Muffins are not only a treat, but a very healthy treat – especially when you bake them with fresh fruit. Here are some tasty muffin treats to try out.


Wild Berry Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

1 ½ cups of wild berries

½ cup melted butter, slightly cooled

¾ cup milk

2 eggs

½ tsp vanilla

Method:

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in large bowl. In a separate bowl scoop up about a tablespoon of the dry mixture and coat the berries.

In a third bowl combine butter, milk, eggs and vanilla. Add wet to dry ingredients, stirring until well moistened. Gently stir in berries. Stir batter into greased or paper lined muffin tins. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of white sugar for crackle-top (optional, but good). Bake at 425ºF for 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Let stand for 15 minutes before removing from tin. Makes eight to 12 muffins.


Spiced Apple Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 egg slightly beaten

3 ½ tsp baking powder

1 cup milk

½ tsp salt

⅓ cup melted butter

½ cup white sugar

1 cup chopped apples

Topping:

2 Tbsp brown sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

Method:

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Stir together all the dry ingredients. Stir chopped

apples into dry ingredients. Grease muffin tins. Fill muffin tins ⅔ full and sprinkle

with topping mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.


Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar

1 cup Miracle Whip

2 or 3 mashed bananas

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

⅓ cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

Combine white sugar, Miracle Whip and mashed bananas. Add flour and baking soda. Mix lightly and drop into greased muffin tins. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over top of muffins. Bake at 350ºF oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.


Pumpkin Crunch Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cup flour

3 tsp baking powder

¼ cup white sugar

⅓ cup brown sugar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

½ cup raisins

⅔ cup milk

½ canned pumpkin

⅓ cup salad oil

1 egg

Method:

Blend together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and spices. Stir in raisins. Combine milk, pumpkin, oil, egg and blend with beater. Add liquid ingredients to dry mixture all at once. Stir until moistened. Fill well-greased muffin tin cups ⅔ full. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar. Bake at 400ºF for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.


Bran Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup sour milk

⅓ cup salad oil

½ cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp molasses

1 cup bran

1 egg

2 ½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup raisins

Method:

Heat together the sour milk, oil, sugar, molasses and bran until warm (warm, not hot). Beat in the egg. Add dry ingredients and raisins. Bake at 350ºF for 15 to 20 minutes.