Meyer Lemon- Ricotta Muffins

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Are you able to get your hands on some Meyers?  They’re sometimes found at the Farmer’s Market… try Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and any other specialty type markets.  You simply must find them.  And if you have a tree, well then I’m forever jealous.  I planted a very small Meyer Lemon tree last spring and it has maybe grown 2 inches taller- thus no fruit yet.  That’s what I get for trying to be thrifty at the nursery!

The bright, sunny color of a Meyer Lemon will draw you in, along with the sweeter flavor.   As Meyer Lemon season begins to draw to a close, I’m offering up a muffin recipe very worth trying…
Meyer Lemon- Ricotta Muffins.

I worked from a recipe I found on this neat blog, but my healthy eating venture had me messing with the ingredients to make these a tad bit more diet-friendly.

There’s a 1/4 cup of butter in there and some added applesauce to help keep them moist. I also went for using low fat ricotta cheese.

The flavor is really, really nice in these muffins. You see… there is a good amount of that wonderful Meyer Lemon zest in there, a splash of Meyer Lemon juice and added almond extract as well.

I know that someone will ask if they can use regular old sour lemons in this recipe.  Yes, I say ‘go for it!‘…  but understand that they might have a different taste than I’m describing.  Meyers do give off a substantially different flavor than regular sour lemons.   But since this recipe calls for a minimal amount of the actual lemon juice, you’re probably okay to try it with plain old lemons.

See how perfect they are? They really were quite delicious.

Something made these very moist (ricotta & applesauce, no doubt), and the blend of lemon & almond is fabuloso. Don’t skip the sliced almonds on top, and I added a little demerara/turbinado sugar on top for a little extra crunch and sparkle.

This recipe can be found here:  Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins
The Meyer Lemons that I used are from that wonderful San Diego resource: Specialty Produce.

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • The Duo Dishes wrote:

    You’re right. We have to find these. Every time we see a post, we think we have to get them…yummy muffins!

  • jennywenny wrote:

    Oh wow, what a wonderful afternoon snack! I hope I have time to try these soon!

  • KatieG wrote:

    Gorgeous! and delicious looking! I am all about lemony flavors lately.

  • snooky doodle wrote:

    oh so healthy can be delicious too! these look faboulous. I love lemon and almonds. Wish I could find some meyer lemons however I think there arent any here 🙁

  • Laurie wrote:

    Lori those look yummy! I love this time of year.. the orchards are looking beautiful!
    Speaking of orchards (and farms), Temecula Berry Co. opens in May.. Blueberry Picking, Yaahhhhh!!! 🙂

  • Kim wrote:

    Can you send me one? 😀 I’m hungry!

  • ingrid wrote:

    I saw those on Hayley’s blog, too! I printed out the recipe thinking to give them a try as I love everything about them, lemon, almonds, and ricotta, seriously, doesn’t get much better.

    Great job on making these dieter friendly though they looks just as good as the original!

  • Elyse wrote:

    OH my. These sound totally delicious. Ricotta does such wonderful things for baked goods, and the addition of that tart bit of citrus sounds just heavenly!

  • kellypea wrote:

    Ricotta sounds perfect for these muffins. They really turned out beautifully! I swear I need a meyer lemon tree. *sigh*

  • nina wrote:

    Lemon is my favorite flavor of all and I can imagine the pairing with ricotta, apple and almond…just heavenly!!!

  • katie wrote:

    Mmmm these look and sound wonderful and so light.

  • Marie wrote:

    Oh, I will be making these for sure, I just made a ricotta poundcake, and yes, the ricotta makes it sooo moist!

  • patsyk wrote:

    Those muffins look perfect! Now, I have to find Meyer lemons!

  • The Gourmet Girl wrote:

    Another reminder that spring is finally here.
    I can almost smell the fresh citrus. Was worth waiting for your post.
    Thanks for another great recipe.

  • Barbara wrote:

    You have a lemon tree – I’m so jealous!

  • Judy wrote:

    Beautiful and delicious looking! Need to get me some Myer lemons!

  • justeatfood wrote:

    Those look wonderful. I bet they were incredibly moist.

  • Maria wrote:

    What a great breakfast treat! I love the healthy changes you made! I bet they are super moist and super delicious!

  • Heather wrote:

    mmmm. those look so yummy with the almonds!

  • Christie @ Fig & Cherry wrote:

    Delicious! Ricotta and meyer lemon are flavours that compliment each other so well!

    Great photos too 🙂