Mini Blueberry-Yogurt Muffins


I'm back from Vegas, baby! Whenever you talk about Las Vegas you have to throw in a "baby" after you say Vegas. Do you know what I mean?
Examples:
I didn't sleep at all when I was in Vegas, baby!
I won a ton of money playing slots in Vegas, baby!
I drank white Russians and amaretto sours in Vegas, baby!

None of the above is true. Well, I did drink white Russians and amaretto sours, but I did not win any money and I slept a lot every day.

That's all I'm telling you for now! I'm uploading and editing my pictures, and getting my Vegas posts ready. For now you'll have to settle for a blueberry muffin post - not that there's anything wrong with that.



I was contacted by Oikos Organic Greek yogurt, asking if I would like to sample their product. They sent me some coupons for free yogurt and I was very excited to try it. I was unable to find it in my area, so they were kind enough to ship me a box full of yogurt.



I felt good about eating it because it's organic, and also fat-free. I've never had fat-free Greek yogurt before, but guess what? This yogurt is just as delicious as the whole milk kind. On a side note, do you know why Greek yogurt is so thick and creamy? It's because of the straining process that removes the whey (liquid) from the yogurt.



I don't think I can eat anything but Oikos now, which makes me sad, because I can't buy it here in the Ozarks. It truly is the best yogurt I've ever had. It's great with fresh fruit and granola. Their flavors include honey, blueberry, and vanilla. The honey yogurt was my fav.



I didn't mean to have back-to-back giveaways, but that's just kind of how it happened. I needed to get this post up because they sent me the yogurt and coupons weeks ago. So once again, I'm having a giveaway. I'm giving away the coupons they sent me; six coupons for free Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt!
Retail value ??? I have no clue.

Just leave me a comment on this post if you want to be entered in the giveaway, and I'll randomly choose a winner and announce it in my next post (which is going to be about Vegas, baby!).

Greek yogurt can also be used in cooking and baking. I've used it in cakes a few times, but this time I used it in a simple blueberry muffin recipe. Simple, but unique, yes? These cute mini-muffins are flavored with browned butter, brown sugar, fresh blueberries and Greek yogurt, then topped with turbinado sugar. Yum!


Mini Blueberry-Yogurt Muffins

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups blueberries
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place mini muffin liners in mini muffin tin.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook for 3-4 minutes, whisking frequently, until foamed and golden brown. Remove pan from heat to cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in brown sugar until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, vanilla and butter until well combined. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until just combined; stir in blueberries.

Divide batter into muffin cups and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into muffins comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool 5 minutes before transferring muffins to wire racks to cool.

Makes 4 to 4 1/2 dozen mini muffins


89 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed Vegas, baby! And I'm glad you're enjoying your Greek yoghurt! It's absolutely wonderful to cook with! But you don't need me telling you that!

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  2. enter me!!! I've seen that yogurt in the stores but haven't tried it yet. I'll have to get some. Can't wait to hear about what you did in Vegas, cuz I know it has to be something food related! :)

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  3. I love Greek yogurt and oikos is my fave brand...I want to win!

    The muffins look delish!

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  4. Oh my they look so cute! Love blueberries with any dessert. Great photography.

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  5. Yummy muffins, and just in time for blueberry season :)

    Greek yogurt is amazing - it's one of my favorite things. And Stonyfield is a great brand!

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  6. Your mini muffins are so cute!
    I keep meaning to bake something with blueberries as I love the way they explode and ooze colour!

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  7. So cute! I made strawberry yogurt muffins not too long ago. That actually reminds me that I should pull them outta the freezer so I can have one for breakfast. Glad you had fun in Vegas, baby!

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  8. Welcome back from Vegas, baby. These babies look like the perfect accompaniment with my coffee.

    Looking forward to the Vegas lowdown.

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  9. I still have dreams about Greek yogurt!!Can't wait to hear about the exciting times in Vegas:D

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  10. I've never had Greek yogurt but I'm definitely intrigued by your description--and the delicious recipe!

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  11. Mmmm, I love Oikos! It's a little hard to find here though...but when I can, I always buy it. These muffins look delish. Can't wait to hear about Vegas, baby! :)

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  12. Oh, Vegas! One of my favorite places in the US. I can't wait to see your pics and I'm sure you had some excellent food while there.
    I am the queen of Greek yogurt so I would love to receive coupons!

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  13. Oikos rocks!! I always say I'm going to bake with it, but then just end up eating it topped with a little honey and granola, love it!

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  14. Those muffins look wonderful! A coworker of mine just recommended the honey yogurt yesterday. I guess I really need to try it now! I hope I win the coupons!!

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  15. I LOVE Greek Yogurt! I just discovered this recently- and I can't eat anything else either.
    Since you can't find Oikos at your local store, the FAGE brand is pretty amazing as well. Also, if you have a Trader Joe's nearby- their Greek yogurt is outstanding.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I have also been mailed free coupons and hope to use them soon. Glad you had a nice time in Vegas and I'm looking forward to yours posts about it! The muffins look great Emily...I have some blueberries in the fridge right now that I need to use up!

