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I have no problem admitting that it took me until March to get going on my New Year’s resolution. Getting back in shape. Motivation was a huge issue for me. I kept saying I would not be able to do it until I was ready. There would be no forcing it. If I hated going to the gym and eating well and being productive, it just wasn’t going to stick. In January and February I hated all of those things. Forget about the six months leading up to January and February.
I wish I had an excuse. I have none. I can’t even claim that it is baby weight from my daughter who is 20 months old now. Nope, I lost all that weight in less than a year. Then I put it back on again. My winter layer, I suppose. Well, something finally clicked and I have been consistent for a couple weeks now back at the gym and not eating like an absolute hog all day every day. Cut down on the glasses of wine, smaller portions at dinner, taking more walks just because I need to get my butt off the couch. My friend is trying to kill me in these Synergy 360 classes at our local Y (which I must say I love even though I practically have to crawl back out to the car afterwards). I am FINALLY on the right path and it feels great. Rather than trying to squeeze gym time in to my schedule, now it is a priority. It is all about priorities.
Needless to say, it was perfect timing that this arrived on my doorstep at the beginning of my personal reinvention a couple weeks ago:
Good – for – You Everyday Meals from Gooseberry Patch.
If you follow our blog regularly, you know how much we love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. They have a cookbook out there for everything and every occasion. Debbie even has a recipe in one of their cookbooks!
Good – for – You Everyday Meals is 217 pages of soups, sides, snacks, mains, desserts, and more that help inspire you to eat more of those foods that we should ALL be eating.
Most recipes also cut out most of the junk we DON’T need. Having recipes like these at my fingertips makes it so much easier to stay on the right path and keep my goal in focus. The first recipe I chose to make was for Cinnamon Apple Raisin Muffins.
I already had all the ingredients in my cupboard so I was able to hop right on it. As you read the ingredients you will notice a few things that you may not often bake with. We cook with “weird” ingredients in our house all the time. Our pallets are quite used to 100% wheat baked goods. We often replace oil with applesauce, and we try and keep our sugar consumption to a minimum. If you are new to baking “healthy” I recommend you try the original recipe first and see what you like and don’t like about it. You can always substitute more wheat flour, or less applesauce (the applesauce in this recipe is taking place of more oil). I, personally, don’t use egg white substitute so I just added a second egg.
My favorite thing about these muffins is how thick and chunky they are. The batter was overflowing with bits of apples, walnuts, and raisins and it really heightens the taste. They are great for breakfast, snack, or dessert. This recipe was a phenomenal muffin dish that I will be making again and again. I’ve already made it twice in the last week!
A few things to note:
The recipe is not specific, but it is intended for LARGE muffin cups. If you are using a standard muffin tin, lower the cooking time to 15 – 18 minutes and you will also yield about 18 muffins. Also, I never peel apples when I am baking with them so that is a great way to take out a more complicated step!
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 c. whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 c. oil
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 c. egg white substitute (I left this ingredient out and just used a total of 2 eggs)
- 2 c. apples, peeled, cored, and diced (2 small or one large apple and I did not peel them)
- 1 c. raisins
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
- In a bowl, stir together flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat applesauce, oil and sugar with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Add egg, egg white substitute and vanilla; beat for one minute and set aside. Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture; stir just until moist. Fold in remaining ingredients. Spoon batter into 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center tests clean. Remove muffins from tin to a wire rack; serve warm or cooled. Makes one dozen.
- If a muffin recipe doesn't fill all the cups in your muffin tin, add some water to the empty cups. This allows the muffins to bake more evenly.
Want to try some more recipes from this book? Follow this link and it will take you to 18 recipes they have provided free of charge on their website.
Gooseberry Patch also just did a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round – up on their blog. I highly recommend you take a minute to go check out all the fun green meals!
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