Strawberry-Basil Muffins

Adapted from Eating Well, May/June 2007

Makes 12 muffins 


  • 3 tablespoons almonds
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries, (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin pan with 12 muffin liners. 
Step 2: Process almonds, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl, drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and stir to combine.
Step 3: Whisk the remaining 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. 
Step 4: Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup oil in a medium bowl with buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract until well combined. 
Step 5: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients; stir until just combined. Add strawberries and chopped basil; stir just to combine. 
Step 6: Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with the almond topping, gently pressing into the batter.
Step 7: Bake the muffins until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. 
Step 8: Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 5 minutes more before serving. 

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