blueberry mascarpone muffins.

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very very moist muffins (<< apologies).

i'm into it.

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blueberry muffins are such a classic. i crave them all the time. especially the boxed ones with the funny little bluebs that come in a can. 

glad i tried these with mascarpone. and used coconut oil. and plenty o butter. so they are moiiiiiist, y'all!

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i didn't use muffin liners in the pan just to see how it would go. it was okay. i would recommend using the liners because they really help them keep their shape and solidify quicker when they cool down. 

i guess one could just call this the "rustic" lewk. 

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i also added two layers of buttery streusel topping. one before baking and one layer added with about 5 minutes left in the bake. it seemed like the bottom layer got kinda crisp, and the top layer was sweet and crumbly and textural. yum.

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^ while yellow kitchen is quite joyful, is awful for food photography. lol. 

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aside from muffin talk, i saw both demi lovato and sheryl crow in concert this week and it was the most summery fun. love those ladieeeeees. 

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Blueberry Mascarpone Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted & cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 TB. unsalted butter, melted & cooled

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 TB cold unsalted butter, cubed

Instructions- 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and either spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with muffin liners.

In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg & milk together. Add the melted coconut oil and vanilla and stir. Fold in the mascarpone.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and fold the batter until roughly combined. Drizzle the melted butter over the batter and mix slightly. Gently fold in the fresh blueberries.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin so that each cup is about 2/3 full. For the streusel topping, combine flour sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and use your hands to bring the cold cubed butter together with the mixture until it becomes shaggy and crumbly. Sprinkle a layer of crumbles on top of the muffin batter, setting some streusel aside. 

Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle the remaining streusel topping on top of the muffins. Bake for 5 more minutes. Test the muffins with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean.

If you're not using muffin liners, allow the muffins to cool almost all the way in the pan. If using liners, allow them to cool slightly and then turn out onto a cooling rack. 

Serve! Store covered or in an airtight container at room temperature. 

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whole wheat banana hazelnut muffins.

a.k.a: super-dense-keep-you-full-for-hours-convenient-and-yummy-breakfast-muffins!

i actually made this exact batch of muffins way back in august! i'm not sure why i hid them away for so long, because they were really delicious, hearty, textural, and filling!

they're made with some healthier ingredients and turned out very moist, dense (in a good way), and tasty. i would eat one in the morning at work and be FULL until lunch. especially if you spread some almond butter or something on top! so perfectly tame and easy to stomach early in the morning.

i have a weird problem with not being able to eat non-breakfast foods right when i wake up. i need something subtle to ease my way in to life. some folks i know do not have this problem at all and could wake up crack o' dawn and chow down a spaghetti dinner or a bowl of meat stew or something. me, nuh uh.

i really loooove hazelnuts. if you don't like, you can leave them out or substitute another type of nut. i'm all about that crunch factor baybay.

these also contain wheat germ, which i happened to have in the pantry, but i wouldn't say its totally necessary since you're adding whole wheat flour + oats anyway.

my dad used to make some lady's "healthy" cookie recipe and they contained wheat germ, so i always mentally held wheat germ on a pedestal of supreeeme health. i think it just adds some extra protein & vitamins to the mix, ain't nothing wrong with that!

they are especially delicious when cut in half and warmed up with a pat of butter & honey. :)

now that i look at these again, i think they would be really good with diced caramelized apple chunks in there as well. mmm, cozy. ima try it, mmk!

Whole Wheat Banana Hazelnut Muffins

Makes 12 regular sized muffins

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 TB honey
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • dash of nutmeg (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, cream together the brown sugar and egg. Stir in the mashed bananas and honey.

Slowly add all dry ingredients, mixing in between additions until the flour is incorporated. Lastly, add the oats, chopped hazelnuts, and a dash of nutmeg if desired. Mix until just combined. 

Spray, oil, or place paper cupcake liners in a regular sized 12-muffin tin.  Using a spoon or measuring cup, fill each cup about 2/3 full of batter.

Place the muffin pan on top of a flat baking sheet and place in the oven, to prevent burned muffin bottoms (the worst!). 

Bake for about 23 minutes.  Around 20 minutes, pull out of the oven and check the center of a muffin with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the muffins are done. If the toothpick is still slightly goopy, return to the oven for just a few minutes. Do not over-bake.

 

enjoy!

 

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