Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Five Healthy Muffin Recipes| Guest Post by Craig of Cake Journal

I am glad to welcome Craig of Cake Journal to share some healthy baking... Over to him.

In most cases, the words healthy and muffin do not necessarily go together. By using alternative ingredients, it is possible to cut fat and sugar levels to a minimum. This decreases the muffin's caloric value and adds ingredients with nutritional value, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The following five recipes produce muffins that are not only tasty, but full of health benefits. 

Orange Scented Almond and Olive Oil Muffins
To make Orange Scented Almond and Olive Oil Muffins, first preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. The recipe produces 18 muffins, so place liners in an appropriately sized tin. First beat one cup of sugar and four eggs for two minutes. Add 1/2 cup of room temperature orange juice, 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup room temperature plain Greek yogurt, one teaspoon each of vanilla and almond extracts, and the zest from a large orange and beat again. Combine one cup of almond flour, 1 1/4 cups of all
purpose flour, and two teaspoons fine sea salt in another bowl. Slowly mix the dry ingredients with the wet until well combined, and then add 1/2 cup of sliced almonds.
Portion the batter by 1/3 cup per liner and bake for approximately 20 minutes. When finished, the muffins appear golden and moist. Allow them to cool for 20 minutes, and then apply a light dusting of powdered to the tops.

Apple Muffins
Apple Muffins do not require pan liners. Instead, spray a 12 slot pan with nonstick cooking spray and set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss 1/4 cup of chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl and set aside until the batter is poured. Using a whisk, combine one cup each all purpose and whole wheat pastry flour, one teaspoon baking
soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a second bowl. In a third bowl, combine 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup canola oil, two eggs, one cup applesauce, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk well, then slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet, adding 3/4 cup of low fat buttermilk and 1/4 inch, peeled pieces of one golden delicious apple.
Divide the batter evenly between the 12 slots and top with the pecan mixture. Apple Muffins take 20-25 minutes to bake, or until an inserted toothpick can be removed cleanly. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.

Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins
Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins require a baking temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 12 liners in a tin before preparing the ingredients. Mix 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup each vegetable oil, reduced fat sour cream, and brown sugar, 1 teaspoon each of lemon zest and vanilla extract, and two eggs. Combine both bowls and fold in a cup of blueberries.
Place the batter evenly in the 12 slots of the tin. Bake the muffins for 20 to 24 minutes. The muffins will appear golden when finished.

Pumpkin Muffins
Bake Pumpkin Muffins at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Tin liners are not necessary; simply spray a pan fit for 12 with cooking spray.
Mix one cup each all purpose and whole grain pastry flours, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. In another bowl, combine 3/4 cup of brown sugar, three
tablespoons molasses, 1/4 cup canola oil, two eggs, and whisk. Add a can of canned pumpkin and one teaspoon vanilla extract before combining with the flour mixture and 3/4 cup of low-fat buttermilk.
Divide the batter evenly in the tin and distribute 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds among them. Bake for 20 minutes, followed by a 15 minute cooling period, and then remove them from the pan. You can find some more variations here

Carrot Muffins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12 slot tin with muffin liners before combining 3/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons wheat germ, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. In a separate container, whisk together two eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then add 2 cups of medium carrots and 1/2 cup of drained crushed pineapple.
Place the batter into the tin. Carrot Muffins bake for 30 minutes. In their final form, they are golden, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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