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
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.