Have you ever wondered about how to make healthy muffins from scratch at home? Making Healthy Muffins is easy enough for kids and beginning bakers. All you are some healthy muffin making tips.
It’s important not to go overboard when making healthy baked goods or you can end up with muffins that are dry, tasteless and/or rubbery. You need to find the healthy balance, so it’s important to include some fat and sugar in your recipes for best flavor.
Here are 12 tips for making homemade healthy muffins from scratch.
12 Tips for Making Heathy Muffins from Scratch
Decrease the fat, but not completely. Usually just 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil or butter per batch of 8 to 12 muffins is enough to keep your muffins moist and tender.
Use whole wheat pastry flour. It’s much lighter than regular whole-wheat flour while retaining the healthy antioxidant-rich bran and germ. Try substituting half the flour in your favorite muffin recipe for whole wheat pastry flour or another favorite whole grain flour such as oat, barley or spelt flour. Also see Healthiest Breakfast Foods.
Add some healthy omega-3 rich nuts. Walnuts and almonds are good choices.
Substitute 1/4 to 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable puree for the same amount of oil in your favorite muffin recipe. This will increase the nutrition, moisture, tenderness and natural sweetness of your muffins. Applesauce and pumpkin puree are personal favorites.
Mix together the dry ingredients well with a fork or wire whisk. You want to fluff the flour up which will help create lighter more tender muffins.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together gently just until blended. Over mixing will cause your muffins to be heavy and tough.
Stir in 1/2 to 1 cup of healthy additions to boost nutrition. Such as berries, chopped apple, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, raisins or miniature dark chocolate chips which are all good sources of vitamins and minerals and fiber.
Use an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin cups. It’s much faster and neater.
Add water to any empty muffin cups. This will prevent your muffin pan from buckling.
Don’t let the baked muffins sit in the pan too long. They will become soggy.
Well made muffins are golden brown with slightly rounded bumpy tops. They are tender and light to fairly dense and moist inside and easy to remove from the pan.
Most any recipe for a large (9 x 5-inch) loaf of healthy quick bread can be turned into 12 (2-1/2-inch) healthy muffins. Just evenly distribute the batter among the muffin cups and bake in a heated 375 degree F oven until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean, somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes.
So, there you have it – 12 tips for making delicious healthy muffins from scratch.