Lemon-filled Strawberry Muffins & I love my mom

by Heather on May 12, 2012

I love the month of May (and not just because it ends with my birthday). It’s the month that I start truly believing that summer does exist and winter did not in fact kill it.

It’s the month that flowers and foliage decorate the great outdoors.

It’s the month that strawberries tiptoe into market and surprise us all over again with their sweet, juicy goodness.

And of course, it’s the month where we devote a day to honoring mothers – those remarkable women who had the strength to bring us into the world, the patience to raise us and the love to carry us forward.

I am very blessed to have amazing women in my life to guide and support me. Thank you to Mom, Meme, Michel, Nana and Grandma Hunt for being the loving and inspiring women that you are.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’ve whipped up a tasty little muffin recipe to make use of those fresh strawberries, with a for-your-own-good oomph of tangy lemon.

Mom: while I won’t be able to share these muffins with you this Sunday, I will be thinking of just how very much I love you and how much God has blessed so many through your words and actions. Love you bunches.

* makes one dozen muffins

Materials

  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd
  • 7.5 ounces of coconut milk (slightly < 1 cup)
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2.25 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Methods

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or oil with cooking spray.

2. Prep liquid ingredients:

  • Prepare lemon curd, using this recipe, and set aside.
  • Puree avocado, coconut milk and water. Stir in vanilla extract.

3. Prep dry ingredients: sift together flour, baking powder and sugar.

4. Slice/chop strawberries. I chopped 3/4 and sliced the remaining 1/4 to place on top of the muffins.

5. Combine avocado mixture with dry ingredients. Stir in lemon zest and strawberries.

6. Layer mixture into muffin cups, using your handy dandy ice cream scoop (or heaping tablespoon).

1 scoop mixture → 1 tablespoon lemon curd → 1 scoop mixture → sliced strawberries

7. Place in oven and bake for ~20 minutes.

Results & Conclusions

Well, first off – they’re pretty darn cheerful, aren’t they?

And did I mention they’re vegan?

Refreshing, sweet (but not overly so) and with a nice little burst of lemon in the middle, this muffin is a solid ten.

But what happens, say, if we break it open and slather on a little more magical goodness known as lemon curd?

Well, my friends, this one goes to eleven. (spinal tap, anyone?)

So, be a good girl or boy and make these scrumptious muffins for your mama (and your grandmama).

Happy Mother’s Day!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

tslmom May 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

Oh my! Where to start! May is also MY favorite month because this is the month God blessed me with you. HE made my dream of becoming a mother come true —with an “angel from God up above”.
Now. This recipe –wow! This looks like one of the best ones I have seen and I can almost taste it. This is one I will truly have to try. Thanks for sharing it and also for your loving words. Love you sweetie!

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Heather May 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Aww, Mom … thank YOU!

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Mandiee May 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

These muffins look scrumptious, and your photography is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to try using avocado in my muffins. I’ve made mousse out of it before, but I never thought to use it to replace oil. Great idea!

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Heather May 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Mandiee! Ooh, mousse – I’ll have to give that a try :)

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

I love this recipe! I’ve used avocados in pudding, cookies and smoothies, but never thought about putting them in muffins. I love it! And you’re right, they came out super cheery looking. :) And what a nice tribute to mothers!

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Ali May 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This is awesome: “I love the month of May. It’s the month that I start truly believing that summer does exist and winter did not in fact kill it.” Oh, and the muffins look awesome, too! :)

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Dee May 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

These a gorgeous. I cannot eat gluten, but my mom can, and these are RIGHT up her alley! Thanks for the recipe.

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casey May 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

These look divine. Are you using the thick, canned coconut milk or tetra packed milk substitute (akin to almond milk)?

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Heather May 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Thanks, Casey. I used canned coconut milk in this recipe.

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Kristen March 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

These were great! I added a bit more sugar, a bit more zest and a little less flour because of my own preferences. Mine came out a bit more green (but mine always do when I make avocado-based vegan baked goods) but not in an unpleasant way. The lemon curd was great, I can’t wait to use the extra on waffles and french toast. My 1 can of coconut milk (400mL) was the perfect amount for the muffins and a full lemon curd recipe.

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