Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins

Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins

Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins stacked on a metal stand with a split muffin on a plate in the foreground.

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These naughty but nice Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins are perfect for back to school.  They have minimal added sugar, are made with whole wheat flour and pureed peaches for a healthy-ish muffin.  The streusel topping and juicy peach chunks keep it being the muffin you want to eat or send in your child’s lunch, without the guilt. 

Muffins are not only a great item to add to breakfast or brunch, but also great as a snack.  They come together easily, freeze well and are a must to have on hand whether you pack lunches or not.

Fresh peaches stacked on a metal tray in preparation for Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins.

Tips for great muffins:

*DO NOT OVERMIX!  I really can’t stress this enough.  Once the flour is added to the wet ingredients in any quick bread recipe, the batter only needs to be mixed enough to incorporate the ingredients.  Any more mixing than that will start to develop the gluten in the flour.  The result will be tough muffins or loaves.

*Divide batter evenly into the muffin tins to ensure the muffins bake uniformly and evenly.

*Don’t overbake!  Bake just long enough that they spring back when lightly touched or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Overbaked muffins will be dry and dense.

* Bake muffins on the middle oven rack for even baking without scorched bottoms or tops that are too dark.

*Use muffins liners or a well-greased muffin tin to prevent the muffins from sticking.  Nobody wants to fight with trying to unstick a dozen muffins only to have bits of muffin stuck to the pan anyway.  It’s just a waste of perfectly good muffin bits.

*Allow the muffins to cool for at least 5-10 minutes before trying to remove from the pan.  This will prevent any “squishing” mishaps that are likely to happen when trying to pull them out while they are hot and soft.

Now is the time that fresh peaches are abundant, so enjoying these delicious Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins is a must.

Peach Streusel Muffins
Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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    Servings Prep Time
    12 muffins 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    18-22 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    12 muffins 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    18-22 minutes
    Peach Streusel Muffins
    Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      12 muffins 30 minutes
      Cook Time
      18-22 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      12 muffins 30 minutes
      Cook Time
      18-22 minutes
      Ingredients
      Streusel Topping
      Muffins
      Servings: muffins
      Instructions
      Streusel Topping
      1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
      Muffins
      1. Set oven rack to the centre and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 12 cup muffin tin.
      2. Peel peaches and remove stone. Chop two of the peaches into 1/2" chunks and set aside. Puree the remaining two peaches using a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
      3. In a small bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
      4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each until incorporated.
      5. Stir in sour cream, pureed peaches and vanilla. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in chopped peaches.
      6. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a generous tbsp of streusel topping.
      7. Bake for 18-22 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
      8. Allow to cool at least 5-10 minutes prior to removing from muffin tin. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely or eat while warm.

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      Almond Peaches

      Almond Peaches

      These amazing Almond Peaches are adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from Nigel Slater.  Tender peaches with a thick layer of almond crumble, the kind that has enough butter to make it packable.  It’s the best kind, baking up golden and crunchy. I’ve made the recipe with the opt ins that Deb suggests, such as the oatmeal and cinnamon. I enjoy the oatmeal in the mix, and it gives me the rationale I need to eat them for breakfast.  The almonds retain their crunch and provide a wonderful nutty taste that plain oatmeal just can’t deliver.  Almonds, butter and sugar make the most amazing topping, and what better way to enjoy it, than on fresh peaches. I’ve chosen to cook mine in a cast iron skillet on the grill, enjoying a warm dessert without heating up the house during the summer.

      I’ll let you in on a little secret, I make the almond topping and bake it over sliced peaches like a fruit crumble and eat it with yogurt for breakfast.  Definitely on the dessert end of the scale for breakfast, but trust me, adding tart yogurt makes one heck of a yummy breakfast. I’ve made the crumble numerous times, using it on both sliced and halved peaches, but almost always, it’s made for myself (I’m selfish that way), for breakfast, with yogurt, vanilla or coconut Greek yogurt to be precise.  Believe me, it’s a breakfast worth getting up for, and you just might become as selfish as me.  But don’t get me wrong, this recipe is a simple, yet delicious dessert with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

      Recipe for Almond Peaches adapted from Smitten Kitchen, Almond-Crisp Peaches

      Almond Peaches
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        Servings Prep Time
        8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
        Cook Time
        40-50 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
        Cook Time
        40-50 minutes
        Almond Peaches
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
          Cook Time
          40-50 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
          Cook Time
          40-50 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: peach halves
          Instructions
          1. Preheat grill or oven to 350℉. If using grill, turn on side burners only, cooking peaches in the centre over indirect heat.
          2. Using a food processor, blend almonds, sugar and spices until a course crumb is achieved. Add oatmeal and pulse several times to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is evenly mixed and crumbly.
          3. Wash peaches, cut in half vertically and remove pit. Lay peach halves cut side up in a cast iron skillet, trimming bottom slightly if needed to make peaches sit flat. Scoop 3tbsp (lightly packed) crumb mixture onto each peach half. Press down mixture until flat and covering entire peach half. Place in centre of grill using indirect heat or alternatively place in oven and cook for 40-50 minutes until peaches are tender and crumble is golden and crisp.
          4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for warm peaches. Serve with ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or yogurt.
          Mango Peach Margaritas

          Mango Peach Margaritas

          One of my favourite leisure activities is to thumb through a copy of Bon Appetite or Gourmet Magazine, studying the photos, perusing the recipes, taking in an article and stopping only to refill my wine glass. It could be the latest copy or something from 2005, because yes, I keep them all! It really doesn’t matter since something from 2005 seems just as new and inviting to me as my current crisp edition. For me it’s the “down time” and a time to let my imagination wander to the possibilities after reading a recipe. So Mango Peach Margaritas is my little version of just such a recipe I happen to come across.

