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Tips For Making Healthy Diet Muffins
Muffin is a miniature of an individualized baking product, a type of quick bread, similar to a cupcake, that is made from a thick batter, and baked in a muffin tin, lined by a muffin liner. There are a few ways in which muffins can be made a healthy, and wholesome treat. These include the following :
1. Use whole wheat and multi-grain flour
The commonly used all-purpose white flour has a high content of starch and refined carbohydrates that can cause your blood sugar levels to rise sharply for a short duration and then fall very low and make you feel hungry again after a short while. These refined carbs are harmful for the heart, as well. To make your muffin recipe healthier, you can replace half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour (an excess of wheat flour can destroy the sponginess of the muffin). You can also add whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, almond flour, or oat bran.
2. Replace butter with vegetable oil
The recipes that are low in fat mostly contain loads of salt and sugar. The solution to this could be, replacing "bad fats" such as butter and margarine, with "good fats" like vegetable oils (such as olive oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil that are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats). The essence and other flavors of chocolate, fruit, spices etc would make-up for the typical odor of these oils. When replacing butter with oil, around 25% less oil will be required, as butter contains a fair amount of water. You may need to add a little bit of liquid to make up for this water content.
3. Use egg-whites instead of whole eggs
Whipped egg-whites contain albumin and other proteins that on getting baked, would create air pockets and provide a nice, fluffy texture to the muffin
4. Use brown sugar, agave syrup, and spices
To reduce the sugar and salt content of the muffin and still maintain its taste, substitutes such as agave syrup(a sweetener made from the agave plant), brown sugar and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla can be used. Other additions could be more of fruits, or zest of a lemon or orange.
For successful baking
Always measure your ingredients.
Bring all ingredients at room temperature before baking.
Pre-heat the oven and bake at correct temperature.
5. Add dried fruit and nuts
Dried fruits such as black currants, raisins, dried figs and dates can be added to maintain the sweet taste and reduce the amount of sugar. Roasted nuts are high in proteins, fiber, healthy fats and add a special flavor to the recipe. In order to add a slight nutty flavor, you can go far peanut or almond butter, milk, or walnut oil.
6. Reduce the portion size
To reduce your calorie intake, make smaller sized muffins and avoid having more than one at a time.