Saturday, April 7, 2012

Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

IMG_3762eI seem to have an addiction, but it’s not what you might think.  It’s not to muffins, blueberries or even to my much adored lemon, it’s an addiction to my monthly recipe challenges, The Secret Recipe Club, The Improv Cooking Challenge and today’s Crazy Cooking Challenge.  Here’s why I say that I have an addiction… The way that the Crazy Cooking Challenge works is that each month there is a dish that our hostess Tina, of Moms Crazy Cooking challenges the participating bloggers to make.  We all go out searching non-celebrity blogs looking for what we think is the ultimate recipe for that dish and once we find it, we make it and then on the same day we do our post featuring the recipe and the blog where it was found.  Well this month we were challenged to find the ultimate blueberry muffin recipe.  Sounds easy enough as the internet is littered with food bloggers who have posted gorgeous blueberry muffin recipes to their blog so finding one is up to what really just suits your fancy.  My problem though is that I’m anaphylaxis allergic to blueberries so as a general rule, I don’t cook with them.  But…BUT… I have participated in the Crazy Cooking Challenge since the beginning and I just couldn’t miss a month, so I was going to make it work.

IMG_3680eMy friend Lisa (yes Lisa is a popular name) is doing Weight Watchers (and doing great at it I might add) and she recently had surgery so while she was recovering I brought her dinner one night.  For her meal I decided to make Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole and I also wanted to bring her some WW friendly sweet treats.  I decided that her sweet treats would be my blueberry muffin challenge.  Up front I knew that I wasn’t going to use fresh or frozen blueberries but rather blueberry yogurt as I felt it would be safer for me.  I then set out searching the internet looking for my, well really Lisa’s, not me Lisa but friend Lisa’s, ultimate blueberry muffin recipe.  I knew that the recipe I would choose needed to include yogurt and because of Lisa’s diet I wanted to avoid recipes which included a lot of oil, butter or eggs.  In my search I decided to look for recipes which included yogurt (my blueberry addition) and applesauce in place of the fat and as far as the sugar, well that I knew I could easily substitute.  When I happened upon Ruth’s and her Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, well I knew that I had found my recipe.  I’ve heard that lemon and blueberry go fabulously together and with Ruth’s recipe all I had to do was swap out her lemon yogurt for my blueberry yogurt, easy-peasy!!  I held pretty true to Ruth’s recipe just switching out the yogurt flavor and I didn’t bother with the additional sprinkling of Splenda on top of the muffins.

IMG_3741eAs the muffins cooked the house smelled absolutely delicious and I do wish that I was able to sample one of the muffins but Maisie (because of her food allergies) and I (because of my blueberry allergy) had to just watch as Eammon was our taste tester. 

IMG_3748eThe results, both Eammon and Lisa had thumbs up for this recipe and said that even though it’s skinny and healthy you’d never know it as these muffins were moist, tender, delicious and full of flavor.  Sounds like a winner to me!

IMG_3768eSkinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins   (Adapted from here)

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and Splenda together.  Add the yogurt, lemon juice and applesauce, lemon peel and poppy seeds.  Stir to combine.  This will make a very thick batter.  In a separate bowl whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.  Add the egg whites to the flour mix and fold in.  Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.  Using a large cookie scoop place approximately 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin mold.  Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the muffin comes out clean.


My previous Crazy Cooking Challenge entries:

Spaghetti with Red Sauce Challenge:  Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter 
Chocolate Cake Challenge:  Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake
Chicken Noodle Soup Challenge: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup 
Fudge Challenge: Biscoff Fudge 
Mashed Potato Challenge: Aloo Tikki 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge: Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps 
Mac & Cheese Challenge: Velvety Mac & Cheese



  1. I have a ton of poppyseeds and this seems like a great way to use them! Thanks for the idea. Please drop by my Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins (#8).

  2. Great idea using the yogurt to still stay in the guidelines. Brillant, that's what you are!

  3. If it's skinny, that means I can eat more of them right??? These look delish!


  4. These look fabulous. They have a great color! Putting these on my "must make" list!

  5. What an awesome way to participate. Very creative. #63

  6. Those sound great! Way to be creative so you could still participate and how nice that you made them for your friend. I'm sure she was thrilled. :)

  7. I bet the blueberry yogurt adds a lot of flavour!

    Jen #35

  8. I'm glad you found a way to still participate in the challenge! So creative and they look great!

  9. Mmmm. Yum! I am pinning and Fbooking this. I'm glad you participated! Your recipe has two of my favorite words in it.."skinny" and "lemon poppyseed"!

  10. Well done for having a go at this despite your allergy, as I know if scallops are ever picked I'll be giving it a miss! I love the fact that these are also relatively healthy.

  11. Oh yum, these look great!
    I’m # 6 with the Blueberry Apple Crisp Muffins {with cream cheese filling!}

  12. You're a trooper, Lisa!! Way to get creative and press on!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #23)

  13. Wow, I can't believe you still made this even though you have an allergy. I like participating in these challenges too!! These look good and I like the use of the blueberry yogurt. Stopping by from CCC #41.

  14. Your muffins sound wonderful. I like the poppy seed and the lemon in these.

  15. I love recipes that make delicious foods healthier. Great idea with the blueberry yogurt!

    Visiting from #42 :)

  16. These look amazing. Totally had to Pin them.

  17. I bet the poppy seeds must keep on popping with each bite!

    Gay, CCC#24


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