Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These lemon poppy seed muffins are perfectly bright and zingy! Cover them in a lemon glaze for even of a…

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These lemon poppy seed muffins are perfectly bright and zingy! Cover them in a lemon glaze for even of a citrus pop.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

When it comes to baked goods, there’s nothing like a great banana muffin or blueberry muffin. But if you’re a citrus-lover, there’s another in the muffin hall of fame: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! This muffins recipe is bright and zingy, with just the right light texture and citrusy zing. Seal the deal by drizzling on a quick, flavor-popping lemon glaze. These are the perfect fun recipe for a special breakfast or brunch: or leave them un-glazed for quick breakfasts throughout the week.

Ingredients in lemon poppy seed muffins

The most important ingredient in a lemon poppy seed muffins recipe? Fresh lemons! There’s no substitute for the bright, tangy juice and citrus pop of lemon zest. Outside of poppy seeds, the rest of the players are all common pantry and refrigerate ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • All purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice and lemon zest
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon juice and zest

How many lemons do you need to buy for lemon poppy seed muffins? Here’s a key for how much lemon juice and zest comes from one lemon:

  • How much juice in one lemon? One medium lemon yields about 3 tablespoons juice; one large lemon yields 4 tablespoons juice or more.
  • How much zest in one lemon? One medium lemon has about 1 tablespoon lemon zest.
  • For this recipe, you’ll need 4 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons lemon zest. So, make sure to buy 2 medium lemons.

Tips for this lemon poppy seed muffins recipe

Outside of the ingredients list, this lemon poppy seed muffins recipe is pretty standard. Mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, and bake! Here are a few notes to keep in mind during the process:

  • Zest your lemon first before juicing it! It’s difficult to grate once it’s juiced, so don’t forget the zest.
  • Microplane makes for easy zesting. microplane grater is a handheld grater with sharp holes in it and it’s quicker and easy to clean than a box grater.
  • Resist the urge to overmix the batter. Overmixing muffin batter causes holes in the crumb and a denser texture. Mix just until the streaks of flour disappear.
  • The muffin cups will be very full. We think a good muffin should be tall with a generous muffin top, so batter amount may be more than you’re used to.
  • Baking at 400 degrees makes a taller muffin. Baking muffins at 400 degrees Fahrenheit makes a taller and fluffier muffin than at 350 (plus, it’s quicker!).
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These lemon poppy seed muffins are deliciously zingy, with a hefty amount of lemon flavor. But want to step it up a bit? Add the the lemon glaze, which infuses a huge citrus burst. It’s not required, but we think it brings the flavor to just the right pop. Here’s what to know about the glaze:

  • Wait until the muffins are cool prior to icing. Otherwise, the icing will melt into the muffins.
  • Use a fork! A fork makes the best drizzly lines: with a spoon it’s a bit too chunky.
  • Use less if desired. You can make a half recipe of the icing if you’re worried about too much sugar in your muffins.

Storage info

What’s the best way to serve lemon poppy seed muffins? The icing will hold up at room temperature for a few days, though if you’re planning to freeze some muffins it’s best to freeze them un-iced. Here’s what to know:

  • At room temperature: Store up to 3 days in a sealed container at room temperature: they become even more moist over time.
  • Refrigerated: Store refrigerated up to 1 week or more: allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  • Frozen: Freeze the muffins in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

These lemon poppy seed muffins are perfectly bright and zingy! Cover in a lemon glaze for even of a citrus pop.


Ingredients

For the lemon poppy seed muffins

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest*

For the lemon glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or add muffin cup papers.
  2. Make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the vegetable oil, yogurt, milk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a spatula until a thick batter forms. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups: the cups will be full to the top, using about a heaping ¼ cup per muffin. 
  3. Bake: Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour.
  4. For the glaze: In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice until a thick icing forms. If the texture is not drizzlable, add a few more drops lemon juice and continue stirring until it comes together. Drizzle with a fork across the muffins in a diagonal pattern.
  5. Serve: Eat immediately or store up to 3 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or freeze unglazed muffins for up to 3 months.

Notes

*One lemon yields about 1 tablespoon lemon zest, so buy 2 lemons for this amount of lemon zest and juice (including the glaze).

