honey lemon olive oil muffins with lavender honey butter

Yesterday I was on the hunt for a fun dinner recipe and somehow or another I ran across an irresistible muffin recipe over at Pinch My Salt. The recipe included olive oil. I've been wanting to try olive oil in a cake or muffin for a while now so I decided to give it a whirl.

I changed the recipe just a little. I chose to use whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose because that's the way I roll. ;)

And instead of the glaze called for in the recipe I chose to go with a lavender infused honey butter. It really brought a nice dimension of flavor and goodness to these muffins.

They are moist and light. They have a lovely lemon flavor with just a hint of honey. The touch of lavender puts it over the top for me!

Try these, you'll love 'em!

Honey Lemon Olive Oil Muffins
recipe adapted from Pinch My Salt

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
2 large eggs
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Lavender Honey Butter
1/2 stick room temperature butter
1 tsp honey
2 tsp crushed lavender (food grade)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Spray inside to prevent sticking.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine honey, sugar, olive oil, yogurt, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.

Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Divide batter evenly between muffin cups. I find an ice cream scoop works well for this.

Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of muffins comes out clean.

While muffins are baking make the lavender honey butter.

While muffins are still warm brush the tops with the lavender honey butter.

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Eat one while they're still warm with a nice cup of tea. C'mon, you know you want to!



love lives in the kitchen said...

with all this delicious ingredients this must be a delight!
thank you for sharing and wish you a sweet day,

Jeannie said...

Been wanting to try lavender in my cooking but so far have not found any in our local culinary store sigh! These muffins sure sounds like a winner!

bellini valli said...

I am really enjoying olive oil cakes and muffuns definitely fall into the same category Kim.

TKW said...

What an original recipe. I bet those are delicious with tea!

Claudia said...

Love the muffins and really adore the lavender-honey butter. Wishing I could crush the lavender that is growing outside... and then have it with lavender tea.

Randi Troxell said...

oh.. these sounds ahhh-maaaah-zing!

Joanne said...

These sound so lovely, pure, and unadulterated. I can't explain why. They just feel that way to me.

Indie.Tea said...

I made lavender-infused cupcakes about two months....I think that baking with lavender is wonderful! It makes everything smell lovely, doesn't it? Your cupcakes look gorgeous.

Juliana said...

Kim, these muffins sound and look SO delicious, love the lots of honey in it and the lavender honey butter must give such a nice fragrance to the muffin...yummie!

Angie's Recipes said...

I want to just grab a few of them out of the screen! They look delish.

Mimi said...

My husband will go nuts for these!

Thanks for sharing.


Monet said...

These sound so elegant...I love olive oil cakes, and I can imagine that these tasted lovely with the honey and the lavender. What a creative muffin recipe. Thank you for sharing!

Stella said...

That's the way I roll too, Kim! And these are beautiful. Bonnie from Sweetlife sent me some culinary lavender, so I might make these. Oh, and the honey butter on top is genius;) Nice substitute...
p.s. My Mom is not the person to be asking about food (smile). I'm not sure but I imagine that she burns her little eggplants!

Mimi said...

I've made olive oil cakes that were fabulous, so I imagine that these would be just as good.

Anonymous said...

These muffins look amazing especially with the lavender honey butter!

Megan said...

It's funny that you said to eat one with tea because as I was reading through the recipe and post, I was thinking these would be perfect with tea. They look so pretty with the lavender.

Krista said...

I will take your word for it! These look and sound amazing!

Faith said...

I recently used lavender for the first time and I fell in love with it! Luckily I still have some in my pantry so I can make these gorgeous muffins!

Kim said...

Like you, I've always wanted to make muffins and/or cake with olive oil. Love the touch of the lavender honey butter.

Connie @ Rookie Foodie said...

I love lemon anything!

koralee said...

These look amazing...I am thinking I will try them and give my family a new taste sensation. Hugs for another great recipe my friend. xoxoxo

Velva said...

You are my muffin hero. You make the most fabulous muffins. These look wonderful. Lavender infused honey? Wow.

Jenn said...

Why aren't we neighbors? Seriously. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

If I wasn't baking muffins, I'd be totally jealous.

Evan @swEEts said...

I love everything about this recipe! I really need to get my hands on some lavender

scrambledhenfruit said...

I bought some culinary lavender a couple of weeks ago- this will be a great recipe to try it out! They look simply wonderful!

clearlytangled said...

these look great. i have some lavender that i've been meaning to use.

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