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Strawberry Doughnut Muffins

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and strawberries on sale, I wanted to create an easy Valentine’s Day dessert. Mini donut muffins are something I like to whip up whenever I’m in the need for something quick and easy. My friends seem to love them as much as I do.I’ve  made baked strawberry donuts before, but I wanted to try making a strawberry muffin donut version. These donut muffins have a mild strawberry flavor and are topped with strawberry pieces.


3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fat free milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh strawberry puree
2-3 drops of pink food coloring
30 cut-out strawberry heart slices or 4 tbsp of finely chopped fresh strawberries
granulated sugar for coating

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two mini muffin pans.

2. To make the strawberry puree, add about 1 cup of washed and hulled strawberries into a food processor. Add 1-2 tbsp of water and blend on high speed until strawberries are completely pureed. You will have more than a 1/4 cup of puree. You can use the rest for another recipe or for a smoothie.

3. In a large bowl, add sugar and egg. Whisk until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, vegetable oil, milk, vanilla, 1/4 cup strawberry puree. Whisk until batter is almost completely smooth. Very small lumps are okay. Add in the food coloring and whisk until completely combined into batter and batter becomes an even shade of light pink. If you are making these muffins without strawberry pieces on top, stir in 4 tbsp of finely chopped strawberries. If you are decorating the muffins with strawberries on top, you do not need to add the finely chopped strawberries.
4. Spoon batter into greased muffin pan, filling them about 2/3 full. If you are decorating with strawberry pieces, gently place one on top of each muffin.
5. Bake for about 14-15 minutes or until muffins are cooked. Allow muffins to cool a few minutes. Using a small and thin spatula, loosen the edges of the muffins to remove them from pan.
6. If desired, coat tops of muffins in sugar.
Recipe Tips
This recipe works best with fresh strawberries. Frozen strawberries retain too much water which will affect the batter.
The muffins are sweet enough without the sugar coating, but the coating does give them a nicer appearance.
Nutrition estimate does not include the sugar coating.