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  17. Baby!!! I'm so disappointed that you didn't win tons at the slots. I just hope you didn't LOSE a lot.

    I love OIKOS yogurt, but it's so pricey that coupons are a must. Sign me up!

    Gorgeous pictures and recipe.

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  18. I love, love, love Greek yogurt!

    I never thought about baking with it because it is so delicious to eat.

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  19. Happy to read that it was a good trip. I had hoped you won big and were on your way to culinary school though.

    I'll settle for some muffins while I wait for your photos. So will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas? ;-)

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  20. I actually went to the yogurt website to make sure I could get that brand around. I was so surprised when 15 possible stores popped up. Awesome! Those muffins look so good too -- I'd love to try them with some free yogurt... ;)

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  21. I've been wanting to try this yogurt, so I would love to win the coupons!

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  22. Very cute indeed, I like blueberry muffin, unfortunately my family rather eat the blueberry fresh. Anyway, it's mini, so I can eat them all by myself...

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  23. Adorable muffins! It's good to hear that the fat-free was good. I usually steer clear of it, but I do really like Greek yogurt. We are lucky enough to have that brand in our Whole Foods so I'll give it a try.

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  24. The honey yogurt is my favorite too! Oikos is unbelievably good.

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  25. Whenever anyone mentions White Russians these days, I always think of the Big Lebowski. The dude abides!

    Those are cute little muffins! Trader Joe's also has some delish Greek yogurt, but I've never had this Oikos that you speak of.

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  26. I will have to try this, do you think it will work with full size muffins? Love it baby!

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  27. I love Oikos! I tried it just recently on my trip to our local farmers market. I agree, it's great with fresh fruit and granola.

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  28. Oh yummy! Welcome back, hope you had a good time!

    Vegas, baby!

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  29. I bet these muffins were so moist with the yogurt in them. They look delicious! Don't count me in your giveaway, I'm sure I wouldn't find the product here, either :(

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  30. ah, those muffins look so good. Anything with blueberries is totally justifiable.

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  31. Glad you're back! Gorgeous cute lil muffins -- something I'd also like to eat for breakfast! Speaking of, we should do breakfast, I'm up for it! Except, I'm thinking about something that doesn't require us to jump on a plane...maybe a co-hosted breakfast blogging event?! Yeah, baby! (Breakfast is another term that should be in the same sentence as "baby!" lol).

    Lucky girl! I love their yogurt, especially the greek one.

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  32. Nice muffins--and I want in on that yogurt!

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  33. Love the muffins. I am addicted to that yogurt,seriously! I have to have one every day, usually with berries. SO GOOD!!! I can't wait to see your Vegas post!

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  34. please enter me! i've been a lurker but would love to try Oikos :)

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  35. We probably don't have it here in Mississippi either. If we do it's way up in Madison at Fresh Foods and that's not in my shopping area.

    Glad you had fun, the muffins look really good. I wish my hubby liked cooked blueberry. He will only eat a few fresh. I keep telling him he doesn't know what he's missing.

    Ramona

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  36. Vegas, baby is one of these places that you go once and you want to go back. I want that yogourt, we can't find it here.

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  37. Those look delicious! I love using greek yogurt

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  38. Welcome back! I received some of those coupons and the honey one ROCKS! I never knew greek yogurt was so good especially with honey!

    Your mini muffins look good and so cute!
    ~ingrid

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  39. You're back! Yah! Was seriously missing the Plumster.

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  40. Adorable delicious little muffins! Greek yogurt is so great for baking. Makes everything better! I have not tried this brand yet but it looks mighty dreamy!

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  41. As always...

    ...this looks great.

    Congrats on the great photos.

    I love working with Greek yogurt, especially Oikos. It has such a beautiful texture and flavor.

    And those muffins are calling my name. :)

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  42. Greek yogurt muffins, yay! If you really get addicted to it and can't find it, you can curtail your cravings by taking regular yogurt and let it strain through a cheesecloth or coffee filter overnight in the fridge and it makes something similar to Greek yogurt. And its probably cheaper! I love cheap! Which is why I want some coupons!

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  43. i freakin love greek yogurt! i bet you had so much fun in vegas! cant wait for the post :)

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  44. This is my first time commenting, and I'm thinking it is about time! I've been reading your blog for quite a few months now. Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Vegas, I love it there. I wanted to let you know that I adore your recipes, and your blog is one of the first I go to when I need to make a dessert. The fact that you use PB in many of them is so great, since my husband is addicted to the stuff;) Thank you for sharing so many great ideas and flavors. Oh, and those cinnamon rolls you posted (I think they were called Hubcaps?)? To. Die. For. Best I've ever tasted. Keep up the amazing work!

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  45. I love Greek yogurt! And agree wholeheartedly with Peter G. that it is wonderful to cook with. Steph

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  46. muffins = delicious
    Looking forward to the Vegas post!

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  47. Yum! I am going to try that recipe. I love blueberry muffins.

    I have never tried Greek yogurt but I love yogurt so it would be great to give it a try!

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  48. Ooh, greek yoghurt! Count me in.

