Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese

Recipe #2 – Spartan Oil  #EVOOChallenge

Why olive oil?  I know we have all heard the benefits of using olive oil in recipes.  I did a bit of research and found this interesting article; http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-benefits.  After you read this article, I think we will all rethink the oils we use when we cook.  Take a look, very interesting.

On to my second challenge recipe.  Ever thought of replacing butter with olive oil?  That is exactly what I did with my muffin recipe, this recipe has always been good with butter, but I must say, delicious when using olive oil.  The oil makes these muffins very moist and delicious.  I baked these in miniature muffin tins and then flipped them over when I removed them from the pans.  I like the look of the flat tops.  Top with a dollop of Orange Honey Cream Cheese, it is hard to eat just one!

Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese

Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup Spartan Olive Oil
  2. 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly greased 24 mini muffins pans. Combine oil and sugar in a mixing bowl, mix well to combine. Add eggs, flour and vanilla, mix well. Fold in pecans. Fill each muffin pan 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool, serve with Orange Honey Cream Cheese
Notes
  1. Orange Honey Cream Cheese
  2. In a medium bowl combine 8 oz. cream cheese (room temp.) 1 tablespoon of honey and the zest of one orange.
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5 thoughts on “Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese

  1. Your post arrived just before breakfast…your recipe is perfect for a
    cold winter day -I have all of the ingredients in my pantry, so I will enjoy
    baking them and serving them with a pot of hot tea. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  2. Wendy Breseman

    Hi Carol,
    This looks good! Just 1/2 cup of flour for 24 muffins? Doesn’t sound like quite enough. Love the olive oil challenge!
    Wendy Breseman

    • carol lou

      That is correct 1/2 cup – it makes 24 mini muffins

      • Wendy Breseman

        Oh – got it. Did not realize they were mini muffins. Thanks so much!

  3. I have never thought to flip muffins/cupcakes like that – how fun!

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