Monday, October 3, 2011

Strawberry Lavender Muffins

Whenever I'm visiting downtown Toronto, I also almost always find myself eating at Fresh, a popular vegetarian restaurant (actually, there are three locations!).  It is one of my most favorite restaurants ever where you can find all sorts of fresh and wholesome dishes, and the menu is 100% vegetarian (nearly 100% Vegan as well, with the choice of adding cheese here or there).  Fresh also has the most delicious juices and fruit smoothies - I always make sure to get a smoothie with my meal.

Since I'm not in downtown Toronto very often, Fresh has published a couple of cookbooks so I can make some of their delicious food at home.  While I do not own any of the books (yet), I did purchase one as a Christmas present for a friend and I copied this recipe out from the book since I wanted to try it myself.  Pictured above are the Strawberry Lavender Muffins.  This recipe comes from the book, Fresh at Home, available in person at all Fresh locations, in bookstores, and for sale online.

The lavender adds a really interesting twist to the regular fruit muffin - the actual lavender pieces aren't inside the muffins, but infused inside the soy milk / maple syrup combination that you heat on the stove top.  All of the directions are below - these muffins are very easy to make and super delicious!  I don't think these will last very long around the house!

Makes 12


1 1/4 cups vanilla soymilk
3/4 cup and 1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp dried lavender
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
4 cups organic light spelt flour (I substituted half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.  You can substitute all 4 cups of all-purpose flour, too)
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp canola oil


1. Line the pan with paper liners.
2. Heat soy milk, maple syrup, and lavender in a saucepan - bring to a boil over medium heat.  (Keep your eye on the pan....once it starts to boil, it will boil over and FAST! out!)
3. Remove from heat, cover and infuse for 5 minutes.  Strain mixture through a fine sieve and add applesauce.  Set aside and cool completely.
4. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
5. Add strawberries and toss to cook.
6. Add liquid and oil to dry ingredients.  Mix gently until the mixture just comes together.
7. Scoop into muffin pans.
8.  Bake at 350 degrees F for approx. 25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly pressed.
9. Remove from pans, cool, and serve.


  1. I love things with lavender in them. These look really good.

  2. WOW! Those look so good I can almost smell them!
    *stops sniffing monitor*

  3. Oh wow!! Those sound amazing. I could almost smell them the moment I read the name 'strawberry-lavender'. Yum!

  4. Oh LOL, I just read Jeni's comment. Looks like my nose isn't the only one affected by your post. :)

  5. Gorgeous! The lavender infusion is clever, must try.

  6. Those sound delicious. I love that panda with cookie has already commented because as soon as I saw the title I thought she'd like the sound of them!

  7. These muffins sound intriguing! I have so much lavender growing in the garden and never thought to use it in the kitchen before. I'm bookmarking this to try!

  8. You know how long it's been since I've had a muffin? Far far too long.
    It's pretty embarrassing as my blog's name is Muffin Topped.

    I will definitely try this once I get to France and fresh lavender is available in abundance.

  9. I'm so happy that everyone enjoys "smelling" the muffins :) they taste just as good as they look! highly recommend this recipe! :) also, thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog!

  10. wowowowowowowow. I'd give my spine in order to have woken up to a fresh batch of these this morning.

  11. I had my first taste of lavender last summer when I had lavender lemonade, and fell in love. I just know these will taste amazing. Can't wait to try them!

  12. These little beauties will definitely be a part of this coming weekend's agenda! My mouth is watering.

  13. Anything with lavender is instantly fancy.