Morning Glory Muffins

What a way to start the day! In addition to offering omega-3 fatty acids, eating walnuts may offer preventative benefits in UC patients. These include less damage from inflammation leading up to flare, plus faster healing after.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 264 calories; 14g fat; 2g saturated fat; 47mg cholesterol; 277mg sodium; 32g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 5g protein; 14g sugar; 37mg calcium; 1mg iron; 233mg potassium

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper liners.

Step 2 In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and salt. Set aside.

Step 3 In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until combined. Stir in carrots.

Step 4 Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients; stir until just combined. Fold in raisins and walnuts.

Step 5 Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tins. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out mostly clean. Let cool for 15 minutes before removing from muffin tin and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for three to four days and/or freeze remaining.

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