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Geni’s Test Kitchen {Just Peachy Summer Muffins}


My very favorite thing I love about baking is creating something new. Not new to the world mind you…I don’t know if there’s anything that really hasn’t been done…but new to me. My own invention. I love playing mad scientist with my spices, extracts and various fruits in season.

This morning I woke up with that craving to invent, not follow a recipe, and haughtily threw caution to the wind. When I am being adventurous, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Muffins are the world’s easiest item to play crazy scientist with. They are fairly forgiving.

And if you haven’t been around these parts since way back in the dark ages of my blog (February of 2010), then you may have missed my Create Your Own Muffin Template” post. At the time, I thought I was pretty ingenious and practically danced around the kitchen when I discovered a recipe that can be swapped out and in with whatever’s in the cupboard, fridge or in my head. Truthfully, I didn’t know at the time just how much fun it would be. It’s like one of those make your own yogurt bars where the toppings are endless.

So as summer is rounding the corner, I thought of peaches and blueberries and wouldn’t you know it, I had a handful of berries, and actually some frozen sliced peaches and just went for it today. I definitely was in the “throw everything in but the kitchen sink” mentality. I swapped in coconut oil for canola oil —WINNING!— pureed peaches for the usual apple sauce, almond extract instead of vanilla and a little freshly grated ginger went in…just because.

Ugly duckling blueberry cream cheese muffins alongside winners.

These peach muffins turned out sunny and glorious, and I was one very happy camper. The texture was spot on, the surprise hits of ginger and notes of almond were warm and inviting and I can’t help it, I got a little giddy when my spur-of -the-moment creation came out lightyears better than I ever had imagined. So humble, I am aware.

As you can see from my photo, I played around with various toppings trying to decide which I liked best. My daughter and I agreed that the blueberry cream cheese topped muffins were DIVINE but rather horrific looking, and I, personally, like the sliced almond topped ones the best for both taste and visual appeal.

If peaches and blueberries aren’t in your kitchen, then use my “create your own muffin template” and throw in what’s hanging out at your house. Be creative, go crazy, and you may just get to impress yourself too. After all, if you can’t impress yourself, who can you impress?

BTW…if you read this thoroughly and have been playing “Where’s Waldo” with the blueberries, you may be disappointed. There were literally like five blueberries added to the mix, but I thought, “Why not?”, the lucky winners who get the blueberry studded ones will feel quite special. 😉

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Just Peachy Summer Muffins

An S&C Original Recipe
Makes about a dozen muffins (mine actually made eleven but that sounded weird)
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. almond meal (you can use more all purpose flour if that’s what you have)
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. dried ground ginger
2/3 c. pureed peaches (I pureed defrosted slices in the Cuisinart…you can use freshly peeled peaches (1 large or 2 sml) and puree those instead.
1/2 c. + 2 T. milk (buttermilk would be fab)
1/4 c. coconut oil (melted) OR Canola Oil would be fine
1 T. agave nectar (or honey)
1 egg
1/2 t. almond extract, natural (vanilla would work too!)
1/2 t. grated fresh ginger, optional
2/3 c. diced peeled peaches ( about 2 small ones, and small pieces work best for baking)
1/2 c. blueberries
Toppings: I used pinches of turbinado sugar (regular granulated sugar is fine too) for some and toasted sliced almonds for others.

To make the muffins: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line your muffin pan with liners.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours through salt.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together pureed peaches through egg. Then add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture, 1/2 at a time, stirring in between to incorporate.

In a small bowl stir diced peaches and blueberries with 1 T. of all purpose flour. This will help your chopped fruits float in the muffins instead of sinking to the bottom. Gently, stir your fruits into the batter. Using a large icecream scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared liners.

Top with either a pinch of Turbinado sugar or sliced, toasted almonds or both…go crazy!  Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top, just barely firm to the touch and tooth pick is clean, however sometimes the toothpick test is difficult when working with fruited muffins. Just go with the touch test if I were you.

Enjoy these with a glass or orange juice or nice cup of coffee because they are just that much better that way.

62 thoughts on “Geni’s Test Kitchen {Just Peachy Summer Muffins}

  1. Blueberries? Check. Frozen peaches? Check. These look fabulous Geni! I’m all for Geni’s Test Kitchen. I think it could easily be a great show on the FoodNetwork. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day Geni! I hope you have a fantastic day. 🙂

  2. Oh I can’t wait for peaches to come into season here.
    Happy mother’s day Geni, I hope it is full of small gestures that warm your heart

  3. These look like the perfect peachy summer muffins!

  4. These muffins look do summery and delicious, they make me this warmth for sure 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Hurray from Geni’s test kitchen! peaches and blueberries have summer written all over it. It is a balmy 83 degrees with 100 percent humidity in HK. I think it is summer enough here. Happy Mum’s Day!

