Apple Cinnamon Whole Wheat Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

It’s the little things in life that can make the biggest difference. Small changes really can yield big results and there are simple ways to make your favorite recipes better for you!

You can start by serving brown rice instead of white rice. Increase the fiber and nutrition of the rice even more by adding vegetables like carrot and zucchini. You can add them to baked goods, pasta dishes, soups and even scrambled eggs, too.

Next try reducing the sugar in your favorite cookie recipe. If it calls for 1 cup sugar, use only ½ or ¾ cup. Chances are you won’t even notice the difference.

You can reduce the fat, too. If a recipes calls for several eggs, substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg. Don’t substitute whites for all the eggs, though. You’ll still want to use at least one whole egg in the recipe.

Now here’s something you can increase: the whole grains. When a recipe calls for 1 cup flour, use ¼ cup whole-wheat flour and ¾ cup all-purpose flour. As your family’s tastes adjust, gradually up the ratio of whole wheat to all-purpose.

This recipe, which also sneaks in apple, carrot and nuts,  is a great way to start.

Click here for more “better for you” recipes:  Whole Wheat Walnut Crumb Cake Whole Grain Almond Pancakes with Sweet Orange SyrupBetter for You Apple Pie

Directions

1.HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups or spray with no-stick cooking spray.

2.COMBINE flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add apples, carrots, raisins, walnuts and coconut. Mix well. Add oil, milk, vanilla and eggs. Stir just until moistened. Fill muffin cups evenly.

3.BAKE 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pans. Cool.


Yield: 12 muffins

What's Needed:

 

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 cup Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
OR Pillsbury BEST® Unbleached Flour
1 cup Pillsbury BEST® Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups peeled and shredded apples (3 medium)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs

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