Did you guys know that I’ve written two e-books on healthy school lunches? I co-branded them with 100daysofrealfood.com, where I’ve worked for over 5 years. We offer them for a short 2-week sale each year, and I’m currently working tirelessly on the 3rd version, which will be released THIS FALL!! While I’m super excited, I have been focusing all of my efforts on developing recipes for it so that I can send it off to my designer. Whew! Today I want to share with you one recipe that will be featured within: corn muffins with honey.
Corn Muffins Made With Honey (No Refined Sugars)
I’m a huge fan of muffins for a number of reasons. First off, I love baking; it’s kinda like therapy for me, so it definitely satisfies this area. I also love that you can double the recipe and store a batch in the freezer, too. Next, muffins make great “finger foods,” as in, no utensils needed. They are a portable snack that can really be served up in so many ways. As I type this, two of my kids are enjoying these corn muffins with honey for breakfast. One has jam on top, and the other is as is. But I also served them with chili this week, and have also sent them as a snack for camp.
You’ll notice that they are titled “corn muffins with honey”. The significance? Honey is an unrefined sugar. And while I believe that sugar is sugar is sugar, I do try to avoid the refined sugars, both for myself, as well as for my kids. I recently did a talk on sugar for a group of dentists where I shared that the average American eats over 100 pounds of sugar each year. CRAZINESS, right? We have got to do our part in making a conscious effort to reduce these numbers!
These corn muffins with honey are an ideal way to get a touch of sweetness without adding too much to that overall number. But before I go on too far, I know you are waiting for the recipe. Here it is!
- 1 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour or 1:1 GF replacer flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. You can use liners, but I find the muffins can stick to the papers.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour or gluten-free blend, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the yogurt, milk, honey, and melted coconut oil or butter, and whisk to combine well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just incorporated. The batter should be light and fluffy; try not to stir too much and deflate the batter.
- Fill the 12 muffin cups (I like to use my ice cream scoop); then bake 11-13 minutes or until the muffins are just cooked through and golden on top.
- Serve warm with butter and/or your favorite jam. Once cooled, wrap and store any leftovers in the refrigerator. Gently reheat in the microwave. If you let them go a day or two and they seem dry, wrap in a damp paper towel and gently reheat in the microwave.
Products which make making these even easier
- A stainless steel muffin tin. This is something that I needed to update for YEARS, and I finally just pulled the trigger. Not only is it beautiful, but it cleans well and doesn’t contain any coatings of any sort.
- Ice cream scoops are a great way to fill muffin tins without mess.
- This is by far my favorite cooking spray. I love that it’s made with 100% avocado oil and contains no chemicals or soy.
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