Super Soft Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

My time to sit and savor meals is fairly nonexistent lately, with one eye on my plate and one eye on my baby girl. This is especially true for breakfast! I don’t know one person who doesn’t wish their breakfast were even quicker and easier than it already is. I mean… could someone just invent a bacon-eggs-toast chewable tablet, already?

I’ve tried every type of breakfast out there, and they either don’t keep me full for long enough or are too involved to make. Or both.

But, alas! I’ve found a speedy solution for a breakfast that’s hot, delicious and super quick. It’s a nice added bonus that I can also change up the flavors however I want!

My answer (and maybe yours, too) is freezing homemade muffins. A genius revelation? Err, no. But, just the ticket for a filling and hearty homemade breakfast? You betcha. I’m not just talking about these muffins, either – All of my muffin recipes are freezer-friendly!

Just bake up a big batch, pop them in a resealable plastic bag or container, and into your freezer. They should keep this way for a couple months, at least. If they get a little frostbitten, don’t worry. Thirty seconds in your microwave will take off the chill and leave you with a warm, delicious breakfast treat. I’ve been doing this since before Lily was born! It gives me something yummy to look forward to noshing on… in addition to baby toes.

Flavor wise, these summery lemon-raspberry muffins are a ten-outta-ten! They’re super soft and moist, with a bright citrusy kick and subtle sweetness. Each bite is bursting with juicy red raspberries. Served with a quick fried egg, it makes for a perfect, protein-packed morning meal.

Bake up your own batch to have handy for weekday breakfasts. I know you’ll just love them!

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Super Soft Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

Yield: Makes 16 muffins

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (canola oil or coconut oil also work)
1 cup greek yogurt or light sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) fresh or frozen raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add paper liners to the cups of a 12-cup standard sized muffin pan. Coat cups lightly with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, yogurt (or sour cream), eggs, vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in raspberries.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean with a few crumbs. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

TIPS
These muffins are freezer-friendly! Just pop them in a resealable bag or container, freeze, and microwave for 30-45 seconds on high to defrost and warm.

Adapted from Little Spice Jar

      

19 Responses to “Super Soft Lemon-Raspberry Muffins”

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — August 27, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    Want! Love that they’re so Summery :) I’m not ready for Autumn just yet ^ ^

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    Medeja — August 27, 2014 @ 4:27 am

    They look just lovely! I would love few with breakfast :)

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    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe — August 27, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    I’ve never tried freezing muffins but it sounds like a genius idea! I mean, no fuss in the morning but still I’ll have an amazing and hearty breakfast on my plate?! Brilliant! Plus, I love this flavor combo, since it looks so fresh and summery.

    xo, Elisa

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    Wendy — August 27, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    I just love your blog Georgia!! I have made quite a few of your recipes and have yet to make one that we didn’t absolutely love. I look forward to your recipes every day!! Keep the great recipes coming!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 27, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    I love this flavour combination! The perfect way to wake up in the morning!

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    Ramona — August 27, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    Looks amazing…. and I have raspberries in my the fridge looking for a recipe to make with them.

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    Elizabeth Cooper — August 27, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Thanks so much for the freezing tip! It never occurred to me to freeze muffins, and I have a similar problem with breakfast these days as you do. I have a 7-month old daughter (born exactly 4 months to the day before your little one!), and she doesn’t let me do long, involved breakfast prep anymore either. This is such a brilliant solution. Can’t wait to try these!

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    shashi @ runninsrilankan — August 27, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    Love the flavors – love the greek yogurt added in!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — August 27, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Gosh, the color and texture of these muffins is perfect! Really wonderful job with these — thanks so much.

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — August 27, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    I love the texture that Greek yogurt adds to baked goods. This one is a winner!

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    Janis — August 27, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    I was wondering how using Splenda would do. Any thoughts?

    • Georgia — August 27th, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

      I’ve never made these with Splenda, so I don’t have any suggestions, but you can certainly try! I believe the sugar-Splenda ratio is 1:1.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — August 27, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    I’ve yet to try muffins with Greek yogurt, I can just imagine the tanginess it gives them — YUM!!

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    Gaby — August 27, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

    These muffins are right up my alley! Summery and delicious!

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    Sues — August 27, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    These would make me SO happy in the morning!!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 28, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    I have about a dozen muffins in the freezer and when I’m in a hurry, a muffin and a cup of tea hits the spot. Your muffins are gorgeous.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 29, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    Gorgeous muffins, I love anything lemon and raspberry!

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    Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — August 30, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    I always try to have a stash of muffins in my freezer. It’s amazing how well they freeze! These lemon raspberry muffins look sooo good!

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    Ashley — September 1, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    Agreed – freezing homemade muffins is such a great fix for quick breakfasts on the go! LOVE the raspberry / lemon combo – so bright and fresh and happy!

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