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Deceptively Not Healthy Apple Muffins

Monday, April 15, 2013

I had a house guest this weekend. Our school was sponsoring an athletic tournament, and since the teams in our league are all in other countries, when we have a tournament, pretty much everyone in the school opens up their homes to host someone. I ended up hosting a coach, a guy, so I laid in some beer, and got some chips, as well as fruit and cheese and bread etc. He was really nice, and of course, because of the small-world nature of this business, knew a bunch of friends of mine from previous jobs.

So I realized that I did not have a whole lot of breakfast foods in the house, and I decided to make muffins so that there would be something quick and easy to grab on the way out the door. Now I normally make banana muffins with oatmeal and at least some whole wheat flour, but I was out of bananas, so I found an apple muffin recipe I had never tried before.

I changed it up a little, adding more apples, subbing whole wheat for half the flour, and adding oatmeal which I like for both it's health benefits and because it makes the muffins bigger. I cut the sugar a little, and cut about a quarter of the butter. I knew that they were not going to be particularly healthy, but I figured that I saved them from being completely pointless. They were really good, and I'd kind of like to make them again.

So I put them through the recipe feature and while the calorie count is ok, 263, which is higher than I would like, but still an ok breakfast in a pinch, but close to 100 of those calories came from sugar! GAHHHHK! That's insane! On the other hand, they were delicious, so I may have to play around with them and see what I can do. I don't use artificial sweeteners, so I am going to have to see how low I can cut the sugar in the recipe itself.
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  • HHB4181
    They sound great, let us know what you come up with!
    1831 days ago
    I use the spark recipe for oatmeal muffins, and add chopped apple and maybe some cinnamon and a few walnuts - not too bad nutritionally.
    1831 days ago
    I bet you will have it perfected by the next time you host someone else.

    God bless & sounds like you had fun baking & hosting...

    1832 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    I can't remember when I've seen a "friendly muffin"! I love them but they like to hang around on me, if you know what I mean. If your get your recipe adjusted, please, please, PLEASE post it! Thanks for sharing & have a good day emoticon
    1832 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    Sounds like you did a great job making them BETTER, if not perfect. I know baking comes down to chemistry and science so it's a lot trickier, but maybe you could use agave nectar instead of some of the sugar? I know a lot of vegan recipes use it and it basically cuts the sugar in less than half. However, when you switch from sugar to a liquid nectar maybe it'll totally screw with the texture/moisture of the muffins ... hmmm. Good luck! And if you experiment and find something that works please come back and share the recipe. They sound great! :)
    1832 days ago
    Such a creative way to make your life a bit more healthy. I've given up on quick breads. They always turn out dense and rubbery. Ewwww.
    1832 days ago
    They sound yummy. What a lucky houseguest!
    1832 days ago
    I find that muffins are the always so deceptively high in calories .....I just stay away from them now as I really like muffins for something quick like a snack but they are usually twice the limit of my snack calories.

    1832 days ago
    they sound yummy . hope you can find a way to cut the sugar
    1832 days ago
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