIN.
The base could easily be adapted to make banana, cranberry orange, apple, pumpkin or zucchini muffins as well if blueberry isn’t your cup of tea.
*Makes 12 standard size muffins
Okay so they began as lemon bars...
...and then I felt like bars were too simple. Too EASY. Anyone could make a bar! This is EASTER! I have to make this a showstopper!
So I just used the same recipe and put them in a different pan...and BAM. Honestly, it just felt more like a complete, holiday dessert than a backyard treat for the kiddos. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but when someone pulls out a circular glory treat out of the ole kitchen, I'm all in.
Long story short. Happy Easter! We had a simple dinner, so I wanted something light that would compliment that as well. We have massive citrus trees that have a lot of fruit in the winter/spring, so our lemon tree was just begging to be plucked for this very day. I made them a few months ago with oranges, which were incredible; they were definitely more sweet than tart, but I'm super interested in making them with grapefruit to get that rich pink color....will update...if there are updates, if that ever happens.
Anywho, as some of you know, I just completed Whole30, so I decided to make a normal (dairy-free) lemon tart for everyone and a gluten-free, refined sugar-free one for myself. Ultimately, the GF/DF one came out more like a lemon-coconut caramel tart but, hey, we live and we learn and I still ate half of it, so that's success if I ever saw one.
I'll put up both recipes if you're interested, but fair warning, the GF/DF tart will come out brown only because the coconut sugar is brown, so the yellow of the lemon does not shine through as much as with the white flour and white sugar combo. I'm adding a picture of the GF/DF one to the VERY BOTTOM because it's not as pretty as the one with normal flour, but #realtalk it was still bomb.
Note to reader: I'm aware that it is Easter, so I'm sorry I did not make a "rising dessert" to fit the occasion.
*To make gluten-free/refined sugar-free, substitute:
Bringing a little slice of California to the Northeast with a "put an egg on it" kind of mentality.