Last night, I knocked on my neighbors’ door with a plate of baked goodies shortly after I heard their car pull into the driveway from their weekend trip away. Their two young kids, five and eight years old, greatened me with the biggest grins, immediately asking if they could sample the treats before running around the front yard kicking soccer balls and showing off their moves.
When a stray pass ricocheted off the garage door and into the street, their mom called them back inside, reminding them to brush their teeth. Before they grabbed the toothpaste, both kids insisted on running back to their bedrooms to pull out various trophies and prizes to show me. So precious!
After hugs goodnight, they dashed back to the bathroom while their mom stepped out on the front porch to chat. She explained that they had spent the past three days 100 miles south because both of their children were accepted into a prestigious school. To take advantage of the opportunity, they needed to move less than four days later to be down there when classes started the following Monday.
Although absolutely overjoyed for them and their kids, my heart sank a little at the news. Those little cuties drew me handmade thank you cards and brought me a huge bouquet of flowers on my birthday. They showed me their favorite dolls and performed special dances just for me on the front lawn, and whenever anyone knocks on their front door, they immediately ask, “Is it Amy?”
I’m really going to miss those sweet kids when they move!
Before they leave town, I wanted to bake them one last healthy treat, so I came up with these Whole Wheat Honey Peach Muffins. Made of completely wholesome, clean-eating ingredients, these tender muffins are perfect for their lunch boxes or after school snacks. They’re bound to help them smile on their first day at a new school!
To save time and make the recipe even easier, I turned to Del Monte’s Fruit Cups, and I found these “No Sugar Added” peach ones at Walmart. The fruit tastes fresh and comes pre-chopped, so it just requires a few extra moments to dice them a little smaller. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
Although whole wheat muffins generally come with a bad reputation for being bland and tasting like cardboard, these are the exact opposite. They have a lovely hint of sweetness from honey and are incredibly tender due to my favorite ingredient in healthier baking… Greek yogurt! Greek yogurt adds all of the moisture of oil for a fraction of the fat and calories; plus it gives them muffins a little extra protein boost too.
With their irresistible bready aroma wafting through the house while they baked, it was so tempting to break into one of these Whole Wheat Honey Peach Muffins straight out of the oven. The burned fingertips would’ve been worth it! But if you have any left over, they taste just as sweet chilled or at room temperature, making them an awesome option for rushed mornings, back-to-school lunches, and after school snacks.
Hopefully my cute little neighbor kids approve!
Want to try Del Monte peaches in these muffins too? Right now, Del Monte and Walmart have teamed up to create a special offer. From August 1 through September 13 at select Walmart Super Stores while supplies last, you can bring in a personal picture of your kids to the photo center, and they’ll turn it into a 5×7” print with a back-to-school border for free, along with giving you a coupon for $1 off any 2 Del Monte products!