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Healthy low fat, low sugar granola muffins with added bonus of an avocado variation!

Updated on September 21, 2015

Kefir granola muffins

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Kefir granola muffins

 I just made this variation and had to share!I added blueberries,pecans,walnuts and maple sweetened yogurt instead of the kefir . Super yummy!
I just made this variation and had to share!I added blueberries,pecans,walnuts and maple sweetened yogurt instead of the kefir . Super yummy! | Source
This variation has fruit, nuts, and yogurt! It's a great way to start the day on the go!
This variation has fruit, nuts, and yogurt! It's a great way to start the day on the go! | Source
Who can resist a hot, out of the oven muffin?
Who can resist a hot, out of the oven muffin? | Source
This is a picture of the muffin top avocado variation.
This is a picture of the muffin top avocado variation. | Source
Gathering the ingredients
Gathering the ingredients | Source
Always spoon your flour into the measuring cup. If you dip it straight into the flour bag you pack the flour into the cup and use way too much flour.
Always spoon your flour into the measuring cup. If you dip it straight into the flour bag you pack the flour into the cup and use way too much flour. | Source
Wet ingredients into dry.
Wet ingredients into dry. | Source
Just stir until combined-- don't over mix!
Just stir until combined-- don't over mix! | Source
Sprinkle on the granola.
Sprinkle on the granola. | Source
Make 2 batches, they will go fast!
Make 2 batches, they will go fast! | Source
Hot and ready, just don't burn your tongue!
Hot and ready, just don't burn your tongue! | Source
Breakfast is ready!
Breakfast is ready! | Source
This is the avocado from my girlfriends backyard! It huge compared to the one from my local grocer!
This is the avocado from my girlfriends backyard! It huge compared to the one from my local grocer! | Source
It could be a bit more ripe, but I need it right now!
It could be a bit more ripe, but I need it right now! | Source
This recipe calls for 3/4's cup but,  I am doubling the recipe so I can use most of the avocado.
This recipe calls for 3/4's cup but, I am doubling the recipe so I can use most of the avocado. | Source
I added the oil to the puree to make the avocado creamier.
I added the oil to the puree to make the avocado creamier. | Source
Already for the liquid ingredients!
Already for the liquid ingredients! | Source
Add the avocado to the wet ingredients.
Add the avocado to the wet ingredients. | Source
Just a quick stir if the wet ingredients
Just a quick stir if the wet ingredients | Source
Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix well,
Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix well, | Source
Since I made a double batch on the avocado variation, I made muffin tops. You will need a muffin top pan if you decide to go that way!
Since I made a double batch on the avocado variation, I made muffin tops. You will need a muffin top pan if you decide to go that way! | Source
I will freeze this and take them for my overnight flight next week! It's a way better option then what they serve on the plane for breakfast!
I will freeze this and take them for my overnight flight next week! It's a way better option then what they serve on the plane for breakfast! | Source

Kefir granola muffins

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 19 min
Ready in: 34 min
Yields: makes 12 muffins

Kefir granola muffins

  • 1 and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, whole wheat white works too
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten, helps with rising when using 100% whole wheat
  • 1/4 cup sugarleaf, Sugarleaf is one part stevia to one part sugar. You can us a cup of brown sugar instead
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, If making the avocado variation as described in the text, just use 2 tbls of sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 cups lowfat vanilla flavored Kefir, or 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup( plus extra for topping) granola, see my homemade granola recipe or store bought is fine too.
  • Variation ingredient :3/4 cup avocado pureed, You would use this instead of the 1/3 cup oil
  • For more info on the variation see text and photo's

Kefir granola muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard muffin pan with aluminum baking cups. Aluminum allows you to pop the low fat muffins out with ease.
  2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients, including the 3/4 cup granola. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, vegetable oil and kefir or buttermilk. Pour the liquid into the dry mix and stir just to combine.
  3. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them until almost full. I used a 1/2 measuring cup to for the filling process. Sprinkle the muffins with extra granola.
  4. Bake muffins for 18-19 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean your muffins are done. If not, bake 3-5 minutes longer.
  5. Remove muffins from oven and cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer onto a cooling rack. Make sure muffins are completely cool if you plan to freeze them.

Kefir Granola muffins

Kefir is similar to say, a drinkable yogurt, but contains beneficial yeast and probiotics. It's in the same catagory as tempeh, miso, sauerkraut and other fermented things. It's creamy and delicious. It makes the muffins super moist without all the extra oil.

This recipe came about because my husband and I recently flew to Germany. If you have done any overseas flights lately , you know that breakfast is lame but let's face it, it's airline food. I created this recipe using my homemade granola. I was just going to take the granola but felt like asking for a bowl and some milk would of aggravated the already exhausted flight attendants. So the muffins were the easiest way to transport milk and granola. It was a welcome treat after trying to sleep upright all night! Now if I could just figure out how folks sleep like babies on long flights, I will have it made!

Not to completely slam airline food, I have to say that the lunch they served on the flight back was the best in-flight meal in the history of flying. It was prepared by a German firm and it was rice with vegetables and a well prepared tofu. Shock of shocks! It can be done! Even my snack was on a whole grain bread! See now that wasn't so impossible.

I double and freeze this recipe. Not only are they fab for breakfast, but also make for a healthy late night snack!

Update and variation: One of my girlfriends made this recipe and found it to be too dry. Then in the same week another girlfriend brought me a gigantic avocado from her backyard in Florida. She is always testing me with exotic ingredients! Well, with the dry comment in mind and the avocado, with a ton of good fat sits in my hand, I decide to update this recipe. Check the photos for the variations! I just added more kefir than the original recipe which I already changed and changed the one-third cup oil for just two tablespoons of oil and three fourths cup pureed avocado. It made a difference! I liked the first variation ,but the avocado created a better texture.

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    • MindbodyandFood4u profile imageAUTHOR

      MindbodyandFood4u 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Yogurt would work great in this recipe and any flavor would just enhance the taste!

    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 

      5 years ago from Mexico

      These muffins look fantastic. I love their rustic, wholesome, homemade look. There is no way in the world I´ll find kefir in Mexico City but I´ll love to make your recipe using drinking yogurt, maybe the ACTIVIA brand, which is supposed to be rich in probiotics (and judging by the digestive experience I have had with it, I am sure it is).

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