Healthy Raspberry and Lemon Yoghurt Muffins

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I love these muffins! Please note I have adapted this recipe for baking for my children and converted it to UK metric measurements for ease.

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These are perfect as an on-the-go snack as well as for breakfast. They are easy to make with your little ones as you only need a spoon and two bowls!  And best of all they are healthy, using honey as a sweetener (you could switch to maple syrup for under 1s). The muffins have an addition of flaxseed meal to replace one egg whilst adding extra omega-3s, and uses less fat compared to conventional muffins thanks to the addition of greek yoghurt (which also keeps it moist). You can use fresh or frozen raspberries and switch it for blueberries if you wanted!

I have written the ingredients for 6 muffins only. This is because so many times I want to bake but with it only being me, my husband and one toddler eating plus limited freezer space, we end up with excess and eat too many! Of course if you want to feed more mouths or for sharing, you can double or triple etc the recipe.

Another thing to note is that we normally don’t cook with much salt but it is quite essential in baking to bring out the flavours. I would omit the salt for under 1s and just a tiny pinch of it for toddlers.

How To Make Yummy Muffins

Ingredients

Makes 6 muffins

– 150g Plain Flour (or white wholewheat flour)
– 1.5 tbsp Milled Linseed (or milled flaxseed)
– 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
– 1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
– tiny pinch of Salt (can omit for small babies)
– 30g Butter (room temperature)
– 55g Honey (or maple syrup for under 1s)
– 1 Egg
– 60g Greek Yoghurt (room temperature)
– 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
– zest of 1 Lemon
– 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
– 100g Raspberries (fresh or frozen direct from freezer)
– 3 tbsp Turbinado sugar for topping (or demerara sugar/ omit)

iNSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
Put 6 paper cupcake cases into cupcake tray.
1) Get one small sized bowl and add plain flour, milled linseed, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt (if using); mix with wooden spoon.
2) Get one medium sized bowl and add butter and honey. Mix until combined. Add egg, mix. Add Greek yoghurt, vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon juice; mix. May look curdled at this stage.
3) Add dry ingredients to wet, mix until no more dry bits.
4) Gently fold in raspberries.
5) Scoop into cupcake cases (around 72g each). Sprinkle demerara sugar/ turbinado on top for crunch/ extra sweetness.
6) Bake for 20-24 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into centre.

Place onto wire baking rack after about 5 minutes to prevent tough cakes. Wait until cool and enjoy on their own or spread with nut butter on top.

Do let me know if you make them :)!

 

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We whipped up a yummy collab meal tonight which was totally scrumptious for a quick food night.  We had wanted to do a big dinner since Mondays are now the only day off together, but life happens and we ended up eating at 9pm again, doh >_<

Anyway, so the highlight was Jonny’s porkchop which had been marinated in apple, fennel and mint for 3 days.  Fried and chopped, we put it on top of a bed of simple salad with olive oil and lime.

I made some spelt flatbreads, drizzled olive oil and topped it with zaa’tar (toasted sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, oregano and salt) before grilling for a few minutes.

Then with a leftover potato and yoghurt, Jonny made a quick potato salad with coriander and lemon juice.

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Well del! (this means it was rather delicious)

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Ames xxx

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So using the same meat mix for our koftas, we made a courgetti/ zoodles bowl for dinner. Our healthgetti consisted of raw julienned courgette, our raw tomato sauce similar to the one we had on Friday night for our meatball night, with meatballs & a sprinkle of parmigianno-reggiano.  Served with a balso/ olive oil/ lemon simple salad.  As usual, Jonny dealt with the meat and sauce, and I had an easy night of sorting out the veg and salad (it took about 2 minutes!).

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Verdict – tasty!! I wanted a light dinner after binging on palmiers and puff pastry twists all day at work (#bakerlife), plus we just got back late from an after-work couples gym session, so this hit the spot :)!

Ames xxx

 

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»Written by The Butcher«

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They are:

  • Hibiscus flower,
  • Sumac,
  • Dried whole limes,
  • Lime salt/pepper
  • Rose petals
  • Super sichuan pepper

At work I made some sausages with beef, beetroot, hibiscus and rose, with a little bit of horseradish! But me and Ames have wanted to do a collab using them at home. Both of us are off the booze right now, so what better way than a cheeky kebab at home on a Friday; healthier than one on a night out and a damn site cheaper!

So Ames made the flatbread with white flour, whole wheat flour, yoghurt, salt and pepper. After some kneading and a little rest, they baked on the frying pan.  She also made some sumac, olive oil and lemon dressing for the salad with chunky hummous (aka lazy hummous made by smashing chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice & salt together with a fork).  I made a hibiscus and yoghurt sauce, we love the floralness and tanginess of the hibiscus.

 

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We’re both aiming to get super fit for a trip to Vietnam, so are on a health spree and trying to eat healthily. I’m going to file this bang tasty meal under

“RELATIVELY HEALTHY”

Boom.

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Jx

 

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I began by preparing the focaccia.  I used my sourdough starter to leaven the bread and 100% wholegrain spelt flour.  Here’s the bread in its final proof with fresh rosemary, olive oil, and black pepper.  I added salt before baking.

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We paired the meatballs with a cold tomato based sauce and mozzarella, dipped the spelt focaccia in balso & oil… tada a yummy dinner!

The tomato sauce was simply grated tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, delicious and light.

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