Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins

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Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins are a great treat for people watching their weight! I know, I know. The last couple of weeks of this blog have been filled with one decadent treat after another. Each one has been a diet killer in its own right. "So what about the dieters?", you ask. "What's a poor soul to do if s/he isn't eating cheesecake, ice cream trifle, cheesecake mousse, delicious cookies, and all those other treats? Good news friend's. I feel for you. No really, I might be cooking, baking and photographing all sorts of fattening treats, but I've been dieting hard. Really hard. Like, one bite to make sure the cheesecake is good. We're in this together. And that's why I made … [Read more...]

Healthy Apple Spice Muffins

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Healthy apple spice muffins are so delicious, you will forget that they are good for you! I'm going to make a confession right now. You'd think that being on a diet and trying to eat delicious food that's still healthy, I would be coming up with all kinds of delicious new recipes to share with you. But sadly, that is just not the way it's been going. I am trying to make plenty of healthy food in minimum time, and I find myself lacking time, inspiration and motivation to play. I find myself turning to all of my old favorites, instead of creating new and exciting recipes. Don't worry, I'll get my creativity back soon. In the meantime, I decided to share one of my favorite healthy muffin … [Read more...]

Peach Crumb Muffins

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Hold on to summer with these delicious muffins - loaded with peaches, brown sugar and cinnamon, then topped with delicious crumbs! Where, might I ask, has the summer gone? Am I the only one who gets all panicky when the summer starts winding down? Did I do enough? Did I enjoy it enough? Did I eat all the right produce, have all the right barbecues, bask in the right sun? WIll I hang on to this warmth in a couple of months from now, when I'm struggling to stay warm through the cold New York winter? I don't know. I guess there's never enough of such good things. Like summer peaches. How delicious are they? And you have to admit that nothing in January will compare to the juiciness of them. So … [Read more...]

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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Can we talk about names for a minute? I have a pet peeve. I know, my name is somewhat unusual. Okay, in the Orthodox Jewish world, Miriam is about as common of a name as you get, but in the general world, Miriam isn't very common. It's okay, I run with it. But here's the thing. Nobody can seem to get my name right. People call me at work, and I introduce myself as Miriam. "Did you say Maya?" I used to correct them, but I learned better. Just go with it. "That's right. Mary Anne." "Yes, I did say Maria." I don't bother, people don't get it either way. So the first part of my pet peeve is people who get my name wrong, then proceed to use it way too many times in the course of our … [Read more...]

Healthy Orange Carrot Muffins


When I posted the recipe last week for my Healthy Chocolate muffins, I received a far better reception than I'd have dreamed. I mean, post some kind of decadent cookie recipe and you know people will like it, but it's a surprise- albeit a pleasant one, to discover that people are so fond of delicious yet healthy recipes. At work too, people loved my muffins. And why not? They are delicious, and they don't make you want to avoid your scale. So I decided to take those muffins and make some other versions. Why should chocolate get all the fun? Let's invite some other flavors to the party! I'm not sure why, but I've always been tempted by the non-dietetic carrot muffins I made for my family … [Read more...]

Honestly Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Muffins


I've been baking for years now, but have never tasted any of my baked goods. Until Thursday. Yep, you read that right. Tray after tray of mouthwatering cookies coming out of the oven, fresh hot aromatic garlic bread, delicious potato knishes...and I don't taste it. I enjoy them through the enjoyment of my family and friends, but not on my own. It's kind of sad, really, but I have been dieting longer than I have been baking. Occasionally, even a hard core dieter needs a dessert, and that's when I would turn to my local bakery. They sell whole wheat, sugar free, low fat muffins that are... well, ok. Barely. I didn't buy them often, so I wasn't all that concerned. Until last week, when I went … [Read more...]

World’s Best Blueberry Crumb Muffins


Last summer I took my two nieces (then 2 and 4) blueberry picking. They had an amazing time, and amazingly learned to tell the difference between a blueberry that was ripe and one that wasn't. One problem: they enjoyed themselves so much that I didn't have the heart to stop them once we had we had enough berries. So they kept picking until we finally drove off with about two thousand pounds of fresh blueberries. (Slight exaggeration. Slight.) We got home and I came up with a great way to use up some of the surplus: "Who wants to bake blueberry muffins?" And so we did. And even the blueberry-muffin-haters among us loved them. I made a triple recipe, thinking I'd freeze a bunch. That wasn't … [Read more...]