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Tips For Making Healthy Diet Muffins

Updated on February 15, 2016

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.

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      Metreye 3 years ago

      Thank you for the valuable feedback oceansnsunsets.

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I love to enjoy a good muffin once in a while. These ideas are great to make muffins more healthy yet still enjoyable. I think even if we take small steps to being a bit more healthy, that we can help our lives overall, long term. Thank you for sharing!

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      Metreye 3 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words peachpurple.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, good to hear some healthy ways to make healthy muffins, although a bit costly

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