I’ve been experimenting with different flavors for the high protein, high fiber, low sugar, and low fat muffins I’m baking for breakfast. My favorite so far is almond poppy seed. This flavor seems to work particularly well with the quark, oat bran, and stevia base. And so I am sharing it with you below. Poppy seeds, known as maanzaad (moon seed) in the Netherlands, are not known around here for their use in sweet pastries, but they are wonderful and work so well with almonds. These muffins are very easy to make and have a nice moist crumb. And of course they are still gluten-free.
In the previous post I referred to cottage cheese rather than quark, but based on the comments I now understand that those are two different things (in the Netherlands, we only have quark and we are usually told that it is called cottage cheese in English). If you can’t find quark you can still use cottage cheese instead, but from the comments I gather you should whisk or blend it first to get it smooth.
For 6 muffins
50 grams (1/3 cup) oat bran
50 grams (1/2 cup) almond meal
160 grams (2/3 cup) lean quark (or lean cottage cheese)
2/3 cup (160 ml) stevia powder, or 2 tsp liquid stevia extract
2 Tbsp poppy seed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract
slivered almonds, as needed
butter and flour for the muffin pan
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F (not fan forced).
Whisk 2 eggs with 2/3 cup stevia powder or 2 tsp stevia extract.
Add 160 grams quark, 50 grams almond meal, 50 grams oat bran, 1 tsp almond extract, 1 tsp baking powder, and 2 Tbsp poppy seed.
Stir until homogeneous.
Grease a muffin pan well and sprinkle it with flour. Tilt the pan and move it in a circular motion until it is evenly coated with flour.
Fill the muffin pan with the batter, and top with slivered almonds.
Bake for 20 minutes at 180C/350F (not fan forced), or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow the muffins to cool off before taking them out of the pan. You may have to loosen them with a knife to get them out.
Store the muffins in an airtight container. They keep for about 3 days at room temperature, or a week in the refrigerator. They also freeze well.
Banana eclairs are a wonderful sweet pastry and, unlike the muffins above, full of sugar. That doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious!