Baklava Muffins

When Mr. Prevention and I visited Greece several years ago, I sustained myself on baklava alone. I assure you, that’s not a far stretch of the truth either. Baklava. Is. Amaaaazzzzing.

When I was working really hard this week (wink wink) and ran across this recipe and it immediately jumped to the top of my must-make list. No more than 36 hours later, here we are.

Baklava Muffins adapted from Cate’s World Kitchen

Filling
1/2 cup chopped walnuts pistachios
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp melted butter 50/50 Smart Balance Blend

Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
3 tbsp melted butter 50/50 Smart Balance Blend
1 cup + 2 tbsp low fat buttermilk

Glaze
1/4 cup 2 Tbsp honey

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375º F.

Mix the filling ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Mix the buttermilk, melted butter, and egg together in a medium bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it. Mix gently with a fork.

Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners. Fill each 1/3 of the way with batter, top with a spoonful of filling, then top with more batter. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as the muffins come out of the oven, brush each with about 1/2 tsp of honey, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 12 muffins with honey glaze

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 194 calories; 8.7 g. fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 131 mg. sodium; 26 g. carbohydrate; 2 g. fiber; 2.3 g. protein

Result: Holy YUM! These are divine! Very happy I made the switch from walnuts to pistachios, too. They are a cross between a muffin and a cupcake. They are not overly sweet (I mean, those nutrition stats are shabby at all!), but they’re also a bit cake-like for a muffin. Whatever they are, they are delicious! 😀

I have a date with the treadmill as the 95º Oklahoma heat doesn’t sound appealing for running. However, we are off to the pool after a good sweat session! 😀

Question: Have you ever had baklava? Did you like it? Have you ever been to Greece or the Greek Isles?

Sure wish I was back there…

Baklava dreamin’,

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30 Comments

  1. June 5, 2010 / 3:48 pm

    baklava is amazing! i am greek btw 🙂 these muffins are such a great idea.
    xoxox

  2. June 5, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    I love baklava!! Theres this awesome little greek restaurant practically right across the street from my parents house. We go there all the time, their baklava is amazing. They actually sent some home with my mom when my dad was having his cancer surgery. Pretty sure we inhaled it in record time.

  3. June 5, 2010 / 5:02 pm

    I just recently had it for the first time at this wonderful Greek restaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago! Wonderful!!!!

  4. Lazaro
    June 5, 2010 / 5:27 pm

    The baklava muffins look wonderful. My little sis would be all over them. She is a baklava freak.

    Great post.

    Cheers!

  5. June 5, 2010 / 5:33 pm

    Never been to Greece or had a baklava before, but your recipe seems so easy and delicious — it’s definitely going onto my to-make list!

  6. June 5, 2010 / 6:01 pm

    mmmmmmm baklava, going to Greek tonight I know what I’m having for desert now…

  7. June 5, 2010 / 6:02 pm

    I made baklava once in high school for a school project having to do with the Illiad! It turned out so good. And boy do I wish I was in Greece right now!

  8. June 5, 2010 / 6:03 pm

    HEY GIRL!! ahh im dying to go to GREECE! OH MY GOSH!!! It is sooo beautiful. great muffins too girl!

  9. June 5, 2010 / 6:14 pm

    I love baklava. The muffins sound great!

    No, I’ve never been to Greece, but I’d love to go!

    Happy Weekend!

  10. June 5, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    LOVE baklava! My mom and I made homemade baklava years ago… labor intensive but SO worth it. These muffins sound delish!

  11. June 5, 2010 / 9:10 pm

    Been to Greece and it was amazing!! I survived on greek salad and local white wine. Fun, crazy times. We did Athens, western Crete and Santorini in late May. It was perfect timing. 🙂

  12. June 5, 2010 / 10:48 pm

    I lack a sweet tooth unless it’s Lindt’s Chili Dark Chocolate. I’ve had baklava a couple times but I’m more likely to hit up the chips & dip for a second round then have dessert. I’ve never been to Greece but can’t wait till I get the chance!

  13. June 5, 2010 / 11:07 pm

    Those muffins looks soo good! There’s a Greek festival locally, my husband and I were going to go to it, now I’m really wanting to go, LOL.

    Jenn

  14. June 5, 2010 / 11:58 pm

    Sounds interesting, havent tasted baklava though so must try these soon…

  15. June 6, 2010 / 7:44 am

    I’m SO jealous of your travels!! I would love to go to Greece. I have a friend who makes the BEST baklava EVER, but I have never heard of baklava muffins!! What a great idea. Definitely lighter than actual baklava, that’s a plus 🙂

    I had paprika written on my list all week and I never ended up buying it. I’m a bad foodie.

  16. June 6, 2010 / 7:52 am

    I’ve never tried baklava, but I am always up for trying new flavors! Perhaps I should try to plan a Greek centered meal for my new job?! I think yes 🙂 Baklava could totally be the dinner dessert!

  17. June 6, 2010 / 8:11 am

    I am NOT a big fan of nuts, especially walnuts, and I only like honey when it’s been cooked/baked for some reason, but there’s a restaurant in town called the Greek Taverna which serves a baklava that’s to DIE for, and it’s filled to the brim with walnuts and raw honey. Don’t understand it but it’s delicious so I don’t need to. 😛 The muffins look fantastic!

  18. June 6, 2010 / 8:31 am

    Oh my goodness, I love baklava!! There’s a jewish bakery near us that sells the most amazing pistachio baklava… these muffins look great and I’m sure they’re much healthier!!

    I’ve never been to Greece, but would love to one day. It’s funny b/c just yesterday my husband said that he’s really in the mood to go to a greek restaurant. So we agreed that the next time we go out it will be for greek food. Can’t wait!! 🙂

  19. June 6, 2010 / 10:31 am

    Seriously?!? I’m drooling – these sound over the top delicious!

  20. June 6, 2010 / 1:41 pm

    Your pictures of Greece are gorgeous! I love baklava and putting it in muffin form is a brilliant idea! You’re right, the nutrition stats are pretty good too!

  21. June 6, 2010 / 1:49 pm

    I’m glad you liked these! I think next time I’ll make them with half pistachios, half walnuts.

    I’ve never been to Greece, but your pictures are beautiful!

  22. June 6, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    Wow, those look amazing! I love baklava 🙂
    I’ve never been to Greece but hope to visit one day!

  23. June 6, 2010 / 11:22 pm

    Yes,yes and no 🙂 Only had it a couple of times but the last time it was great!

  24. June 7, 2010 / 1:39 am

    Sounds so yummy… I love it when dietitians eat and enjoy desserts= we are normal!

  25. June 7, 2010 / 1:44 am

    Never been to Greece but I’m from the Palestine and we do Baklava that’s just a little different than the Greek… I like it but it’s sweet for me so I can’t live off it!!!!

  26. June 7, 2010 / 10:42 am

    I prefer Lebanese baklava to the Greek version because the Lebanese one usually has less honey so it’s not overly sweet.

    …but then again, I’m Lebanese.

  27. June 9, 2010 / 10:04 am

    I wish I could say I have been to Greece! That is where my great grandpa is from, but I have never been there 🙂 Steven’s grandma loved to make baklava! I think the muffins are a great idea!

  28. June 14, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    Just got back from Greece! I saw these muffins on Cate’s blog and thought they looked incredible too! As if I didn’t eat enough baklava in the past two weeks 🙂 And another very delicious baklava-inspired treat you must know about? Baklava gelato! I had some of that too.

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