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Baking Bliss: How to Make Healthy Delicious Cranberry Muffins


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  • Author: wellness sleuth
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

Healthy cranberry muffins are a guilt-free delight that combines the sweet and tart allure of cranberries with wholesome ingredients. These muffins are a perfect balance of taste and nutrition, making them an ideal choice for those looking to savor a treat without compromising on health. Packed with whole wheat flour, oats, and fresh cranberries, they're a source of fiber and antioxidants.


Ingredients

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    • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour (for added fiber and nutrients)

    • 1/2 cup rolled oats (for whole-grain goodness and texture)

    • 1/2 cup natural sweetener (like honey or maple syrup instead of granulated sugar)

    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free for a more natural option)

    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    • 1/4 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)

    • 1 cup fresh cranberries (rich in antioxidants)

    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (as a healthier alternative to butter)

    • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (for added protein and creaminess)

    • 1/4 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice, preferably unsweetened)

    • 1 large egg (for protein and binding)

    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (for flavor without additives)

    • Zest of one organic orange (for a natural, zesty kick)


Instructions

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it to prevent sticking.

Step 2: Wholesome Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and the natural sweetener (like honey or maple syrup). Add the aluminum-free baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Mix these ingredients thoroughly.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, blend the unsweetened applesauce, plain Greek yogurt, almond milk, egg, and pure vanilla extract. Mix until all the wet ingredients are well incorporated.

Step 4: The Perfect Union

Gently fold the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, stirring until they come together. Be cautious not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.

Step 5: Add Cranberries

Fold the fresh cranberries into the batter, ensuring even distribution throughout.

Step 6: Fill the Muffin Cups

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full with the batter.

Step 7: Bake to Perfection

Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. They're ready when the tops turn a beautiful golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Step 8: Cool and Savor

Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once they've cooled, you're ready to savor these delectable, healthier cranberry muffins.

These cranberry muffins strike the perfect balance between delicious and nutritious, making them a delightful addition to your daily life. Enjoy them fresh out of the oven or save them for a guilt-free snack anytime you please. A sweet, tangy, and health-conscious treat to brighten your day!

Notes

 

  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-25 minutes

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