Lemon Yogurt Muffins

September 20, 2011


As I was making these, I discovered that my baking powder was old. I mean old. Dead and gone. It expired in 2009.

Has that ever happened to you? Once, when we were at the farm cooking dinner for the family, we found some cumin in the spice rack from the 1980s. You didn’t even need to look at the date to know it had expired many moons ago. The outdated label said it all. Scary.

Sadly, I’m not sure if or how the expired baking powder affected this recipe. The muffins seemed normal to me, though I guess they could have risen more? The worst realization of this whole ordeal is that nearly every baked good recipe I’ve made for this blog (in the 3 years since I started it!) has been made with baking soda that had one foot in the grave. I offer my sincerest apologies.


 Ingredients: (Makes 12 muffins)

Adapted from Cooking Light’s Tuscan Lemon Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 oz nonfat yogurt

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup canola oil

zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

1 large egg, lightly beaten

cooking spray

For the lemon icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1 tbsp milk

 Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center.

In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, water, lemon juice, oil and egg. Pour the liquid mixture into the well of the dry mix.


Mix until just combined. The batter should be airy and light.


Stir in the zest.


Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide the batter among the muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes, or until done.


Allow the muffins to cool slightly while you make the lemon icing.


This part is easy. Simply whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest, and milk. Then, drizzle over each muffin.


Super messy, but super yummy.




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Emily March 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Baking powder is usually made of cornstarch mixed with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Baking soda does not expire, and it is responsible for most of the rising of many baked goods.

Christine November 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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Diane September 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

When you make the icing with milk, do the muffins need to be refrigerated? (I never used to think about things like this!) I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Don’t refridgerate the muffins. Just let them cool to room temp.

claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

OMG. I made a lemon yogurt bread today!! How funny we posted similar things. These look incredible, I love fresh lemon muffins!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

Ooooh, lemon yogurt bread sounds tasty!

Allison September 22, 2011 at 3:15 am

Yum! Lemonnn… Tart and tasty! Fab pics :D

Aparna E. September 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Yuuum! I love lemon flavored sweet treats. Looks great!

Katie @ BloomEveryday September 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I LOVE lemon flavored baked goods and desserts. These love absolutely heavenly and a perfect fresh-pop of flavor to remind of spring and summer as we get into the cold months.

Jenny W (The Housewife Project) September 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

These muffins sound fantastic and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Thank you, Jenny!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Those use by dates are just guidelines… :)

You muffins look incredible. Especially with that sugary icing on top!

Meredith September 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm

we should have saved the vintage spice containers! i remember when those were found.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 20, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I bet we could have sold them for good money to a collector on Ebay! ;)

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