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Lighten Up: Healthy Apple-Streusel Muffins

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Our recipe for diet-friendly apple streusel muffins will help you beat the muffin top.

A Low-Fat, Low-Cal Muffin

Makes: 12 muffins
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup shredded apple with skin
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon butter

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs with a fork; stir in buttermilk and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in apple. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters of the way.

3. In a small bowl, combine pecans, flaxseeds, and remaining brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spoon pecan mixture on top of muffin batter.

4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack 5 minutes; remove from cups.

Nutrition facts per muffin: 163 calories, 4g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 6g fat (1g saturated), 2g fiber

Healthy Baking Tips

Peel Deal: "The apple's skin packs extra fiber and antioxidants," says Kim Galeaz, RD, a culinary dietitian in Indianapolis.

Sweet Secret: Pecans and flaxseeds give the yummy cinnamon-streusel topping a heart-healthy, protein-packed crunch.

Dairy Lean: Buttermilk has a thick, creamy texture that's perfect for baking, even the low-fat kind, Galeaz says.

Oil Change: We slashed fat, not flavor, by using just two tablespoons of oil. Some recipes call for four times that much!

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tiptoegsxr wrote:

There is NO WAY I could do Oranges after my accident. No acidic fruits. Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemon, but strangely, I love LIME! (reading HeartsRejoyce comment) I don't like artificial sweeteners either! I do not mind Equal, doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth, like some other sweeteners.

3/18/2012 04:58:59 PM Report Abuse
c_moore77 wrote:

With only 2 g of fiber this recipe is a loser

3/15/2012 10:29:31 AM Report Abuse
lombardo30 wrote:

Great recipe, but I would like to see you take the recipe and show people how to make it vegan. No eggs or dairy. Thanks

10/16/2011 12:17:30 PM Report Abuse
heartsrejoyce wrote:

Sorry, but while I try to cut back on sugar (seriously)...I can't stand artificial sweetners, nor do I like the only sub I can think of would be Agave Nectar...Anyone have a recipe?

10/27/2010 06:39:36 AM Report Abuse
bliston1 wrote:

This would not be a good choice for a low glycemic index choice or low carb choice it would consume 2 servings from your 6 serving daily allowance according to Jorge Cruise Belly Fat Cure "B"

10/24/2010 11:11:28 AM Report Abuse

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