Muffin Monday: Raspberry Coconut Muffins


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Stay-At-Home-Chef

After eight months of Muffin Mondays I have to admit that the calories are starting to pile up (and in less than desirable areas I might add). So when I saw that this week’s recipe from Taste of Home was a low-fat alternative to all of the glorious decadence we’ve been enjoying of late, I was relieved. Don’t get me wrong – I have adored the muffins of late but my waistline needs a break!

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The original recipe calls for strawberries combined with plain yogurt, nutmeg and vanilla. In order to avoid a trip to the store, I opted to use some freeze-dried raspberries I had in the pantry. I also threw in ½ cup of coconut, replaced half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat, and used agave nectar rather than granulated sugar.

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In the end I would have to say that these muffins turned out well and were incredibly moist due to the yogurt, but they did nothing to knock my socks off. However, if you’re looking for a quick and healthy treat to start your day then this recipe could be your answer.
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I liked the flavour combination of raspberries and coconut, and the whole-wheat flour lent a nice nutty texture to the muffins. The agave nectar worked well as a sugar replacement, and is something I’ll definitely be using more often in the future. While nothing freeze-dried can ever replace lovely fresh fruit, I liked how the raspberries became hydrated and held their shape without turning to mush. Plus there was no issue with the fruit running into the batter and causing the muffins to become discoloured.

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Look – even the Easter bunny had to have a nibble!

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For a copy of the original recipe for this week’s Muffin Monday, please visit Baker Street’s site and be sure to check out what the other food bloggers have baked up this week!

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