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Whole Grain Cherry Muffins with Light Cream Cheese Glaze

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013


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“I have to admit that I was a little sneaky this week. My 6 year old requested some white chocolate chip muffins and of course I had no problem granting her wish, BUT (there is always a “but, right?) The white chocolate turned out to be the I of some pretty nutrient dense stuff. In my fridge I had some almond milk, Greek yogurt and fresh cherries all about to expire. My intention was to incorporate them all into the breakfast treats while still creating a delicious baked good for the whole family to enjoy!

Ingredients

“For the muffins”
• ½ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 ½ cup white whole wheat flour
• 2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ cup brown sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Almond milk has tons of calories with very little fat and cholesterol, I love to use it in fruit shakes & baking recipes.)
• 1 container plain fat free/low-fat Greek yogurt
• 2 large eggs beaten
• 1 cup pitted chopped fresh bing cherries
• 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
• ½ cup white chocolate chips (white chocolate is sweeter & creamier than dark; feel free to use even less than recommended if you like)

“For the glaze”

• 1 tablespoon warmed milk
• 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoon softened cream cheese
• 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

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Directions

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees.
2.) Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
3.) Combine first 6 ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

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4.) In a smaller bowl whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt and vanilla. Pour in the dry ingredients and carefully fold in chocolate chips & cherries.
5.) Stir everything together, but do not over-mix. (Over-mixing muffins can create tougher batter and them to bake unevenly.)
6.) Divide the batter three quarters way up into muffin tin. (I like to use an ice-cream scooper or ladle to get uniform muffins.)

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7.) About 5 minutes before baking is complete, add a few more white chocolate chips and cherries to the top of muffins to decorate.
8.) Bake muffins for 20-22 minutes or until a fork inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
9.) While muffins are baking, take a small bowl out and combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla extract & cream cheese to create the glaze. (If the glaze is too thick add more milk)
10) Brush glaze over muffins while they are still warm from the oven and serve!

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Nic’s Tips - Dampen cherries a touch and dust with 1 tablespoon of the all-purpose flour. (This lessens the chance the cherries from sinking to the bottom of the tins!)

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Nicole Meyer
Author: Nicole Meyer
Foodie, Nicole Meyer (A.K.A. Nic) adores sharing her best dishes with you. Nibble your way through her everyday recipes, seasonal finds and holiday tips. For more, visit nibblesbynic.com

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