It's almost summertime and that means fresh fruit! Watermelon, strawberries, and cherries, oh my! And with only strawberries in season locally, we're not ones to pass by the abundance of fresh fruit coming in from warmer climates, especially when we can find organic. :)
Today's recipe was inspired by Jackie at Loving My Domestic Life (love that she uses ingredients similar to those that we use). These muffins are a healthy and delicious way to incorporate some of the season's abundance into your baking. Enjoy!
Whole Wheat Cherry Almond Muffins
makes 12 muffins
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 c. sugar (we recommend organic or Rapadura)
2 t. aluminum free baking powder
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 c. melted butter or coconut oil
3/4 c. milk (organic or raw if you have it)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1.5 t. real almond extract
1 - 1.5 c. fresh organic cherries, pitted and chopped
Sliced almonds for topping
Preheat oven to 400F and either lightly grease muffin tin (we like to use coconut oil) or line muffin pan with paper baking cups. Measure dry ingredients (except almonds) into a large mixing bowl and stir together with a whisk. In a separate bowl, combine milk, almond extract, and egg. Slowly whisk melted butter or coconut oil into the milk mixture; gently fold in the cherries.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring only until moistened - don't over mix your muffins! Fill muffin cups 2/3 full, then generously sprinkle almonds on top of batter. Bake muffins for about 15 - 20 minutes until lightly browned (ours took 17 minutes); check with a toothpick to be sure they're done. Cool a bit in the pan before removing muffins to wire rack.
**Fat-free option: Simply leave out the melted butter or coconut oil! While putting these into the oven this time, we discovered that we'd neglected to add the butter we'd melted (the saucepan was right there on the stove). What could we do but go ahead and bake them? We were pleasantly surprised at how wonderfully these turned out despite the lack of a fat; not that we're promoters of a low-fat diet (on the contrary, we believe healthy fats are not only beneficial, but necessary to wellness).
Visit our Muffin Monday page for more deliciously healthy muffin inspiration!
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