Avocado Muffins

Our standard uses for avocados are as a topping for chili or tortilla soup or layered in sandwiches. Pretty boring, huh? Anyway, because of our limited usage, and because I buy our avocados at Costco (which normally means five large ones in a bag), sometimes we have more leftovers than I know what to do with and of course, they all ripen at the same time. I know, I know, make guacamole but this time, I decided to explore the potential of avocados in the world of baking. I’ve read that due to its high fat content, you can essentially substitute avocados for the other fats in your recipe such as butter, shortening, or eggs. So I took my favorite muffin recipe and did just that. Not only that, I decided to fill the muffin with a mixture of avocado and cream cheese to give it an added boost of flavor. Topped with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, these muffins are a delicious addition to any breakfast table. Enjoy!

Please note that this muffin recipe is adapted from the Sour Cream Muffins recipe in the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook.
Makes 1 dozen

Filling
½ cup softened cream cheese
½ cup mashed ripe avocado
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Batter
¾ cup mashed ripe avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
2 cups white whole wheat flour
½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Topping
½ cup chopped walnuts


To make the filling: In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients until smooth. Set aside until needed.

To make the muffins: In a large mixing bowl, beat the avocado, lemon juice, and sugar until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Once avocado mixture is creamy, add the vanilla and milk, and mix until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed just until the batter is smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl once more to make sure everything is evenly combined.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups, and coat the papers with nonstick spray. Drop 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into each cup. Using the rounded bottom of a teaspoon (dipped in vegetable oil to prevent the batter from sticking), make a shallow well in the center of each cup. Add a heaping tablespoon of filling (I use a level small cookie scoop), cover with enough batter to fill each muffin cup to almost the top, and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Bake the muffins until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. 

Beat avocado, lemon juice, and sugar until smooth and creamy
Add vanilla and milk
Incorporate dry ingredients
Make a well in the center for the filling
Cover with the remaining batter and sprinkle with chopped walnuts
Ta da!
Finish cooling on a rack
Here’s what it looks like inside
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11 Replies to “Avocado Muffins”

  1. hmmm…….I can smell the yummy muffins from here……wish I could take a big bite off that piece :)

    1. If only we have the star trek transporter, I’ll “beam” some over to you. :-D

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  3. Wow, avocado and cream cheese…not sure if I am that adventurous. Hey, I have a great idea..maybe you can bake me some the next time we go over to your place! :D

    1. Sure…I’ll make you some. They are really yummy! :-D

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  5. Interesting recipe, Chris. I should make these muffins as we have a big walnut tree! And everyone loves avocados, so what am I waiting for, huh? :-)

    1. Nasifriet, I saw your walnut tree in one of the pics…how nice to have your own walnut tree. :D I love walnuts in a lot of my baked goods…yum! We really like the muffins, I think you’ll like them too. Let me know.

      1. I can only make these cuppies when our walnut tree starts fruiting :-)
        The only problem I see in this recipe is the measurement. The measurements are in cups !! And I’m into metrics… I know the measurement of 1 cup of sugar is sth like 200 gm? Whilst a cup of flour is 125gm…. Do you have this recipe in the metric measurement? Would be handy, for me at least… :-)

        1. Nasifriet,

          I can give you the weight measurement of most of the ingredients but unfortunately, not on all of them. I will try to remember to weigh them the next time I make the muffins and post it on the blog. :D

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