Lemon Ricotta Muffins

What could I bake today? I was definitely in the mood for something tasty to come out of my oven. I didn’t have the motivation or energy…it was a long week…to head to our local grocery store, so I was limited to what I had on hand. Leftover ricotta cheese? Lemon juice? Lots of spices? I know, I know it sounds impossible, but I could work with this. My discovery? Yummy hot muffins! Bonus…my house smelled absolutely divine!

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
  • 2. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, honey, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon zest, and juice, beat until smooth and creamy. Add the whole wheat flour (or any flour combination), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, all-spice, and salt. Mix on low-speed until just combined, being sure the batter is completely mixed.
  • 3. Divide the batter among the prepared pan. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

The usual cast of characters

Mix until moistened

Beautiful golden brown

Enjoy with your afternoon tea!

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17 thoughts on “Lemon Ricotta Muffins

  1. Was the entire 1.75 C flour (unspecified type in ingredient list) all whole wheat (as mentioned in the body of the recipe) or was it half whole wheat & half AP (all purpose)?


  2. I love creating new inspirations! These sound like a hit! And you got to use up some ingredient without heading to the store!

    Thanks for sharing this at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop. I’ll try to keep this recipe in mind when I need something spicy!


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  3. We have featured your awesome post and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 574. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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