Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal chef who baked fresh muffins for breakfast and warm cookies for an afternoon snack every day? Unfortunately for one of my daughters, I am not that kind of chef. Despite claims that “all the other moms” bake treats for their kids on a more frequent basis, I suspect that the other ovens in town are not cranking out fresh baked goods daily. Weekly perhaps, they might be, for we are in Canada, where sweets reign supreme. (Homemade bumbleberry pie, date squares, nanaimo bars, butter tarts and Tim Horton’s donuts are proof of this.)
So it had been a very long time, weeks in fact, since I had baked any muffins. Instead I was busy creating and enjoying healthy, guilt-free snacks like Mango Lemon Bars and Buckwheat Lentil Crackers. Then suddenly I spotted an enchanting strawberry-kiwi bread recipe from Cast Iron Canteen that allowed me to transform a very over-ripe kiwi and a handful of borderline strawberries into mini muffins and donuts. The idea to glaze them was mine, since my way-past-its-prime kiwi was not tart at all. The citrus glaze accented the fruit well and brightened the taste. Even before I glazed the muffins, I could not stop and eat just one. Try them for yourself and you’ll never want to toss out an old kiwi fruit again!
Strawberry Kiwi Mini Muffins or Baked Donuts
- 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (gluten-free blend should also work)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 2/3 cup sugar or equivalent sweetener
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon (or less) almond extract
- 1 ripe kiwi
- 1 cup strawberries
For the glaze:
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon milk (I used almond milk)
- 1/2 cup (or more) icing sugar (superfine)
- Mash kiwi and dice strawberries or chop the fruit in a blender or food processor. Stir in almond extract.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Blend in eggs. Add fruit mixture and stir well.
- Blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together with a fork. Combine wet and dry ingredients to form a thick batter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Use a teaspoon or fill a plastic bag with the corner snipped off to transfer the batter to mini-muffin liners or a greased mini-donut pan.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until baked through and edges are slightly golden.
- Allow donuts or muffins to cool. Whisk together lemon juice and icing sugar to make a thick glaze. Then add milk and stir until smooth, adding more icing sugar if needed. Dip donuts or muffins in the glaze. Serve after glaze has dried.
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24 thoughts on “Strawberry Kiwi Muffins and Donuts”
Hi Julia, thanks for the recipe mention! I definitely thought about doing a glaze too, such a great idea. These look delicious. 🙂
Awesome recipe! Thanks for inspiring me to try it!
Never thought of putting kiwi in a muffin, or donut for that matter! Looks delicious. I am a glaze fiend. Oh yes a double glaze dipper.
I’d never thought of baking with kiwi either. I was so intrigued that I had to try it. And I’m very glad I did! Enjoy that glaze!
These sound fantastic!! When I was at the store the other day, eyeing some kiwi, I talked myself out of buying any because I never seem to finish them in time (mushy kiwi are SO not pleasant to eat!)…now, problem solved! (beautiful pictures, by the way!)
I do think you’ll like them. Thanks!
Kiwi and strawberries were made for each other! These look delectable and every bit as irresistible as you describe! I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off them.
Yes, they did disappear quickly. Other little hands gladly assisted me in that process. 🙂
I absolutely love this idea. I have never backed with a kiwi before but you can bet I am now! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!
Thanks so much! That they turned out so well was a pleasant surprise. 🙂
oh my goodness please pass the milk! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday ♥
Thanks so much, Katherine!
love it never would have thought to put kiwi in muffins/donuts will try youngest loves kiwi thanks for sharing pinned it.
Thanks for pinning my recipe. 🙂 I think your daughter will enjoy them!
These look fantastic Julia! Adding kiwi to donuts and muffins is so creative – I never would have thought of it but love the idea 🙂
Thanks, Kelly! It was a nice surprise for me too, once I tasted the results. Now I just need kiwi to go on sale again…
Love this recipe! I’ve never actually baked with kiwi before, but I’m willing to give it a shot! Pinning! I’d be thrilled if you linked this up to my Creative Ways Link Party that’s live right now. Hope to see you there!
Thanks, Nici! I’m off to check out your party!
It will be great recipes for our summer holiday snacks. Kids cannot stop eating longer in the summer holiday. Thank you very much for sharing.
These look so delicious and perfect for summer! I pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing your recipe and for stopping by ThriftyBelow.com!
These look absolutely gorgeous! How nice that you added the fruits to it! Love it. definitely going to try it! 🙂
I’m glad to hear it! Enjoy!