          Today I’m sharing a variation of Gourmet’s Mango Frozen Margarita. My first instinct was to make it more of a frozen slushy type of drink but quickly noticed that the even with the ice, the mixture tends to be more of a fruity puree by using soft fruits such as mangos and peaches. It’s got a fruity sweetness that’s jazzed up with a good dose of lime and tequila. I find it to be the perfect fruit blend to share with my girlfriends even when I don’t have the best of blenders.  You know the ones that leave behind little bits that just won’t blend? Yup, that’s what I have and because my girlfriend kindly volunteered her Ninja blender for the next time we want cool slushy cocktails and raved about how much she loved it, I thought you might want to check out the Cooking Detective Ninja Blender Review “in the blender“.  It has features and ratings of the numerous Ninja blenders available, just in case you’re in need of one like I am.

          Even though I made the mixture in advance I simply threw it in the freezer and gave it a quick whiz in the blender when my pals arrived. And good pals will happily chew on any itty bitty stray fruit chunks without complaint. Enjoy!

          Recipe source for Mango Peach Margaritas:  Adapted from Gourmet’s Mango Frozen Margaritas

           

          Mango Peach Margaritas
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
            Mango Peach Margaritas
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: 8 ounce drinks
              Instructions
              1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. If serving later, you can freeze and re-blend when ready to serve or refrigerate and serve with ice. Makes about 4 cups.
              Spiced Peach Crepes

              Spiced Peach Crepes

              When life gives you peaches, reach for the spiced rum! A little booze never hurt the dessert and these Spiced Peach Crepes are happy for a little drink. Fresh peaches, sugar, spices and a little rum all nestled together in a tender sweet crepe. Served warm with a drizzle of caramel and a scoop of ice cream .….oh my!

              I will admit taking photographs of this dessert tested my composure, with melty ice-cream and oozy caramel sauce, I went through several crepes and many paper towel. Not to mention my lack of peaches for the picture itself. Although I had a nice basket of peaches for the recipe, I failed to have enough left over for photos. Even though I try hard to have everything I need, all the time, for every recipe, for every picture, it’s just not possible. And who am I kidding? I regularly run to the grocery store for this or that. That’s when I appreciate living in a small town, no traffic jams, freeways or row upon row of lights. So when I’m just not as organized as I think I am, I don’t feel so bad.

              I love these Spiced Peach Crepes because they’re a lovely use of fresh peaches, fantastic with vanilla ice cream, not too heavy and, did I mention the rum! Enjoy!

              Recipe Source:  Compelled To Cook

               

              Spiced Peach Crepes nestle spiced peaches in a tender crepe, topping with caramel and vanilla ice cream.
              Spiced Peach Crepes
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              Fresh peaches, sugar, spices and a little rum all nestled together in a tender sweet crepe.
                Servings Prep Time
                6 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                6 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Spiced Peach Crepes nestle spiced peaches in a tender crepe, topping with caramel and vanilla ice cream.
                Spiced Peach Crepes
                Print Recipe
                Fresh peaches, sugar, spices and a little rum all nestled together in a tender sweet crepe.
                  Servings Prep Time
                  6 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  6 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Crepes
                  Spiced Peaches
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  Crepes
                  1. Combine all ingredients, using 2 tbsp of melted butter in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy, approximately 1 minute. Allow to rest at room temperature for a half an hour prior to using.
                  2. Heat an 8" non stick pan over medium heat. When hot, brush with melted butter. Add approximately 40ml of crepe batter to the pan, swirl immediately creating a 6-7" crepe. Allow to cook for 1-1 1/2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula flip crepe over and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Slide out of pan onto plate. Repeat with remaining batter to create 12 crepes. Crepes can be stacked upon themselves.
                  Spiced Peaches
                  1. Peel peaches and cut in half. Remove stone and cut each half into thick slices. In a medium size sauce pan combine sliced peaches with rum, sugar, vanilla and spices. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and peach slices have started to soften, about 7-8 minutes. Combine orange juice with cornstarch and add all at once to the peaches, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a simmer and has thickened. Remove from heat and allow filling to cool down to a warm state.
                  2. Lay one crepe on a flat surface and place 1/4 cup of spiced peaches in a slight line along the center of the crepe. Fold the bottom 1/3 of the crepe over the filling, press along filling to flatten slightly and move filling toward the outer edge. Fold top 1/3 of crepe down over the bottom, creating a long rectangle with open ends. Gently place on plate, seam side down. Repeat with remaining crepes and filling to create 12 crepes. Serve 2 per plate and drizzle with caramel sauce and top with vanilla ice cream.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Crepes and filling can be made one day ahead and kept covered and chilled until ready to use.  To serve warm, allow crepes to come to room temperature and warm peach filling over low heat until just warm. Assemble crepes and serve immediately.