Olive Oil + Walnut Muffins

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by Chelsey on March 4, 2011

I have quite the funny story for all of ya! I was off from school last week and decided to spend time in the city with my sister.  On my last day there, I went to pick up lunch at Financier Patisserie.  Post paying and doctoring up my iced (yes, it was beautiful outside) coffee, I briskly walked back to the apartment building trying to make as many cross-lights as I could.  While waiting for the elevator, I glanced in my bag to take out my wallet and keys (they are attached), however, they were not there! Leaving my salad and coffee with the doorman, I sprinted back to the restaurant hoping they would be lying on the counter.

To my dismay, they were not lying on the counter as I envisioned and after a quick rambling with my loss of breath from running, the manager gave me his number to call later to see if they found them.  Another dash back to look in the bag containing my salad, and I was at a loss.  I placed my bag on the front desk and began to take things out.  There they were, right on the side wedged between the corner of my bag and a gift box I picked up for my sister’s friends birthday.  Mildly embarassing to say the least, as the doorman tried to calm me down saying he had an extra key, I tried to explain that my life was in that wallet.  Asides from money and credit cards (which could be canceled), it contained my EMT card and CPR cards, two things that would be difficult to replace.

Post relaxation and salad, as I enjoyed my mini financier that come complimentary with my coffee, I began to laugh at the rediculousness of my actions.  It is those times when one is too distraught to think rationally that chaos erupts.

Anyways, those financiers are perfect.  Mini, dense, sticky, chewy, light, and tasty! I could eat 20 of the mini cakes, but I also lack all sense of portion control.  These muffins are nothing like financiers, however, they are delicious.  It is an olive oil cake studded with toasted walnuts and topped with raw sugar to provide a hint of sweetness.

The ideal way to eat these is split, toasted and spread with butter. Even if you don’t make these, go to Dunkin’ Donuts and order a corn muffin that way, you will not be disappointed!

Begin by sifting the dry ingredients, and by sifting I mean taking a whisk and stirring a bit

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until homogenous.

To make buttermilk, I usually mix a bit of vinegar with skim milk, however, I had some fat free half and half so I used that instead to mimic more of a creamy flavor.

Add 1/2 cup of the buttermilk in

As for the oils, I used half olive oil and half pumpkin seed oil.  Pumpkin seed oil has such a rich color, it’s beautiful!

Add a 1/4 cup of each to the bowl, and whisk until combined

The pumpkin oil really gives the batter a deep color

Quickly whisk in the dry ingredients

Pretty texture from the leavening agents and vinegar!

Then fold in the toasted walnuts, I slightly chopped them because I wanted bites of walnuts, not for them to disappear into the batter

Divide the batter amongst 12 muffing tins (I had some left over)

And then sprinkle with raw sugar, about a teaspoon on each


With love and cupcakes,




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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tara March 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I can totally relate to that story! There have been times where my cell phone is on silent, but I have no idea where I left it. I look everywhere only to realize it’s in my pocket.

The muffins look divine! Loaded with healthy fats too!


2 A Teenage Gourmet March 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Woah, I’ve never tried pumpkin seed oil. It looks interesting. :) . . . but what in the world is in fat-free half and half!?


3 Chelsey March 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

My family buys it for their coffee’s haha I have no clue how it is made but you could sub just buttermilk or regular milk + vinegar.


4 Michelle March 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Wow! That looks nothing short of delicious….gotta make myself some soon!


5 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I always like the idea of olive oil in sweet breads. It’s decadent in a completely different way.


6 Maris (In Good Taste) March 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

These sound great and look super healthy!


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