Thursday, 30 June 2011

Healthy fruity muffins

Cakes don't always have to be naughty- you can make healthier versions that are still lovely and tasty. I love these fruity muffins that take moments to whisk up and bake and are great at all times of the day and though kids will love them they are actually quite good for them! And they can help you make them which is always a good thing.

Begin by putting 150g plain flour, 50g wholemeal flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarbonate soda and 2 tsps ground cinammon in a bowl.

Put in a small dish 30g butter, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla extract and 3 heaped tbsp honey. Heat for about a minute in the microwave until it is all melted and then stir together. Alternatively melt in a saucepan on a medium heat. You do not want the mixture boiling- just melted.

Stir in 150ml yoghurt (I used plain but you can use a fruit flavoured one that matches the fruit you are using) and put this into the flour mix.

To the bowl also add two eggs and 3 small very ripe mashed bananas. When I have some bananas that are very ripe but I don't need them at that point I peel and mash them and then store them in the freezer until I want them.

Finally add a large handful of fresh soft red fruit (I used raspberries since there was some ripe in the garden but strawberries also work well or cranberries). Break them into small pieces.

Once all the ingredients are in mix it all together until it is just combined. Don't overmix or you start to overwork the gluten.

Fill cases with the mix- if doing small fairy cake this will make about 24 or about 12 larger muffin cases. Don't completely fill the cases- you need a good rim around the top of the case to allow the cake mix to rise. For the smaller cases (which is what I used this time) you need a heaped dessertspoon full of mix per case.

Bake at 180 degrees C for about 12 minutes until risen and just turning golden. Check that a squewer comes out clean.

Delicious eaten warm straight from the oven. But these store well (can be frozen- I've got a batch in the freezer now ready for my eldest's sports day on Monday) so long as kept in an airtight container.

Good as part of breakfast, in lunchboxes, on picnics, to take on playdates or even just for a teatime treat.

Til soon.....

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