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Healthy Bran Muffins and Whole Wheat Banana Muffins Recipes

Now that the holidays are past and we are about to enter a new year, it seems many of us are determined to diet or eat healthier in the coming year. With the world-wide economic crisis we are in, many may think they will not be able to eat healthier because they are cutting back on their food budgets. With the stress families are under, now is the time to improve your eating habits. It is important to stay healthy during these rougher times. You can start by making small changes. Try these healthy muffin recipes for breakfast or a light lunch. Pair them with some fresh fruit (buy seasonal fruits to save money) and you have a healthy meal. And remember, huge muffins don’t fit into your healthier eating or diet plan. By making your own muffins, you can make them in mini-muffin tins or only fill your regular muffin tins half full. You will have a healthier portion size.

WHOLE-WHEAT BANANA MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 5 medium-ripe bananas
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg

Method

  1. Peel bananas and mash with a fork.
  2. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Set dry ingredients aside. Add the remaining ingredients to the bananas and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add banana mixture to the flour mixture.
  5. Grease 12 muffins cups and divide mixture evenly into the muffin cups.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until done.

For more,  watch the above Video.

HEALTHY BRAN MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup instant low-fat dry milk
  • 3/4 cup SPLENDA granular
  • 1 cup wheat bran, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp raisins

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper baking liners.
  2. Blend applesauce, egg substitute, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, salt, dry milk, and SPLENDA together in a large mixing bowl, using a wire whisk.
  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons wheat bran and set aside. Add remaining wheat bran, flour, baking soda and cinnamon to mixture in large mixing bowl.
  4. Stir well. Mix in flaxseeds and raisins.
  5. Fill muffin cups 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter.
  6. Top each with a sprinkle of the reserved wheat bran.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Refer the Video for more.

Enjoy!…

Low Sugar Desserts Investigated

Well for whatever reason, your doctor has told you that you need to reduce your sugar intake. The first thing that comes to mind is how many desserts you are now going to have to pass on. While it is true that a lot of tasty confections are loaded with sugar, there are just as many enjoyable and delicious low sugar desserts to eat that have a lot less sugar in them.

Thanks to advances in science, many of the things you enjoy also have low sugar or sugar alternatives. You can buy low sugar desserts, low sugar ice cream, chocolate and whatever else your sweet tooth desires. Many people find it hard to tell the difference when it comes to taste. Many of your favorite recipes can be adapted to include low sugar desserts. These alternative sweeteners can replace sugar in just about any recipe, with very little concession to taste.

Fruit is a good thing to have on hand if you are trying to watch your sugar intake. A lot of fruits are naturally sweet, and it is the sweetness your body is craving, not the sugar specifically. A peach can be just as satisfying as a Hershey bar, and the peach is a lot better for you. Fruits are always perfect low sugar desserts.

Low calorie sweeteners and sugar alternatives have changed the way people watch their sugar. These sweeteners used to be terrible tasting and only fit for the very desperate. Over the years they have improved dramatically in both taste, and also in the variety of what is available. What started out as three products, has grown to over ten thousand and you can now use all of them in your low sugar desserts.

Some people also find other alternatives to use in place of sugar. These include honey, brown sugar, and sometimes molasses. Sugar tends to be more harmful because it puts on calories without providing the body a way to burn them off. Adding one or more of these natural sweeteners can help rectify this problem especially in your low sugar desserts.

Sometimes less is more. The FDA states that table sugar can still be used by those with blood sugar problems, as long as it is used in moderation. There isn’t really any need to dump it in your cereal, there are a lot of cereals that taste great without sugar, that are probably better for you. There isn’t really any reason to even put in your coffee anymore, now you can order flavored coffees and creamers that are probably better for you than straight sugar is. Low sugar desserts are just the beginning if you want to reduce your sugar intake.

If you have to watch your blood sugar, talk to your doctor and ask them which low sugar desserts are best for your diet. They will likely have several good recommendations, and if you include your doctor in your search for the perfect low sugar desserts, they can also help monitor your health as you try to find a sweetener that works for you. Many doctors are happy to do this, rather than having to treat the patient after the fact.…

Summer No Bake Dessert Recipes

With the summer in full swing, who wants to sit in front of an oven to fill that homemade sweet tooth? It’s hot enough as it is so why serve a hot dessert? There are lots of ways to indulge in some decadent sweets that are perfect to beat the heat. Here are some suggestions for some easy summer no bake dessert recipes perfect for summer indulgence. They are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Coconut cream popsicles are a great idea for summer cookouts and relaxing on the porch. For this no bake dessert recipes combine half a can of evaporated milk, half a can of coconut milk, a quarter cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and a half cup of shredded coconut. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. You can also freeze bananas to make a cool treat. Coat a peeled banana in melted chocolate, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze overnight for a no-hassle frozen summer dessert.

In this no bake dessert recipes for a quick tiramisu, mix a cup of Cool Whip with a cup of mascarpone cheese until fluffy then set aside. Brew two cups of strong coffee with coffee equipment and then combine with a quarter cup of sugar. With this mixture, soak a package of ladyfingers and drain. In a glass dish, layer the bottom with the soaked ladyfingers then the cheese mixture. Add another layer of ladyfingers and cover with the remaining cheese mixture. Chill in the refrigerator overnight for an easy, no-bake tiramisu.

