Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A rainy day in the blueberry patch...or NOT!

Blueberry pie, muffins, cake, pancakes, jam, cobbler, crisp, buckle, etc...Mmmmmmm, I can just taste them!

Or at least I would have been able to taste them if it wasn't for the rain. Several friends and I scheduled a day in the blueberry patch but with all this liquid sunshine, I don't think we'll be going today. At least the berries will be nice and juicy when we do get to go!

Well, since most of thse things listed above are on the weightier side of the scale, I thought I'd check out some lower calorie alternatives to prepare for all those yummy berries. Since I've gotten involved at, I've lost 13 pounds and found lots of great lower calorie alternatives to foods I love to eat.

Here is a great recipe from the Spark People sister site: . Be sure and check out this site if you are dieting!

Blueberry Banana Muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (you can use up to 1 tsp if you prefer)
1/4 cup sugar (you can raise or lower this slightly, depending on how sweet you like things)
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup, or 1 snack size cup, unsweetened applesauce
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 cup unsweetened frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
Blend dry ingredients (flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, sugar). Mix in egg, milk, and applesauce. (The applesauce is your substitute in place of the oil that most recipes use. Unsweetened is best!) Add in banana and blueberries and gently stir just until blended.
Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and bake in oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Muffins are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack and enjoy!
Muffins freeze beautifully. Recipe is easily doubled.
Recipe makes 12 muffins. Serving size is 1 muffin.

Number of Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories 140.2

Total Fat 0.9 g

Saturated Fat 0.2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g

Cholesterol 18.0 mg

Sodium 232.5 mg

Potassium 99.4 mg

Total Carbohydrate 29.8 g

Dietary Fiber 2.3 g

Sugars 5.3 g

Protein 4.2 g

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