Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins

Ben and I have been fighting about vanilla the past few weeks. Namely, our vanilla walls. (We agreed that the Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins are delightful and can stay.)

Strawberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Muffins

When we moved into our new house last September (well, my new house—Ben lived in it from the ages of 7 to 18. That story here), I foolishly believed that we’d have our belongings thoughtfully stowed, our home bar in place, and our pictures hung in time to throw a Christmas party.

Reality: the wreckage of our old dining room table is still scattered across the basement, and there’s an unpacked box of Ben’s childhood toys in the center of our family room as I type this.

We have made some progress. We repainted our entire first floor, replaced our stackable plastic drawers with grown-up furniture, and changed out our electrical sockets without starting a fire, all of which I consider an achievement. I’m becoming more accepting of the fact that turning a “house” into a “home” takes time (a lot of it) and tempering my nagging honey-do list accordingly. One unfinished aspect of our move, however, I simply could not let alone: our plain vanilla walls.

Ultra moist Strawberry Yogurt Muffins. Healthy muffins that taste so delicious, you'll never know they are good for you!

Greek Yogurt Muffins with Strawberries and Vanilla

Our house is in an ultra-woodsy area, so it stays fairly shaded during the day. A photographer and sunshine junky, I wanted to paint the walls a color that would reflect as much natural light as possible during the day, so we chose a paint that I most appropriately described as vanilla (or French vanilla. If you buy a lot of vanilla ice cream, you know the one I mean.)

While the light, creamy color does add an airiness that I love, without pictures the walls felt sterile. Finally, I reached a breaking point—I could handle Ben’s toys being out (doesn’t it sound like I’m talking about my son there?), but I could not stand the bare vanilla walls for one more second. At my insistence, we spent an entire Saturday combing our old hard drives for pictures, bought out the entire frame selection at World Market, and then Ben gave me the best anniversary present of all: he hung every single picture in our whole house.

Now when I look around, instead of seeing vanilla, I see beautiful reminders of the people we love and the places we’ve been fortunate to travel. Our once-empty walls fill me with gratitude.

Travel and Family Picture Collage

Apparently vanilla eked its way into my brain, because I became captivated by the idea of baking a muffin so bursting with vanilla flavor, it would be vibrant and unmistakable, two adjectives I almost never use when referring to vanilla. I didn’t want to bake vanilla (i.e. boring) muffins; I wanted VANILLA muffins in the truest sense of the term.

To achieve my very vanilla goal, I packed three types of vanilla into the muffin batter: vanilla Greek yogurt, Silk vanilla soy milk, and vanilla bean paste. The yogurt makes the muffins unbelievably moist and adds protein, the soy milk packs even more protein (these babies are filling!), and the vanilla bean paste is luxurious and has a highly concentrated vanilla flavor. I love the pretty speckles it adds to the batter too. (This vanilla bean paste and this one are both fabulous.)

Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins. Moist and so healthy!

Though the yogurt muffins would be lovely as is, I couldn’t resist the urge to stir in a handful of juicy ripe strawberries. Feel free to swap other fruit or toss in a handful of chocolate chips as you feel so called.

Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins

Whether you pack them for a snack, eat one on the run, or serve a big basket at your next brunch, I hope these Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins bring you a bit of the brightness and gratitude I feel when I look at my vanilla walls.

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Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins

Moist and healthy yogurt muffins with fresh strawberries and three times the vanilla flavor.

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or substitute additional all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I used non-fat Greek)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • Turbinado (raw) sugar or big sparkling sugar, for decorating

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a standard-sized muffin tin. In a large bowl, stir together the all purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla bean paste, eggs, butter, yogurt, and almond milk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour the wet ingredients into the center. Stir by hand, just until combined. The batter may be slightly lumpy. Gently fold in the strawberries.
  3. Divide batter evenly between the prepared muffin tins and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 16-20 minutes, until the tops spring back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5 days or freeze, well wrapped, for up to 3 months.

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About Erin Clarke

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35 comments

  1. Awh, your house has turned into a home! Ben is the sweetest!!! Erin, I love these muffins!!! Hope you have a great weekend! TGIF!

  2. i love the pictures idea! We are moving into a house the end of the month (rented) and we are in the process of deciding which colors to paint which rooms. I wanted just white for my picture area but now I’m liking the idea of French vanilla. And of course these muffins too!! 

  3. I’d say a man that hung every picture in your house is a total keeper! Love this collage of your memories. SO adorable. And these muffins – I need them in my life ASAP!

  4. We’ve been in our house for almost a year now and our walls are still lacking photos!  It’s a combination of fear of committing to puts holes in our walls and procrastination/laziness but I think you’ve finally motivated me to take some action.  Hopefully our cappuccino walls will not be so bare soon!  

