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Monday, April 15, 2013

Maine Muffins

I included a half-dozen recipes for muffins in my upcoming book, House of Diamonds Cookbook: Hearty Meals for the Active Family. Made with whole-grain flour, adding fruit, nuts, coconut, grated carrots-- you name it-- muffins are a healthy go-to food. Forget commercial fast food and go with homemade muffins!


Maine Muffins
Homemade muffins are so much healthier and lower in calories than store-bought muffins. With fruit, nuts and even vegetables, these are chock full of added protein and nutrition. You’ll want to make extra for quick breakfasts and snacks.

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped, peeled apples
2 cups grated carrots
½ cup coconut
½ cup raisins
½ cup sliced almonds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs, then add oil, milk and vanilla. Mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in remaining ingredients.
Fill greased or lined muffin tins ¾ full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20- 25 minutes, until done. They will be lightly browned and a knife or toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Delicious with butter and honey.

 

19 comments:

  1. Would they taste a little like a carrot cake?

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    1. Alex, Not as sweet since they don't have as much sugar (and no icing) as cake--

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  2. This sounds like a great alternative to your breakfast cereal bar! Thanks KarenG! Take care
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  3. So great Karen thank you! Just jumping around A-Z and I 'hit' on you - I have a brunch here at home on Sunday and I reckon I could make these and knock the socks off my guests!


    Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

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  4. They sound fantastic, Karen! You had me with the cinnamon and vanilla. :)

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  5. I will try this recipe soon, I like making my own muffins, too, they always taste better. Maine muffins sound just right to me, I like nuts, carrots but haven't used apple that much in muffins. Thanks for sharing your cooking expertise, Karen.

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  6. Lovely! I'd substitute the eggs for yogurt and a dash of baking powder to make it eggless but I love muffins. A much better option for healthy eaters!

    Jai

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  7. I love homemade muffins! These sound great! I'm not a fan of raisins, but my kids love them. I might be making these for them soon =).

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  8. Oooh that's a good recipe! I love coconut in muffins and well, anything.

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  9. I can smell them in the over already!

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  10. I love homemade muffins, Karen ... and this recipe looks great! I make double batches and freeze them. As you said they are healthy with good carbs and proteins...

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  11. Yes, I'm a fan of muffins. Will definitely try these!

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  12. I should try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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  13. Sounds mighty good. What are the number of calories in each one?

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  14. I like all the additions at the end of the recipe. Sounds delicious!

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  15. Hi Karen, tried this recipe last night (kids like muffins) and it's a def winner. I substituted choc chips instead of raisins and didn't add the carrot (I had grated too much apple). So, your recipe is flexible as well. Love it!

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    1. D.G., Chocolate chips instead of raisins is always a good substitution! Glad the recipe worked for you and you all enjoyed the muffins!

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