Preparation time: 10 minutes
to prepare; 20 to 25 minutes to bake
Yield: About a dozen 2 1/2-inch muffins
My children love these easy, delicious,
high-protein muffins as a quick breakfast "grab" on a rushed school
morning. They also love finding these in their lunch bag or as an
after-school snack. I make several batches of muffins, then store
them in sealed plastic bags in the freezer. This way, I can pull
out a muffin (or several) as needed. They defrost quickly, and are
great split and toasted.
PROTEIN NOTE: To make these even
higher in protein, you can substitute a good-tasting protein powder
for 1/2 cup of the flour.
FLOUR NOTE: This recipe calls for
part unbleached white flour and part whole wheat pastry flour,
which is a very light, finely-milled whole wheat flour. If you
can't find it, use all white flour.
Oil, butter, or oil-spray for
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon minced lemon zest (heaping measure)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 to 6 tablespoons sugar
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F oven.
Lightly oil, butter, or oil-spray 12 2-inch muffin
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, milk, melted
butter, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice, and sugar, and beat
together until well-blended.
- In a second medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking
powder, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the wet
mixture. Mix from the bottom of the bowl with just a few strokes
until thoroughly combined. (Don't overmix.)
- Use a 1/3-cup measure with a handle– two soup
spoons– scoop batter from the bowl into the prepared muffin
cups. The cups should each be about 3/4-full.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a
toothpick comes out clean when inserted all the way into the center
of a muffin in the middle of the pan.
- Remove from the oven, and cool in the pan for 10 minutes before
removing. Eat the muffins hot, warm or at room temperature.