Cherry Walnut Coffee Cake Muffins.

Do you know when you first meet someone let’s say in a yoga class, at school, or at a party and BAM!!  Some people just hit you, instantly knowing that you’ve found a friend, connection, great person that you know you’ll end up being friends with forever?  I have been so fortunate to “virtually meet” so many awesome men and women through blogging.  Abby is definitely one of those girls that I wish I could go to a yoga class with.  She is so energetic, adorable and sweet.  Plus, I’ll admit, I have a slight obsession with her puppy Watson!  I’ll sneak one of her picture onto this blog so you can fall in love with him too!

When I asked Abby if she would like to be a guest blogger, I was so excited when she sent me her fabulous recipe.  It sounds delightful and being a cherry fan, these are definitely on my list to make when we get back.  I think these will make the perfect breakfast treat or mid afternoon snack!

Thanks Abby!!  You’re the best!  oxox  Robin

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Thank you all for such supportive and encouraging comments!  I’m definitely not giving up, I’m the kind of person who isn’t afraid of getting told no, I have to try.  What’s the quote…something about how you miss 100% of the chances you never take.  I’m sure I have it on here somewhere….
This morning I went to one of the most physically challenging yoga classes I’ve ever taken, complete jello arms by the end, oof!  (But I love it!)  As the instructor paced between our mats, calling out words like chaturanga and shavasana, she kept mentioning letting go.  I got to thinking about where I feel the most free.  As an adult I think it gets harder to find places where you can just throw your head back and laugh.  Free.
I’ve imagined some dramatic scene where I’m standing on a wide, empty, beach with the wind blowing my hair off my face as I cast a determined stare out to sea.  Full of strength and dignity, but does strength equal freedom?  And then I watch our little Watson raise his little puppy butt in the air before going on a full charge after his toy.  I can’t help but laugh at his unbridled joy.  Free.
Cherry Walnut Coffee Cake Muffins
(Adapted from Seattle Times)Makes 12 Muffins

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
3/4 cup Milk
1/3 cup Grapeseed oil

1 1/2 cups Fresh Cherries, stems removed, pitted and roughly chopped or halved
Cooking spray
1.  Line a muffin tin with paper cups and spray evenly with cooking spray.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2.  In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon.  Set aside.
3.  In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
4.  In another bowl, mix together the oil, milk and egg.  Whip in the egg and mix together.
5.  Now combine the egg mixture to the flour mixture stirring until blended, do not over mix.  Now add your prepared cherries and stir in.
6.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the batter into the bottom of each muffin cup.  Now add a sprinkle (about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon) of the brown sugar mixture over the top of each.  Be sure to save some to top each muffin.
7.  Now fill the rest of the cups with the batter and then sprinkle remaining brown sugar mixture over the top of each muffin.
8.  Bake for 20-22 minutes, until lightly browned.
Enjoy!
Okay, I had to steal some pictures of Watson off Abby’s site.  I cannot stand how adorable he is!!!  That fat little tush kills me!  Sweetie face…  I’m in love~~~

— Knead to Cook

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8 Comments

  1. Thank you for having me!! There’s definitely a yoga class together in our future 😉 and watson can tutor us on proper “down dog”…although it may look a lot like sleeping…I think I’m okay with that.

    1. Abby, I’m so up for that yoga class!!! And to meet Watson… I would be over the moon 🙂 Thanks for helping me out. You are such a sweetie!

  2. Shavasana is the best word you can hear in yoga class 😉 These look amazing! I think cherries are done around here but I may have to see if I can find some stragglers to make these with.

  3. I stumbled upon your site when looking for a muffin recipe that used cherries and walnuts. I make a lot of muffins, and these are amazing—a light, fluffy crumb with perfect combo of nut and cherry, and just the right amount of sweetness. I could see subbing out half the all purpose flour for spelt or whole wheat flour, which I might try next time for added nutrition. But they are great as is. Thanks for the keeper!