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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Red, White, & Blue Muffins {Happy Independence Day!}

So.  Spring and especially Summer around these parts has been particularly hot and uncomfortable.  Scorching, really.  It's no secret.  The weather reports mock us with 20% chances of rain all week long.  And then it never happens.

Grass everywhere is yellow and crispy.  People with pools are keeping cool a bit easier.  Hoses, kiddie pools, and slip-n-slide's  can be seen in action at any given time of the day...dawn to dusk...down any street in town.

Air conditioners are pumping full-blast only to be keeping houses at bareable temperatures.  We had a crazy wind storm along with the only 5 minutes of rain we've had all summer (or so it seems) a few days ago, and I've heard that some are still without power.  That's a dangerous situation right now.
I've been trying to figure out if the statewide burn bans are going to put a damper on the Independence Day fireworks or not.  I can't really seem to get a straight answer.  Some things I read say the ban is in effect and should be followed.  Other things say use your judgement...use caution.  I'm thinking that only the major displays which are shot over concrete or large bodies of water will be as scheduled.  But really, it's hard telling.

So, in the midst of these strange days, I will pack up a cooler full of water, light snacks, plenty of ice, and these red, white, and blue muffins.  And we will head towards the water in search of fireworks.

Happy Independence Day, USA.  Stay safe, stay hydrated, and enjoy your day!

Red, White, and Blue Muffins

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Keywords: bake bread snack breakfast vegetarian blueberries strawberries July 4th American

Ingredients (12 muffins)
  • 1½ c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ c. superfine sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp.
  • ½ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. whole milk
  • ⅔ c. chopped, fresh strawberries
  • ½ c. fresh blueberries
  • ¼ c. + 2 Tbs. white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a muffin tin (or line w/ muffin papers).

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Push dry ingredients to one side of the bowl.

Add eggs, oil, and milk to "empty" side of bowl and beat together lightly. Mix the dry and the wet ingredients together until just combined.

Fold in the strawberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips.

Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove to a wire rack and let sit for 5 minutes before turning muffins out to finish cooling. Enjoy!

inspired by/adapted from Taste of Home Baking
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  1. Gerry @ Foodness GraciousJuly 4, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Happy fourth!! Love da muffins :)

  2. josé manuel martín fernándezJuly 4, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Estupendos, se ven deliciosos

  3. strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips......yummm...yummm....yummmm. Muffins look great.

  4. Wonderful looking muffins
    Have a wonderful 4th of July

  5. Clara Villalón BravoJuly 4, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Qué buenos, qué pinta más jugosita tienen!

  6. It's the same way here. They have cancelled fireworks in some parts of our county. At least today is supposed to be a little cooler. Happy 4th of July!

  7. Stephanie@PlainChicken.comJuly 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    The muffins look great! Can't wait to try them.

    happy 4th!

  8. Happy 4th of July, Heather! I think these muffins are the perfect way to celebrate! :)

  9. Yummy looking muffins! Great for the 4th.

  10. What a delightful muffin! Love the white chocolate chips. Happy 4th!

  11. Happy July 4th Heather. Enjoy it with your family!

  12. Great idea for the 4th! Everyone around the country seems to be hotter than usual except us. Our A/C isn't working and we haven't even missed it until the last couple of days.

  13. ...and where do you live? I can have the car packed in no time flat!! ;)

  14. Indeed. Happy 4th to you... do you do anything since you're in Mexico?

  15. I wish it was supposed to be cooler here. Of course, high 90's is much cooler than predicted 108 tomorrow. {cry...} Happy 4th!

  16. Thanks Gerry, happy 4th to you and the fam!

  17. Outer Banks of NC! Come on down :)

  18. I love both the theme of these muffins and the combination of ingredients used here, Heather! I've recently seen a lot of bakers using white chocolate (sometimes for flavor, sometimes for moisture, etc) but these muffins sound amazing with both blueberries and strawberries... Wow. I'm so glad you shared...

  19. These look perfect. A dessert that is handheld and easy to eat while running around is exactly what my family's 4th celebrations need. I am really impressed with the red, white and blue theme. Wow, great recipe, thank you for sharing!

  20. You know it's a hot one when you're only about 30 miles south of Canada and it's 106F!! It's hot as hell up here in northern Ohio. Thankfully we can watch the fireworks over the Lake Erie. They called off the fireworks back at home in KY.

    Love those muffins! Have a great 4th!

  21. Congratulations Heather with Independence Day. We hope you have some left for us, they look delicious. We love the colors and when we saw the photos we simultaneously called out: 'wauw'.

  22. Hope you had a good one - my son visited and so we had some family time.
    Nice lookin' muffins, girl!

  23. mjskit @ mjskitchen.comJuly 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    What clever patriotic muffins!!! Not only are they clever, but they look and sound delicious! Love the white chocolate morsels in them with the fruit. Wish I had air conditioning so I could bake some! Hope you're having a fun-filled week.

  24. What a cute idea! I love the red white and blue theme, and all of the flavors go awesome together!

  25. Those muffins have fireworks of their own! Several local municipalities did cancel them around here. I wouldn't buy the usual mortars, bottle rockets and such this year because our neighborhood is so dry.

  26. The heat really has been unreasonable! But these muffins are just the thing to make up for the lack of fireworks. Love the red, white and blue theme!

  27. Yum ... These would be perfect for national blueberry muffin day next week :-)

  28. This summer is off to a strange start, we also had two week so of 20,30 perfect chance of rain y nada! These muffins would be perfect for breakfast!

  29. I can't believe I haven't been an official follower of your blog till now! These muffins look fantastic. A perfect 4th of July treat :)