When it comes to food, I am all about balance. Romaine salad for lunch, followed by red velvet cake for dessert. A three mile run, and then three slices of pizza. A plate of Swiss chard, and a glass of chardonnay. You get the idea.
So it should come as no surprise that I made two very different types of modifications to these pumpkin muffins, this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.
First, I made some changes that made these muffins a little healthier. I replaced one third of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, used fat free Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk, reduced the amount of butter by a couple of tablespoons, and added a little extra pumpkin.
But then, to balance all of that healthiness, I made some changes that made these more dessert like. In half of the muffins, I replaced the golden raisins with Bittersweet chocolate. In the other half, I added a cream cheese filling.
Decadent and healthy? Sounds like a perfect balance to me.
Thanks to Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp for this week's selection. You can find the recipe on her blog.
*Note: I also made a third type of modification to this recipe: the accidental kind. I was watching Gossip Girl while I mixed the batter, and I got so into watching Blair bribe her ex-boyfriend Chuck to seduce his ex-best friend Nate's ex-girlfriend Vanessa to hurt Vanessa's best friend Dan, who used to date Blair's best friend Serena, that I totally forgot to add all of the spices. Needless to say, my muffins were pretty bland, so I don't feel that I can fully attest to their fabulousness. But, they were still good, and I'm sure they'd be even better if not made while under the influence of so much drama. I blame Blair Waldorf for this one.