A few years ago, I would have never made a "healthy" muffin. But then again, a few years ago, I wasn't covered in oatmeal slobber, marker stains, and sticky pineapple juice all courtesy of the babies. All that to say, I've changed my tune a bit. In the interest of full disclosure, I'd still rather have a giant chocolate chip muffin, slathered with butter and a generous crackling crust of sugar but the truth is, my body (and jeans) just can't handle that the same way anymore. Plus, the babies would understandably refuse all other food once they tried said chocolate chip muffins so for now, no chocolate chip muffins.
Needless to say, I approached this month's Blogger CLUE challenge with chocolate chip muffins (not) on my mind. The theme was berries and I wandered on over to my blog buddy, Alice Mizer's blog, A Mama, Baby, and Shar-pei in the Kitchen wondering how I could incorporate the theme and feed that muffin craving at the same time. Alice is a proud mamma to two babies of her own, and her husband is a member of the US Air Force so their family has lived all over the world. Luckily, Alice had muffins (oh thank God)! Not only that but her Any Berry Yogurt Muffins were in line with this month's berry theme, and they were healthy'ish!
Now before you scoff, hear me out. I was a bit skeptical too because well, a berry yogurt muffin does not inspire confidence in the same way that a chocolate muffin does. I tweaked Alice's recipe to create Blackberry Yogurt Muffins (with oatmeal!) and wait for it, they were really good! The muffins were filling without being dense, and jammy in the best possible way. The yogurt help keeps them moist so you don't need a giant slather of butter (but if you were to go there, I'd never judge). Plus, they come together very quickly so they're perfect for those midnight baking sessions when it's your turn to send the snack to daycare but you kinda, maybe, sorta forgot (not that that would ever happen around these parts. We're all about planning ahead, making things ahead of time, and scheduling every thing in those fancy, artsy day planners that all the rage on Instagram).
Oh, and the muffins have very little sugar so you can feel good about serving them to the babies. That is, until you are ready to introduce them to the wonder of chocolate chip muffins!
Read on for more Blogger CLUE adventures:
- Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Alice from A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Kim from Liv Life
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Kathleen from Bakeaway with Me
- Anna from Anna Dishes
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
- Heather from girlichef
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Lora from Cake Duchess
- Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook