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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Healthy Baking Substitutes and Low Fat Breakfast Muffins

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The launch was the start of an awesome weekend for me, that was full of great weather and baking with my dad. My dad is all about healthy baked goods – and I definitely got my passion for healthy “substitutions” from him.

So I thought a great way to start the week would be to share my guide for healthy baking substitutions with you, along with a recipe for delicious morning muffins that incorporate some of these tips. Hopefully these help to make your baked goods a bit healthier and guilt-free, but still amazingly delicious!

I promise, you won’t be disappointed with the results!

And now, for my Low Fat Breakfast Muffins, made over with these healthy substitutes:

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (optional: substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for 1 cup all purpose)
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½  cup sugar (instead of the called for 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar)
  • 1 ½ cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and shredded
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 lightly beaten eggs
  • ½  cup vegetable oil (instead of the called for 1 cup vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp Unsweetened applesauce (added to compensate for the oil)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

The Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tins with baking cups; set aside.
2. Sift flour with cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugar until blended. Then add carrots, apples, raisins, coconut, and pecans until blended. Make a well in center of mixture and pour in eggs, oil, and vanilla all at once. Stir just until mixture is evenly moist.
3. Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling at least ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

If you do the whole wheat flour substitute, you add some extra fiber to your muffins as well. Now how’s that for an early morning guilt-free treat?

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Low Fat Breakfast Muffins

I have a list of healthy baking swaps I generally use. Those helped me to create these awesome low-fat muffins that still let you feel like you are indulging.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 large muffins
Calories: 230kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour optional: substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for 1 cup all purpose
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar instead of the called for 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 ½ cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2 large tart apples peeled and shredded
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 lightly beaten eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil instead of the called for 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp Unsweetened applesauce added to compensate for the oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tins with baking cups; set aside.
  • Sift flour with cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugar until blended. Then add carrots, apples, raisins, coconut, and pecans until blended. Make a well in center of mixture and pour in eggs, oil, and vanilla all at once. Stir just until mixture is evenly moist.
  • Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling at least ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition Facts lists 1 large muffin when making 20. Nutritional Information for 30 mini muffins (per muffin): 153 calories, 9.3g fat, 131mg sodium, 16.8g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 7.6g sugar, 2.1g protein

Nutrition

Serving: 1large muffin | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.3g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 197mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 11g

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