Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pomegranate Craisin Orange Scented Muffins

I hear it’s always good to stock up on healthy snacks, that way you reach for those in place of unhealthy ones.  So, with that in mind I’ve made it my mission to create health conscious recipes not only for snacking but, also quick breakfast grabs and lunch treats. 

This is a basic whole grain muffin recipe that can easily be transformed into whatever creative flavor combination you can like.  Unfortunately, I cannot remember the source of the original recipe.  I found it several years ago and have since made a few changes tailoring it to my taste.  This batter works great with pretty much any combination you can think of, and for this batch I went Pomegranate Craisins and orange.  Tangy and sweet, it’s a classic combination you can’t go wrong with. 


3/4 cup whole grain flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup oats, plus 2 tbsp to top
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
2 egg whites
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pure orange extract
Zest of an orange
1 1/4 cup Pomegranate Juice Infused Craisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the dry (reserving 1/4 cup) and wet ingredients, in separate bowls, and lightly whisk to combine.  In two batches, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just incorporated.  Toss the Craisins with the reserved quarter cup of dry ingredients, then fold into the batter.  Line the muffin tin, then fill each cup three quarters of the way full, topping off each with any left over batter.  Sprinkle the tops with the reserved oats, and then back for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  If the muffins need more cooking time check them every minute to ensure they do not over cook and become dry.  This recipe yields twelve muffins.

Calories              124.4
Fat                     2.7 g
Cholesterol         .5 mg
Sodium              155.4 mg
Sugar                 21.4 g
Protein               1.8 g
Potassium          102 mg
Total Carb           29 mg

Nutritional calculations courtesy of SparkPeople


  1. Delicious and healthy recipe here-applesauce instead of butter. Also, nice to know about the pom infused craisins, I have yet to see those at the grocers. These muffins must taste wonderful, I love the spices as well as fruit flavors in there. Have a great day!

  2. Wow, this looks wonderfully wholesome and like it'll keep you satisfied for a long while. Great nutritional stats, too - well done! I love the pomegranate in this.

  3. These look so wonderful yet healthy - bookmarked for my breakfast :D
    You are too good!

    Choc Chip Uru
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  4. These sound delicious! Love a healthy muffins and the flavors here sound great!

  5. Those look beautiful! I love all the different sensations going on in these cupcakes! Flavour, smell, texture... it's a beautiful muffin!

  6. Your muffins sound really delicious. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Not only these looks fantastic but sounds delicious! Love the combination of ingredients for these tasty muffins! Will bookmarked this recipe. Thanks for sharing your amazing recipe! Have a lovely day! :)

  8. I love orange scented Muffins :)