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Muffin Mondays | Lemon Almond Olive Oil Muffins

So it is probably no secret, but I tend to overindulge. I mean really overindulge. Not like I had an extra big slice of cake this weekend and I’m good the rest of the week. I’m talkin on a daily basis I have no self-control and eat copious amounts of sugar. Let’s take Sunday for example, I got a pie delivery from fruit+flour and she threw in a freshly baked honey chocolate chip cookie with peanuts that I quickly devoured then I was off to Canele for an incredible brunch that started with a baked pancake with Meyer lemon custard and was followed by a fried chicken sandwich and three ginormous slices of thick pan perdu French toast with mascarpone. Yeah that is a true story and that was all in the first half of the day. I went on to end my night by eating a slice the pie I had delivered in the morning. It was a Bailey’s Irish Piecream (yes! ice cream in pie form, more about that later) and it was heavenly. So you see I overindulge. But what is a girl to do when there is so much deliciousness to be had?

Well knowing that I have this overindulgence problem and knowing that when I woke up this morning I would be hankering for some muffins I decided to lighten the load a bit by baking Lemon Almond Olive Oil muffins. They have no butter, minimal sugar and are still sweet and satisfying. Oh and I only made 4 of them to keep myself in line thanks to the awesome recipe (below) from Dessert for Two. Smaller portions mean room to enjoy a bigger variety of desserts right!? Back to the muffins…  the olive oil lends a nice earthy green flavor to the muffin complimented by the bright bursts of lemon. These muffins are dense but not dry and are filled with crunchy almond slivers. I also added almond extract to amp up the almond flavors and because I am a sucker for the fragrance and flavor of almond extract! When you need a break from all of those rich and heavy desserts, get your sweet fix with these lemon almond olive oil muffins.

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.


Lemon Almond Olive Oil Muffins

recipe from Dessert for Two ~ In case you haven’t figured out by the name of my blog, my recipes only serve two people.  This recipe makes 4 perfect little cupcakes.  

1/4 cup high-quality olive oil

1/2 teaspoon (heaping) citrus zest

1/3 cup sugar

3 drops almond extract

1 egg white

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoon citrus juice

1/3 + 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

powdered sugar for serving (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350˚ and place 4 cupcake liners in 4 cups in a muffin pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and citrus zests of your choice.  Add the sugar, almond extract, egg white, milk and citrus juice.  Whisk the liquid ingredients together very well.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and slivered almonds.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and stir until just combined.  Divide the batter between the 4 muffin cups and bake on the center rack in the oven for 16-18 minutes.  Test with a toothpick for doneness—cupcakes should be moist with some crumbs clinging to the toothpick.  Let cool, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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  • DessertForTwo
    March 19, 2012

    Awww so glad you liked ’em! Thanks so much for the mention.

    I’ll be waiting for that ice cream bailey’s Irish piecream! 😉

    Happy baking! 🙂

  • Anna A
    March 19, 2012

    You can really pack it in! Nice work with these muffins, this is something I would totally make and LOVE to eat for breakfast….now tell me about that pie…

  • Kate @ FoodBabbles
    March 19, 2012

    Seems we were kinda on the same wavelength with the almond addition 😉 Your muffins look and sound great, as always!!! Happy Monday!

  • lynn @ the actor's diet
    March 20, 2012

    oh world’s colliding! christina was my blog buddy at foodbuzz…love her site.

  • Elliott
    March 20, 2012

    Right. Up. My. Alley.

  • Gastronomer
    March 20, 2012

    Hold up. I thought you were on a COACHELLA DIET?! I kid… Wear a moo moo — you can hide a lot of desserts under there 😉

  • Cassie
    March 20, 2012

    These sound so good. I love the combination. I’m a big fan of baking with olive oil, the fresh taste I bet goes so well with the lemon!

  • Namitha
    March 21, 2012

    Loving this flavor combination ! Really healthy too. I would love to have this guilt free indulgence too. Just recently started trying out olive oil in baking and I’m loving it 🙂

  • Baker Street
    March 21, 2012

    Almond and lemon is an irresistible combination! Your muffins look perfect N!

  • I love your (over)indulgence philosophy! Together we would make a very gluttonous team! And by gluttonous, I mean totally awesome. 🙂

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    March 23, 2012

    I love it when muffins don’t have that much sugar but they’re still booming with flavor and a touch of sweetness – makes it a perfect breakfast muffin without giving you a sugar rush!

  • marissa @ the boot
    March 23, 2012

    boy oh boy am i happy to have found your sweet (pun intended) blog! one can never have too many muffin recipes, and i can’t wait to peruse your archives! here’s to a little overindulgence every now and then!

  • Grzegorz
    March 31, 2012

    I hate when I do silly things like that when I’m in a hurry. You uhosld have seen what happened to one pan of my zucchini cupcakes yesterday. As I was putting them in the oven, I didn’t quite put the pan on the rack, and they all dumped out onto the open oven door! Good thing there was a lot more batter!I love the big apple chunks in these! Thanks for posting pictures!

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