Sunday, January 24, 2010

Muffins to start the year off with!

As Alex and I were planning our wedding I was your typical bride, buying up every wedding magazine known to woman.  I could look at wedding dresses ALL DAY LONG and many times I did.  Through all the magazine whoring I did, I found a FABULOUS magazine called Modern Bride Beauty & Fitness.  It has all the requisite make up and hair stuff, workout tips, but more importantly, it had a food section! 

I LOVE muffins.  Blueberry muffins were the only thing I craved while I was pregnant.  Sadly, I had misplaced this magazine and couldn't make my FAVORITE muffins.  But one of the benefits of moving is that displaced items have a way of becoming placed again.  :)  I should mention, when I was pregnant I didn't just crave blueberry muffins.  I craved blueberry muffins with streusel on top.  But those muffins will give you a muffin top!  These babies only have 162 calories each!  Well, maybe a little more because it doesn't take into consideration the frozen blueberries I add...but their fruit, they can't be that bad.

Granola-Streusel Muffins
1 cup unbleached all purpose-flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons all-natural chunky applesauce

Streausel Topping
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespooons instant oils

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.   In a large mixing bowl, sift together first 5 ingredients.  make a well in the center and pour in next 4 ingredients.  fold ingredients together just until combined; don't overmix or the muffins will be dense.  Evenly divide batter among muffing cups.  For topping:  In a small bowl, whisk together oil, flour and sugar until smooth.  Drizzle on muffins then sprinkle with oats.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Again, I added frozen blueberries to these muffins for the added fruit bonus.  I also added an extra tablespoon of flour to the struesel topping because I don't like it all runny.  You're going to DIG these muffins!  Naturally, I LOVE these muffins so much, I ate them before I realized I didn't get a picture of the finished product...that happens a lot around here.


Joie de vivre said...

I've been out of the blogging world for awhile and am just catching up on my favorites. I see life has gotten in your blogging way too! I hope you're doing well.

Joie de vivre said...

I was definitely a little afraid to try the cake as that was my first real experience using the dutch oven AND my son had friends who were joining us for his party! It turned out well though and gave me enough confidence in the process to buy a 10" Dutch oven last summer and try many more things in it. During our week long camping trip, I felt spoiled being able to eat Greek beef and roasted chicken instead of seven straight days of hot dogs! Thanks so much for visiting Ruby. I assume everything went well with your delivery and you have a beautiful new bundle of joy?