Mmmuffins

8 Jan

Tropical Muffins

Nothing beats the smell of freshly-baked muffins that just came out of the oven. I made tropical muffins (one of my favs!) last night.  They were so delicious that I ate two right before my bedtime, and now I’m too full to sleep, so I thought I’d spend the time to bring you some muffin recipes. :p

Out of all the things that I bake, my thing is muffins. Love them. Can’t get enough of them. They’re good for breakfast, to tide you over between meals, and as midnight snacks. I’ve made so many batches of muffins, that I’ve had the chance to experiment with a lot of different recipes, and make healthier versions of them. Here are my top 3 “healthy” classic muffin recipes, plus 2 more “exotic” ones, if you want to be daring. 😉

Instructions for all the muffins: mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, mix wet into dry ingredients, spoon batter into greased muffin cups and sprinkle streusel (if applicable), then bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

*streusel: blended sugar, cinnamon, flour, butter, and finely chopped nuts


1. Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • 1 1/3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1  tablespoon  baking powder
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/2  cups  finely chopped peeled apple
  • 1  cup  low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/3  cup  skim milk
  • 1/3  cup  light ricotta cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1  tablespoon  vanilla extract
  • 2  large eggs
  • streusel*

2. Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

  • 1/4  cup  regular oats
  • 2  tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/4  cups  fat-free buttermilk
  • 1  cup  fresh blueberries
  • streusel*

3. Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins (the ones that I made!)

  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup whole wheat flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 3/4  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1  cup  canned pumpkin (to make mashed pumpkin yourself, bake it until it’s soft, then mash with fork)
  • 1/2  cup  low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/8  cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  canola oil
  • 1  large egg
  • 2/3  cup  sweetened dried cranberries, chopped (I used raisins, since I don’t have cranberries)

Exotic recipes:

4. Tropical Muffins

  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4  cup  regular oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  mashed ripe banana (about 2)
  • 1  cup  low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar + drizzle of honey
  • 2  tablespoons  canola oil
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/2  cup  canned crushed pineapple in juice, drained
  • 1/3  cup  flaked sweetened coconut
  • 3  tablespoons  finely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted

Streusel:

  • 2  tablespoons  flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1  tablespoon  finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1  tablespoon  granulated sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  regular oats

5. Morning Glory Muffins

  • 1  cup  whole wheat flour
  • 1/2  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  regular oats
  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1  tablespoon  wheat bran
  • 2  teaspoons  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1  cup  mashed ripe banana (about 2)
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  cup  chopped raisins
  • 3/4  cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1/2  cup  chopped dried pineapple/apricot/mango
  • 3  tablespoons  ground flaxseed

Eat ’em while they’re warm! ❤

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One Response to “Mmmuffins”

  1. Zuzu October 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Hello, I think those muffins look charming 😉 I’d really like to try the tropical ones! Thanks for sharing. And the pictures are really nice too.

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