From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
Decadent fruit-and-nut-filled muffins, with 60 percent whole grain and 4 grams of fiber, are perfect for breakfast or a nutrient-rich snack. Pears -- use any variety in these muffins -- contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and anti-aging antioxidants. Heart-healthy walnuts contain omega-3 fats. And according to the latest research, phytonutrients in raisins may help fight gum disease. Replacing some of the heart-healthy canola oil with applesauce helps keep the total fat content moderate.
Makes 18 muffins
Ingredients3 cups peeled, cored, diced pears (4 to 6 large, ripe yet firm pears)1 1/2 cups sugar1/3 cup canola oil2/3 cup natural unsweetened applesauce2 large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour1 cup all-purpose flour2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon1 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup golden raisins1 cup chopped walnuts
Directions1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray muffin cups or line with paper holders.
2. Mix pears and sugar in a small bowl.
3. Whisk oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla together in a large bowl. Lightly stir in pear mixture.
4. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a separate bowl. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
5. Add flour mixture to pear mixture, stirring just until all ingredients appear wet. Do not overmix. Batter will be thick.
6. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. They will be heaping full.
7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
8. Remove muffins immediately, and place on wire rack for cooling.
Nutrition information (per muffin):265 calories5 g protein44 g carbohydrates9 g fat (0.5 g saturated)24 mg cholesterol300 mg sodium47 mg calcium 1.4 mg iron45 IU vitamin A2 mg vitamin C4 g fiber
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