Monday, April 20, 2015

Low Fat Blueberry Muffins

This week's original recipe is from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.  If I had to count out on one hand my favorite cookbooks, this one would be one of my five favorites.  With a few minor tweaks, I have been able to make a very low fat version of these blueberry muffins.  You can make these in regular size muffin tins, but I decided to make the mini version this time.  I thought it might make it easier for the kids to pop them in their mouths in the morning before they headed out the door to school.

Low Fat Blueberry Muffins
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind, optional
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup apple sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Put egg, milk, and apple sauce in the well and stir just until ingredients are incorporated and moistened.  Do not over stir.
  • Combine blueberries, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1 tablespoon sugar, tossing gently to coat.  Fold blueberries gently into the batter.  Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling about two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.  You may need to shorten the time for miniature muffins or lengthen the time if you are using unthawed frozen blueberries.
Additional Comments
  • The original recipe called for vegetable oil instead of apple sauce.  It also had a cinnamon streusel topping which is 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine.  Combine dry ingredients and cut butter in with a pastry cutter and sprinkle mixture over the top of the muffins prior to cooking.  The recipe will not be low fat anymore, but it is very yummy that way!
  • This recipe is a great make ahead recipe.  Just freeze pre-made muffins to pop out on busy mornings or for company.

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