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A Better Recipe: Fresh Peach Muffins

I never officially thanked you all for the prayers, thoughts, and encouragement for my mom and myself. I wish I could send you each a batch of fresh peach muffins to even begin to show my gratitude.


Instead, I will do the best I can manage and type the words “thank you”, hope the feeling  expresses itself well enough, and give you a recipe for the peach muffins instead.

The muffins are basically an adaptation of my Lemon Raspberry Muffins. I followed that recipe but subbed out some things to make them peach instead of lemon and berry. As a standard in the blog world you should NEVER re-post someone’s recipe in full when subbing out only a few of the ingredients.

Well, this is my own recipe… so I’m reposting even with only a few substitutions. Besides, it might be good to put to use some of the recipe creation tips I learned at Healthy Living Summit. I learned such tips as not breaking a recipe up with pictures, being more specific in the ingredients and recipe details. Note: I also learned I’m a recipe train wreck and thankful I’m not a food blogger in one fell swoop.

I may not share recipes in the most helpful way…and I may not share many of them..but, by golly, you better believe any recipe I put up on this here blog is worth trying! And yes, that “by golly” just happened.

Fresh Peach Muffins


Wholesome, yet light – these muffins make a great item for a quick breakfast or even a grab-and-go snack. Made with whole wheat pastry flour, a high fiber stevia baking blend, and applesauce instead of oil, these muffins taste like their sugar and fat laden counterparts, but satisfy more on taste, quality, and nutrition. You can make many variations of this same recipe using different fruits or yogurts. Also, feel free to use sugar or another form of sweetener instead of stevia or a mix of whole wheat and all purpose flours if you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour. Happy baking!

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

1/2 cup NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend (or sugar/sweetener of choice)
1/2 cup peach flavored Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 fresh peach, diced into 1/2” chunks

Preheat oven to 400. Coat a muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray. Add the stevia baking blend (or sweetener of choice), yogurt, almond milk, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl. Stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until evenly combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in the diced piece chunks. Spoon batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes until tops start to brown.


Yep. I’m definitely not a food/recipe blogger. But I am a food lover…and I love these. Hope you will too! Smile

Posted by on August 30th, 2011 47 Comments

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

You know those weeks where you wake up on a Wednesday and think it’s Friday? Then the reality hits and makes you wish you could take your frustrations out on Wednesday for its pure evilness at not being Friday?


Well, that wasn’t me today. Today I had the opposite end of the spectrum going on. I woke up and got hit with the reality that Wednesday had arrived much, much, much quicker than I thought. Where has this week disappeared to so quickly?

Learning that today was Wednesday meant that I had quite a bit to get done. The start of the new school year around here means that activities pick back up again at church. That means the time has come for me to help facilitate a small group that meets Wednesday nights again. Tonight is our first meeting and I wanted to give a sweet, warm, welcome to the crew…


Just because Wednesday snuck up on me didn’t mean I couldn’t bring a little treat. The key is finding a quick way to deliver the goods. Cookies work. Add stuff to a bowl. Mix stuff all together. Bake stuff for 10 minutes or less. Works for me. And I have a feeling it will work for my Wednesday night group of friends too. Winking smile

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies (2 dozen cookies)

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend (or sugar/sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars together. Beat egg and vanilla into mixture. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and stir until combined. It will form a crumbly dough. Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Press balls down with a fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 8-10 minutes until browned.


Love. PS – I won’t tell if you eat too many of these cookies. It can be our little secret…

  • Is this week going by fast or slow for you?

Posted by on August 24th, 2011 37 Comments


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