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Pineapple Muffins

pineapple-muffins

I just cannot get enough of muffins for breakfast, and I am always thrilled when I hear of a new flavor that sounds interesting to me.  When I first saw this muffin recipe I could not wait to try it.  I LOVE pineapple, and I love baked goods involving yogurt because I think it gives them incredible texture.  But I was forced to wait.  You see, of the 5,683,452 yogurt flavors my grocery store carries (okay, so I may have a tendency to exaggerate), only ONE of them involved pineapple at all, and it had enough other fruits in the combination that I was sure the pineapple wouldn’t come through after baking.  I was very disappointed.  You can imagine how THRILLED I was when I was shopping at Super Target and found the exact brand of yogurt used in the original recipe!  Anything predominantly pineapple would have been fine, but this was even better.  (Plus, I really wanted to try several of these Rachel’s Yogurt flavors – there are several very unique ones.)

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So, I came home with several containers of the mango-pineapple-passion fruit, as well as one of each of the other flavors.  I tried them all, and I really liked most of them (although some were a little to bizarre for my taste).  After tasting them all, this is definitely my favorite, so I was excited to use it in muffins.  These have a great tropical taste to them.  The yogurt flavor comes through very well, even after baking, and the glaze on top helps pump it up a notch.  I considered skipping the glaze altogether but I am glad I decided to try it – it’s delicious!  I have been keeping the glaze in a container in the refrigerator and then pouring it over the muffins individually as we eat them, since it is primarily yogurt and that would not do so well stored at room temperature.  The only changes I intend to make next time will be to add some shredded coconut to enhance the tropical flavor, and I may try adding fresh pineapple chunks (or, at the very least, larger chunks of canned pineapple) because I like a large amount of pineapple in each bite.  But these are scrumptious as is, so if you can find any pineapple sort of yogurt at your grocery store you should make them today!

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Pineapple Muffins
Yield: 14 muffins

Ingredients:
For the muffins:
2 (6 oz.) cartons Rachel’s Exotic Mango-Pineapple-Passion Fruit yogurt (or other pineapple yogurt)
1 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (or 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

For the glaze:
1 (6 oz.) carton Rachel’s Exotic Mango-Pineapple-Passion Fruit yogurt (or other pineapple yogurt)
2/3 cup brown sugar

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Butter/grease muffin pans (or line with paper liners).

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cartons of yogurt and egg.  Mix until combined.  Add the oil, brown sugar and pineapple to the bowl and mix until combined.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just incorporated.

Fill the prepared muffin cups with batter and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

To prepare the glaze, mix the remaining container of yogurt with the brown sugar until smooth.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and drizzle over the top of the muffins just before serving.

Source: adapted from The Pioneer Woman

  • fingers80

    These look fantastic! I love muffins for breakfast too. I just got some square silicone muffin cups for Christmas, too. I might have to try these!

  • http://erinsfoodfiles.blogspot.com Erin UptownGirl

    Looks yummy!! I LOVE Rachel’s yogurt. You should try the chai flavor!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    Those really look great and I must say the yogurt you are using is incredible – I have a few flavors in the fridge right now!!
    Happy new Year

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com Patsyk

    Those muffins looke wonderful! Now, I need to see if I can find pineapple yogurt!

  • http://natstriedntested.blogspot.com Nats

    wow these sound great! I hope I can find some pineapple yoghurt over here in Australia, we tend to have a limited range of flavours to choose from.

  • joelen

    I love the use of flavored yogurt in this! Great job!

  • Melissa

    I love pineapple, so these look amazing to me. I have never seen that yogurt before, but it sounds delicious. I will have look for it.

  • http://onceuponagourmetgin.blogspot.com Gin

    Those look really yummy. Perfect with morning coffee or tea, perfect in a sack lunch and perfect for an any time snack. PERFECT and YUMMY!! Thanks for posting.

  • http://delishfood.wordpress.com ash

    oh yum! i love using yogurt in muffins too

  • http://natstriedntested.blogspot.com Nats

    These looked so great I decided to highlight them in my weekly Sunday Baking feature on my blog. Thanks for the recipe!

    http://natstriedntested.blogspot.com/2009/01/raspberry-butter-cake.html

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  • Puck

    I just made these. The only thing I did differently was I used one container of pineapple yogurt and one of passion fruit. I have never even heard of Rachel’s yogurt, nor seen that flavor combination before! I tried one without the glaze and was not overly impressed. The texture is awesome, but the flavor just didn’t really come through for me. I don’t know why…just sort of bland. I then made the glaze, but of course did not have the right yogurt the recipe calls for. I tried the glaze on one muffin, and I did not care for it at all. So then I took the reserved juice from my can of pineapple, added sugar, and heated it until the sugar dissolved. Then I poked holes in the tops of the muffins with a toothpick and spooned on that glaze. Now we are in business! Still, I was expecting a lot more flavor out of these. I can’t fault the recipe, as I didn’t have the yogurt it calls for. Overall, these are tasty and amazingly moist. I will make them again, and play around with it some more! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • Calamity

    I plan to make these this weekend for Sunday breakfast. I just finished a yummy container of Chobani Pineapple Greek Yogurt, so I will use that flavor in them. I buy it either at Wegman’s or Super Walmart.