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Friday, September 16, 2011

FRIDAY'S FESTIVE FARE -- Low Calorie "Applesauce-Date Muffins"

These easy, tasty applesauce-date muffins are rich in fiber, low in saturated fat and perfectly portable, making them great for breakfast or snack time.
While I'm not up quite yet in the kitchen sure can be and while you're at it, why not make a few dozen of these to share. This is also a good one to think about when it comes to 'healthy goodie baskets' for the Holidays...THEY ARE A - COMING!
Candace ..(recovery progress;.less than 100% but on my way).

Recipe;Makes 1 dozen muffins

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Profile;
Low calorie , only 161 Caloires per muffin!
Low cholesterol
Low saturated fat
Low sodium
Heart healthy
Healthy weight
High fiber


1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

2/3 cup bran cereal, such as Bran Buds or All-Bran

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped dates

1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 3/4 cups unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons canola oil


1.Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

2.Whisk flour, bran cereal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Stir in dates and walnuts. Whisk egg, applesauce, brown sugar and oil in another bowl until smooth. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. (Do not overmix.) Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups.

3.Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool.

Tips & Notes

Tip: To toast chopped nuts: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Per serving: 161 calories
 5 g fat ( 1 g sat , 2 g mono ); 18 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 220 mg sodium; 204 mg potassium.

(Recipe thanks to "Eating Well")

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