  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Baked Good
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Simple Peach Cobbler

This delicious recipe for Peach Cobbler is simple and easy, and allows the glorious flavor of summer peaches to shine through. With just 30 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven, this is easily one of our “go-to” summer desserts. Vegan-ada…

This recipe for Peach Cobbler is simple and easy, and allows the glorious flavor of summer peaches to shine through. With just 30 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven, this is easily one of our "go-to" summer desserts.
This delicious recipe for Peach Cobbler is simple and easy, and allows the glorious flavor of summer peaches to shine through. With just 30 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven, this is easily one of our "go-to" summer desserts. Vegan-adaptable.

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

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This baked Eggplant Parmesan recipe is classic Italian comfort food at its finest! This hearty dinner will be come a go-to.

Eggplant Parmesan

It’s got bubbly cheese, garlicky tomato sauce, and savory, meaty breaded eggplant: it’s Eggplant Parmesan! This vegetarian Italian classic is hearty, filling, and pleases just about everyone. Most restaurants use fried eggplant, but for a homemade version it’s much simpler to bake. Here’s our best baked Eggplant Parmesan recipe: faster and easier to make at home than most recipes and full of incredible flavor. Even our vegetable-averse 5 year old promptly asked for seconds! We hope it will become a go-to in your family like it is in ours.

Ingredients in this Eggplant Parmesan recipe

Eggplant Parmesan is a classic Italian dish made with layers of breaded eggplant, cheese, and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbly. Called parmigiana di melanzane in Italian, it comes from the Southern regions of Calabria and Sicily but is now served all over the world. The eggplant is fried in restaurant-style versions, but it’s easiest to make baked eggplant when making it in your home kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need for homemade eggplant Parmesan:

  • Eggplant
  • Flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • Eggs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Plain panko (or breadcrumbs; use gluten-free panko for gluten-free)
  • Dried oregano
  • Fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
Eggplant Parmesan recipe

A few ingredient notes

As with any Italian dish, the success of this Eggplant Parmesan recipe depends on the quality of ingredients! Here’s what to look for when you’re shopping:

  • Look for medium eggplants. Size matters here: massive eggplant rounds don’t look quite as nice in the dish. But sometimes the grocery only has large eggplants, so use what you can find! The key is using 2 pounds: it should equal about 18 to 20 rounds.
  • Use fire roasted tomatoes. Fire roasted tomatoes make the best flavor: they taste sweet and smoky right out of the can. If you can’t find them, substitute best quality tomatoes with 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika. Or, use 1 ½ cups best quality marinara sauce.
  • Whole milk mozzarella cheese makes a difference. It melts much better than part skim and has a richer flavor. It also melts better when reheating.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan

How to make Eggplant Parmesan: some tips

This baked Eggplant Parmesan recipe is faster and easier than most recipes, but it still takes about 1 hour to make and bake. Keep this in mind in your meal prepping (and review the notes below on make ahead tips). Here are a few notes about the process:

  • Place salt on the eggplant for just 10 minutes. This seasons them prior to baking. Many recipes require you to salt the eggplant for 1 hour, but this is not necessary. (In the past, people would do this to remove a bitter flavor, but today’s eggplants are bred to be less bitter. It also allows the eggplant to release moisture, but that’s not required with this baked method.)
  • Dredge the eggplant in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. This is the traditional combination in Italian cooking that you’d do prior to frying the eggplant. But it works just as well with baking!
  • Bake the eggplant for 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping once. The hot oven makes them crispy and golden brown: like frying but with no extra oil!
  • Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Mix crushed tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and olive oil.
  • Layer the eggplant with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese in a baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.

Leftover storage and make ahead tips

This Eggplant Parmesan recipe takes about 1 hour to make, which is not always possible for a weeknight dinner. We usually make this one for entertaining or on weekends, but you can also meal prep some of the components. This recipe also freezes well, which makes it great for a quick leftover dinner. Here are a few ideas for make ahead and storage:

  • Bake the eggplant slices in advance. This saves about 40 minutes off the timing of the recipe. Refrigerate the slices, then layer the dish and bake the day of making.
  • Leftovers store refrigerated for up to 3 days. You can make the entire dish in advance and refrigerate, but it’s so good freshly baked that we recommend the above option for make-ahead. Leftovers store well.
  • Freeze leftovers in a sealed container for up to 3 months. Place on the counter or in the refrigerator to thaw, or you can place it right into a 375 degree oven and reheat until warmed through and the cheese is melted. (If it’s room temperature, you can reheat at a higher temperature, like 425.)

