Monday, June 24, 2013

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin-Nut Muffins

     This is the very first recipe (that I can remember) that I developed 100% on my own. I will usually use one as inspiration and make minor (or major) tweaks. Not this one!

     I had left over raisins and walnuts from some cookies I baked for my dad for Father's Day and I knew I wanted to put them to use in some muffins.

     I'm so glad I did! These don't have any butter or gobs of processed sugar. Coconut oil for healthy fats, added flax and Greek yogurt for extra fiber and protein. They are so moist and not to mention, versatile. Fruit & nuts not your thing? These would be an awesome base for some cocoa and chocolate chips!

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin-Nut Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
2TBL molasses
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cups raisins
1/3 cup cinnamon chips (optional - leave out if you don't want the extra sugar.)

*Cinnamon sugar-optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare muffin pans with liners or spray with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine the flours, flax, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, combine melted coconut oil, vanilla, honey and molasses. Add egg to the liquid mixture and fold the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. Fold in the applesauce and Greek yogurt, batter will be very thick. Fold in the raisins, nuts, and cinnamon chips. Drop batter into prepared liners, you can fill them fairly full for 12 large muffins, or 3/4 full for 16 medium sized muffins. (They don't expand in size too much.) Gently pat batter to fill the liners completely, rap pan against counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 15-18 minutes to until top springs back slightly when touched. Do not over-bake.

*Optional, at 10 minutes into baking time, remove muffins briefly and sprinkle cinnamon sugar lightly over muffins, return to oven to finish baking time. It melts slightly and adds a little something extra.