After several weeks of decadently delicious Muffin Monday recipes, this week’s muffin puts the brakes on enticingly sweet and sinful ingredients for something more on the healthy side – granola. These granola muffins were barely sweet with a hearty and wholesome nuttiness. For this recipe I used my favorite granola that is packed with big granola clusters, plenty of almonds, walnuts and pecans, some dried cherries and cranberries and a wonderful honey vanilla sweetness. Since I did not have whole-wheat flour on hand I used all purpose white flour for the muffins along with thick Greek style yogurt for moisture. The muffins are not very sweet, but I guess that is the healthy part of it. Having the savage sweet tooth I do, I plan on adding brown sugar and a honey cream cheese frosting next go round! The texture has a pillowy appeal while still maintaining a nice chewy bite. Simple and quick to whip up, this muffin is a nourishing way to start the morning.
The smell of muffin goodness wafting from the oven was the perfect kick-start to my vacation. I packed my leftover muffins just before heading to the airport and I will happily consume them during my long flight to Vietnam. Now, time for vacation!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and be sure to eat some muffins!
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Granola Muffins recipe from BakerStreettv.com
1 cup granola
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large or extra large eggs
1/4 cup mild honey, such as clover
1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt or Buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Preheat the oven to 375ºF with a rack in the middle. Grease 12 muffin cups.
– In a bowl combine the granola and milk in a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Drain and dry on paper towels.
– Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
– In medium bowl, beat together the eggs, honey, buttermilk or yogurt, canola oil and vanilla. Quickly whisk in the flour, then fold in the granola. Combine well but do not over mix!
– Spoon into muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.
– Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on baking rack.
Yield: 12 muffins
EsiSeptember 12, 2011
Healthy muffins? Whaaaat? lol. Hope you have a wonderful trip!
Baker StreetSeptember 12, 2011
YAY for healthy muffins! These were quite a treat. Hope you have a great vacation N! Keep us posted. 🙂
Karriann GrafSeptember 12, 2011
These look divine! Happy Baking!
Carrie @ poet in the pantrySeptember 12, 2011
The granola you used in your muffins sounds delicious! I also really like your use of Greek yogurt. Enjoy your vacation!
Maya@Foodiva's KitchenSeptember 12, 2011
I have a sweet tooth too, so that cream cheese frosting sounds rather enticing…for next time! For now, I’ll eat these healthy granola muffins because they make me feel like I’m not overindulging in any way ;-). Happy holidays!
YuriSeptember 12, 2011
Those muffins look beautiful! Enjoy your vacation in Vietnam 🙂
Aimée @ Food: Je t'AiméeSeptember 12, 2011
Haha. I love your ideas for sweetening it up next time! They look gorgeous just as they are though! Moist and nutty!
Vietnam! Safe and happy travels! 🙂
Anita MenonSeptember 12, 2011
Lovely muffins. Perfect way to start the week.
Glad to have joined you guys.
Have a lovely vacation.
Stay-At-Home-ChefSeptember 12, 2011
The yogurt must have made the muffins nice and moist! Oh and you can never go wrong with cream cheese icing 🙂
Elizabeth of QueensNotebookSeptember 12, 2011
Oh my lord, those Muffins are so dark, thick, and irresistable! I can’t bear it. They must’ve been so delicious! Great to bake with you this week and the rest of the MM Bakers!
Bianca @ South Bay Rants n RavesSeptember 12, 2011
I think nourishing was the word I was looking for when describing these. Unlike the snicker muffins which I’d expect to be sweeter, I was expecting these to be “healthier” but glad they didn’t taste like a box! Also I hope you have a wonderful vacation!
carolineadoboSeptember 13, 2011
Have fun in Vietnam! I love the granola you used for these muffins, lots of nuts & dried fruits!
TerraSeptember 15, 2011
You muffins look so delicious! Hope you are having a fun week:-) Hugs, Terra
Banana WonderSeptember 15, 2011
OOh mmmmm these look so good, even if they are *healthy* I love stuff like this. Love how you used Greek yogurt too. I will have to make these along with your others. Too bad we aren’t neighbors so we could have muffin exchange frenzies.
MarySeptember 15, 2011
These are amazing. Its been a while since I stopped by. I’ll have to correct my evil ways.I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
Sally - My Custard PieOctober 4, 2011
Love the picture at the top of your blog – so welcoming. Missed this muffin recipe, so glad to have found it here. Looks scrummy 🙂