Thursday, 23 July 2015

Extra Fruity Breakfast Muffins

Low fat and with no added sugar these are muffins you need not have any qualms about eating for breakfast. The sweetness come from all the fruit packed into each bite. 
Extra Fruity Breakfast Muffins - no added sugar and low fat
What do you like to eat for breakfast? If I could get away with it I would like to eat a giant slab of a brownie for breakfast with a large glass of milk every day but both my body and conscience wouldn't accept that. Instead I go for peanut butter on toast and a generous handful of nuts with a steaming hot cup of tea in my favourite mug. Sometime though you wake up fancying a change. I've never really agreed with sweet muffins for breakfast - they are a dessert item for me. These muffins though are something else entirely.
Extra Fruity Breakfast Muffins - no added sugar and low fat
After a successful impromptu savoury muffin baked for breakfast early one morning, I challenged myself to come up with a sweet muffin which I wouldn't feel guilty about eating to start off the day. These came out perfectly. I took away the sugar and the oil and added grated apple and mashed banana instead. Both add a subtle sweetness the just satisfy an early sugar craving while keeping the muffin moist with the softness of a pillow. The raisins add little burst of extra fruity flavour which can be compounded by soaking overnight in orange juice - they'll be plump and ready to go for you in the morning. The sprinkling of oats and nuts on top give a final layer of texture to savour - a pleasant crunch to constrast with the cushion below. A treat with a true portion of your daily fruit in each one.
Extra Fruity Breakfast Muffins - no added sugar and low fat
The recipe is based on my favourite bakery style muffin recipe which is wonderfully versatile and can be made sweet or savoury. You could even increase the virtue levels of these breakfast treats by using wholemeal or spelt flour. This will have the added benefit of adding fibre and a nutty background note throughout. A dollop of any nut butter would be a wonderful addition too. From cupboard to plate in less than 25 minutes there is no need to keep these for special occasion breakfasts. Given them a go and they will be sure to become and every day staple in no time.


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Extra Fruity Breakfast Muffins - No Added Sugar
With no added these are muffins you need not have any qualms about eating for breakfast. The sweetness come from all the fruit packed into each bite.
Ingredients
  • 190g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 apple, skin on and grated
  • 50g raisins
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g walnut pieces
  • 2 tbsp oats
Instructions
1. Set the oven to 220 C/200 C fan and line a 6 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. In a separate bowl or jug mix together the banana, apple, raisins, milk, orange juice and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir together until just combined. A few floury lumps are ok. 3. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and sprinkle the walnut pieces and oats on top. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 mins then turn down the oven to 180 C/160 C fan and bake for a further 13-15 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre of one comes out clean. Carefully remove from the tray and cool on a wire rack.

I'm sending these muffins off to Helen at Casa Costello for her Bake of the Week

18 comments:

  1. I love all the yummy fruits and nuts in these muffins! I'd eat them for breakfast and snacks anytime!

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    1. Guilt free snacks are the best aren't they?! I reckon gone of these warmed up with some custard would be nice for a pudding too.

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  2. These look like the perfect breakfast muffins! Thanks for linking up to The Pretty Pintastic Party! :)

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  3. A good fruit muffin makes one of the best breakfasts in my book! You can pat yourself on the back for being smugly healthy yet feel you are breaking all the rules..... Perfect!

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    1. Those hidden health treats feel extra naughty don't they?!

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  4. They look delicious and extremely healthy Laura - would get my day off to a great start.

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  5. You know how I love a good muffin and this healthier version looks absolutely delicious and it's good for me too hurrah!

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    1. Glad you like the sound of them Ros!

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  6. These look delicious! And the perfect way to start the morning.

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  7. A delicious start to the day, perfect morning breakfast.

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  8. Thanks so much for the recipe and I certainly like it because it doesn't need sugar or butter/oil. I tried baking it. Instead of using plain flour with baking powder I use self -raising flour. They turned out to be delicious but a bit chewy. Could it be because of the flour?

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    1. I'm not 100 % certain to be honest. More likely that the mixture was overworked or the amount of banana was different to mine. Try experimenting with the ratios to get something you prefer yourself. Baking is all about personalising recipes anyway!

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