    Love these muffins!  You can’t go wrong with vanilla on vanilla and the strawberries are the perfect addition.  Although I like your suggestion of chocolate chips, too ;)

  5. Lovely story! And that’s the best anniversary present ever!! Those photos look so sweet :) So do these awesome flavor-packed muffins!

  6. Wow! He hung all the pictures?! Keeper.

    I’ll keep the muffins too, thanks. :) 

  7. Hey girl- Those look oh so yummy!! And I’m so glad you like your walls better now!! My husband and I have lived in our home 11 months now and still there is alot to do inside and out! Paint, hang more pics! Decorate guest room (bed included) Right now we are putting rock around the house!! looks so much better!! 

  8. You have inspired me to hang more photos. We have plenty of bare walls that need to be covered. Decorating a home feels like a never ending task though. The muffins look delicious. I’d love to have one with my morning coffee!

  9. E and I fight constantly about wall art. It’s a thing. Luckily I always win :)

  10. It definitely takes years to turn your house into a home, but I think that’s part of the fun! Hanging pictures and art that means something to you immediately makes home feel more “homey.” I have a problem with hanging TOO many pictures. Ha! 

  11. Moving can be horrendous! I just moved last year as well and it was a struggle! I hate the clutter and with the mess and not knowing where anything was, I was really frustrated!

  12. Ben and I have been in our apartment for six months now and we still only have a few pieces up on the wall – and nothing in our bedroom. I hate staring at those sterile walls when I want our room to be our sanctuary. Maybe I will make him these muffins if he will hang our wedding photos. :) Seems like a fair trade. Or bribe ;)

  13. Patricia Shepard Reply

    Good job, husband!
    These look great. You had me at “vanilla” and “moist”. (I know the moist word gets a lot of flack from people, but I find it quite appealing…especially when in reference to baked goods!)

  14. we are moving next month and i’m excited/dreading the redecoration process. so worth it when it’s done, but in the moment it’s stressful! these muffins sound great :)

  15. I love that collage of photos, Erin! And these strawberry yogurt muffins? They look pretty spectacular too!

  16. Hanging pictures has ALWAYS been a thorn in the side of our marriage! Such a gift when they all get hung up! Congrats on your now beautiful, tolerable vanilla walls :) and these muffins? OH MY!! 

  17. What  a beautiful collage! And yum @ the muffins :D

  18. Ooh, these sound heavenly! Cant’ wait to try them!!!

  19. Your muffins look so beautiful! 

  20. Hi Erin, made these muffins over the weekend, really yummy. Love how the whole muffin gets infused with berry goodness and how the strawberries become like a baked in strawberry preserve. And love how fluffy the muffin is. My standard muffin recipe is denser and takes about 50 min to bake sp I was skeptical that these would be done in 20 min but they were!  In less than half the time. And love how forgiving the recipe is. I used what I had on hand, regular milk, homemade yogurt, vanilla essence, and still turned out great. Only thing is that the recipe doesn’t state when to mix in the  sugar but I assumed with the wet ingredients. I prefer to mix it first with the butter to avoid it getting clumpy when the rest of the cold ingredients go in but maybe that’s just preference. Will definitely be making these again!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  21. It’s always challenging to blend two households.  I went through the same thing when I got married (my hubby and I had two separate houses and I move into his). . .but several houses later everything is finally in place.  Love your pictures.  It looks like you have been to lots of fabulous places.  And did I see an Ellie?  I lived in Kenya before moving to Boston. . .so ellies and the African continent hold a special place in my heart.  

  22. My bad! Just saw the sugar in the recipe sorry Erin! 

  23. Hi Erin,

    I’m keen to try out your recipe, but was wondering if I omit the vanilla soy milk , will it make any difference to the taste & quantities say like it means I will need a full cup of vanilla yogurt then.

    Much thanks!

  24. Amanda Weisenberger Reply

    These muffins have become a staple in our house and are constantly requested by our 2 toddlers! Quick question, have you ever made this recipe as a loaf? As in, strawberry bread? Just curious! I’m thinking about trying it for our upcoming beach trip. Are there any changes you would make? Thanks!

    • Amanda, I’m so happy to hear that these muffins have become a staple for you and your kids! I do think that it would work well as a loaf. I would suggest baking at 350, though since I’ve never tried it, I’m not sure how long it would take. My guess is 40 to 50 minutes, but I would start checking it at about half hour just to be sure that it doesn’t overbake. If the top starts getting too dark before the middle is set, loosely tent the top of the pan with foil, then continue baking until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you do try it as a loaf, I would love to hear how it turns out!

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