Low-Fat Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
When I’m trying to curb a craving, generally the only thing that soothes my sugary soul is to bake. I call it Be-good Baking because I make an effort to keep the recipe as clean and low in calories/sugar as possible. The challenging part is trying not to sacrifice taste in the process. I’ve thrown away more ruined concoctions than I care to admit (food that my dogs will sniff but refuse to eat) but I’ve been able to sacrifice a few recipes as well.
I know that we just had our first day of Spring not too long ago but is there really an off-season when it comes to pumpkin? I think not. I eat it all year round. I use it in my brownie mix; add a little to my hot morning cereal; put it into my pancake batter and yesterday, into my muffins. With family coming into town this weekend I’ve been busy playing homemaker and wanted to have a little comfort food on the counter after their long day’s journey.
I’ve had the base recipe since my Weight Watcher days and tweak it here and there depending on what I’m in the mood for. The outcome is great every time I hope you like it.
1 cup all purpose flour (or 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup fat free sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup cranberries
Blend wet ingredients. Blend dry ingredients in a separate, larger bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in wet ingredients. Add cranberries. Mix until just blended. Divide evenly into a 12 muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes or until middle springs back when you gently press on the center of a muffin.
* I chopped my cranberries and added them to the tops of my muffins (see above pic) but honestly they’re better left whole and mixed into the batter. It gives just the right amount of added sweetness. You can also add or substitute nuts, mini chocolate chips, even a ripe banana. Give your imagination some exercise with this recipe and have fun with it.
Have a great weekend, everyone.