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Applesauce spice muffins


Marilynn L., cancer survivor

Photo: ELLICSR Kitchen

This tasty muffin recipe is high in fibre, so it could help with constipation. The muffins are soft and easy to swallow. Instead of the dates, you could use raisins, dried cranberries or any other dried fruit. You could also use different spices, or you could add more or less of them, depending on your preferences. As an alternative, try using honey instead of brown sugar and a bit less applesauce. The muffins still turn out great and are definitely a bit moister in texture. These muffins freeze very well and can be thawed in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

1 cup
all-purpose flour 250 mL
1 tsp cinnamon 5 mL
1/3 cup
wheat germ 80 mL
1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 mL
1/3 cup brown sugar 80 mL
1/4 tsp allspice 1 mL
1/4 tsp baking powder 1 mL
3/4 tsp salt 4 mL
1 tsp baking soda 5 mL
1/4 cup ground flax 60 mL
1/8 cup ground chia seeds 30 mL
1/8 cup hemp hearts 30 mL
1/4 cup canola oil 60 mL
1 egg, beaten 1
1/3 cup water 80 mL
1 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce 280 mL
12 dates, chopped 12
1/3 cup pecans, chopped (optional) 80 mL

Mix the dry ingredients except the dates and pecans in a large bowl. Combine the liquid ingredients and add them to the dry mixture, mixing until almost blended. Stir in the dates until just blended. Add the pecans, if desired. I took the nuts out when I could no longer chew them properly.

Divide the batter among 12 large muffin cups and bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool.

Makes 12 muffins

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Nutrition information
Per muffin
Calories 219
Fat 11 grams
Carbohydrates 27 grams
Fibre 4 grams
Protein 5 grams

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