Bursting Berry Muffins | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bursting Berry Muffins

Bursting Berry Muffins is not the name the creator of this recipe originally gave it...but they really WERE bursting with berries...so that is what I am calling my version!  I got this recipe from a new cookbook I picked up last weekend.  Did I need another cookbook?  Of course not.  Did I want another cookbook?  Of course I did...and it was 20% off too, so I treated myself!  The cookbook I picked up is called 400 Calorie Fix by Liz Vaccariello.  It's a really nice cookbook and diet plan of sorts.  I haven't really had a chance to give it the attention it deserves, but from what I have glanced at you are given ideas of what to eat to keep your meal under or around 400 calories.  At the end of the book, there are recipes.  The author offers very practical advice with lots of easy ideas and recipes that are readily available to most.  I like it because it has great pictures and easy to follow recipes WITH nutritional information!  One of the first recipes that caught my eye was the one for these muffins. 

Each muffin is 180 calories.  Not bad.  Plugging the numbers into WW calculator, each muffin comes in at 5p+.  They are nice sized muffins as well.  And did I mention they were EASY?

Bursting Berry Muffins
adapted from 400 Calorie Fix

Servings - 12   Serving size - 1 muffin   Points Plus per serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 180,   Total Fat - 5g,   Carb. - 30g,   Protein - 4g,   Fiber - 1g

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 TBS. canola oil
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
1 cup frozen mixed berries ( I used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line muffin tins with paper or foil liners.  

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in large bowl.  

3.  In small bowl, combine the yogurt, eggs, buttermilk, oil, and almond extract with whisk.  

4.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until JUST COMBINED!   Don't over-mix.  Gently fold in frozen berries. 

5.  With spoon or ice cream scoop, ( ice cream scoop works well because batter is thick) portion batter into 12 lined wells of muffin tin.  

6.  Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until pick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.  


Like all low fat baked goods, take care not to overwork the batter. Over mixing the batter will give you a tough end product!  These were a really nice afternoon treat with a cup of coffee.  The berries really did burst out of the muffins, giving them so much character!  lol  

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  1. That first picture is amazing! Who wouldn't want that muffin? I think you gave them the perfect name

  2. These look so good, am pinning them now! Do you need the almond extract? I don't like almond flavor and was wondering if I could substitute vanilla.

    1. Kari...you could definitely replace the almond with vanilla.

  3. Hi Renee, oooh...these look amazing. I make muffins quite a bit, so I've bookmarked this. And know what? You can NEVER have too many cookbooks!!! EVER!! :)

  4. Oooh, I've been noticing berries on sale in my area lately and I've been wanting a project to make with them. This looks perfect! I especially love that they use almond extract. I'm such a sucker for that stuff. :)

  5. I bet that is good! I have the cookbook addiction too!

  6. mmm these look yummy and I love that you use greek yogurt in them :)

    I was first attracted to your blog by the header though...red velvet cupcakes? Yes plz! :)

  7. One of my favorite memories is waking up on Sunday mornings to the smell of blueberry muffins baking in the oven. Of course, my mom used the box Pillsbury muffin mix, but still! I'm thinking this Sunday, I'll need to make some...

  8. I love berry muffins! Thanks for posting this lightened up version of it. I love how much protein there is in it. Definitely something I want to make for our breakfasts/snacks.

  9. OMG, those look amazing Renee! Since I made cranberry muffins I've gotten a jones for them lately.


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