What to serve with Eggplant Parmesan

Traditionally, Eggplant Parmesan is served with pasta. But you can also serve with salads, sauteed veggies and more. It makes a hearty, crowd-pleasing vegetarian dinner that’s great for parties and impressing a crowd. Here are a few ideas:

Eggplant Parmesan

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Eggplant Parmesan

Easy Eggplant Parmesan


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8

Description

This baked Eggplant Parmesan recipe is classic Italian comfort food at its finest! This hearty dinner will be come a go-to.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds eggplant (about 2 medium large)
  • ¾ cup flour*
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup plain panko (or purchased or homemade breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, divided
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 28 ounces fire roasted crushed tomatoes*
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese***

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut off the ends of the eggplant and cut it into 1/2-inch slices (to make approximately 18 slices). Sprinkle them with ¾ teaspoon salt and allow them to sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the breading ingredients. 
  3. Place the flour on a plate. Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl and set it aside. In another shallow bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, 2 teaspoons oregano, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt and set it aside. 
  4. Dip both sides of each eggplant slice into the flour, then the eggs, then the Parmesan cheese mixture. Place each slice onto the prepared baking sheets. (Note: This gets messy; you may need to wash or wipe your fingers off after every few slices.)
  5. Place the trays in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake 10 to 15 minutes more, until tender and golden brown. 
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a medium bowl, mix the fire roasted tomatoes, grated garlic, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, chopped fresh basil, and olive oil. Mix well until all the olive oil is incorporated. 
  7. Remove the eggplant from the oven. Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ pan. Add half the baked eggplant in a layer (about 9 slices), then top with 1 cup tomato sauce and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Add the second layer of eggplant (we like to add them right on top of the first layer to make 9 stacks). Top with another 1 cup tomato sauce and 1 cup shredded mozzarella on each stack. Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then top with additional chopped basil and serve. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days (or frozen for 3 months); reheat in the oven until warm.

Notes

*You’ll have about ⅓ cup flour left over and about 1 egg, but it’s easier for the breading. There also may be some panko left over. These items are not included in the nutritional info.

**Fire roasted tomatoes make the best flavor: they taste sweet and smoky right out of the can. If you can’t find them, substitute best quality tomatoes with 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika. Or, use 1 ½ cups best quality marinara sauce.

***Whole milk mozzarella cheese melts much better than part skim mozzarella, and has a richer flavor. It also melts better when reheating leftovers. 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Perfect Peach Crisp

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This peach crisp recipe with fresh peaches is a classic! It’s got a sweet, vanilla-scented fruit filling and a golden crunchy crumble.

Peach Crisp

Here’s a treat for eating al fresco on the porch as the summer sun sets: this Peach Crisp recipe! This nostalgic dessert is pure summer bliss. Ripe, juicy peaches star in a vanilla-scented gooey filling that’s covered with just the right ratio of crunchy golden crumbles. Top with a dollop of melty vanilla ice cream and it’s summer dessert heaven! Recently we enjoyed it on the patio with dinner guests, who helped themselves to seconds…then thirds! Here’s how to make this tasty summer treat.

Ingredients in this peach crisp recipe

Peach crisp is a summer tradition around here (though I grew up eating this fresh peach pie as our seasonal treat). The great part about crisp? It’s simple, requires no baking technique and is a knock-out hit every time you serve it. People never tire of crisp: we promise! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a good peach crisp recipe:

  • Ripe fresh peaches: don’t compromise on ripeness! See the notes below. You can also substitute frozen peaches in this recipe if desired.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch (or arrowroot starch)
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • All purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter (cold)
  • Salt
Peach Crisp

