Ahh!  Spring is here!  With local fresh berries and produce on the way; there’s opportunity to include more of them for nourishment of your body.  Why not incorporate fresh fruit into a special treat?  Sounds reasonable to me.

In this recipe, I used fresh pureed berries and baked them right into the muffin and added them to the cream cheese topping for a super antioxidant kick.  Of course, I used whole-grains as strategically as possible to give the texture and taste that I wanted without making them dense.

Muffins

In a medium sized bowl mix:

3/4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour

3/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Set aside

In a mixing bowl add:

1/4 cup avocado oil or other light tasting oil

1/2 cup unbleached sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbs. applesauce

2 Tbs. protein powder (optional)

Incorporate the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.  Mix until just blended.  Do not over-mix.

Berry Puree

In a blender – puree

2 cups of mixed berries and

1 Tbs. honey

Strain out the seeds

Assemble Muffins

Line muffin pan with 12 muffin cups.

Scoop batter evenly in each muffin cup

Add one teaspoon of puree to each cup.

Swirl berry puree into the batter with a skewer.

Remaining puree will be used in Berry Frosting (recipe below)

Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 min. – depending on your oven and altitude.

Stick a skewer into the center of muffin to check for doneness.  Skewer should come out clean.  Check sooner than later because muffins will dry out if you overcook even by 5 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack before adding topping.

Berry Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese – softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3-4 Tbs. berry puree – depends if you want stiffer or more flowing topping

Refrigerating the topping (while the muffins cool) will make the topping more firm.

Note:  If you have any left over berry puree – save it in the fridge and use on waffles or pancakes instead of syrup – or great on peanut butter toast.

So share the joy of spring with your family.   It’s that time of year for new beginnings; as playful sounds of birds chirping and the smell of fresh baked berry muffins fill you home.  It’ll put a smile on everyone’s face. Do you have a favorite springtime recipe?  Tell us about it in the comment section.  Oh, and don’t forget to spread the fun and share with your friends.  Be blessed in whole health!

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