~ABCD Muffins~ Refined sugar free…if you don’t count the chocolate chips 😉
Ever heard of ABC Muffins? They are kind of a kids snack/lunchbox staple recipe which stands for Apple, Banana and Chocolate Muffins. Well this is my version which is Apple, Banana, Chocolate and Date Muffins. They rely on the sweetness of the fruit, and you would never guess there is no added sugar. They also use wholemeal flour and oats for extra fibre and longer lasting energy.
It is a big recipe, but I am pretty sure you will need them all 🙂
1 1/2 cups water
Put in a pot and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until the dates are soft, then puree with a stick blender or food processor.
Pour the puree into a big mixing bowl and add:
3 grated apples
2 big or 3 small bananas – mashed
2 tsp natural vanilla essence
1/2 tsp of salt
250g melted butter
Stir this all together and add:
2 cups white flour
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 2 cups of milk
Mix until everything is just combined. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake for about 10-15 minutes in a moderate oven.
Sorry the recipe looks complicated but you will know it off by heart in no time.
P.S they freeze well too.
On a little side note, two free tips for sugar free baking:
1) Add a little salt to your baking. Salt is a flavour enhancer and it will help to enhance the flavour of the fruit or whatever you are using to sweeten your baking.
2) Add Natural Vanilla Essence. Vanilla flavour gives us the illusion of sweetness or in other words tricks our mind, without necessarily being sweet.