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  49. I LOVE LOVE LOVE OIKOS GREEK YOGURT!!! You cupcakes look delicious!

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  50. Oikos is my new obsession! I just tried it this past month an love it, but it's so expensive :( The honey one is my favorite as well.

    Can't wait to see you Vegas pictures!

    Those muffins look delicious! I need to get a mini muffin pan so I can make them!

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  51. Oh, blueberry muffins made with Greek yogurt sound super yummy! Mini-muffins are so addicting - I could gobble up the whole pan. Looking forward to your Vegas recap!

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  52. I love greek yogurt- I really love free greek yogurt.

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  53. never tried this greek yogurt but i SOOOOOOOOO want to!! those muffins look great...i think if i won the giveaway i'd be tempted to bake with my yogurt :)

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  54. Love the mini's! If you want to delete I also received the coupons from Oikos, so I don't want you to put me in the drawing, just wanted to comment on the muffins. I think muffins are/were my favorite thing to use the yogurt with. I just made blueberry muffins on Monday!
    Hope we get a travel log about Vegas, baby!

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  55. I just recently discovered Oikos yogurt at my local Krogers. Yum! I might just have to try to modify this recipe so it's gluten-free...

    Sign me up!

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  56. YUM! I just made 2 yogurt-marmalade cakes with Greek yogurt and they were SO good! Looks like I'll be heading back to the store soon for some more, so I can make these babies asap!

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  57. Curious to know if you did the Slingshot at the Stratosphere in Vegas, Baby! Blueberries always looks so beautiful but I just can't seem to muster a taste for them. Now, blackberries, that's a whole other story....

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  58. I'm glad your trip was good.
    I love greek yogurt! Your muffin recipie looks awesome. I like using yogurt to marinate chicken. OMG is it yummy. Well, you have to use other seasonings in it, like Italian or greek, but it's the yogurt the makes it awesome.

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  59. As a poor med student who loves her some Oikos, this coupon would be an amazing treat!! Please count me in :) Thank you!

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  60. man they sent me coupons weeks ago too and i still haven't really posted anything. it's on my to do list for sure...

    these look so yummy! and i'm glad you guys had such a good time in vegas!!!! you guys are so adorable together :)

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  61. that's an awesome photo of the inside of the muffin. and i love that they're mini - you can eat more than one!

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  62. Yeah, baby! That looks freaking fabulous, baby! I love anything with Greek yogurt, baby!
    Gosh, I'm annoying myself.

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  63. I can't believe your area has deprived you of this yogurt! Thankfully, we do have it here in KY, so I'd love the coupons!! Thanks.

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  64. I discovered how much more I like greek yogurt than regular yogurt, so what fantastic timing for this giveaway!

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  65. Oh man, those look delicious! I have to live vicariously through your blog since the only kitchen that I have access to is.. well... lacking.

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  66. No yogurt for me... Not one of my favorites. But Peggy like it. Glad you had a great time in Viva Las Vegas. Looking forward to the pics and your words of wisdom on conquering the tables!!!

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  67. Please enter me in! Greek yogurt is my every day morning treat! =)

    As for Vegas, that can be a summer treat ;)

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  68. Waw,...they look fabulous!!

    What is turbinado sugar?
    I have never heard from that before?

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  69. mini muffins are superior to regular muffins in every way, and these are particularly lovely. blueberries make such photogenic goodies. :)
    can't wait to hear about vegas, baby!

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  70. I LOVE THEIR YOGURT! Here goes, lucky number 70 or 80-something!

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  71. count me in on this one! :) i'd love to try this yogurt in some recipes hehe

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  72. I've heard quite a bit about that yogurt and hope I win so I can try it! :) the muffin recipe sounds great, too!

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  73. Enter me, baby! ;-) I love Greek yogurt, but since I eat yogurt every morning for breakfast, I just can't justify paying over a dollar for one thing of yogurt...so, six coupons would be wonderful! I'd love to taste the blueberry flavor. Yum! Those muffins look great. I just love mini-muffins...I'll have to try when I get my fresh MS blueberries! :-)

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  74. I would love to be entered!! We use plain greek yogurt to make blue cheese dipping sauce for hot wings!! Better for you than using sour cream!
    The muffins look yummy!

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  75. Emily these look great! I love greek yogurt, blueberries and muffins... so this is a great trifecta in my book :-D

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  76. I love Greek yogurt! It's so versatile and delicious. Speaking of which, those muffins look incredible!

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  77. Yum yum yum -- lovely muffins! Perfect breakfast with a cup o joe. (No need to enter me in the giveaway -- thanks anyway!)

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  78. You get to travel everywhere with your amazing food--who needs culinary school when you already rock???
    And I lurve me some blueberry muffins.

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  79. Aww, these are so cute - itty bitty baby muffins are adorable.

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  80. yum! i got the coupons from them too and now i know what i am doing w/some of the yogurt :)

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  81. I just bought some blueberries at the store today because they were on sale. I'm thinking maybe muffins for breakfast!

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  82. http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/7430/tasty.jpg

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  83. Those muffins look yummy! Thanks for having a give away. Plase include me in your give away. My daughter & I love yourgt and so does her dog!

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