Disclosure: I received a gift card to offset the cost of my ingredients. By posting this original recipe, I am entering a contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time and all of the opinions in this post are my own.
Happy National Nutrition Month everyone! This year’s NNM theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Have you ever pondered why you choose to eat the foods that you do? If you are like most people, the main reason is “because it tastes good!” Taste should be an important factor in food choices because lets face it, if its not tasty, you probably aren’t going to be highly motivated to eat that food very often. Hopefully nutrition and health also top your reasons for choosing foods. And when healthy food tastes good, well that’s a recipe for success!
To help celebrate National Nutrition Month, the California Milk Advisory Board is challenging healthy food recipe creators to “lighten up” a favorite recipe using California dairy products. I chose to use a California yogurt, Wallaby organic plain Greek yogurt to create a nutrition packed breakfast muffin. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the best breakfast eater that ever was, but I have found muffins to be a perfect grab-and-go solution. The addition of yogurt to these muffins resulted in a light textured, moist muffin. And as an added bonus, the California yogurt upped the calcium and protein, leaving me feeling full longer in the day.
In fact, there are many healthy reasons to incorporate dairy in our diets, including a boost in calcium, potassium, magnesium, riboflavin and many other important nutrients. As the Dairy Council of California reminds us, milk and other dairy foods not only help keep our bones strong, but also may help to lower high blood pressure, lessen the risk of diabetes and some cancers, and might play a role in weight management.
Along with the California yogurt, these Fig and Spice Yogurt Muffins include other healthy ingredients as well. A nice blend of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves give the muffins flavor and health properties. All three of these spices are known to help with a whole host of illnesses and ailments. I used coconut sugar in place of granulated, for one, because I had it in the pantry, but also to supply a small boost in iron, zinc and calcium all with a lower glycemic index. The fig butter was an impulse purchase at Trader Joe’s. Despite the name, fig butter contains no butter at all, but adding it allowed me to cut back on real butter in the recipe. Fig butter adds a small dose of fiber, copper, potassium and vitamin B6 to these muffins. The orange zest adds another dimension of flavor as well as a bit extra fiber, vitamin C and a plant chemical that might help lower cholesterol. And the addition of walnuts adds a nice crunch to the muffins, as well as more fiber, vitamin E, manganese, copper and healthy fats.
All of the ingredients come together resulting in a substantial, healthy and tasty grab-and-go breakfast to commemorate National Nutrition Month and help us all “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”.
until next time...
Fig and Spice Yogurt Muffins
2 c all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/8 t cloves
1/2 c coconut sugar
1 1/4 c California yogurt (Wallaby Organic plain Greek yogurt)
3 Tbsp butter, softened
¼ cup fig butter
1 T grated orange zest
1/2 cup walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375°; spray muffin tins with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange zest.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the sugar, yogurt, eggs, and melted butter. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Fold the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just blended and not over mixing.
- Gently fold in walnuts and spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling each about two thirds full.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the tops are browned, and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool then chow down!