I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was spent in Cape Cod with my brother’s fiancé and her friends Leah and Tara. Here we all are on the beach:
Doing some cartwheels:
And attempting some yoga:
We did a lot of exploring and wandering. We went to antique shops, outdoor markets, and of course ate at some really good restaurants. On Sunday we visited a Cranberry bog where they harvest tons and tons of cranberries every season. I took some home and got to work yesterday on a fall inspired healthy cranberry muffin.
When I bake, I like to make things pretty healthy. I figure that if I want something more indulgent, there are like 10 places I can get a more unhealthy muffin within a two block radius from where I live. So when I keep things in the house, or make things for friends, I like to make them on the healthier side.
Enter whole wheat flour, wheat germ, no butter, and less sugar.
These muffins are pretty delicious and only have about 115 calories per muffin.
They are great as an on the go breakfast, as a snack in the afternoon, or as an addition to lunch. The cranberries are naturally sour but when baked in the oven and mixed with some sugar, they retain their strong flavor but lose most of their bitterness.
Did you know that cranberries are really really good for you? They pack a ton of antioxidants, have components within them that help to prevent bacteria from attaching to both the urinary and stomach lining, and in recent years have shown to have strong anti-cancer benefits. Research also shows that eating cranberries whole, rather than in juice form, can give you the maximum benefits and can help with cardiovascular and liver health. So yeah, cranberries are definitely a superfood of the Fall!
Whole Wheat Orange Cranberry Muffins
makes 12 muffins
(adapted from this recipe)
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- .5 cups wheat germ
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/3 t salt
- 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1 small container of applesauce (or about 1/2 cup)
- 1 t grated orange rind
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 large egg
- cooking spray
1. Combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, salt in a bowl
2. Add chopped cranberries.
3. Combine milk, applesauce, egg, orange, vanilla in a small bowl. Beat together.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix well until combined.
5. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray. Spoon in muffin mixture.
6. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.