Confession #131: I have a strawberry-roasting fetish…Healthy Maple Roasted Strawberry Muffins

by alexandra

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My new thing is roasting strawberries; I feel like I’ve been doing it 24/7. It’s not exactly anything new in the food world, but it seems like these days roasting strawberries is all the rage. Heck, roasting any fruit seems to be big these days! Butttt, this whole strawberry-roasting thing isn’t just a passing fad, or at least it isn’t for me. Have you tried it? It takes strawberries to a WHOLE new level.

Fresh strawberries turned sweet, juicy, and fragrant in a matter of minutes? I’m in!

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Another thing I’m trying  to do more of lately is eat healthy. Clearly, that has it’s hurdles, like when there’s tons of luscious homemade ice cream in the house, but like I said, I’m trying! These muffins were one major success towards that goal, and since I’m a carb-fanatic, that’s majorly good new for me. These muffins are one of those treats that hide all of their healthiness in a delicious non-healthy tasting package, just the way I like it. :)

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Let’s just take a second to consider the facts here. These muffins are made with 100% whole wheat and white whole wheat flour, plus almond meal – absolutely no regular white flour to be found. They’re sweetened only with pure maple syrup and a touch of honey. AND, there’s not a drop of oil or butter in them – it’s applesauce and yogurt all the way. Since that just killed my three major issues with most baked treats, I had zero problems with polishing one of these off for breakfast every morning. Why can’t all muffins be this guilt-free??

Healthy Maple Roasted Strawberry Muffins | brighteyedbaker.com

The muffins are light and tender, and even though they’re fruity, they don’t taste wet (reason #121 why you should roast your strawberries!). And because these are bursting with nutty flavor from the whole wheat, the fruitiness of all those roasted strawberries, and that sweet touch of maple, they certainly don’t leave your taste buds lacking. Who wants healthy if it tastes… blah? Not me!

Healthy Maple Roasted Strawberry Muffins | brighteyedbaker.com

P.S. Make a double batch of the roasted strawberries, if you know what’s good for you. ;)  (See note in recipe below).

Healthy Maple Roasted Strawberry Muffins

Cook Time: 20 minutes

12 muffins

Healthy Maple Roasted Strawberry Muffins

These Maple-infused Roasted Strawberry Muffins are tender, light, and nutty - a healthy and tasty breakfast treat. You'd never know they were made with whole wheat flour and absolutely NO butter or oil!

Ingredients

    Maple Roasted Strawberries*
  • 7 1/2 ounces (1 1/2 cups) chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons Grade A pure maple syrup
  • Muffins
  • 4 1/4 ounces (1 cup) white whole wheat flour
  • 4 1/4 ounces (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 3/8 ounces (3/4 cup) lowfat plain yogurt
  • 5 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) Grade A pure maple syrup
  • 4 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract**
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white

Instructions

    Maple Roasted Strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place chopped strawberries in a small baking dish, such as an 8" square, and toss with 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes , until strawberries have released most of their juices and smell fragrant. Strain juices into a separate bowl and set both parts aside.
  2. Muffins
  3. Keep oven heated at 425ºF and grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the white whole wheat flour, whole wheat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well-combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, applesauce, honey, vanilla extract, and maple extract until smooth. Add the whole egg and egg white one at a time, beating each in until well-incorporated and until the mixture is smooth again.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet just until mostly combined, with only a few streaks of the dry still visible. Add the strained strawberries and fold in just until dispersed, with the dry ingredients no longer visible.
  7. Divide muffin batter evenly between prepared muffin cups; they will be full. Smooth tops of batter if needed. If you made a second batch of the roasted strawberries, and a few pieces to the tops of each muffin. Brush muffins with reserved strawberry juice; you won't need all the juice.
  8. Bake muffins in preheated oven for 5 minutes, and then reduce heat to 375ºF and bake for about 15 minutes longer, just until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean.
  9. Once muffins have cooled enough to touch, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store muffins in an airtight container and serve with extra roasted strawberries, if desired.

