Monday, August 16, 2010

Peaches & Cream Muffins

One of our favorite snacks at the Rhodes house are muffins. They are great for breakfast, or an afternoon snack. These are filled with fiber, fruit and a yummy cream cheese filling. Try them out! I think you would really like them. We sure did!

*got this recipe from a website called SHEKNOWS FOOD & RECIPES. Check out the original recipe here: Peaches & Cream Muffins

Muffin Recipe
Serves: 12 Prep: 15 minutes Baking Time:  20-25 minutes

1 cup flour (I used half all-purpose, half whole wheat)
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup plus 1 TB firmly packed brown sugar ( I used 2/3 cup agave syrup and 1 TB brown sugar)
1/3 cup oat bran
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese
1 cup, peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 cup low fat milk
3 TB canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350* F. Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl, reserving 1 TB brown sugar. Mix well.  
3. Stir together cream cheese and reserved 1 TB brown sugar in a small bowl. Fold in 1/4 cup peaches.
4. In another small bowl combine milk, oil, vanilla and egg. Add to dry ingredients, mixing just until moist. 
5. Lightly stir in remaining peaches and walnuts. Fill muffin cups with batter half way. Place 1 tsp cream cheese on top. Place rest of batter on top of cream cheese filling, about 1-2 TB in each muffin cup. 
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean in center.


Plan and Prep Ahead 

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. 

~Chop and toast walnuts.

~Mix batter together without peaches, and keep in fridge until time of use.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Switch out peaches for nectarines.
~Add some nutmeg or powdered ginger to give it a little spice.
~Instead of adding walnuts to batter, make a streusel with brown sugar and walnuts and sprinkle on top before baking.
~Try wheat bran instead of oat bran. 

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