One of my son’s favorite foods is muffins. Once in a while if he goes to Starbucks with me and sees a muffin he almost always asks if he can have one. Muffins are something we rarely make. It was the perfect activity to do with the kids because I knew they would be really excited about the end result.
Unwilling to run around the grocery store with the kidlets I decided to come up with a recipe using only ingredients I already had in my home. I debated using whole wheat flour in the muffins, but after the bread fiasco it seemed best to skip it this time.
What else could I use to give the muffins a little bit more nutrition? Looking through the fridge I glanced upon a container of plain Greek yogurt, and I remembered Chef Dennis using yogurt in a muffin recipe not long ago. Perfect! Greek yogurt has a good dose of protein, and because we don’t eat a lot of meat in our family I am always looking for alternative ways to add protein to our diet.
Now what to do with the 2 year old??? I set her up at the sink with a little bit of water and a scrub brush, while my son and I got to work. As soon as my Husband goes shopping his backs seems to mysteriously ache immediately almost of out of nowhere, and now I too was experiencing the same type of back pain! It dawned on me- baking with my kids seems to cause stress in my back, just like shopping does for my husband!
I wonder why that is? Possibly it is the ever growing flood spreading rapidly across the floor near the sink where my 2 yr old is ‘helping’. Or could it be the gobs of flour and other various ingredients spilling everywhere! I remind myself that the memories and time spent together are well worth it, and forge forward despite the discomfort.
Even if baking these muffins causes pain in your back, I promise you the swell in your heart will more than makes up for it!
Triple Berry Greek Yogurt Muffins
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon apple pie spice blend
2/3 cup golden brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
½ cup Greek plain yogurt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup frozen mixed berries- blueberry, raspberry, & blackberry
1 Tbsp flour (to roll berries in)
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400▫F
Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, apple pie spice blend, and brown sugar.
In a large bowl, beat together on low speed eggs, milk, yogurt, and butter until blended.
Add the dry ingredients mixing on low until moistened.
Roll frozen berries in 1 Tablespoon flour, shake off excess.
Fold berries into the batter.
Fill muffin cups with batter about ¾ full.
Combine 2 tablespoons sugar with cinnamon, and sprinkle over the tops of muffins evenly.
Bake 18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Serve warm & enjoy!