Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cranberry Millet Muffins

I know, another muffin recipe. But, the way I see it, there is always room for one more healthy and delicious muffin recipe in one's repertoire.

Adapted loosely from Martha. I was intrigued by the description of the muffins on her website but then I got a good look at the ingredients list and realized that simply adding millet to muffins does not a "healthy" treat make.

2 C whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 C millet
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 C honey (I used clover honey)
1 egg
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 C reduced fat sour cream or greek yogurt
2 T canola oil
1 t vanilla
12 oz bag of sweetened frozen cranberries from TJ's (or 2 C fresh/frozen but add more sweetener if the berries don't have added sugar; dried would probably be good here as well)

Now, if you've seen Alton Brown's episode on muffins, you know to always assemble the dry and wet teams separately and never overmix. If you haven't seen it then go watch it. He's a genius.

Preheat oven to 350. Assemble all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. If your cranberries are on the large side, consider chopping them up a bit. Combine half a cup of the dry ingredients in a bowl with the cranberries and toss to combine.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir together about 10 times or until batter has mostly come together. Add cranberries and stir just to combine. Do not overmix. Using a cookie scoop, portion out batter into muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray. I used my mini muffin tin (yield 24) and poured the rest into a 9x5 loaf pan also sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes clean. I filled my muffin cups a bit on the full side so mine took about 25 min. Remove muffins and place on a cooling rack to cool completely before storing. Makes 41 0.90 oz servings. Yes, I weighed the muffins and the bread. This is what happens when you only have one muffin tin. 66 kcals; 1.2 g fiber. These definitely are healthier and are quite delicious.

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