I find that I’m lured by the muffin. It never seems as evil a choice as “the donut,” and it usually has some fruit contained within… seemingly healthy, right? I remember years ago I was shocked to see a report that the muffin is actually a small cake (with accompanying calories). And that those grandiose, gargantuan-sized muffins that no-one should ever eat on their own… contain a good-sized chunk of your intended calorie allotment for any given day. Devastating news, but the calories can be more manageable if the muffins are made into normal-sized portions.
Now that I have you totally fearing to eat muffins ever again, I have some good summery-themed muffins to share with you. Two are of the normal variety, and one is toned down to be a bit more low-cal and healthy. They’re all delicious though, so you make the choice. Just don’t eat them all in one sitting and I’m sure you’ll be ok All can be made ahead and then frozen in individual portions to be defrosted later when the muffin-mood strikes.
Sugar-Crusted Raspberry Muffins: These are a slightly sweet muffin with chunks of fresh raspberries tucked within. They’re topped with a layer of white sugar, and if you have any of that wonderful chunky, sparkling-white sugar to sprinkle on top then that makes these even better. And since I know someone is going to ask where I got these cute cupcake liners, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that I ordered them from www.BakeItPretty.com.
Next are some wonderful Pineapple Muffins. You can make these with fresh pineapple or canned. The pineapple lends a small amount of sweetness to the muffins without overwhelming them with a strong pineapple flavor. These were a big hit at a brunch I attended.
Here’s your especially healthy option: Blueberry- Oatmeal Muffins. For this recipe, I’ve included nutritional information as well as Weight Watcher’s points. They have some wheat flour incorporated into them and plenty of fresh blueberries. A delicious choice, especially when blueberries are fresh-as-can-be and are dirt cheap.
All of the recipes for the muffins mentioned in this post can be found by clicking on recipe titles above.