Thursday, February 17, 2011

Muffin Meal Planning

While I'm trying to decide what to do about my image problem (I'm trying to decide between buying space with Google/Picasa or Photobucket--see this post for details) I thought I'd share some muffin recipes that have been floating around in my head lately and will no doubt be on our menu in the weeks to come.  All are courtesy of Cooking Light.

Blueberry Power Muffins with Almond Streusel:  I have all the ingredients needed for this recipe save the vanilla yogurt.  These will probably be the first muffins that get made over the weekend since I have so many of the ingredients on hand.

Sour Cream Coffeecake Muffins: After reading about how to make the almond streusel in the above recipe, I knew I'd be making some with a more substantial streusel topping, like this guy.

Dinner Meat Loaf Muffins: Proof that muffins aren't just a breakfast food.  Aren't they cute?

Oat-topped Fig Muffins:  When I was pursuing the Trader Joe's aisle today, I came across a bag of dried figs and contemplated how I could use that ingredient to make some sort of breakfast/dessert.  When I saw this recipe, I knew I'd found a winner.

Lemon-scented Olive Oil Muffins:  After I saw Katrina make an olive oil cake, I've wanted to try my hand at something similar.   A muffin that can work as a dessert or a breakfast item is just the ticket.  We will be bringing this to our neighbors for brunch in two weeks time!

Tropical Muffins with Coconut-Macademia Topping:  A muffin that has bananas, coconut, pineapple and macademia nuts as some of the main ingredients?  I'm so there!

Breakfast Fig and Nut "Cookies":  Described as more of a muffin top (or muffie if you are eating them at Panera/St. Louis Bread Co), these would be great to make if I had leftover figs from the Oat-Fig Muffins.

I love baking muffins because they are great grab and go breakfast items but also can be eaten in lieu of a cookie or cake for dessert.  

What do you think: which one would you make first?  Any that you would avoid with a ten foot pole?  Let's hear it!


  1. I keep hearing about olive oil cakes and I'm not sure what to think. I can't even imagine what it would taste like! I might have to bake it to check it out. For research of course ;)

  2. @ Jenn: Are the lemon ones muffins you wouldn't touch or ones you'd like to try? Meow meow

    @ Every Little Thing: Absolutely, purely for research! I once saw Nigella Lawson make a Venetian carrot cake using olive oil which sounded delicious:

  3. I am going to make all of those. They all look so good!!! The only thing you are missing is an egg and sausage muffin for a savory breakfast option!!!

  4. I would make the blueberry power muffins for sure! They look too yummy to pass up!

  5. @ Kyria: I found a bacon-cheddar muffin recipe that I meant to post but forgot to! Savory muffins are great too :)

    @ Ashly: I stopped by Whole Foods today and got the yogurt and sour cream so I will definitely be making the blueberry ones tonight!

  6. I would make those tropical ones right away! And drink a pina colada while your eating it too!

  7. @ Amy: Oh yeah, especially while the weather here is still nice (50-60 degrees) I can open up the windows and pretend it's summer :)


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