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Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Remember when there was a muffin craze in the late 80's and everyone thought that if something was called a muffin (when it really was a cupcake) that it was healthy? Most muffins are unfortunately not healthy. These muffins however, are made with whole wheat pastry flour, applesauce, and unrefined cane sugar so they are definitely healthy but definitely tasty as well. Whole wheat pastry flour has more nutrients and fiber as well as a lower gluten content than white flour but is not heavy like straight up whole wheat flour. Both whole wheat pastry flour and unrefined cane sugar can be found in regular grocery stores and are infinitely better for you than their refined counterparts. The best part is: they don't really sacrifice taste at all. So, throw out your white sugar and white flour...they are evil! Here is the recipe:

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

2 Tbsp unbleached cane sugar (use Florida Crystals or like)
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Dry Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp unbleached cane sugar (use Florida Crystals or like)
1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Wet Ingredients
½ cup applesauce (the individual snack pack ones are exactly 1/2 cup!)
¼ cup soy or rice milk or regular milk
1 Tbsp REAL maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 ½ tsp fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 6-muffin tin with a little margarine (use Earth Balance brand) or oil. Set aside.
2. Combine sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a small bowl, and set aside.
3. Place dry ingredients EXCEPT baking powder in a medium mixing bowl, and stir together.
4. Place the wet ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir them together well. Add the baking powder to the dry ingredients and mix. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients right away and mix VERY lightly. There should be lots of lumps and probably still some flour that’s a little dry. DON’T OVER MIX. (That was always my downfall and made the muffins heavy.)
5. Immediately spoon the batter equally into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle surface with the cinnamon sugar mixture from the first step and place on the center rack of the oven. (They shouldn’t be too close to the top or bottom.)
Bake muffins for 20-25 min. Remove the muffins from the oven, and allow them to rest for 2 to 3 minutes in the pan before eating. Serve warm or at room temp. Baked goods that don’t contain eggs or dairy can be gummy while still hot. It’s best to let them cool off a bit before tasting.


Blogger Alison said...

I have to say as the biggest eater of crappy food and shady meat, even I have been trying to eat better and only organic and free range, etc. etc. So I will definitely be making some of these recipes. I was at my Dad's house the weekend, so of course I only got super healthy food from my stepmom. When I weighed myself this morning, I had lost about 4 pounds!
...Anyway, the site looks awesome and always makes me hungry!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

thanks ali!

7:13 AM  

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