February 10, 2013

Honey, Applesauce & Flaxseed "Sunday Morning" Muffins

It looks like this outside here in NYC this Sunday morning . . .




Thanks to Nemo I have lost all motivation to venture outside.  Plus, when it's snowy outside and it's a Sunday morning  - I almost always get the urge to bake something warm and comforting.  Unfortunately, those warm and comforting things typically are not the most healthy foods.

However, this year we've vowed to not fill our house with unhealthy foods (outside of chocolate - because really who would deprive themselves of chocolate ever) because we are finding if unhealthy foods aren't in our fridge or cabinets we won't eat them.  Although I'm not going to lie every once and a while a bag of Harbro Gummy Bears somehow sneaks in. . . but I digress.

I have recently been on a flaxseed kick - sprinkling them in my oatmeal, cereal, yogurt - whatever I can find.  They are high in fiber and just really good for you.  So I set out looking for a healthy & easy flaxseed muffin recipe that was low in sugar, low in butter amounts, and still was tasty.

I found this great recipe on my search ...

                              Honey & Flaxseed Muffin recipe from Sugarcrafter


I made some of my own variations & what resulted was a delicious and even healthier version with the below ingredients:




INGREDIENTS 


  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Flax Seeds
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Eggs  - Lightly Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Stick Butter - almost melted
  • 1/4 Cup All Natural Apple Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a Muffin Pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
    • Two Flours, Flaxseeds, Baking Soda, Sugar & Sea Salt
  4. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
    • Eggs, Milk, Butter, Applesauce and Honey.
  5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing while combining.
  6. Continue mixing until just combined and evenly wet.
  7. Fill each muffin cup with batter
  8. Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown color.

The result is a hearty, delicious, muffin with a hint of honey flavouring   These babies will leave you feeling satisfied and would be a great addition to a brunch or even for afternoon tea.

They are incredibly easy to make and have a minimum amount of sugar, allergy fighting honey, and whole wheat flour.  I used Vitamin D milk, because it's all we had around (for coffee) and I think it was a good choice - although if you want to cut a few more calories I'm sure 2%, 1% or Skim it would work as well.



Dry Ingredients


Slim - mixing the wet ingredients



Combo of wet & dry ingredients


The finished product - delicious, healthy, perfect, Sunday Morning Muffins. 



Two thumbs up from slim and I, top them with a little slather of butter and snuggle into your blanket - you won't be disappointed or feel guilty for eating a sugary/cake-like muffin in the morning!

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