Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fruity Fat Free Muffins (with next to no sugar added)

One of the girls favorite dinners is one of the easiest too.  Smoothies and muffins.  This is a meal that I incorporate into every month's menu.  {There are 5-10 other standard meals that I put on first also} Last nite's muffins were apricot blueberry.  I stuck a few too many blueberries in so the insides were a bit gooey.  But, on the upside, it made the inside taste like blueberry cobbler.

Look at those beautiful muffins!  Chunks of blueberry in almost every bite.  The apricot added just enough sweetness and there's next to no sugar in these.

Apricot Bluberry Muffins
Servings: about 16
Calories: 106
Fat: 0.3 g
Carbohydrates:  22.3 g
Sugar:  7.1 g
Protein:  3.8 g

2.25 cups flour
2 T sugar
1T baking powder
1 15 oz can of apriciots (make sure to get the ones without added sugar)
2 egg whites/ egg substitute equivilent to 2 eggs
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup applesauce
1 t vanilla
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Drain apricots and puree in food processor.
  3. Whisk together apricot puree, egg whites, skim milk, applesauce and vanilla
  4. In a separate bowl sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  6. Fold in blueberries
  7. Grease muffin tin and fill with muffin batter (I use an ice cream scoop to measure out the batter.  You get the same amount every time.  A measuring cup would also work)
  8. Bake for 18-25 minutes until done
These paired perfectly with our mixed berry-banana-peach smoothies.  The apricot adds a je ne sais quoi.  You can tell there's something special in there but you just can't figure out what it is.  You can actually substitute the pureed apricot for whatever fruit you can puree and substitute the blueberries for whever fruit you're in the mood for.  But if you're using a bigger fruit (like strawberries) make sure to dice it up small.  Just don't use kiwi as your puree.  It doesn't work well.  

Do you like smoothies?  What are your favorite smoothie flavors?

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