Sweet-tart and ready to kickstart your morning is the best way to describe these lemon ricotta cornmeal muffins with lemon-vanilla glaze!
Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon-Vanilla Glaze

I’ve always been a fan of the leisurely morning. You know – the wake-up, catch-up-on-the-news-blog-reading, slow-sip-your-coffee, lick-your-muffin-liner-clean kind of mornings.

Guess what. Life post-newborn?


Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon-Vanilla Glaze

Now it’s more:

  1. Wake up.
  2. Feed the baby.
  3. Change the baby.
  4. Play with the baby while she’s still in a good mood.
  5. Change the baby again because she has a knack for dirtying her diaper the second I put a new one on.
  6. Calm the baby down because she is not a fan of having to have her diaper changed twice in an hour.
  7. Try to bounce the baby to sleep amid a chorus of unhappy overtired baby cries.
  8. Decide to just put baby in her swing and hope that she falls asleep on her own.
  9. Throw together breakfast during the five-ten minutes of swing-induced quiet.
  10. Slurp down coffee as quickly as humanly possible.
  11. Rinse. Repeat.

You know who’s quickly become fan of the grab-and-go breakfast and the effortless yet perfect cup of coffee?

Yes, that would be me.

Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon-Vanilla Glaze

Somehow this weekend I managed to conquer both of those elusive entities in one fell swoop.

And I have International Delight’s new line of Simply Pure coffee creamers to thank for it.

This clean label coffee creamer is made with just FIVE simple ingredients while still managing to make your coffee taste outrageously fancy-delicious with just one small pour.

It also mixes super well into muffin glazes of any kind, but more specifically this lemon-vanilla glaze, which I used to add a layer of oomph to these lemon ricotta cornmeal muffins. The muffins themselves are lightly sweet with cornmeal crunch and a hint of lemon pucker, while the glaze is the perfect sweet-tart topping to make them feel (and taste!) like a real treat.


Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon-Vanilla Glaze

Fancy-tasting coffee – CHECK.

Grab and go muffin goodness – CHECK.

Anything-but-lazy morning – WE GOT THIS.

Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon-Vanilla Glaze
Sweet-tart and ready to kickstart your morning is the best way to describe these lemon ricotta cornmeal muffins with lemon-vanilla glaze!
Yield: 18-24 muffins
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup + 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt
  • zest of 4 lemons
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4½ tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 2¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1¾ cups ricotta
For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Simply Pure Vanilla
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line 2 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, until combined, about 30 seconds per egg, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Mix in the olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla bean paste until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and ricotta until just combined.
  4. Distribute the batter among the muffin cups filling to ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the muffins barely spring back when touched. Let cool completely.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and creamer until all of the lumps have dissolved. Dip the muffins top down into the bowl with the glaze so that the entire top is covered. Garnish each with a lemon slice, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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16 Responses to Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon-Vanilla Glaze

  1. These muffins look amazing! Love all the ricotta in them- they look super dense and packed with flavor 🙂

  2. These muffins look so moist and beautiful! Perfect for leisurely or busy morning.

  3. Tanya says:

    I enjoyed this post! Reminded me of the times when I had small kids at home. Being an emptynester I’m looking for healthy meals for my husband and I. I’m going to try this recipe. Love your blog!!

  4. lemon and ricotta is a perfect pair…

    i love the idea of relaxing morning too but it never happens. i hope you will find few minutes a day to relax and enjoy coffee while the little one naps.

  5. Tina says:

    I can hardly remember those days of devoting all my time to my sweet newborn. But it’s a previous wonderful time and I am so enjoying hearing about Remy Stella.
    Also, I know you could open a bakery with some of the tempting sets you have been writing about. Thanks, Joanne! Now I want these muffins and nothing around here will do!

  6. Cakespy says:

    HOLY CRAP why are we not eating these at all times! Love the idea of ricotta and cornmeal together in muffin form 🙂

  7. Sues says:

    These are so beautiful! I’ve been obsessed with ricotta lately, so YES! Also love those lemon tops 🙂

  8. Kate says:

    I’ve heard it gets better, but from experience the leisurely morning hasn’t yet re-emerged at 4.5 years.

  9. Ah the days of leisurely mornings….. You eventually get them back on occasion, I promise! And hopefully eventually they will become a regular thing again:-) At least when Remy is old enough you can bribe her with lemon muffins!

  10. Heather says:

    Mmmm, these sound delicious. I still miss my leisurely mornings now that we have kiddos, but ever so slowly my kiddos are allowing me to get them back… sort of. I still have to reheat my coffee like 20 times. 😉

  11. mjskit says:

    How on earth do you find time to make muffins and give the baby so much loving attention! Sounds like fun! 🙂 I make a lemon ricotta pancakes, but these muffins look lighter. YUM!

  12. Pam says:

    Boy oh boy are you bringing back memories! I know it’s hard and you are exhausted… it does get easier – I promise!

    These muffins would be way tastier than my green smoothie right now. They look yummy!

  13. Marianne says:

    Has anyone tried these? I need a proper review. Pleeze!

  14. P says:

    Using a creamer for glaze? What a useful trick! Sounds like your days are quite exhausting but happy too!

  15. Delicious looking muffins. Pretty soon I’ll be enjoying similar mornings as well!

  16. I love the idea of a lemon vanilla glaze.

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