Healthy and easy muffin recipes? Pumpkin, carrot. etc?

Healthy and easy muffin recipes? Pumpkin, carrot. etc?

Postby April » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:40 am

I did a search, but have yet to find any good recipes that didn't have too much sugar.

Looking for recipes that call for only honey or a mixture. Trying to hide fruits and veggies in them for picky toddler.

TIA!
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Postby Sue » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:50 am

Here is a recipe for Applesauce Muffins from familyfun.com. Don't know if it meets your needs or not, but they are good.

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinde ... y?id=40720


Easy Applesauce Muffins

6 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups chunky applesauce

Step 1
Kids' Cooking Skills: Use this recipe as an opportunity to teach your kids how to mix wet and dry ingredients, scoop batter into muffin tins, and test for doneness.

Step 2
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with bake cups and set aside.

Step 3
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter on high for about 30 to 60 seconds; set aside to cool slightly.

Step 4
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a large mixing bowl. When mixing dry and wet ingredients for muffins, gently stir just until the flour disappears. This will produce muffins with a nice crumbly texture.

Step 5
In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar. Stir in the applesauce and melted butter until the mixture is smooth. For mess-free muffins, use an ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the bake cups.

Step 6
Pour the apple mixture over the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined (it's ready when you can't see any traces of flour).

Step 7
Fill the bake cups about two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until light brown.

Step 8
Have your kids test for doneness by inserting a knife in the middle of one muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to eat. Makes 12.
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Postby April » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:56 am

That is perfect, Sue! Looks easy, and I may try subbing some honey for some of the brown sugar.

Thanks!


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Postby Heba » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:16 am

I make banana muffins without added sugar - any good? I think the recipe's on here somewhere - I'll have a look.
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Postby Heba » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:23 am

Nope, can't find it so here it is:
Mix together (or in a blender):
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1 beaten egg
- 3 oz melted butter
- 2 floz water.
Stir in:
- 10 oz plain flour (I use 2 and a bit cups)
- 1 tsp bicarb soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Add:
- a shaking of raisins if you like.
Spoon into paper muffin cases until about 2/3 full.
Bake at gas mark 5 for 25 mins until starting to brown on top.
Put onto cooling tray asap - don't leave in tin/tray.
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Postby April » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:06 pm

That also sounds good, and very healthy, Heba (Hello, BTW- it's nice to *see* you :grin: ).

I have a ton of overripe bananas stashed in the freezer. Just have to get some bicarbonate of soda and I am good-to-go.


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Postby ann » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:11 pm

Not the healthiest, because you can't measure the amount of sugar, but really yummy:

Pumkin spice muffins
1 spice cake mix
1 can of pumpkin
1 egg (optional)

mix together ingredients, pour batter into muffin/cupcake tin, follow baking instructions for cupcakes on the back of the cake mix box.
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Postby Linda » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:22 pm

Oatmeal-Pumpkin Muffins


· 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
· 1 C. old-fashioned or quick oats
· ¾ C. brown sugar
· ½ C. raisins (optional)
· 1 tsp. Baking powder
· 1 ½ tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
· 1 C. tinned pumpkin
· ¾ C. milk (I use skim or rice)
· 1/3 C. canola oil (vegetable would work too)
· ¼ C. applesauce

Preheat oven to 400º. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Add raisins if desired. Fill muffin cups evenly and bake 20-25 minutes.

* I usually double this recipe and use a whole (regular size) tin of pumpkin.

** If desired, one large egg can be substituted for the applesauce

As written, the recipe is milk, soy and egg-free.
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Postby April » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:27 pm

Ann, oooh- this recipe could be easily adapted to be gluten free, by adding ds's cake mix! He would be sooo thrilled!

I will have to try it that way.


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Postby April » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:32 pm

Just seeing your recipe now, Linda. I am going to print these out and try them in the next few weeks. Thanks!


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Postby ruffages » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:57 pm

I have a recipe for refrigerator muffins. It is NOT by any stretch healthy...well...given the amt of bran in it, I guess it IS fairly healthy. But the nice thing about it is that you nuke the muffin in a coffee cup. AND you can individualize them with whatever you want (want banana...add chopped banana to yours, chocolate chip? applesauce? Blueberry?...whatever works for you)

Bran Muffins

2 cups boiling water
2 cups of 100% Bran Cereal (Post)

Mix and allow to cool.

Cream:
3 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
4 eggs

Add:
1 QT buttermilk
5 cups flour
5 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
4 cups All Bran (Kelloggs)

Mix well.

Add the 100% Bran mixture.

Cover and refrigerate. It will keep for almost 2 weeks.

Bake at 400 for 15-20 min in cupcake tins or put in a coffee cup with muffin liner (sprayed as well) about ¾ full and microwave for ~2 min.

Note...I can't remember which of these cereals have been discontinued, or at least, I could only find one...I just used the one kind and it was fine.
(by this I mean, I used 2 cups of one kind mixed with hot water...and 4 cups of the same kind mixed into the batter...so still 6 cups total)
Also...as probably surmised...it make A*L*O*T*

But...your colon will thank you.

Carolyn

PS...Chris...my..."don't buy wheat bread" husband because I won't eat it...will take a coffee mug everyday filled with the batter to work and nuke it at work (and deal with the inevitable..."whatcha got there" stares) and that is WITHOUT any add-ins.
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Postby jane » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:26 pm

I make Ann's recipe but add one cup of water and 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and an egg to the spice cake mix and can of pumpkin pie. I got this recipe at a WW meeting.
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Postby mobetsy » Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:13 am

These are both very good and quite easy

Pumpkin oat bran muffins
http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,194,1551 ... 06,00.html

Banana muffins (I use my mixer, not the blender)
http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/lowfa ... ffins.html
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Postby April » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:42 pm

Thank you Betsy!! Those are on my list to buy ingredients for. :D

Ann, my ds got to eat those muffins I made from your recipe one daywhen we had donuts. I added chocolate chip to the recipe and the kid ate them for breakfast, snacks and dessert. He loved them! I am going to make them regularly. They are good enough for everyone to eat, but only he and I would eat them anyhow. DH and DD doesn't eat muffins much. So thanks a bunch!

Still have to make some for my little toddler.


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Postby Lizzie » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:05 pm

April how did the baby like the muffins?
Marissa and I are making blueberry oat muffins now.
We want to try Linda' recipe tomorrow night 8)
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Postby April » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:13 am

not so much, Liz. He isn't into baked goods right now. :(

I have been able to make both applesauce and banana pancakes sucessfully, though. 8)


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Re: Healthy and easy muffin recipes? Pumpkin, carrot. etc?

Postby Heba » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:48 am

Did you get these recipes for the cookbook?
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Re: Healthy and easy muffin recipes? Pumpkin, carrot. etc?

Postby Tina » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:25 pm

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