You can also make cheesecake without having to turn on your oven with these simple no bake dessert recipes. Combine twenty-five crushed graham crackers with a stick of melted butter and two tablespoons of sugar. Press the mixture into a pie pan and set aside. Mix a packet of lemon Jell-O with a cup of boiling water. Then cream together a cup of sugar with two packages of softened cream cheese. Combine the Jell-O mixture with the cream cheese mixture and a can of evaporated milk. Blend the mixture until smooth and pour in the pie pan with the crust. You can serve plain or with chocolate syrup or fruit preserves.

Nothing beats the heat like a fresh, homemade sorbet. Try one of these no bake dessert recipes. Combine one diced cantaloupe with two-thirds a cup of sugar, a half cup of water, two tablespoons of light corn syrup, a quarter cup of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Freeze in an airtight container overnight. The sorbet may need to sit out of the freezer a few minutes to soften before serving. Melon sorbet is the perfect no bake dessert for a hot summer’s day. Not only will these no bake dessert recipes keep you from turning on the oven, they will cool you off and satisfy that sweet tooth.

Try experimenting with different variations to your taste and enjoy.…

Healthy chocolate muffins

Healthy Butt Busting Banana-Chocolate Muffins

So here we go again with another healthy dessert recipe. This one has another twist for you. We call it butt busting because technically it is in the category of fat burning foods, it is our healthy chocolate muffins. Since we already have a fat burning brownie , that you can add to your arsenal of fat burning foods, we wanted to be original to this website and we named it Butt Busting Banana Chocolate muffins.

 

No matter the name our butt busting, fat burning muffin is delicious. Since we use almond meal it is also gluten free. This recipe makes makes 8 muffins. I dont like to double recipes, but if you need more of these Healthy chocolate muffins I suggest making 2 batches of these fat burning foods. If you think these healthy chocolate muffins are awesome check out even more at Healthy Dessert Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas, sliced, plus extra slices for topping
  • 2 tsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds, for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F, and line 8 muffin pans with muffin papers. If you do not have muffin papers you can coat the pan with olive oil.
  2. Mix the almond meal, baking powder, cayenne and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. In a food processor, combine eggs, honey, and bananas for 5 minutes, or until pale and fluffy. Pour over almond meal and stir until just combined.
  4. Place 1/3 batter into a separate bowl and stir in cacao. To create the chocolate centre, pour half the batter into the muffin pans, then dollop a tablespoon of cacao batter on top. Then, pour remaining plain batter on top to cover cacao.
  5. Top with slivered almonds.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes until a skewer or wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest in muffin tray for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.

If you wanted to add an extra crunch to these healthy chocolate muffins you can also add crushed walnuts to the recipe. The amount of walnuts would be your preference. Once they are cooked enjoy these fat burning foods.…

Low Calorie Dessert Recipes So Worth It!

Everybody cherishes dessert yet few acknowledge exactly that it is so natural to make low calorie dessert plans. Just as easy and it doesn’t cost any more to substitute certain ingredients with their low-cal version. This is truly a lifestyle change, and easy to make a habit. Below are some easy changes to make, especially if you stock up ahead of time with the low calorie replacements.

Lots of baked goods will taste great if you replace the fats called for with applesauce or smashed up bananas. These low calorie dessert recipes will be more moist and flavorful, plus much healthier.

 

If your recipe calls for eggs, just remove the yellow yolks and use the whites only. It takes two egg whites to replace one whole egg. Most of the calories and cholesterol are contained in the yolk. Your low calorie dessert recipes will never know the difference!

Another great idea for a low calorie dessert recipe that has frosting, such as cakes or iced cookies, is to replace the butter in your frosting recipe with marshmallow crème. The consistency will be lighter and fluffier, without the butter fats. Marshmallow crème comes ready-made in a jar.

Many people will rave about this simple low calorie dessert recipe: Just blend your favorite fruits in bite-sized pieces with plain, fat-free yogurt. You’ll have a tasty Ambrosia type fruit dessert without the usual sour cream. Plain, fat-free yogurt is also higher in calcium!

For the chocolate lovers out there, a wonderful new product has just hit the market that is real chocolate made from whey. It has no sugar, chemical ingredients, or fake sweeteners added. Very low calorie dessert recipes friendly, it’s great for diabetics too.

Anytime you want a low calorie dessert recipe, remember also to replace all that sugar with the much healthier honey. It’s just as sweet and a whole lot healthier. But if you don’t have honey on hand, remember that brown sugar is better for you than white sugar, because the white is more refined and processed. And molasses is even healthier and lower in calories than brown sugar.

Of course there are always the brand-name sugar replacements on the supermarket shelf, but some people resist these as they believe the ingredients may not be as healthy as applesauce and molasses in your low calorie dessert recipes. There are several pro’s and con’s for using brand-name sugar substitutes, so reading up on them is advised. Many recipe books have this information, and it is also available on the internet.

So think ‘substitutes’ like fruit, honey and skim milk next time you want to make a scrumptious low calorie dessert recipe. You will surely prefer the taste and your heart will thank you!…