Archive | September, 2011

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

30 Sep

So as I mentioned in my last post, it’s been all rabbit food around here. I haven’t been doing much baking at all. But yesterday I decided to make up some muffins. I got some great inspiration from these Zucchini Apple Muffins. I broke open a package of pumpkin that I had sitting in my freezer from last fall, and needed to use up the last cup of it (I made some fantastic pumpkin pancakes for my hubby with the first part of it). You can’t really even taste the pumpkin, but they were delicious all the same! Since I’m going for the health aspect of it, I altered the recipe quite a bit, and kept track of how many calories were going into it. I added some flax seed, which is completely optional. It gives them a little more of an earthy taste, but I didn’t mind it at all.

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup AP flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ – 2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of salt
1 cup pumpkin
1 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp flax seed, dissolved in 4 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2  medium apples, peeled and diced (I used Michigan Ida Red)

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and chop your apples. Toss them in a bowl with a couple tablespoons of flour to coat. Set aside. (Coating them with flours ensures that they won’t sink to the bottom of the muffins.)
Pour 2 tbsp of flax seed into a small bowl. Pour 4 tbsp of water on top to dissolve.
Mix together your flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set aside
In a large bowl, whisk your egg whites just enough to break them up. Add the sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, flax, vanilla, and vegetable oil. Mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Stir just until moist, try not to over mix!
Fold in the apples.
Divide into muffin tins lined with papers, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

The entire batch of muffins has 2150 calories in it. If you divide your batter into 20 muffins, that’s only 108 calories per muffin! My batch made 16 regular sized muffins, and 16 mini muffins.

When I went to make these muffins, I realized I only had about ¼ cup of AP flour, so I used that, plus 1 ¾ cups of whole wheat flour. They still turned out moist and delicious! When my husband went for these muffins, I warned him that they were healthy and that he wouldn’t like them. He ate one, and said it was pretty good, just missing the butter. lol! Not a bad compliment from him. Charlie and Emma loved them, too. Charlie devoured 2 mini muffins in minutes!

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14 Sep

Sorry I haven’t been around here much! I guess I just haven’t had much to blog about. It’s been all diet rabbit-y food around here. But on the bright side, I’m actually losing weight *cheer*. I’m almost to my second weight goal (2 lbs away!), and then one more goal after that. I’m happy to say that all of my Charlie-pregnancy weight is gone, and almost all of my Emma-pregnancy weight is gone! But for now I’m living off yogurt, oatmeal, chicken, veggies, and fruit. It’s not very fun, and I really miss baking, but I can’t wait to finally get back into shape! Once I hit my final weight loss goal, I promise I’ll start doing more baking (and hopefully not gain it all back? haha). I really hope I don’t miss all the great fall baking, but I know I’ll be back for Christmas! So hang in there, check back in every few weeks, and see if I’ve got anything new. Who knows, maybe an occasion will come up where I need to find a fabulous new recipe to try out? I hope to be back soon!

I also wanted to blog about an awesome new product I discovered! Did you know that Coffeemate came out with sugar free creamers? I had no idea! I’ve been looking around at different options, trying to water down my coffee with fat free creamer and then add in flavors, but none of it tasted very good. And the fat free creamers aren’t really that low in calories, usually about 25-30 calories per tablespoon (and I usually use about 3!) But I just discovered the vanilla caramel sugar-free creamer, and it only has 15 calories! Which basically means I can have my 3 tablespoons of creamer in my coffee and only use up 45 of my day’s calories! And when you’re calorie counting, that’s awesome! I hate wasting some of my precious calories on something that has no substance at all, and I really can’t do without my coffee!

Oh, and another thing, I love breastfeeding! Because I’m nursing Charlie (he 7 months and still 99% BF) I’m burning an extra 500 calories. If I wanted to lose weight this rapidly and I wasn’t breastfeeding, I would have to eat about 1200-1300 calories a day, which is barely anything! But because of this awesome milk making super power I’ve got, I can eat 1700-1800 a day and feel full, but still lose about 2 lbs. a week.