A few weeks ago Joy and I got an email from the nice folks at Tillamook, asking if we’d like to try some of their new, naturally sweetened light yogurt. I love yogurt and tend to buy the non-fat kind as a rule (just to save calories), but am not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners. So it was nice to find out this yogurt is sweetened with Truvia® – something I actually put in my tea. This yogurt also has no artificial growth hormones, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup. There are a bunch of great flavors and each 6 oz. container is only 110 calories. Yea!
So I’ve been eating this yogurt and really enjoying it. Last night I decided to try baking with it – and boy did I come up with something good! Moist, whole-wheat muffins bursting with cherry flavor and studded with dried tart cherries and almonds.
These Tillamook Yogurt Cherry Almond Muffins are so delicious and each one has under 250 calories. Marvin thought they were dessert-worthy, too, which is a pretty big compliment coming from the guy who doesn’t think whole wheat and dessert belong in the same sentence. I’d love for you to give ’em a try and let me know what you think!
- 1 cup Tillamook Light Fat Free Dark-Cherry Yogurt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup white flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- ½ cup whole almonds (unsalted), chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a 12 muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine.
- In another bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt, melted butter and almond flavoring.
- Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently to combine. Fold in the dried cherries and the chopped almonds.
- Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin pans.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.