You race past that coffee cart on your way to work, and a decadent chocolate chocolate-chip muffin catches your eye. It’s the last one. It’s as big as your head. You didn’t have breakfast, and you have enough cash on hand for it and your large coffee, no sugar, so why not?
The next day you wander into a deli for some slightly more expensive coffee. No sooner are you done saying “milk, no sugar” than the cappuccino muffin on the countertop grabs your attention. Next thing you know, you’re having them for breakfast every day, figuring that you work hard and sometimes you walk to burn calories, so what’s the harm?
We’ll tell you the harm: All those muffins can transform into a muffin top. A couple of weeks of overindulging in these moist sugary treats may leave you spilling over those jeans a bit, despite them being stretch jeans and your most comfortable pair.
You’re not going to switch to bran muffins, when the ones that tempt you are the sweeter ones. Is there a compromise? Yes, of course. Almost always. These three muffin recipes are healthier options than the decadent chocolate variety and will still satiate your sweet tooth without expanding your waistline.
Don’t pinch your face! Applesauce is ideal in baking because it replaces all that sugar that was accumulating in your pooch. This recipe calls for old-fashioned rolled oats rather than instant oatmeal, nonfat milk, whole-wheat flour, brown sugar, egg whites or EggBeaters, and applesauce, among other ingredients. Adding raisins, nuts or bananas is optional. In fact, adding a small, really ripe banana will make for a moist muffin that is extra flavorful since banana complements applesauce quite nicely. The best part is that each muffin is 92 calories.
Oh, yeah. Now we’re talking. That’s a lot more like that muffin that got you in this mess in the first place. This recipe calls for three really ripe bananas (the riper the better), a cup of either almond milk or skim milk, old-fashioned or rolled oats and no more than 3 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips — dark chocolate, if you can find them, but semi-sweet will do nicely. Although this muffin has more calories than applesauce oatmeal muffins, it still comes in at a nice 115 calories per muffin.
Ah, the strawberry. So sweet and bursting with juicy goodness. It’s the perfect ingredient for a healthy homemade breakfast muffin. This recipe calls for 2 cups of fresh strawberries, old fashioned or rolled oats, plain low-fat Greek yogurt and baking Stevia. Dice the strawberries, and reserve 1/2 cup of them to place on top of your muffins. At 93 calories per muffin, you simply can’t go wrong.