We are taking a little road trip to spend some time on the beach with our family in Southern California this week. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be outside, and not instantly melt into a puddle of sweat! When I was little, we used to come here every summer and visit my grandparents, so I’m excited to watch my boys play in the waves, look for seashells, and dig for sand crabs like I used to do. Maybe even eat a literal SANDwich or two and start a seaweed fight!
Before we left, I made these Healthier Raspberry Almond Muffins, and could hardly wait to share them with you. They remind me of my Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars, which are to die for, but are lightened up just a bit in the form of a muffin with the help of coconut oil and Greek yogurt. The nice thing about this recipe is that it is super quick to whip up. You only need a couple of bowls and a wooden spoon. You don’t even have to break out the mixer, and because these muffins are mixed by hand, the crumb is so tender!
I think I already told you about my summer berry obsession, and so of course I had some raspberries that were ready to be used up in the fridge. The tart berries tucked away in the slightly sweet almond muffins are so perfect!
When I don’t top my muffins with a streusel, I like to use a course sparkling sugar. You can find it at most grocery stores in the baking aisle, or at craft store with the cake decorating supplies.
You may also notice that these muffins start out baking at a high temperature, but only for a few minutes. This really helps activate the leavening agents right away so they have that perfect muffin dome we all love!