My son is heading to full-day Kindergarten in just a few short weeks and I’m about to gain a whole lot of time that I probably won’t know what to do with! From re-establishing more regular workout times, to set ‘work from home’ hours and actually sitting down for a meal, it’s going to be nice to take some time back for me. Sure, some of it will probably be spent shedding a tear over my babies growing up so quickly, but I know it’s going to be a whole new routine for us all. There’s no better way to ponder and spend those moments than with a great cup of Bigelow Tea and these Earl Grey, Lavender and Poppy muffins, made healthy.
Earl Grey is one of my favorite blends from Bigelow. I enjoy it in the morning and I love to use it in baking whenever possible. These muffins freeze well and are delicious with fruit or eggs in the morning. My husband will take one on-the-go to work with him and even my young children love these. Still, the best way to enjoy these is for me, enjoying over a quiet breakfast. With some simple substitutions, these muffins can be part of a balanced, healthy breakfast.
The Earl Grey lends a distinct citrus flavor and I infuse it into the milk that is added into the recipe. The flavor goes so nicely with the lavender and poppy – giving it a really unique and beautiful taste.
Bigelow Tea gets the bergamot oil used in this family tea recipe from the same family garden in Calabria Italy year after year. You can tell this is a distinctive, carefully-crafted blend, making it perfect in the cup or in a recipe.
As for the lavender, if you haven’t worked with it before, know that it can be strong. A little goes a long way. It does well when added with milk, so given that there is milk in the muffin ingredients, it helps diffuse the taste.
Tip: Be sure you purchase a culinary grade lavender, rather than lavender you might find for crafting.
To keep these muffins healthier, I swap out the butter for applesauce. You can also swap out the sugar for a sugar alternative if you choose – for both the muffins and the glaze.
The Earl Grey tea is infused into the milk prior to mixing the ingredients.
After these muffins have baked…
and cooled, you can add in the extra hint of sweetness with a simple glaze and lavender garnish.
I love savoring one with a cup of one of the many varities of Bigelow Tea I keep on hand. I stock on my Bigelow Tea at Walmart, where I picked up my items for this recipe, including a new box of Earl Grey.
Why do I choose Bigelow Tea?
Bigelow Tea is 100% American Made by an American family and available at Walmart. Bigelow’s Tea Plantation in beautiful Charleston (one of my favorite cities) is actually one of America’s largest working tea garden. Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even music festivals. If you haven’t been to Charleston or are planning a trip, making the Bigelow Tea Plantation a stop on your itinerary is a ‘tea-riffic’ way to experience historic southern culture! Furthermore, Bigelow gives back. Did you know that almost 4 million bags of tea have been sent to troops overseas with Bigelow’s Tea for Troops program. A cup of tea from ‘home’ for America’s bravest.
If you would like more information about the Tea for Troops Program, visit https://www.bigelowtea.com/Responsibility/Support-Our-Troops.
While these muffins are meant for some quiet mom moments, they are kid-friendly. My little ones also enjoy them!
When the little ones are not around, these muffins make a great breakfast with fruit, eggs or a great cup of Bigelow Tea.
You can find the full recipe for these delcious muffins below. You can definitely make it without the poppy seeds if you prefer. It’s easy to tweak to your tastes.
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- Bigelow Earl Grey – 1-2 Teabags
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 1/2 cups Flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. applesauce
- 1 tbsp lavender leaves (be sure these are culinary grade lavender leaves)
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- Glaze :
- 1/4 c. confectioners sugar or powdered sugar alternative
- 1.5 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp lavender
- * Note: I have also substituted the sugar in the muffin recipe for agave. You will need to properly adjust the amount to replace and reduce other liquids in the recipe to do this.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease bottoms of muffin tin.
- Warm the milk and let Earl Grey tea bag steep for 10 minutes. I usally use two tea-bags, replacing one halfway through. Allow infused milk to cool.
- Sift flour and add in sugar, lavendar, poppy seeds. Gently combine.
- Add in eggs, infused milk, applesauce, poppy seeds lavender leaves (which you can crush with a mortar or back of your spoon)
- Stir Gently. Do not overmix or you will affect the texture of the muffins.
- Spoon mixture into muffin tin, filling each cup 2/3.
- Bake 14-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, combine confectioners sugar,(or sugar free alternative) milk and lavender to create glaze.
- Once muffins have completely cooled, drizzle glaze over the tops.
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