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Dutch Apple Muffins

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from Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart
Dutch Apple Muffins We bet the Muffin Man never offered such healthful fare!

Quick look

  • prep 10 min    cook 20 min
  • serves 12

Applesauce replaces some of the fat, and fresh apples and oatmeal add nutritious fiber. But they’re still as delicious as any homemade muffin you can remember. The batter mixes up and bakes in a jiffy so you can have a batch coming out of the oven in no time flat.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 packets (about 1.5 ounces each) apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute
  • 1 large apple, chopped

    How to make it  30 minutes


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Combine 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 packet oatmeal, and margarine in small bowl. Stir together with fingertips until margarine is incorporated into dry ingredients (mixture will be crumbly). Set aside.

  • 2

    Mix remaining flour, remaining oatmeal, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt in medium bowl and make well in center of mixture.

  • 3

    Stir together applesauce, oil, remaining brown sugar, and egg substitute in another medium bowl until brown sugar dissolves. Pour all at once into well. Stir just until combined (do not overmix; batter should be lumpy). Stir in apple.

  • 4

    Spoon batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Cook’s Clue
Can’t find apple pie spice at your market? Mix your own: Combine 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon each of ground cloves, mace, and nutmeg.

Health Hint
Apples and oats both supply soluble fiber, the kind that helps to withdraw the artery-clogging bad cholesterol from the blood. This action lowers your possibilities of developing heart disease.

Round Out the Meal
New butter substitutes such as Benecol and Smart Balance not only make a delicious heart-smart spreaad, but reduce bad cholesterol as well.

Healthy Cooking Tip

By replacing most of the fat with applesauce, you’ll have muffins that are more moist than the traditional ones, with a slightly fruity taste. The best part: They’re kinder to your heart, and to your waistline, too!

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 221
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 215mg
  • Carbs: 37g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fiber: 2g