January 31, 2012

Things I Shouldn't Eat...Like Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins

It seems like every time I go to the grocery store, I need a sweet indulgence of some sort. Usually, I go with a white chocolate raspberry muffin...not a little tiny one either, mind you, the biggest one I can find.  Then, pretty much the minute I get home, I put it in the microwave for a few seconds so it's warm, melty and extra yummy...and then I eat the whole thing.  

Anyway, I started thinking that I should try to make my own version of this sweet treat, that way there would be more to love.  I don't really know if that was a good idea though, because they're so delicious and if I keep eating them there's going to be more of me to love too!

As I was making these, and later when I was stuffing them in my mouth, I decided that I really need to give up sugar...and bread...and Diet Cokes.  I think I'm really going to try.  I know it will be hard, but it would be worth it, right?  It would be like a cleanse of sorts.

I think a lot about food, too much probably.  Have you ever seen the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead?  I watched it on Netflix and found it to be quite interesting.  It's about a man who's overweight and suffering from an autoimmune disease.  When he can't get control of his health through conventional means he decides that for a few months he's only going to consume fruit and vegetables that he's juiced...a decision that transforms his life.

It's one of those things where after you see it, you tell yourself that that's what you're going to do too.  You're going to eat super healthy and it's going to be awesome!  I think I need to watch it again to pump myself up.  I don't know if I could drink only juice, but I sure could drink a lot of smoothies.

I wish I didn't love muffins so much.  At least, the raspberries are healthy, right?!  Well, if you're not quite ready to juice your food and cut everything yummy out of your life, here a recipe you might like.

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder.  In a separate bowl, melt the butter and then add the egg, milk, and vanilla.  Whisk them together and then add them to the dry mixture. Gently mix in the chocolate and the raspberries.  

I used paper cups in my muffin tin and filled each section 3/4 full.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 to 23 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.  One little tip, I always have a problem with my muffins getting too brown on the bottom, but I found that if you put a cookie sheet under your pan that issue is solved.

Mmmm, enjoy!

Well, lovely people that's all for today.  Maybe I'll see you later this week.



  1. Oh Tricia,

    This looks sooo yummy! I really need to cut out the sugar too...but it's SOOO HARD! lol This week for sure {hmmmm...}. :) Your photos are alway sooo inviting! Have a great day!


  2. Oh no, you should eat these! Yes! You should! But the problem I'd have with eating them myself would be ruining such LOVELY images in by doing so! I so adore your work. I love food photography and you've an incredible gift with styling and shooting gorgeous images here. I stand in awe. :) Love these so much! And that recipe??? I'm writing this one down! Thank you for sharing, Tricia. :)

  3. Wow, those muffins sure look yummy!! Maybe you could put a little whole wheat flour in them next time you make them. Then you can tell yourself that you are eating healthy fiber. :)

  4. Yes, I'm trying to eat better myself (aren't we all?) It's so hard, especially when you keep posting these delectable sweet treats. :)

  5. These look delicious! I am not much of a sweet eater, but even worse I love salty things. Beautiful photos.

  6. I love muffins! I can't give up baking, but I do exercise. Does that count? Yours look scrumptious!

  7. Tricia...they look so good! And of course beautiful. Hope you are having a wonderful week.


  8. Yum yum yum!! They look delicious Tricia!!

  9. Can you juice these?! If so, then I'm on board!! Haha! These look amazing! Have a great Tuesday Tricia!

  10. Hello Tricia,

    you have a nice blog with lots of inspirations!

    nice greetings

  11. Hi Tricia! These raspberry muffins look delicious and your photos make them even more appetizing. I choose raspberries over almost any other berry, so these are definitely something I'm going to make. But maybe we should make a rule first. "Eat a muffin - - walk a mile"! What do you think? Have a wonderful day. :)

  12. Your muffins looks soo,soo yummi,and your photos are alway so beautiful....Hugs Nely!

  13. These look so scrumptious! Your photos make all food tempting...wanting to grab one & take a bite!
    Mine would never turn out so beautiful...
    Will have to try this recipe.
    Have a great day :)

  14. These look yummy ... and your beautiful photography just makes them that more irresistible!

  15. Yummy, yummy. I have a serious sweet tooth which calls out to me after every meal. I just have to have a little something sweet.