Notes

*I recommend making two batches of the maple roasted strawberries. You can use some of the second batch to add a few extra strawberries to the tops of the muffins, and use the rest to serve alongside the muffins. If you choose to do so, roast each batch of strawberries in a separate dish so you know exactly how much goes into the muffin batter. There's no need to strain the strawberry juices from the extra batch.

**I found maple extract at the grocery store right near the vanilla extract, but you can also purchase it online.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 23, 2013

I love roasted strawberries, perfect muffin addition!
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Belinda @themoonblushbaker July 24, 2013

Strawberries are made to be roasted. So often I get strawberries which are crunchy and tasteless.. I love to do this with honey and put them in banana muffin bases. Of course mine aren’t as healthy as your recipe! Can not wait to try this muffin base
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alexandra July 27, 2013

So agree! I love strawberry banana bread/muffins too! And TRUST ME, I make muffins that are nowhere near this healthy. When they get healthy I celebrate haha.

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Ashley July 24, 2013

I adore roasted strawberries – so freakin good. These muffins sound great – I like healthier treats like this when I’m baking breakfast goodies!
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alexandra July 27, 2013

YES! And same here, except sadly, sometimes I fail at baking healthy breakfast treats… lol

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes July 24, 2013

Strawberries are very blah, unless extremely ripe and sweet, and roasting them completely transforms them, I agree! These muffins sound insane, not too sweet just the way I like them. Have you ever tried roasted grapes? It´ll blow your strawberry world..ja!

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alexandra July 27, 2013

Yes, exactly on the strawberry point! And I’ve never even HEARD of roasting grapes, but now you have me curious for sure! Haha. I better get on that!

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Ana Fernandez July 25, 2013

Oh my! This recipe looks extra delicious, I have a fetish for strawberry roasting too haha
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alexandra July 27, 2013

Yay for strawberry-roasting-fetishes! Lol… once you start you just can’t stop, right?!

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Pang July 25, 2013

This is wonderful. I definitely will try to make it. Thanks for sharing :)
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alexandra July 27, 2013

Thanks! Let me know if you do; I’d love to hear about it!

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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting July 28, 2013

Roasted strawberry muffins, YUM! I love a healthy muffin that doesn’t taste healthy!
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alexandra July 29, 2013

Thanks Julianne! Agreed!

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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic July 29, 2013

Healthy muffins that do not look or taste healthy are a favorite of mine. Roasted fruit is another. These look amazing!

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alexandra July 29, 2013

Thanks Nora! I’d be content if EVERYTHING was healthy but tasted perfect. :)

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martha@ simple nourished living August 14, 2013

I never roasted strawberries on their own. But made an incredible roasted strawberry crumble last year from a Nigella Lawson recipe. It was incredible. These look so healthy and delicious. And include most of my favorite ingredients including maple syrup! I’ve bookmarked them to try soon. Thanks!!
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alexandra August 15, 2013

Oooh, that crumble sounds delicious! Roasting strawberries just brings out so much flavor in them; it’s worth the few extra minutes it takes! I hope you get a chance to try the muffins soon, and I’d love to hear when you do. :)

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Kirs October 6, 2013

I just made these and they taste pretty good!
I put the ingredients into my Lose It! app and it had said it had 211 calories – for 211 calories and with a side of greek yogurt and some fresh fruit, this would make a very filling and excellent breakfast! Thanks so much for the recipe! I never roasted strawberries before, usually to get this same thing, I would throw the strawberries into a double boiler and cover the top with plastic wrap and simmer for about 30-45 minutes, I don’t add sugar because I’m trying to lose weight but you can of course do that. Roasting them however is MUCH faster :)

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alexandra October 8, 2013

I’ve never “roasted” strawberries your way! Gotta say though, I think the oven sound a bit faster. :) I’m so glad you liked the muffins; thanks for letting me know! Some muffins can go upwards of 400 calories, so 211 for a standard muffin (not even mini!) sounds pretty good.

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Katherine January 16, 2014

The muffins sounds great but I can’t use almond meal due to my nut allergy. What would you recommend to replace it with?

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alexandra January 17, 2014

I would suggest using either white whole wheat flour or regular all-purpose flour. I would probably reduce it to 1/2 cup flour in place of the full cup of almond meal.

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