There are muffins. Then there are healthy muffins. These are the latter. As much as I love muffins, if I didn’t bake them I hesitate sometimes. With as much sugar and oil that can go into them, it’s like dessert. Not that I mind dessert for breakfast. Bring on the leftover blueberry crisp, maple syrup, and coffee cake. I just like to know what I’m getting into because I try to be healthy most of the time.
Clocking in at about a hundred calories, you will probably reach for another. And maybe another. I know I did. I doubled the recipe because I knew that all these apples were making something delicious. In fact, it seems like there are more apples than batter when you are making it. Don’t fret, it all comes together.
Here in Okinawa, we are in the middle of a typhoon and I’m sipping my coffee, eating my muffins. Watching the clouds go by rapidly, if I blink the whole sky has shifted. Typhoons are powerful Pacific storms, the same as hurricanes in the Atlantic. I guess I’m just lucky to have a nice sturdy concrete house and a good breakfast
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup wheat bran or All Bran, finely processed
- 2 apples (2½) finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup lowfat milk
- 2 egg whites
- ¼ cup molasses
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl combine whole wheat flour, wheat bran or processed All Bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to fully combine. Add chopped apples and stir to make an even mixture, incorporating all the flour at the bottom of the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, milk, egg whites, molasses, and olive oil until well blended. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Using a 2 inch scoop place batter into 10-12 muffin tins. Bake for 17-20 minutes, until tops are set and toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from tin.