    Your photos are gorgeous and always and I'm very excited to try your muffins.

  16. I think a muffin a day keeps the doctor away!!! Mmmmmm, these look yummy!


  17. Your "inner dialogue" sounds a lot like mine! These look so yummy, I will be making them for sure! Your photos, as always are perfection!


  18. Moderation is the best idea. If you're conscious of what you're eating that's half the battle. When I'm trying to be good I still have something indulgent once a week. Your muffins would be perfect. Your photos are good for the soul too!

  19. MMMMM...I just printed this off and hope to make it for a little Valentine gathering I'm having....PERFECT!!!

    I've missed your blog so much - such pretty pictures & great tidbits of info ... I'm so glad to be 'back' in the blog world & getting refreshed and happy from posts like yours.

    Happy Tuesday ~ Tracy.

  20. Juice?? and that's all? Sorry not happening here. I'll join you with your "healthy raspberry" white chocolate muffins. I can't imagine juice being as pretty as these muffins.

  21. Mhmhmhmhm ... what a delight ... their scent here it is ..:)
    thanks for coming to see me gone!

  22. I'm sitting here on a rare day off with my cup of coffee wishing I had one of those yummy muffins, too!

  23. These look so good and so beautiful!!! I just love your photography! I am very much like you, I think of food all the time, no lie! I love food, as I sit here and drink hot cocoa and wondering what would go good to eat with it. :) Sugar is my downfall, I have been trying to cut it out but it is not going so well so I decided to start with other things like processed ingredients and those big long words that I can't say that are included in almost everything that are bad for you. Baby steps is how I think I can do this. Maybe. :) After I eat these. :)

  24. Mmmm, looks yummy! I do need to eat healthier, but when I think of healthy food, I think blah and bland. Hopefully I can work on this in the coming weeks (months).

  25. I just gave up sugar (but your pictures do cause one to pause), and it's a tough go. I'm on day 16, and have only broken my pledge once...some awesome Snickdoodles!!!

  26. Omigosh, Tricia!! Nothing brings as much light into my day as your photos. Seriously! I've told you before about the light and how I respond to it. And then your food ...and flower...and decor photographs make everything look beautiful. Even an eggshell is beautiful, for heaven's sake. ;-) (Are raspberries readily available to you this time of year?)

  27. GORGEOUS and yummy looking photos!! I don't think I could ever totally cut out sugar, but I have changed the way I eat...not so MUCH sugar and have lost 20 lbs. Would still like to lose 5 more though. :) Good luck on your journey!!

  28. PS I am a muffin and cupcake lover!! They are so hard to resist!!

  29. Oh I love muffins and raspberry and white chocolate one's - I'm going to HAVE to make these.
    Your pictures make them look so delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe :)))

  30. These look and sound so good. Of course your pictures make anything look good.

  31. Hi Tricia~~ Love those photos and the muffins look delicious. A combination of chocolate and raspberry?? You cant go wrong. Thanks for making me hungry....again;)
    Have a great night

  32. Yes, this definitely looks like something I should try too! I've never had a White Chocolate Raspberry muffin, and yours look absolutely delicious. Tricia, your photos are stunning. I think you have a special gift with Photography, because everything is so sumptuous and divine.

    I too need to cut out the Soda pop. I drink Dr. Pepper, and It's just the worst. I also have a sweet tooth. I would like to enjoy food, but not to the point of obesity. Now that we moved to the Country, I have about 5 miles of nothing but Country road to walk on. Peacefully.

