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So, it’s Lemon Week at imafoodblog. The first in my series of lemon related posts is for these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. (Check out my other lemon related posts: Lemon Almond Yogurt Cake (TWD), My Favorite Ultra Lemony Yogurt Cake, Lemon Blueberry Souffle Pancakes, Whole Lemon Tart & Pasta Frolla Dough).
I have been on a bit of a muffin kick lately. I posted a few weeks ago about these low fat chocolate muffins/cupcakes that I make and then freeze to eat as a quick grab and go breakfast. Ever since then I have been in the muffin making mood, trying to come up with other tasty yet low fat combination that Nick and I can eat for breakfast without feeling bad about it.
I ended up making these lemon poppy seed muffins which I had been eying in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan for weeks, but avoided them due to the stick of butter and sour cream in the ingredient list. I finally decided that I would make them, but try to lighten them up a bit. To do this, I substituted an equal amount of canola oil for the melted butter and used non fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
I was worried that these might be a total fail, which I have been far from immune to when trying to alter a recipe for health benefits. Lo, they came out wonderfully flavorful and moist, with a great crumbly muffin texture.
If you are obsessed with lemony baked goods like I am, I highly recommend trying this recipe, or Dorie Greenspan’s full fat recipe which is probably even tastier.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Adapted from Baking by Dorie Greenspan by Sara at imafoodblog.com
For the muffins:
For the glaze:
I did some very rough nutritional information calculating, and I estimate that there is about 200-250 calories in each muffins, 10 g total fat with 1.5 being saturated fat. I know that popping one of these for breakfast is ten times better for you than picking up the average muffin or pastry at the coffee shop or bakery. Though, I am sure you health nuts out there would scoff at this as a breakfast, since it lacks any significant nutritional value. Oh well.
Ready for the oven:
Getting a bath of lemony glaze:
Sometimes it really is this simple…