  6. Gorgeous muffins.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. I love cooking with stone fruit…peaches, plums, nectarines, etc…this summer fruit muffins sound great! x

  8. Peaches and almonds? No wonder you loved these muffins. That’s such a great combination. And ginger takes it right over the top!

  9. These look delicious – have never thought of adding fruit into a muffin mix 🙂

    • I am fairly new to the pureed fruit in my muffin thing as well, but once I tried pureed pears when my pears went squishy on me and the muffins were super moist and naturally sweet from the fruit so less sugar was used. Win-win!

  10. Never would have thought to combine both peach and blueberries into one muffin I have to say, though, it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  11. They look so good. Just peachy! Especially with the almond topping. Love the combination of peaches blueberries and almonds.

  12. Geni, these look lovely! I like the sliced almonds on top as well as the ginger-peach flavor combination–YUM!

    • You know what Judy, I actually thought to myself, “Judy would be proud of me for using the coconut oil and almond meal.” Honestly.

      • Ha! That is so funny, I DID notice, but the flavors had me dreaming, so I forgot to mention it. How are you doing with the GF stuff? I know almond meal/flour is expensive, but it is wonderful in baked goods. 🙂

  13. Another tempting combo

  14. Scrumptious muffins! I got so excited when I saw your post. I am waiting for the first early summer peaches at the Farmer’s Market and can’t wait to start baking!

  15. I’d polish off the ugly ones too. They both sound great, can’t wait for peach season.

  16. Fantastic baking effort!! I love using what ever I have to hand and I love that your muffins worked so well!!! I made up my own recipe for muffins once and got a bit too enthusiastic with the oats and sugar… But your muffins look wonderful !! 🙂

  17. Can I eat all of them 🙂 So delicious… Thank you dear Geni, I noted for try it . With my love, nia

  18. I love your swap-out muffins, Geni.. blueberries and peaches are one of my fav fruit combinations! Add to that the coconut oil, pureed peaches and almond flavoring.. all very new to me!!

  19. Just went and read your muffin template post, totally awesome! Having only been in the lovely blogging world for a year or so I just missed that one. These look very scrummy, and you know what? I’ve never successfully made cream cheese filled muffins that are attractive enough to photograph. They always look like big squishy messes. So if you ever figure that one out, let me know!

    • There is a trick and I didn’t use it this time even though I know better. Fill the muffin cup 1/2 full, scoop about a teaspoon or so of cream cheese and dollop into the center. Then top with a tablespoon or so of the batter. I’ve done this with my pumpkin muffins that are “starbucks-esque” and it always has worked.

  20. I love coconut oil in muffins. SO good! Yours look great with the sliced almonds on top.

  21. Yum! I’ve made so many muffin recipes but not a peach one. I’ll have to grab some on my next grocery one so I can make this ASAP!

  22. This sounds really good! Love those muffins

  23. What great substitutions! I love playing with recipes. These muffins are gorgeous!

  24. I’m having a peach obsession at the moment. These look like a great way to keep it up.

  25. Some day, Geni, I really hope to be as adventurous as you in the kitchen — but I love that I can semi-be with the muffin template! I do think that is utter genius! And these muffins you made sound so springy and happy. I just love. Hope you had an amazing day yesterday!

  26. Muffins are my new love – they’re even replacing my love for cupcakes! These look like a yummy flavour too

  27. Peach and blueberry sounds really good…indeed very Summery…I like how adventurous you are…so you can share your experiences with us 😉
    I would love to have one…or maybe two of this muffins with my coffee…do you deliver 🙂
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and have a great week ahead Geni!

  28. I love just getting in the kitchen and getting my hands dirty! It’s the best part of baking, I think. These sound like a seriously genius creation. Peaches and ginger were meant for each other!

  29. Geni, I’m so like you regarding experiments, I’d rather not just copy a whole recipe word for word and yup sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes it turns into something else 🙂 See my latest post for evidence of that..
    Take care 😉

  30. i have never thought to do peach muffins before. This is perfect for summer and all the fresh peaches around

  31. Peaches are huge here in the summer!

  32. These look so amazing and how perfect for summer!

  33. That blueberry cream cheese topping sounds so amazing!! I would probably somehow try to slip it in between batters to the middle of the muffin! But yeah, need to start baking with peach! Just watched the classic James and the Giant Peach, and all I could think of was “What peach desserts can I make?” lol..

  34. The first peaches of the season are here and these look like a wonderful way to use some of them! I may have to give these a try!

  35. These sound awesome. I love peaches, but I have a serious issue with the texture. They need to be exactly just right or I can’t eat them, and I can never seem to get them exactly just right. But if they were in muffins, then that part wouldnt matter. 🙂

  36. I can’t look at muffins now without thinking of that super creepy muffins YouTube video years ago–did you ever see it? Still makes me laugh anyways. Butttt these sound delicious. I love basic recipes like this where you can add whatever you’d like. Peaches were the perfect great addition…yum!!

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  38. Looks awsome… Very sweet…

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