February 17, 2010

Morning Glory Muffins by Tosca Reno

There is no wonder why I'm not reaching my goals.  I'm blogging way too much about wine and cheese and indulgent dinners because that's what I've been eating.  Since I'm trying my damndest to eat healthy and workout this week, I thought I would post a "Healthy Recipe" each day.  Anyone who has truly healthy eating cookbooks (not just light) or makes any of the recipes out of their fitness mags knows that most of these meals are a lot of work, require a lot of hard to find and expensive ingredients, and in the end, taste like poorly constructed cardboard.  I'll only post recipes I like and would make again.  And if you haven't tried my previous post for Mark Bittman's fried rice, please do.  You won't be disappointed.

As for these muffins, they aren't big enough for one to be enough for breakfast but they are too many calories for most people to eat two so you might want to pair it with something like a hard boiled egg, a bowl of fruit, or a healthy latte (no fat, no syrup).

Morning Glory Muffins from Tosca Reno’s “Eat Clean Cookbook”

Dry Ingredients
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oat bran
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple pie spice (1t cinnamon, 1/2t nutmeg, 1/4t allspice, 1/4t cardamom)
1/2 cup Sucanat or rapadura sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup plain kefir
1 egg white and 1 whole egg, well beaten
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 cup chopped, pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped nuts (raw is best)

1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Prepare muffin tins by lining with silicon or paper liners, or by greasing with a good quality olive oil (see ***TIP*** below)
3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
4. Combine all wet ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well.
5. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined. Do not over mix or your muffins will come out flat and rubbery.
6. Spoon batter into muffin cups until 3/4 full. Place in hot oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire cooling rack.

Makes 12 muffins.
**TIP** Make sure you divide into 12 muffins to get correct portion!

Nutritional value for one muffin:
Calories 187, Protein 7g, Total Fat 5g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 168 mg

***TIP*** Cooking sprays are convenient, but contains isobutene as an ingredient. Putting a healthy oil, such as extra virgin olive oil inside a spritz bottle is a better way to go convenient and healthy.

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