Tillamook Yogurt Cherry Almond Muffins

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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!
-Mary

Tillamook Yogurt Cherry Almond Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins, Breakfast, Snack
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Serves: 12
Delicious, moist muffins made with Tillamook yogurt… each muffin has under 250 calories. You will need two 6 oz. containers of yogurt for this recipe.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt, melted butter and almond flavoring.
  5. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently to combine. Fold in the dried cherries and the chopped almonds.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin pans.
  7. 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.

 

10 Responses to Tillamook Yogurt Cherry Almond Muffins

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  4. I found the yogurt at a groc. store called WINCO. Its new out here so I looked at their yogurts and there it was. OMG So I got a fat free van. and a regl. to try and both are pretty good.
    Heres a recipe to try with yogurt: Get a small cookie sheet and drop yogurt by tsp. maybe qtr. size no lgr. as it can be a mouthfull. Make them about the size of a nickel or a quarter and freeze them about 2 hrs. When done pop them off the cookie sheet and munch on them as they are very creamy. I keep bagfulls in freezer of diff. kinds of flavors and very good. Try them out and see for yourself how good they are.

    • ChaCha – you always come up with the most creative ideas! I will definitely give this a try. It sounds delicious – kind of like eating frozen grapes! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lori Mouser - 05/25/2012 at 9:58 am

    I love the combination of cherries and almonds. The yogurt makes them so moist! I made a batch yesterday morning for my husband to take for a long road trip. Of course I kept some home for me too and am right this moment enjoying them with a cup of coffee and the sun shining in through my window.

  6. I love yogurt also and I think I can get that yogurt at Trader Joes and give it a try. Im familiar with their cheeses also and will give those muffins a try soon and will let you know how they turned out. I use the truvia also and thats pretty good also.

  7. Did not know tillamook made yogurt, but it makes sense, of course. I probably haven’t seen it because I’m in the midwest.

    • Hi, Carrie – yes, it is definitely a Northwest thing… along with Tillamook ice cream and Tillamook cheese. My mom grew up in Portland,and my grandparents lived on the Oregon Coast, so we would occasionally visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I loved eating the fresh cheese curds! Maybe their yogurt will make it out your direction some day. :-)

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