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Cherry Muffins Recipe

Updated on December 10, 2012
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Kim is a holistic health coach and a toxic-free lifestyle consultant. She obtained her studies from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

If you love cherries...you will adore this cherry almond muffin!
If you love cherries...you will adore this cherry almond muffin! | Source

Cherry Picking in Brentwood Leads to Cherry Muffins!


Cherries have always been one of my favorite fruits to eat, and as an addict of all things fresh that come straight off a tree, I have wonderful memories of a maze full of cherry trees. I am lucky to live less than 2 hours away from Brentwood, Ca where the majority of farms are lined up with hundreds of cherry trees.

Memorial Day marks the beginning of cherry season, as the owners open up their farms and invite you to pick your own cherries. The cherries are finally ripe, the birds are singin' and sun is shinin,' welcoming excited local fruit lovers.

My favorite recipe to bake with cherries is muffins. The sweetness and subtle tartness of the cherries pop in your mouth with a lot of flavor. I appreciate how the cherries, unlike strawberries and blueberries, do not disintegrate in the batter. As you can tell from the picture, they retained their shape quite nicely.

This cherry almond recipe is very easy to make. The combination of toasted almonds and cherries is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy the recipe and if you're ever in California, stop by Brentwood for cherry picking!

Cherry Farm, Brentwood, CA

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Look at the LIFE in that fresh picked organic cherry! Bing cherries are the most popular variety at cherry orchards in Bretwood, CA. Each full bucket of cherries weighs about 20 lbs. Can you find me in the cherry tree?Ranier cherries.
Look at the LIFE in that fresh picked organic cherry! Bing cherries are the most popular variety at cherry orchards in Bretwood, CA.
Look at the LIFE in that fresh picked organic cherry! Bing cherries are the most popular variety at cherry orchards in Bretwood, CA. | Source
Each full bucket of cherries weighs about 20 lbs.
Each full bucket of cherries weighs about 20 lbs. | Source
Can you find me in the cherry tree?
Can you find me in the cherry tree? | Source
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Ranier cherries.
Ranier cherries. | Source

Brentwood Cherry Picking- Best Cherry Farm

A
Maggiore Cherry Ranch:
Balfour Rd & Walnut Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513, USA

get directions

(925) 634-4176

B
Nunn Better Farms:
830 Sunset Rd, Brentwood, CA 94513, USA

get directions

(925) 634-6173

C
DC's Extraordinary Cherries:
22012 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood, CA 94513, USA

get directions

(925) 516-4495

D
Ron Nunn Farms:
10500 Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513, USA

get directions

(925) 634-2148

E
Enos Family Farms:
Walnut Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513, USA

get directions

(925) 437-9973 http://www.enosfamilyfarms.com

F
Bacchini's Fruit Tree:
2010 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513, USA

get directions

(925) 634-3645 http://www.brentwoodfruit.com

Cherry Picking in Brentwood


Brentwood, CA offers over 40 farms with about 640 acres of cherries and other fruits for you to pick. There are different variety of cherries available. Bing cherries, rainier cherries, and brooks cherries are among the local favorites.

Cherry picking can be a fun family event, especially for the kids. You can pack a small lunch and have a picnic, or have brunch at some of the breakfast places in the nearby city. As for me, I eat the cherries right off the tree until my stomach bloats up and I have to rush to the one and only portal potty available. I can't help it. There's something awesome about eating fruits that are picked right off the trees. It can't get any more fresh than that.

We usually get there as early as possible, while the air is cooler and there are less people to fight over the ladder. I prefer to climb the trees rather than using the ladders. It brings back childhood memories of warm summer days filled with tree-climbing and bike-riding until the sun came down.

After a few hours of picking cherries, it's time to weigh in the white bucket is full. I usually bring home about 20lbs of fresh, organic cherries.

Do you think I can eat 20lbs of cherries by myself? Of course! Just not all at once! Although the cherries are best when eaten raw, you can bet that they will find its way into different types of desserts. There are so many different ways to cook and bake with the cherries. Let's see...

  • I freeze them. Frozen cherries can be added to smoothies or milkshakes!
  • I bake with them. Cherry muffins, cherry chocolate cake, cherry energy bars...and so on.
  • I make cherry jam.
  • I pig out with a bowl of cherries every night in front of the tv.
  • I dream about cherries the same night.

4.2 stars from 13 ratings of Cherry Almond Muffin

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 12 Cherry Almond Muffins

Ingredients for Cherry Muffins with Almonds


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, (I used Stevia, it's healthier)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1.5 cups fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

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Mix butter and sugar. I never said it was a healthy, low-fat muffin!Combine the eggs. Pitted cherries, chopped roughly. Fold in the cherries gently with your spatula.Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds on top. The cherries kept it's shape. Doesn't it look gorgeous?
Mix butter and sugar. I never said it was a healthy, low-fat muffin!
Mix butter and sugar. I never said it was a healthy, low-fat muffin! | Source
Combine the eggs.
Combine the eggs. | Source
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Pitted cherries, chopped roughly.
Pitted cherries, chopped roughly. | Source
Fold in the cherries gently with your spatula.
Fold in the cherries gently with your spatula. | Source
Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds on top.
Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds on top. | Source
The cherries kept it's shape. Doesn't it look gorgeous?
The cherries kept it's shape. Doesn't it look gorgeous? | Source

Instructions for Cherry Muffins with Almonds

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and beat until they're light and fluffy.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the egg/butter mixture. Mix together.
  4. Add the milk, sour cream, vanilla extract and almond extract. Mix well.
  5. Turn off mixer and use a spatula to fold in cherries. Scoop the mixture evenly into each muffin pan. *Use a muffin liner if you don't have a non-stick pan.
  6. Sprinkle sugar and almond slices over on top of the muffin batter.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes @375, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes before you eat them. Enjoy!
Can you smell the toasted almond and the spices? Look how moist and lovely the cherry almond muffin looks.
Can you smell the toasted almond and the spices? Look how moist and lovely the cherry almond muffin looks. | Source
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