Friday, January 6, 2012

Low Fat, Low Calorie & Practically Sugar Free - Apple Muffins


By: Christy

Why is gaining weight so easy but losing it is soooo much harder? I know the answer, (for me at least). Because I love food! Good food. Luckily, there are still some great recipes that are guilt free. One of my favorite resources for healthy recipes is Spark Recipes. The recipe I am providing today I found about 3 years ago on this site and have consistently made it over and over. These apple muffins make dieting that much easier because one delicious muffin only has about 80 calories, less than one gram of fat, and is totally satisfying for a sweet tooth. This recipe requires getting a little unconventional with some of its ingredients- whole wheat flour, apple sauce, splenda, etc but it all pays off with a guilt free delicious apple-ly treat!

A couple notes to make is that while I think these are absolutely delicious I can kinda tell they are made with splenda. If you are hypersensitive to the taste of artificial sweetener reduce the amount in the recipe or add more cinnamon to the recipe to help mask the sweetener.Also, since there are chucks of fresh fruit within the muffins remember they will go bad quicker than an average muffin. I would try to eat them within 3 days of preparing (that is, if you can keep them around that long in the first place LOL)
    Ingredients:
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    3/4 cup Splenda or other sweetener
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 egg
    2/3 cup fat free or 1% milk
    3 small apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
    Directions:
     
    * Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
    * lightly spray muffin pan with cooking spray (I used cupcake liners)
    * Mix all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, splenda, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl
    * In a separate, small bowl, mix together the applesauce, egg, and milk.
    * Pour applesauce mixture into flour mixture and stir until just blended (don't over-stir); fold in apples
    * Spoon mixture into muffin pan
    * Bake 25 minutes

    Makes 12 muffins....1 muffin = 1 serving

    Number of Servings: 12

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