Some muffin recipes look and taste so much like cake it’s hard to tell the difference! But there are ways to turn your muffins into a healthy treat. By reducing the amount of sugar used, or substituting white flour with healthier flour, you get muffins that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Here are our top suggestions on how to make muffins that are deliciously healthy!
Versatile and delicious, oatmeal muffins are on the top of our all-time favourites list. You can modify the recipe by replacing part of the all-purpose flour with almond flour, which is low in carbohydrates and packed with vitamins and minerals.
If you feel like eating these muffins for breakfast, cut the quantity of sugar in half and toss some walnuts into your dry ingredients.
As a snack
For an extra dose of fibre, replace half the white flour with whole-wheat flour . . . this way you’ll have all the energy you need to get you through until dinner!
Add a sweet touch to your muffins by topping them with crumble prior to baking them. To make this tasty (and healthy!) topping, simply combine ¼ cup of oats with 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 tablespoon flour.
Have ripe bananas in your kitchen? Why not make delicious banana muffins! To make them extra-healthy, combine buckwheat and all-purpose flour.
These muffins make the perfect breakfast if you swap out some of the sugar for applesauce instead. The perfect way to start your day!
As a snack
Curb those cravings by adding some cashews and dried cranberries to your batter.
Banana muffins make a great dessert option, especially when topped with homemade chocolate icing. And you don’t need a ton of sugar to make fantastically yummy frosting! All you need is to combine melted dark chocolate with 35% cream. Then once your muffins have cooled, frost them and enjoy!
CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
Everyone knows it’s impossible to resist chocolate chip muffins! Again, you can make this recipe healthier simply by replacing half the wheat flour with coconut flour.
These muffins are a healthy breakfast alternative. Cut back on sugar by adding date purée to your batter instead of refined sugar.
As a snack
For a more nutritious version, add one or two tablespoons of chia seeds to the mix.
Create a healthy, balanced, and delicious dessert by frosting your muffins with Greek yogurt icing. To make your icing, simply whisk together ½ cup of Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of icing sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract.
Strawberries make a great addition to any muffin recipe. Let their delicate flavours shine by replacing half the all-purpose flour with chickpea flour. Rich in fibre, chickpea flour will add a boost of nutrients to your muffins, without compromising on taste or texture.
For added protein, simply stir some Greek yogurt into your wet ingredients. You can also cut back on the sugar and compensate with pure vanilla or almond essence.
As a snack
Looking for ways to satisfy your mid-afternoon pangs of hunger? Add some shredded coconut to your dry ingredients!
Rice flour is a great alternative to wheat flour when it comes to making these healthy and tasty treats. It’ll make your muffins fluffier and allow you to cut back on the fat called for in this recipe.
Don’t hesitate to get creative when making these muffins. Let your imagination run wild—just remember that it’s best to limit yourself to one or two substitutions per recipe.