Cherry Almond Muffins
If fresh cherries are out of your budget or out of season, the frozen version will work just as well! Cherries are a good source of antioxidants and they plump nicely when baked in muffins.
Make 18 muffins
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup “white” whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup reduced fat, trans-fat free margarine
1 egg white
1 cup low-fat, 1 % buttermilk
1 cup fresh or frozen cherries
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Heat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners. Combine both types of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl or zipper lock bag. Stir or shake well to combine.
With a wooden spoon or an electric mixer on medium, in a medium bowl, mix the sugar and margarine until smooth. Stir in the egg white, buttermilk, cherries, extract, and almonds, the mixture will clump slightly. Add flour mixture and stir until a batter forms about 10 strokes with a wooden spoon – don’t over mix, otherwise your muffins will be tough.
Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins spring back to the touch when pressed. Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer to a wire rack to cool then store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 muffin)
135 calories. 2 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 1 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 165 mg sodium.
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