Sunday, May 2, 2010

Accidentally healthy strawberry muffins

Life's some sort of huge irony sometimes. For real. Picture me 10 years ago. I was the kind of bookworm 
who'd get perfect grades in class. Except for gymnastics. That one I passed with a C.

I admit I didn't make any kind of effort to make my teacher like me just a hint. The guy was a misogynist, I was a rebellious teenager (sort of). And quite honestly, I didn't get the point of running when nobody's chasing you.

Now look at me... hitting the gym 4 times a week, just starting with my running program. (Nothing fancy, just trying to do some cardio). And more importantly, craving healthy food.

Don't get me wrong! I love chocolate, ice cream and gummy bears, but I must confess I find myself enjoying those 'healthy' things most of my friends run away from. Read 'cardboard' high fiber cereal, celery sticks and giant amounts of fruit. And of course, I'm a big fan of whole wheat.

My friend S is more of the opinion that if you make things healthy, they are for sure not gonna taste as good as if you smothered them in butter. These muffins though, might have made her change her mind.

I had 2 kg of strawberries in the fridge. No kidding, 2 kg bought for ridiculously 4$. And even in my fruit craving peak, there was no way I was gonna eat them all. So I made muffins. Half way through the process I realized I didn't have enough all purpose flour. Then the health accident happened, I added whole wheat flour to them. Oh yeah, and switched milk for buttermilk. And granulated sugar for brown.

And this happened...

I didn't tell S about the 'healthy' component until she'd eaten one of them. Her exact words were:  'wow, they don't taste healthy at all'. That's what I call: Score!

So whether  you are of the healthy kind or not, just make them! Enjoy that tangy taste of buttermilk and the fresh strawberry softness and forget about the fact that the might actually be good for you.

Fresh strawberry muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 F
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract and mix well. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Gently fold in strawberries. Spoon batter into muffin pans. Bake for about 20 min or until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean. 


Mercè said...

Adri, doncs jo crec que era com tu... gimnàstica era una creu! ;)
Pel que fa a aquestes muffins, doncs em semblen accidentalment delicioses! :p Els canvis tant de la farina integral com el sucre morè, genials!! Jo crec que el sucre morè els hi dóna un toc fantàstic! Déu n'hi do quantes maduixes!!! Agafaràs un empatx!! :p

Carmen (Dulces bocados) said...

Quan he llegit el títol, he pensat que li haurà passat a aquesta dona!!! Però ja veig ....Quina meravella de maduixes, aquest any a casa també ens estem donant un "tute" amb elles, a més les poso a qualsevol lloc i aquests muffins, em sembla que seran els següents que cauran. M'apunto al canvi de farina i sucre, ummmmm.

Neus said...

Nena, nena, quins muffins, jo tindre que canvia les maduixes, per un altre cosa, peruqe sóc al.lergica.

La cuina vermella said...

Hola estimada amiga!!! Nosaltres, molt gimnastes tampoc no érem... en fi, érem de la mateixa opinió que tu, córrer sense que itú t'empaiti és tonteria!!! De tota manera sortiríem corrents a buscar els teus muffins saludables amb toc de maduixa, exquisits (com tot el que tu fas!!). Una forta abraçada, baby!!

Maria said...

Maduixeta, que se t'acaba la temporada de maduixes... Si que t'han quedat super sans si... aquests canvis que els hi has fet els hi dona un toc Adri més que personal!!!
Aquests muffins son molt molt teus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Un petoneeeettt!!!

Clara said...

You know you have accomplished something great when you stun people with the healthy factor. These look awesome!

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