How to ripen peaches

Ripe peaches are key to any peach recipe. At the store, there’s a lot of variation in ripeness: you might find them rock hard or so juicy they’re almost bruising. If they’re even a bit hard, you’ll need a few days to ripen them. Here’s what to do:

  • Place the peaches in a paper bag.
  • Add a banana inside the bag. The banana emits ethylene gas, which helps the peaches ripen at the same time.
  • Gently close the top of the bag and wait 1 to 4 days, depending on the ripeness of the peaches. Check each day by gently squeezing the fruit to see if the flesh feels soft.
Peach Crisp

Tricks for peeling peaches

Traditionally, a peach crisp uses fresh peeled peaches. You can make crisp with skin-on peaches, but it does add an extra texture element that some eaters might not enjoy. Here’s what to know about peeling peaches: you can’t use a vegetable peeler! It destroys the delicate fruit in the process. Here’s a quick way to perfectly peel peaches (which I learned from my mom in this peach pie recipe):

  • Boil batches of peaches for 45 seconds each. Drop 3 peaches into a pot of boiling water, so that the water fully covers them and boil for 45 seconds.
  • Place into ice water. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drop in the next batch and repeat.
  • Pull off the skin with your fingers. Once the peaches are cooled, use a sharp knife to puncture the skin of the peach, then peel it off in large sheets with your fingers.

Make it gluten-free or vegan

Want to make this peach crisp recipe work for gluten-free or vegan diets? Here are a few easy substitutions that work perfectly:

  • Use almond flour for gluten-free. Almond flour is perfect for crisp recipes: it makes an even crunchier crumble topping.
  • Substitute vegan butter or coconut oil for vegan. Vegan butter is the best option for the crunchiest crumble. Coconut oil comes out softer and not quite as crisp. We recommend refined coconut oil, which has a subtler coconut flavor.
Peach Crisp

Leftover storage info

Got a big pan of peach crisp and want to save it? This dessert saves well at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen.

  • It can stand for 1 day covered at room temperature. The topping stays crisp with this method.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days. It holds up pretty well in the fridge, and tastes even better when reheated.
  • Freeze up to 3 months. You can freeze peach crisp for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

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Peach crisp

Perfect Peach Crisp


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

This peach crisp recipe is a classic! It’s got a sweet, vanilla-scented fruit filling and a golden crunchy crumble.


Ingredients

  • 5 cups sliced ripe peaches (2 ½ pounds; about 5 large or 7 medium)*
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter)
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve (required!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the peaches: Prepare a medium saucepan of boiling water. Drop 3 peaches into the pot so that the water fully covers them and boil for 45 seconds. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drop in the next batch and repeat. Once the peaches are cooled, use a sharp knife to puncture the skin of the peach, then peel it off in large sheets with your fingers. Repeat until all peaches are peeled.
  3. Make the filling: Slice the peaches. In a medium bowl, mix them with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  4. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a fork or pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  5. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. It also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

Notes

*This recipe also works with the same amount of sliced frozen peaches.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Blueberry Banana Bread

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This blueberry banana bread recipe is sweet and moist, punctuated by sweet tart berries! It’s the perfect treat for anytime.

Blueberry banana bread

If there are two fruits that go hand in hand, it’s tart blueberries and fruity sweet banana. They meet in perfect harmony in this Blueberry Banana Bread recipe! Any kind of banana bread always hits the spot, but this one is a favorite around here. It’s moist, sweet, and punctuated by bursts of tangy purple berries. This quick bread is the ideal use for those brown bananas sitting on your counter. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients in blueberry banana bread

Blueberry banana bread is a standard sort of banana bread with blueberries mixed in. This recipe is just sweet enough, moist and banana-scented. As always, use the darkest, ripest bananas you can for best results. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ripe bananas
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon and salt
  • Sugar
  • Neutral oil like grapeseed oil, organic vegetable oil or canola oil
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Turbinado sugar
Blueberry banana bread

Tips for baking blueberry banana bread

This blueberry banana bread is similar to any standard banana bread, with a few tricks for working with the blueberries. Here’s what to know:

  • Use an aluminum baking pan for best results. We’ve realized our ceramic and glass pans don’t cook as evenly. Use aluminum if you can!
  • Wash and dry the blueberries, then mix with flour. Dry the blueberries very well, then toss them with 1 tablespoon flour. This helps them to not sink in the bread while baking.
  • Bake 45 minutes, then add foil and bake 15 more. Adding the foil helps so the top doesn’t become too brown.

