Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins + a Book Review
Scrumptious whole grain muffins, bursting with fresh strawberries, a hint of lemon and tons of flavor are perfect for breakfast or a quick grab-n-go snack!
These Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins were adapted from my Skinny Blueberry Muffins. I kept the sugar low, but added Greek Yogurt for a protein kick. If you favor another berry, by all means use it. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or cherries would be amazing too! When I bake muffins, I typically use either whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour. Both are super healthy and result in moist tender muffins that are very close to those made with all-purpose flour. They are very similar flours, so feel free to use whichever you have on hand.
Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins
- 1 large lemon, zested
- 1/2 cup sugar, I used coconut sugar
- 2/3 cup Greek yogurt, or 1 5.3 oz container (I used Chobani Simply 100 strawberry Greek yogurt)
- 1/4 cup applesauce or additional Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted or very soft (other oils will work. applesauce may be a good substitution, but I have not tried this)
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, diced (frozen may also work, but I have not tried this)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
- Combine lemon zest and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in yogurt, applesauce (if using), oil, egg.
- To the yogurt mixture, add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold in until almost blended. Gently fold in strawberries.
- Divide batter; which will be thick, among the muffin cups.
- Bake muffins until edges and tops are golden, 18 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for five minutes before removing to wire rack. Enjoy!
Since the book, The Last Letter from Your Lover, that I just finished was a really good one; I wanted to share a quick (no spoiler) review. If you’re not interested, just go bake the muffins. 😉
Summary of The Last Letter from Your Lover from Goodreads– A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times.
It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.
Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper’s archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie’s search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.
A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.
My thoughts with no spoilers- I’ve come to expect great things from Jojo Moyes, the author of The Last Letter From your Lover. I thoroughly enjoyed the two other books of hers that I’ve read- Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind. She definitely did not let me down with this novel. Her character development is superb. She beautifully captures the vulnerabilities and insecurities of a woman in a love affair. The story is very readable and moves quickly. I was continuously anxious to see what would happen next.
I enjoyed many things about this novel, but one of the things I liked best was the format of the story. The way that the story spanned 40 years and told both women’s story and then how the two women’s lives intertwine was really cool. I became so caught up in these character’s lives that when the story ended, even though I was good with the way it ends, I was a little sad. I didn’t want to stop learning about these characters. Obviously, I totally recommend this book and I also think it would make an awesome book club read. Hope you get a chance to give it a read and that you love it as much as I did!
Something to think about….
Have you read The Last Letter from Your Lover? Give me a recommendation of one of your favorite books.
What fruit are you obsessed with this summer?
Are you doing anything fun this weekend? It’s back-to-school clothes shopping for us, today!
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