Strawberry and Cream Cheese Filled Muffins

I wanted to try these muffins because I liked the idea of not having to spread cream cheese and jam on my muffins before I head out the door, especially if I am in a hurry. They already have the good stuff tucked away inside. Just grab and go! You could always substitute the strawberry preserves with whatever flavor you are in the mood for. I do have to warn you that if you are looking for one of those ultra sweet muffins, this isn't it. It mainly gets it's sweetness from the little bit of filling inside. I usually crave sweet sugary foods but this was actually to my liking. I usually have one of these muffins with a low fat yogurt, a piece of fruit and I am good to go. Also, these muffins freeze well. Put them in a heavy dity ziploc bag and freeze. When you want one for breakfast or a snack, just thaw at room temperature and it is ready to be eaten. I only made half the recipe since my freezer is running out of room. I told you I was the freeze queen.

There is a surprise inside... I just love surprises!

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Filled Muffins
Slighly adapted from Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2002

1/4 cup fat free cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar freee strawberry preserves
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
1/3 cup light butter, melted
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine cream cheese and preserves; stir with a whisk.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next five ingredients in a medium bowl; make a well in center of mixture. 
Combine buttermilk, butter, egg substitute, lemon zest and vanilla extract; stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stiriing just until moist.
Spoon batter into 12 lined muffin cups or coated with cooking spray, filling one third full. Top each with about 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Spoon remaining batter evenly over cream cheese mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lighly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately, and cool on a wire rack.

Servings: 12   Points: 3 points per muffin

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