Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Muffiin Makeover


A couple of years ago, NYC started forcing chain restaurants to display calorie counts for food right on the menu. That was the day that I lost breakfast muffins forever. I quickly found that it didn't matter if it was a bran muffin or a low fat blueberry muffin, there were still way too many calories. Every time I looked at them, I imagined an hour on the elliptical machine and then quickly lost my appetite.

But there is hope!! Fitness magazine featured a recipe for Apple Struesel Muffins that sounds absolutely delish. And each muffin only has 163 calories and 6 grams of fat. I'm totally trying these this week...and with no guilt!

Low Fat, Low Cal Apple Streusel Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup shredded apple with skin
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon butter

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs with a fork; stir in buttermilk and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in apple. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters of the way.

3. In a small bowl, combine pecans, flaxseeds, and remaining brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spoon pecan mixture on top of muffin batter.

4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack 5 minutes; remove from cups.

Nutrition facts per muffin: 163 calories, 4g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 6g fat (1g saturated), 2g fiber

1 comment:

Belinda @zomppa said...

Great recipe! I say if the food is made with good ingredients, calorie schmalorie. And this is definitely full of good ones.