Can you use frozen blueberries?

Want to use frozen berries instead of fresh? Here’s the thing: frozen blueberries can bleed into the batter of muffins and breads, making them turn purple in color! If you’d like to use frozen berries, we recommend rinsing them well and patting them dry with paper towels per these instructions from King Arthur Baking.

Banana blueberry bread

Variations and mix-ins

Want to mix up this banana blueberry bread? Try adding a few mix ins to change the flavor profile! Here are a few ideas:

  • Chopped nuts: Add ¼ to ½ cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts
  • Lemon zest: Add 2 teaspoons lemon zest to the batter
  • White chocolate chips: White chocolate and blueberry go well together; add ¾ cup chips to the batter

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this bread recipe in the comments below.

Diet variations

Want to make this blueberry banana bread recipe vegan? Replace the eggs with flax eggs: a simple mix of flax and water that you can make at home. Want gluten-free? Add blueberries to this Gluten Free Banana Bread (toss them with a bit of gluten free flour first).

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Blueberry Banana Bread


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

This blueberry banana bread recipe is sweet and moist, punctuated by sweet tart berries! It’s the perfect treat for anytime.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 medium bananas)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup neutral oil
  • 2 large eggs (or flax eggs for vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries*
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. Wash and dry the blueberries.
  3. Make the batter: Add the 1 ½ cups flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and kosher salt to a bowl and mix. Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 1 ¼ cup. Whisk in the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir together with a spoon.
  4. Prep the blueberries: Place the blueberries in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon flour. Gently fold all but ¼ cup of the blueberries into the batter. 
  5. Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with the reserved blueberries. Sprinkle the top with turbinado sugar. Bake 45 minutes, then add foil to loosely cover the top of the bread. Bake for another 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (or the internal temperature is 200 degrees). The exact timing will depend on the size of the pan. 
  6. Cool: Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge and invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Storage info: The bread lasts 4 to 5 days at room temperature wrapped in aluminum foil, refrigerated for 10 days, or frozen for 3 months (slice it into pieces and wrap it in plastic wrap then a freezer-safe bag or container).

Notes

*Frozen blueberries can bleed into the batter and make it turn purple in color! If you’d like to use frozen berries, we recommend rinsing them well and patting them dry with paper towels per these instructions from King Arthur Baking.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Bread
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Classic Blueberry Muffins

This is the best blueberry muffins recipe! The muffins come out tall, fluffy and golden, with an irresistibly sweet fruity…

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This is the best blueberry muffins recipe! The muffins come out tall, fluffy and golden, with an irresistibly sweet fruity flavor.

Blueberry muffins

Sometimes you just need a classic, non-fancy rendition of a recipe, and this one is it. Meet our best Blueberry Muffins recipe! These babies come out tall and proud, with pure golden tops dotted with crunchy turbinado sugar. The interiors are fluffy and moist, scented with cinnamon and honey and studded with sweet tart purple berries. We spend weeks honing and refining this recipe to make it perfect: and we hope you’ll think it is, too.

What people are saying

To make sure these were indeed the best blueberry muffins, we asked a few of our readers to test this recipe before publishing it here. Here’s what the testers had to say about this recipe:

  • “I’ve baked many blueberry muffins before and I’m always looking for the right one. I made these this morning and my whole family loved them!” –Jennifer
  • “The flavor is fantastic, so fluffy, not too sweet, just the right amount of crunch on the top with the sugar!” –Sarah
  • “Just made this recipe and turned out so yummy! Love the turbinado sugar on top, and it was easy to put together!” –Heather
  • “It was a quick and easy bake. I love the turbinado sugar on top and that the batter had some flavor from the spices, not just basic batter!” –Elizabeth
  • “I love a crunchy sugar top muffin! They have a nice crumb: it’s tender but with a nice chew.” –Maya
Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Ingredients in blueberry muffins

