Hearty Healthy Muffins

Hearty Healthy Muffins for Breakfast

Hearty healthy muffins are perfect for grab and go when there is no time for a full breakfast, or to eat as a pick-me-up when you hit the late afternoon energy dip. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and very tasty. They freeze very well, warm them up for 60 sections straight from the freezer and enjoy. 

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  • 1¼  cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt (Greek yogurt is best)
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup applesauce (fresh or bottled)
  • ½ cup raisins or dried cherries
  • ½ cup finely grated carrots

[typography font=”Myriad Pro” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”#ad0232″]Directions[/typography]

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F.
  2. Prepare the muffin tin by spraying each well evenly with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt – set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, cream together the yogurt, brown sugar, egg, oil, and vanilla – mix with electric hand-held mixer until smooth.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, stir the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients – mix just until blended – lumps are OK.
  6. Fold in the nuts, applesauce, raisin (or cherries) and carrots.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes – test by inserting a toothpick in the center of the muffin (should come out clean).
  8. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes – then remove from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Keep in a sealed plastic bag or container. Freeze some to keep them fresh – unless they disappear too quickly to save.

Yield: 12 muffins (242 calories per muffin)

[typography font=”Myriad Prol” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”#ad0232″]Recipe Tip[/typography]

For a slightly different flavor substitute mashed ripe bananas for the applesauce. For a slightly different texture substitute drained can pineapple for the applesauce.

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