Recently I had a meeting with Stefanie, our integrative physician at Nourish, during which she offered me a cup of ginger tea and one of these muffins. It was such a delightful gesture – I’m grateful every day that I have a company where meetings are conducted at a kitchen table over homemade muffins! (My friend Erin would tell you that I’ve held that vision for a very long time and sometimes I can’t believe it’s really happening.) Her sweet gesture lifted my mood for the entire day – muffins just have a way of doing that.
As much as I love them, sometimes muffins are more like, well, cake! These aren’t. Moistened with nonfat yogurt and a little canola oil, these have a reasonable amount of sugar and use white whole wheat flour. That makes them guilt-free on top of being delicious. Try them the next time you’re hosting a meeting (or the next time you want to fill a lunchbox with a special treat for morning snack)!
makes 1 dozen
3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour (or sub 3/4 c. white and 3/4 c. whole wheat)
1/2 cup fine or medium stone-ground cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
2. Whisk together in a medium bowl, yogurt, oil, egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and fold until almost blended. Gently fold in frozen blueberries.
5. Divide the batter among muffin cups. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Sprinkle evenly over the tops of the muffins.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and they spring back lightly to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least an additional 5 minutes before serving.