With a recipe as classic as blueberry muffins, there’s bound to be disagreement between bakers and chefs on the “right” way to do things. This blueberry muffins recipe is intended for the home cook: easy to whip up with just the right height and shape. They’re not bakery style, but they look and taste impressive. In our research, we found we prefer oil over butter, and a bit of Greek yogurt and honey improved the texture and flavor profile. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh blueberries: fresh are preferred vs frozen
  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt: cinnamon and a little nutmeg add complexity to the flavor
  • Eggs
  • Honey: required! It adds just the right complexity and moisture (if you must, substitute maple syrup or agave syrup)
  • Vegetable oil: after extensive testing, we found oil made a moister, lighter muffin than butter
  • Greek yogurt: Or substitute sour cream! This addition makes a moist muffin and tender crumb
  • Milk
  • Apple cider vinegar: adds just the right amount of tang and lift (without having to buy a lemon)
  • Turbinado sugar makes a crunchy, glittery topping
Blueberry Muffins

Tips for this blueberry muffins recipe

Outside of the ingredients list, this blueberry muffins recipe is pretty standard. Mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, and bake! Here are a few notes to keep in mind during the process:

  • Wash the dry the berries first. This gives them time to fully dry while you’re mixing up the batter.
  • Resist the urge to overmix. Overmixing muffin batter causes holes in the crumb and a denser texture. Mix just until the streaks of flour disappear.
  • The muffin cups will be very full. We believe a good muffin should be tall with a generous muffin top. These will be more full than you’re used to for a homemade muffin.
  • Baking at 400 degrees makes a taller muffin. After experimenting for years, our favorite temperature for baking muffins is 400 degrees Fahrenheit (versus 350 which is standard). It makes a taller and fluffier muffin: and it’s quicker to bake!
Blueberry Muffins

Storage info

The best part about these blueberry muffins? They’re even better after storage. Store them at room temperature overnight, and they become even more moist and delicious. It’s a great reason to make them ahead: but of course, they’re great day of too! Here’s how to store blueberry muffins:

  • At room temperature: Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature: they become even more moist over time.
  • Refrigerated: Store refrigerated up to 1 week or more: allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  • Frozen: Freeze the muffins in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Variations on blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins are one thing…but how about blueberry lemon? Blueberry banana? Here are a few ways to mix up this classic muffin:

This blueberry muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, go to Vegan Blueberry Muffins. For gluten-free, go to Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins.

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Blueberry muffins

Classic Blueberry Muffins


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

This is the best blueberry muffins recipe! The muffins come out tall, fluffy and golden, with an irresistibly sweet fruity flavor.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or add muffin cup papers.
  2. Wash and dry the blueberries. 
  3. Make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the honey, vegetable oil, yogurt, milk and apple cider vinegar until smooth. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a spatula until a thick, smooth batter forms. Fold the blueberries into the batter with a spatula. 
  4. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups: the cups will be full to the top, using about a heaping ¼ cup per muffin. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or additional granulated sugar).
  5. Bake: Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, until puffed and golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour. Eat immediately or they taste even better the next day after storage in a sealed container at room temperature. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or frozen up to 3 months.
  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Muffin
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Blueberry muffins, blueberry muffin recipe, blueberry muffin, blueberry muffins recipe

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Amazing Gluten Free Brownies

This gluten free brownies recipe is everything: thick, chewy, rich, fudgy and absolutely irresistible! No one will guess they’re flourless.…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This gluten free brownies recipe is everything: thick, chewy, rich, fudgy and absolutely irresistible! No one will guess they’re flourless.

Gluten Free Brownies

We try to steer away from superlatives on this website. But this recipe deserves its moniker. These really are amazing gluten free brownies! They’re hefty and thick, with just the right chewy, fudgy texture. The rich chocolaty interior is absolutely irresistible, and studded with chocolate chips: it’s downright impossible not to take another bite. No one will know these are flourless: they please just about everyone.

