Super Dad in the kitchen: Sweet and Tart Strawberry Filled Muffins
One of the most abundant fruits here in Central California is the strawberry. We get them fresh and for great price when in season. Last week I bought two boxes and we were eating a very slow speed so the solution was simple: let’s try to use them in strawberry filled recipes.
The original recipe for this muffin is from MyRecipes.com and it uses cream chesse. To adapt it to Lucas’ taste and to make it healthier I made a few substitutions and they worked out perfectly. If you want to see the original recipe just click on the MyRecipes link above. I’ll post my own version here:
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
- 8 fresh strawberries (diced)
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar (or the equivalent of a sugar substitute)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons raw chia seeds
- 1 1/4 cups soy milk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 large egg
- Preheat the oven to 375 F
- In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, the diced strawberries and the strawberry preserves; stir with a whisk. Reserve
- In a different bowl, larger than the previous one, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chia seeds; mix them well and make a hole in the center of the mixture.
- Combine soy milk, oil, egg whites and egg and add to flour mix.
- Stir it very well or use a mixer at low speed.
- Spoon the batter into muffin pan coated with cooking spray up to 3/4 of each cup.
- Drop about 1 teaspoon of the strawberry-yogurt mixture into each cup.
- Divide the remaining of the batter on top of the cups.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 375F.
- Remove the muffins and let them cool down before serving
These muffins turned out delicious. They were firm and on the first bite your mouth is filled with a sweet and tart flavor that is just amazing. You might be curious about me using chia seeds (the original recipe uses poppy seeds).
I discovered chia seeds a few months ago through my wife. She’s all into this healthy stuff and normally brings home the novelties. I was skeptical about chia seeds at first because I always related them only to those Chia Pet things; you wet their heads and grass grows from it. But after my wife insisted that I should try DRINKING chia seeds with my orange juice before playing soccer I have to say that I was impressed. My energy level was much better and my after game recovery was much faster (I’m a 35-year old playing full 90 minute matches).
Then I did a little research and found out that chia seeds have incredible health benefits. You can read more about them HERE.
I even found out a company that makes energy drink mix with chia seeds. Apparently the Mayans used to drink chia to run long distances. It takes some time to get used to the texture of those tiny grains in your drink but it’s totally worth it. The company that makes the energy mix is called WingFoot. Check them out too.
Anyway, The muffins were fantastic and as you can see by the pictures Lucas couldn’t wait to start eating them.