Applesauce Muffins

Dec 4, 2011


These tasty treats use maple syrup and dried fruit

for natural sweeteners.  They are an excellent source of

Vitamin A, manganese, and fiber.

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 eggs

1/3 cup Maine maple syrup

1 ½ cups finely chopped dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, raisins, prunes, apples, etc)

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat or whole meal flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon all spice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.  Continue to heat until the butter turns a golden brown.  Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, eggs, maple syrup and browned butter.  Chop the dried fruit in a food processor.  Stir in the chopped, dried fruit.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and spices.  Stir into the fruit mixture.  Spoon the batter into the greased muffin tin.  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 18 – 20 minutes.  Let cool on a rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

Nutritional analysis per muffin: 223 calories, 4 grams protein, 37 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams fat, (0 grams trans fat), 183 mg. Sodium, 3 grams fiber.

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