Ingredients in gluten-free brownies

This gluten free brownies recipe is quick, simple and absolutely crowd pleasing. The idea came about as we were brainstorming ideas for a pizza party dessert that wasn’t full of more flour. The birthday girl loved brownies, so we created a flourless brownie to contrast all the gluten in our main course. After tinkering a bunch and taking some inspiration from our friend Tessa’s chewy brownies, we think we found the perfect combination. Here are the ingredients in this gluten free brownies recipe:

  • Eggs 
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cocoa powder
  • Almond flour (not meal) or gluten free flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Kosher salt
  • Chocolate chips

The biggest key here? Using both butter and oil as the fat in this recipe leads to extra chewy, moist brownies. Want to make it dairy free? Use vegan butter as a stand in.

Gluten Free Brownies

Almond flour vs meal: why it’s important

The only specialty ingredient you’ll need for this recipe? Almond flour. Make sure you don’t buy almond meal, because it’s a much different product. They’re both made of ground almonds, but the difference is in the raw material and the production method:

  • Almond flour is made from blanched almonds, or almonds with their skins removed. It’s ground very finely, resulting in a fluffy texture in baked goods.
  • Almond meal contains the skins, making it darker brown in color instead of off-white like almond flour. It has a coarser grind than almond flour and results in denser, chewy texture in baked goods.

Don’t have almond flour? If you’re baking for a gluten-free diet, you’re probably used to using this ingredient. But if you don’t have it on hand or can’t find it, you can substitute the same amount of gluten-free flour.

Gluten Free Brownies

Tips for baking gluten-free brownies

This gluten-free brownies recipe is quick to whip up: it’s a matter of dump and stir! Here are some particulars around the baking process:

  • A metal 9 x 9″ pan makes the most even bake. You can also use an 8 x 8 pan, but you’ll need to increase the bake time slightly.
  • Grease the pan, then add parchment paper extending off of 2 sides. Cut it to length on the top and bottom, but let the left and right sides extend. This makes it easy to lift the brownies out of the pan after baking.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted has some clinging crumbs: and watch out for chocolate chips! When you insert a toothpick, it will likely hit a chocolate chip which may makes it look like the batter isn’t done yet. Try again or go with your gut! You won’t want to overbake these.
Gluten Free Brownies

Storage info

These gluten-free brownies last well when stored: in fact, they get even moister and fudgier! Here’s how to store them:

  • Room temperature: Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.
  • Refrigerated: Store refrigerated for 1 week (allow to come to room temperature before enjoying). 

More brownie recipes

These gluten free brownies are our favorite brownie recipe…of all! Here are a few more you might enjoy:

This gluten-free brownies recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free, use vegan butter. For vegan, go to Vegan Brownies.

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Gluten Free Brownies

Amazing Gluten Free Brownies


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 9 large or 16 small

Description

This gluten free brownies recipe is everything: thick, chewy, rich, fudgy and absolutely irresistible! No one will guess they’re flourless.


Ingredients

  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted*
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil or neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup almond flour (not meal)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a metal 9-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper, cut so that it extends on two sides to easily remove it from the pan.
  2. Whisk the eggs, then whisk in the sugar, melted butter, oil and vanilla extract. Use a spatula to stir in the cocoa powder. Then stir in the almond flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and kosher salt and stir to combine into a smooth batter.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer with a spatula. 
  5. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until the center of the pan is set and a toothpick inserted has some clinging moist crumbs**. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing into pieces, about 1 hour. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days, or refrigerated for 1 week (allow to come to room temperature before eating). 

Notes

*For dairy-free, substitute vegan butter.

**When you insert a toothpick, it will likely hit a chocolate chip which may makes it look like the batter isn’t done yet. Try again or go with your gut! You won’t want to overbake these.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Gluten free brownies, flourless brownies

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

These banana chocolate chip muffins are perfection: moist, sweet and chocolaty! It’s quick and easy to whip up a batch.…

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These banana chocolate chip muffins are perfection: moist, sweet and chocolaty! It’s quick and easy to whip up a batch.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Got a few extra dark bananas ripening in the fruit bowl? Try this Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe! These are pretty darn perfect, and we’re not quite sure how to describe the magic. Moist and sweet, they’re vanilla scented with just the right hint of cinnamon and pure sweetness from the banana. They’re studded with rich chocolate chips, then topped off with a glittering sprinkle of crunchy sugar. There’s a total “wow” factor, but the recipe is straightforward and simple. Ready to meet your soulmate muffin?

