April 1, 2012

Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry picking season has begun! I am obsessed with strawberry picking and make it a competition every time I go. Unfortunately I am usually competing with myself, because, really, who else does that? I just love them!

Boone Hall Farms started their U-Pick season while I was in NYC, so my first weekend back in town, I was eager to get out in the fields. On Saturday, my friend Nicole and I made it out to the farm just before it started to rain. Between the two of us, we picked over 15 pounds of strawberries.

Once home, I washed, hulled, and sliced the majority of the strawberries so I could eat and bake with them throughout the week. The rest were frozen. The best way to do this is to wash them, cut off the tops, let them dry, and then freeze them whole. Make sure they are dry or else you will have strawberry icicles and that’s not cute.

But these muffins are.image

Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fat free cottage cheese 
  • 1/4 cup canola oil 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400*. Fill a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Toss together strawberries and 1/3 cup of sugar.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, oil, egg, and vanilla.

  3. Combine the cottage cheese mixture and the strawberry mixture. Slowly fold in the flour mixture just until combined.

  4. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with 1 tbsp. of sugar.

  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes,  then transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

In many cases, muffins are just as bad as cake. These, however, are low fat! You love them already.


It’s only March and the strawberries are already taking over my life. I’m not upset. But I do need your favorite strawberry recipes. Give ‘em up!

Do you pick fruit or vegetables at your local farm? What’s your favorite?

Send your strawberry recipes, please!

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  • Ooo yummy! I love the cottage cheese in there. I wish I could go strawberry picking!

  • Katie @ The Perks

    How was Boone Hall? We usually go out to Wadmalaw and pick! The season is really early this year!

  • YUM!  Thankfully my agenda is pretty open today and strawberries are BOGO- you’ll find me in the kitchen [hopefully, or else I’ve already eaten all the strawberries straight out of the container] ;P

  • those look so good! Happy Sunday <3

  • Catherine

    these are seriously great! definitely making them this week and topping them with some greek yogurt 🙂

  • I’m so jealous!  Strawberry season doesn’t come to Iowa until June…it is hard to wait!  I make oodles of freezer jam, freezer some and of course bake with a ton of it!

  • I have been craving strawberries.  I’m making a strawberry ice box cake for Easter.

  • I will be making these, stat! I love your strawberry picking ensemble, too!

  • These look great and I love that they are healthy! That means I can eat 5 in a sitting right?…:)

  • I can’t believe it’s already strawberry season there! Ours doesn’t start until June! 😛 I will definitely need to remember to make these though – I love that you used cottage cheese in them!

    When I worked on the farm last summer and got free strawberries by the bucketful, I made this strawberry rhubarb crisp. It was sooo good! http://onehealthymunchkin.blogspot.ca/2011/06/food-from-farm-strawberries.html

  • itzyskitchen

    Ah! I’m going this week. Cannot wait. Strawberries are amazing. The muffins look so yum

  • I want to go strawberry picking!

  • I’ve actually never gone strawberry picking! Now I want to. Love that you used cottage cheese in the muffins!

  • that looks like so much fun! I hope I can do that this summer!

  • Brittany Dahn

    Those look great! I just searched to see what strawberry recipes I have on my blog and turns out I don’t have a single one! I need to change that. I might start with these muffins, but the warm weather is making me think a smoothie would be good this week too. 

  • Erin Turner

    These look so yummy!  I’m bookmarking them for sure. 🙂

  • Haley Dahle

    Those look freaking delicious! We used to pick strawberries every year when we lived in WI and I’m not sure if they have strawberry picking farms anywhere in UT. I’m on the hunt for one now though!

  • Yummm! I love strawberries and I swear everything tastes better when it’s freshly picked!

  • Liziheartvegetables

    I’m so jealous! I want to go berry picking!!!!

    Those muffins look awesome, and you’re so freaking adorable!

  • Brittan

    So happy you posted this recipe! Madi went strawberry picking last night with her GiGi and I was wondering what to do with all those strawberries. Totally making these this week!!

  • Just made crepes with nutella and strawberries last weekend!! Yummoo

  • You have me craving strawberries! I wish we could get good ones up north already!

  • Annie

    making these tonight and am SO excited!

    • yay! they really aren’t that sweet, so if you want to increase the sugar to 1/2 cup, they’d be better! 🙂

  • What a great looking muffin.  We have great strawberries right now and I would love to try these.

  • Jenniferburth23

    So i followed the directions to a T besides one thing-I used 1/4 cup applesauce instead of the oil as I read you can sub applesauce for OIL or butter in a recipe anytime to make it healthier…well the muffins have been in the oven 25 minutes and have golden tops and raw middles…why would this happen?

    • applesauce can very often give baked goods a “raw” like texture which is why i rarely substitute with it. but only using 1/4 cup shouldn’t do that. you used all whole wheat flour?

      • Jenniferburth23

        Yes. Whole wheat flour ;( Raw sugar in the strawberries wouldnt have made that happen…they look terrible. So strange…

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