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week, and thank you so much for the Recipe! I will be baking these Saturday! xo Sherri

  33. It it has white chocolate, I'm there! I love muffins too. Great photos!

  34. Your photos just continue to amaze me my friend!! And THANK YOU soooo much for your love and support with my loss of my aunt. xoxoxoxo Rachel

  35. Oh my goodness, the muffins look out of this world delicious! Now, we've got to remember that fruit is good for us so the muffins are really healthy!!!! I can reason anything. I am going to try this recipe. I love warm muffins and these look too good for words. Three of my friends are doing the juice cleanse...fruit and veggies. They are not in good moods right now.
    I also want to mention that your flower bouquet in your previous post is lovely. Very pretty.

  36. Those look so yummy.. I try not to bake to often. Cause I will devour what ever I baked in a day!! I baked some molasses crinkles once and sat there and ate a whole dozen with in an hour.. I am so bad.. But I might just have to try these they look so yummy!! Your photos are amazing.

    Hugs, Linda

  37. OH my, Tricia...how delicious looking! Your photos are so beautiful...how could anyone resist these?

  38. They are simply impossible to resist!:))) Adorable!

  39. WOW so beautiful pictures... now i join you, too :)

    geetings from germany

  40. Hello Tricia..
    this looks sooooo delicous.. I am very hungry, now...
    I love your pictures so much..
    have a nice day..
    xoxo Susi

  41. Always beautiful...Tricia.
    If I could change anything with my past eating habits, I would have stopped the diet soda much earlier in life. It's an immediate loss of five pounds, and so much healthier for a woman's bones.
    This recipe and one of your beautiful photographs will be a gift for my new kitchen journal!

  42. Oh, YUM! I love white chocolate. I will have to promptly forget about this post. :)

    The photos are amazing, as always.

  43. hello and thanks for stopping by at my blog!

    i just took a look at yours and it's so lovely :)

    i'll come back for sure! ;-)

    have a nice day!

  44. these look divine, can't wait to try the recipe...maybe for valentine's...hmmm, the wheels are beginning to turn. thanks for sharing.



  45. Oh this is great! Thank you for the recipe. I will have to give them a try. I made some apple cinnamon muffins a few days ago and have a slew of pictures I am ready to post from that. I'll post my recipe as well :-)

  46. Raspberry ad white chocolate is my favourite combination of flavours! Those muffins look devine xx

  47. Hi Tricia,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and writing comments. I really appreciate it ! Your photography is awesome ...and I love love muffins , to make them and to eat them and I never think I shouldn't eat muffins ...they are made for eating after all :) yours look irresistible ...

  48. oh my look at those muffins and that jar of milk, and those lucious raspberries, so wonderful! I keep thinking I am on some fine magazine's site as your photographs are sooooo amazing! Honestly your photography could not get any better! You need to write a photography book (tutorials) on how to take photo's. I will be your first buyer!

    LOL on more of you to LOVE! (I've seen a couple profiles pics of you, and you are very thin! So as the Italian's say "Eat, Eat" LOL The movie sounds like something I need to watch too. And I do love my smoothies!

    p.s. Your Bloomin' Hearts are so pretty!

  49. Tricia, your photos are beautiful, absolutely every time i come here. do you ever do anything ugly i wondered...
    thanks for such delicious treat
    xo sandra

  50. Wow! With such beautiful food like that it's hard to say no. And I don't think all juiced food would be as much fun to photograph, would it?

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  51. Beautiful photos as usual...
    I'm on a diet so don't try to tempt me with these appealing muffins!

  52. Oh my, these look so yummy Tricia!!
    I made white chocolate cranberry biscotti at Christmas, and it was so yummy. Anything with the word chocolate in it, and I'm in!!! :-)

    I've not seen this movie, but it sounds interesting.

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe here. Definitely on my to-do list!

    Have a wonderful day my Friend!

  53. awwww! I come here for my weekly photo fix and this time I got a foodie fix too! Love, love those images!

