Monday, August 24, 2009

Healthy Mondays-a recipe

Yogurt Honey Health Muffins

Makes 24 mini muffins

This recipe comes to us courtesy of the Renegade Lunch Lady Chef Ann Cooper and her book Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed our Children. The addition of yogurt not only makes these muffins moist, but helps them stay fresh in an airtight container for up to three days and still taste wonderful. If cake flour is not readily available, all-purpose flour can be substituted. The muffins will be slightly denser, but will taste just as good.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cake or whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon diced dried cranberries
1 tablespoon diced dried apricots
1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon toasted bran
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs

Method

Preheat oven to 350�F and grease a mini muffin pan.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add the oats, cranberries, apricots, sunflower seeds, orange zest and bran and mix to combine.

In another bowl combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla, butter and eggs and stir until the ingredients are well blended. Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to mix, just until all ingredients are incorporated. Take care not to overmix.

Fill muffin cups two-thirds of the way with batter. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Nutrition

As provided in Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed our Children Per serving: 95 calories (39 from fat), 4g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 31mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 12g total carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 12g sugar), 2g protein

This recipe is from Whole Foods Market, only problem I have with this recipe is a whole stick of butter-I would suggest 1/2 cup good quality light oil and 1/2 cup sugar free applesauce instead This would adapt well for gluten free-use an all purpose gluten free baking flour mix, or if you can use spelt flour would be great here too. Just start out with less flour called for, and add in a little at a time til dough looks "right"

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