Ingredients in banana chocolate chip muffins

Muffins are simple creatures: an easy baked good that features good old flour, sugar and eggs. But there are a few tricks we use in our muffin batters to ensure moist, delicious muffins through the full storage time. Here’s what you’ll need for these banana chocolate chip muffins:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon and ginger: provide just the right cozy, nuanced flavor
  • Baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • Bananas
  • Egg
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil: oil makes extremely moist muffins (plus, you don’t have to melt butter!)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Turbinado sugar: this chunky sugar makes a lovely glittery topping
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tips for banana chocolate chip muffins

Banana chocolate chip muffins are quick and straightforward to make. Here are a few tips before you get started:

  • Ripe bananas are key. The riper and blacker the better! This is essential to the intense tropical banana flavor and overall sweetness and moistness.
  • Quality chocolate tastes even better! Use either semi sweet or bittersweet. We used large chocolate chips here, which add a decadent richness.
  • Resist the urge to overmix. Overmixing muffin batter causes holes in the crumb and a denser texture. Mix just until the streaks of flour disappear.
  • Baking at 400 degrees makes a taller muffin. After experimenting for years, our favorite temperature for baking muffins is 400 degrees Fahrenheit (versus 350 which is standard). It makes a taller and fluffier muffin: and it’s quicker to bake!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Storage info

What’s the best way to store these banana chocolate chip muffins? Here are the best practices for muffin storage:

  • Up to 4 days: Store at room temperature in a sealed container. (If you’d like, you can place a paper towel inside to absorb extra moisture and keep the tops crunchier, but it’s not required.)
  • 1 week or more: These muffins store well in the refrigerator as well! Let them sit out at room temperature for a few minutes before eating.
  • 3 months: Freeze in a sealable container and store up to 3 months.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana muffins variations

Want other types of banana chocolate chip muffins? We’ve got ’em! Make them up healthy, go for double chocolate, or pick from special diets:

This banana chocolate chip muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan and gluten free, see Vegan Banana Muffins and Gluten Free Banana Muffins.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

These banana chocolate chip muffins are perfection: moist, sweet and chocolaty! It’s quick and easy to whip up a batch.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups mashed banana (about 3 large or 4 medium)
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 12 muffin cups to a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  3. In another medium bowl, mash the banana. Whisk in the egg, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spatula, and stir until a smooth batter forms. Avoid the urge to overmix. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups.
  5. Bake the muffins for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden on top. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or frozen up to 3 months.
  • Category: Baked Good
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Muffin
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Banana chocolate chip muffins, chocolate chip banana muffins

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Rhubarb Tart with Lemon, Cardamom & Vanilla

A rustic Rhubarb Tart with lemon, cardamom and vanilla tucked into a flakey free-form buckwheat crust.  Simple, elegant, and delicious!   The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan W. Watts Th…

A rustic Rhubarb Tart with lemon, cardamom and vanilla tucked into a flakey free-form buckwheat crust.  Simple, elegant, and delicious!
A rustic Rhubarb Tart with lemon, cardamom and vanilla tucked into a flakey free-form buckwheat crust.  Simple, elegant, and delicious!   The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan W. Watts This recipe for Rhubarb Tart is simple and it celebrates vibrant...

Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla bean scones are simple to make but packed with flavor. Whip up these scones for a special brunch or afternoon treat any time! This post contains affiliate links. I have been smitten with scones from the first time I ate one. They’re one of my favorite treats to pick up at the coffee shop …

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Vanilla bean scones are simple to make but packed with flavor. Whip up these scones for a special brunch or afternoon treat any time!

Close up of vanilla bean scones on a wire cooling rack.

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I have been smitten with scones from the first time I ate one. They’re one of my favorite treats to pick up at the coffee shop and have become one of my favorite breakfasts or afternoon snacks to make.

I like that you can make scones with so many different ingredients – sour cream, buttermilk, heavy cream, and even yogurt.

Take these Vanilla Bean Scones. I used vanilla yogurt to give them even more flavor, and I am so glad I did. 

We could not stop eating them – fresh out of the oven they smelled divine. Once cooled, I topped them with a smooth vanilla glaze – vanilla overdrive, friends. And it is SO good.

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