Sunday, January 15, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Honey Oat Muffins

Whole wheat oat muffins baked with fresh apples, sweetened with honey, spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. 

The benefits of incorporating whole wheat into our diets are so vast that I try to use this mindset with baking whenever possible.  Some people believe that the use of whole wheat flour means heavy texture, lack of taste so, proving this theory wrong by making healthful recipes that taste delicious is a challenge I am always excited to take on.  While there are a lot of ingredients, the finished product tastes amazing and is guilt free.  I change up the flavors, adding dried fruit in place of fresh or leaving out the fruit all together.  These muffin always come out tender and moist, no fail! 

Apple Cinnamon Honey Oat Muffins

1 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup all purpose flour
2 egg whites
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
½ cup honey
½ cup low fat plain yogurt
½ cup 1% milk
½ cup applesauce
½ cup chopped apple
1 tsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix the honey, yogurt, egg whites, vanilla bean paste and applesauce together until smooth.  Then sift in the flours, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, baking powder and soda in two batches to ensure it is evenly absorbed.  Last, lightly stir in the oats [holding back a little to sprinkle on top of each muffin], apples and lemon zest combining just until mixed.  The batter does not have to be smooth, a few lumps is fine as it is important not to over mix the batter.  Divide batter into muffin tins and bake in for 15 to 20 minutes.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, my...those look so delicious and MOIST! Love, LOVE whole wheat flour! I was never a fan of buy it, but when I started making things with it - all the difference in the world!

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  2. wow...sounds scrumptiously tasty..
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