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11 Sep, 2010

Healthy muffin recipes? Here’s one that’s even sugar free.

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

Can we give three cheers for healthy desserts and snacks? I made these yesterday, and it’s a keeper. It reminds me a bit of our banana bread recipe – it capitalizes on natural sugars found in fruit instead of refined sugars (although the banana bread does contain a bit of sugar).

Please note, I’m using the term “muffin” rather loosely here, so if you’re looking for something really sweet, this isn’t the recipe for you. There’s no sugar, so the overall effect is more “apple bread” than “apple muffins” so consider yourself warned. I will say that everyone who’s tried these really likes them (including children – WOOT!), so it’s a big winner in my books. I bet they’d be great for people on low-fat/diabetic/sugar-restricted diets. They’re nut-free too, and you can make them as organic as you like. Yay!

Sugar-free apple raisin muffins

1 large egg
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. raisins

Mix the egg, oil and applesauce. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and beat well. Stir in the raisins. Spoon the batter (it’ll be fairly thick) into greased muffin tins. (I tried paper sleeves but they stuck – greasing is the way to go here.) Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool on wire racks. DIG IN. They taste great hot out of the oven with a schmear of butter. Oh oh oh.

6 Responses to "Healthy muffin recipes? Here’s one that’s even sugar free."

1 | Lee

September 11th, 2010 at 3:16 pm


Looks delish! (And surprisingly like something I’d be able to pull off.)

I hope to try making them soon!

2 | Laura

September 11th, 2010 at 8:04 pm


Hey, this recipe looks wonderful! Thank you, I will be making them for the kids lunches this week. :)

3 | Shan @ The Fairy Blogmother

September 12th, 2010 at 10:43 am


These look great. I’m going to try them on my girls.

4 | Javamom

September 13th, 2010 at 8:57 am


You saved the day. I stopped at the convenience muffin aisle today and briefly glanced at the packaged prepared muffin options. Then I left empty handed, telling myself that I have all the ingredients required to make muffins myself.

Now you saved me a ton of trouble going to look for the perfect recipe. I will try these, and I will probably add nuts to them.


5 | Mary @ Parenthood

September 13th, 2010 at 9:18 am


These work gluten-free too.

I sub’d the flour for a soy-based allpurpose flour. I didn’t have quite enough pure applesauce so I used a berry-apple sauce blend (no sugar). My sister was surprised to find out they had no sugar!

6 | Know More Do More: sugar-free is done >> a peek inside the fishbowl

September 21st, 2010 at 8:45 am


[…] What saved us: fruit. We ate baskets of peaches. My mantra became reach for a peach. They were the perfect antidote for a sugar craving and I think we all benefited from an increase in fruit consumption. What also saved us: one serving of banana “ice cream” and two batches of sugar-free muffins. […]

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