Healthy Apple-Walnut Muffins

Healthy Apple-Walnut Muffins_page

Made with no added fat or sugar, these tasty muffins use fruit and buttermilk to keep them moíst.

15 minutes preparation,
25 minutes baking
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 rounded teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons frozen, thawed
apple juice concentrate
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons oat bran
2 small Granny Smith apples,
peeled, cored, and chopped
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (about 1 1/3 ounces)
Garnish:
1 small Granny Smith apple,
peeled, cored, and cut into
12 thín slices

Procedure

[1] Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 12 standard size muffinpan cups or line with paper liners

[2] Mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and salt.

[3] Mix together eggs, apple juice, and buttermilk.

[4] Stir flour mixture and oat bran into egg mixture until dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not overmix. Gently stir in chopped apples and nuts.

[5] Spoon batter into prepared pan, filling cups two-thlrds full. Garnish each muffin with an apple slice.

[6] Bake muffins until lightly golden and tops spring back when pressed, 25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Turn muffins out onto rack to cool completely.

Baking Tips: lnstead of frozen apple juice concentrate, use other bottled fruitjuice concentrates. Health food stores generally carry the best variety. Experiment with such interesting flavors as papaya, pineapple, and mango for a tropical taste.

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