Saturday, July 13, 2019

10th Anniversary - Lemon and Ginger Muffins from @Denise Swanson

Although, I’ve only been around for eighteen months of the 10 years,  I was a guest several times before I was invited to join the blog.

One of those times, I shared my grandmother’s recipe for lemon ginger muffins, but I’d given it a makeover in order to make a little healthier. So since we’re all revisiting old times, here is my original guest post.


Although my grandmother was originally a pastry chef, she ended up spending most of her life as a farm wife. Unlike my husband and I who work hard, but do it sitting in front of a computer, Grandma, Grandpa, and their five children did strenuous chores involving a lot of physical labor. Crops and livestock do not raise themselves.

This meant that her great recipes were loaded with ingredients that wouldn’t be a problem if you spent twelve hours a day toting that barge and lifting that bale. But for those of us who only write about hard work, they really pack on the pounds. Adjusting savory dishes is pretty easy, but breads and sweets are a bit more of a challenge. Of course, those are my favorite foods, so I had to give it a try.

When I was forced to change my diet due to food sensitivities, the item that I really missed was Grandma’s fabulous Lemon Ginger Muffins. So I did a little tinkering, and the makeover version is what I’m sharing with you today. When these are in the oven, the smell is literally mouthwatering.

Grandma Swanson’s (healthier) Lemon and Ginger Muffins

Yield: 12

1/3 cup softened Smart Balance® Omega-3 Buttery Sticks
½-cup sugar
½-cup Truvia sugar substitute
4 egg whites
2 Tablespoons Gourmet Garden minced ginger
2 Tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 cups flour
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-cup plain Greek yogurt

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Mix softened butter, sugar, and sugar substitute until well blended. Beat in egg whites. Add ginger and lemon peel and stir. Combine flour and baking soda. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the yogurt. Mix until smooth. Pour into muffin cups coated with nonstick cooking spray. The cups should be 3/4 full.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing the cups from the pan.

Looking back, I'm sure glad that I was a good enough guest to be invited to join the team!

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  1. It has been so much fun revisiting past recipes and reading about how the MLK authors landed here and how long they have been here. Happy 10th and I hope to be here on the 20th anniversary! Jamie Gillespie

  2. Sounds like a great and unusual combination of flavors.

    That's one of the pleasures of blogging with this group--someone is always coming up with something new.

  3. Thank you for sharing your grandma's recipe!

  4. Looks yummy. I've never used Greek yogurt, it's always been a little too thick for my palate so this may be a way to get used to it, hidden in muffins.

    1. I use it as substitute for sour cream in and on everything!

  5. I am sharing with my friends and family! My Cajun hubby tinkers with cooking a lot but he doesn't bake. I would bake but then I would be so large, I would never get into my house! So I have to rely on friends and family to do the baking for me. I learned to only give recipes of something I really like a lot or again I would gain a million pounds of extra weight! Thank y'all for the wonderful recipes and of course the neat giveaways! Y'all have a magical weekend!

    1. I'm with you. But I have tweaked several bakery recipes to be less calories and healthier,

  6. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing

  7. Yum! Going to try these

  8. Happy 10th Anniversary Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!

    I love muffins and love lemon, but have never thought of adding ginger to the mix. Thanks for the recipe for Grandma Swanson’s (healthier) Lemon and Ginger Muffins which I've added to my recipe list. I'm anxious to try this recipe because healthy and delicious are a great combination.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  9. I will be baking these delectable muffins as I love ginger and lemon and this combo for muffins for the summer is perfect. saubleb9at)gmail(dot)com

    1. They are a great summer brunch addition!

  10. Love e the muffin recipe today. They sound so yummy. Would love to win the prize thanks for a great one.

  11. I love lemon and ginger! Yum! Thanks for sharing! Wjcline at att dot net

  12. Yum, I love those flavors! Thanks, Denise, for your recipes and the books you write. Happy 10th Anniversary MLK!
    lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  13. Well done on adjusting a favorite recipe to meet you dietary needs.
    If I replace stevia with another sweetener, is it 1 cup stevia = 1 cup sugar?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  14. Yummy!

  15. The lemon and ginger muffins should amazing. Happy 10th Anniversary!

  16. Welcome Denise. Oh but these muffins look fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing today. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  17. Those muffins look so yummy!!! Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you so much for this chance at the giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  18. interesting flavors

  19. The recipe sounds great. This anniversary event has been wonderful. Looking forward to many more years .Vicki

  20. I am so making these Denise. I love that you made them healthier. Thanks!

  21. Delicious sounding muffin! It's been fun seeing the recipes again. It's a fun blog. All the books are awesome

  22. This sounds so good, love lemon and ginger!! Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Anniversary!

  23. I also don't do the physical labor required to burn up the higher caloric foods that were common in the past. Appreciate the lightened up versions of things!

  24. Mmmm, lemon is one of my favorite flavors.

  25. I love lemon anything...I will definitely try these muffins. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  26. Thanks for the recipe - love lemon and ginger!

  27. Sounds yummy. I love lemon. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  28. This sounds so good! Lemon and ginger is one of my favorite combinations. Happy anniversary!

  29. Thanks for sharing a recipe from your grandma ! Grandma recipes are the best!I appreciate you taking the time, to make it healthier! I love lemon and ginger !
    Happy Anniversary !

    1. Yep. Grandma recipes always have that little extra love included to make them the best.

  30. Will definitely give this recipe a try, making it gluten free! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Muffins look yummy! I will try them! Love lemon with ginger! Thank you!
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  32. The combination of lemon and ginger sounds really good.