Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Love Month

R and I were in Target last week and picked up some Star Wars Valentines. The Valentine Heart wreath is up on our front door and today is the first day of February. So how 'bout some heart-shaped muffins that also do your heart well?

These muffins have some real heart-healthy ingredients. Ground flax seed, pomegranate juice and whole wheat flour grace these healthful little goodies. Add to that some shredded carrots and apple and you have a health bonanza in every bite.

An aside: I was hoping that by using pomegranate juice I would not only boost the nutritional value of the muffins but create a pink-ish hue for the muffins. No such luck.

It would take a *lot* of juice to alter the color, I discovered. But non-pink or pink, these heart-y muffins are delicious, healthy, and good for you no matter what shape you make them.

Heart Muffins

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
3 eggs (or 2 eggs and 2 egg whites)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/3 cup pomegranate juice (or orange)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 1/2 cups shredded fruit/vegetables (I used 4 carrots and 2 cored, but unpeeled apples)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring to fully incorporate, but being careful not to overmix.

Shread the carrots and apples, using a food processor. Add to the muffin mix.

Pour into lined muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.

Makes about 18-24 muffins.

Valentine's Day is Sweet,

1 comment:

Mary Ann Dames said...

These sound yummy. I was wondering what to do with the splash of pomegranate juice I had left from another recipe. Now I know.