Are you weird?
I bet you are.
Don’t worry, I’m weird too.
I personally believe that we’re all a little weird, regardless of whether or not we admit it.
The word “weird” has a negative connotation. Oddly, the word “unique” has a positive connotation. So if weird means unique and unique is good, then is weird, good?
While there’s no definitive answer to such a question, I’d like to think weirdness can be a positive thing. Just look at these weirdo green muffins that I made for St. Patrick’s Day.
Green muffins are weird enough…but it gets weirder. Guess what makes them green? No, not food coloring. There’s a minute amount of food coloring involved in the streusel, but beyond that, they’re food-coloring-free.
It’s quite possibly the last green thing you would guess. Sweet peas. Half a vegetable serving per muffin, to be exact!
The peas leave a subtle pea flavor. However, I didn’t share this dirty little secret with my unsuspecting taste-testers, and they happily ate their muffins. Once they finished, I broke the news to them and they were shocked. Peas? Peas?!
Peas, indeed. I put peas in your muffins. Tee hee.
Sweet Pea Streusel Muffins
Sweet Pea Muffins:
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 bag (12 ounces) frozen steamable sweet peas
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 ounces white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon green sugar crystals (or colorless sugar)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces
- Whisk together flours and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
- To prepare streusel, stir together flour, green sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter until texture resembles coarse meal. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
- To prepare pea puree, steam peas in microwave according to the bag’s instructions. While still hot, transfer cooked peas to food processor or blender and process/blend well. Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil and continue processing/blending until no whole peas remain. Pass pea mixture through a sieve or fine-meshed strainer to remove pea shells. You should end up with approximately 7.5 ounces smooth pea puree, or about 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons.
- Preheat oven to 390 degrees F and grease or line 8 muffin cups with paper liners.
- Whisk together smooth pea puree, lightly beaten egg, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Continue microwaving until smooth and melted. Add melted white chocolate chips to wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Divide batter amongst 8 prepared muffin cups (they will be virtually full). Sprinkle streusel generously over muffin batter.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done.