  54. oh yes...raspberries and muffins...what a combination.
    I would love if I could make them so they looked like yours!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

  55. I make raspberry white chocolate scones and they make my heart pitter patter....looking at your muffins also makes my heart do the same thing. yum

  56. Oh I could eat one or two or three of these delicious looking things!! And your photography makes them look even more yummy Tricia.

    I've thought too, how I should try the giving up sugar and white flour etc... but that is the problem...I only think about it. One of these days I'm really going to start it. Let us know when and if you begin. Maybe we can encourage one another on that journey.

    ♥Lee Ann

  57. Hi Tricia,

    Looks like somebody had fun eating & photographing raspberry muffins! Really they look soo lovely!! I think I just bought those same paper liners - Martha Stewart, right? I looove how you included that gorgeous raw ingredients shot with the bowl of flour. The mint fabric is too cute. Oh you got the tiny spoons in! Are they not the smallest spoons ever!? I was shocked at how small they were; I need to start reading sizing before I order stuff. Have a lovely weekend - thanks for spreading your prettiness! :)

  58. Hi Tricia,

    I've heard about that movie and I know it's a good one. And, I'm with you, I've been thinking about cutting my sugar, but it's hard. The girl needs her sweets!
    The muffins look awesome.
    Happy weekend to you.

  59. Oh wow, saw that first photo and that's all it took........they look absolutely delicious!!

  60. OMG...you sure do make food look so good! I don't eat a lot of sweets, not that I don't like them, its just at my age every calorie and fat gram goes to my....well you know where.

  61. sooooo yummy! sounds and looks great!
    wish you a wonderful weekend
    amy ;-)

  62. Wonderful recipe and your photos are so lovely!
    Around our place we eat raspberries like candy...they never make into anything but our mouths! :) Enjoyed your article in Artful Blogging :)


  63. I keep coming back to these delish photos! :)
    I'd love to see you over the my blog when you get a minute. Maybe you could enter my giveaway that ends tomorrow!

  64. Oh Tricia they look and sound so good!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.
    Raspeberries are my favourite fruit!
    I hear you about the sugar....and yet here I am drooling over your muffins.
    Have a great weekend hun!

    Deborah xoxo

  65. Oh, boy, these look TOO good, Tricia! Since I just rejoined the gym and hired a personal trainer, I will NOT be making them anytime soon. But your photos are beautiful, all the same. :) xo - g

  66. I'm on a LoCarb diet right now!Hahaaaa...Lord Girl, this looks Good! Hubby and I started it 3 weeks ago and I've already lost 7 pounds. Hopefully by Spring, I'll have lost most of the 25 pounds I want to loose...

  67. How can you NOT
    bake and eat these
    lovelies when you are
    such an amazing food
    photographer, Tricia?
    It just HAS to come with
    the territory....And they
    DO look fabulous!!!

    xx Suzanne

  68. MMMMMMMMM those looks amazing!!!! I could totally eat like 10 right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe ill have to try it sometime!

    In our sea of love

  69. Oh my dearest sweet tricia, this looks sooooo yummie! Thanks so much for sharing both your gorgeous photos and recipe! I want to learn how to style and setting props for gorgeous photos from you. :) Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

  70. Hello Tricia,

    Your post looks delish.

    Thank you for the information that
    you provided to me recently about what camera you use.

    While I was looking for that information on your blog I noticed
    pictures of your beautiful home that I had never seen before.
    Keep them coming. I love to be inspired.

    Enjoy your day!:)

  71. HI Tricia, just popping in to say hello! Hope you're staying warm up there, and just remember Spring is right around the corner! ♥

  72. Ciao Tricia!
    Yum! Your muffins look so scrumptious and your photos are simply w~o~n~d~e~r~f~u~l :) all of them! A fest for the eyes and the tummy ;D

  73. I made these...SO.DELISH. & such a hit!!

    THANK YOU for the recipe, Happy Valentine's Day!

  74. I absolutely love raspberries (my last two posts involved them!!) and these look delicious - will definitely try them. Thanks for the recipe.


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