Aronia Berry Muffins
A couple of weeks back I wrote on post on what aronia berries are. You might remember that back in early December, we moved onto a new farm and inherited almost 900 aronia berry bushes. Wow! That's a lot of berries for a small farm. We are really excited for this upcoming season of growing, producing, and harvesting this amazing health food and sharing it with our customers and readers. Today, I wanted to showcase just what an aronia berry can do! I made some berries that we had frozen from this farm into muffins. I can't believe that they those berries are still just and delicious and fresh as the day we picked them. The thing with aronia berries is that their taste is not preferable to everyone; they are a bit bitter. However, freezing them does make them taste sweeter, and that's why I recommend using frozen berries in this recipe. If you can't source your own aronia, you can always swap in a different berry like blueberries or raspberries in this recipe as well!
Ingredients + Recipe |
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used my own milled flour, and found I need another 1/3 cup of milk!)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup milk *
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup frozen aronia berries
- Preheat your oven to 400. Grease a muffin tin and lightly flour the cups.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. *You can use all purpose flour instead. If using self-milled flour like me, you'll need a bit more milk!
- In a separate bowl, combine the oil, egg, milk, and vanilla. Slowly incorporate into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula until just mixed. Fold in the aronia berries.
- Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with raw sugar or table sugar! Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
I love whipping these up first thing in the morning! I seem to always gravitate towards a muffin whenever a friend calls unexpectedly and stops over for coffee. I can mix up the batter in minutes and they're out of the oven by the time a guest arrives. I also love being able to share the many nutritional benefits of these berries with others. I cannot wait until we have a fresh crop, and I can experiment a little bit more! Enjoy (: