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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Health Nut Muffins

Well, here's something you probably thought you'd never see here. A healthy recipe! It's true, I don't often bake "health food" recipes. I like my sweets old-fashioned and unhealthy thank you very much :-)  BUT...I do like to eat healthy in general and sometimes I'll see a low-cal or healthy recipe that catches my eye.

I saw this recipe in a magazine. Wish I knew which one! I have a bad habit of cutting off that bit of information. I've been baking them for years.

I love to have breads with my coffee in the morning and I can eat these with no guilt. Although I admit I rarely feel guilty about anything I eat. Life is too short for that!

There is a bit of grating and chopping involved but I know some of you like that sort of thing. :-)  These are nice, hearty little muffins with a nice texture and flavor.  You will feel good about eating them! I bet you could substitute chopped apples if you don't have grapes, and any kind of nut that you like would taste delicious. If you don't have wheat germ, just substitute flour.

Health Nut Muffins

1-1/4 cups flour  (I like to mix white and wheat)
3/4 cups quick oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup wheat germ or bran
1 TB baking powder
1/2 tsp each cinnamon and ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup each: shredded carrots, applesauce and skim milk (or whatever kind you have)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided
3 TB vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients, reserving 1/4 cup walnuts; stir just until combined.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins. The batter should exactly fill 12 muffin cups. They will be very full. Sprinkle with reserved walnuts.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Because these are healthy :-) I will provide the nutrition information that was with the recipe.  Nutrition per muffin: 190 calories, 4 g protein, 8 g total fat (1 g sat, 0 g trans), 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 20 mg cholesterol, 180 g sodium, 4 points.

Happy Baking!


  1. I am so making these....Thank you for sharing with me (on facebook). I'm thinking the chopped apple would be great! And I have apples (no grapes). Pinning is beginning......LOL!

  2. You are so welcome! I thought of you the whole time I was making them :-) Thanks for pinning!!!

  3. Those sound yum! I'm fascinated that these have actually grapes in them rather than raisins. We could really use some more breakfast foods around these parts, so I might give these a try soon.

  4. I always like to know the calories in one...that way I know how many there will be if I eat TWO!!!!!

  5. HEALTHY & GOOD! Are you kidding?

    These look DElish!

    Many hugs for the Muffin Queen. 00xx

  6. These muffins look great! Look at those walnuts on top...love it! :)

  7. Your first comment matched my very thoughts! =) And a muffin with grapes? That's new to me. They look wonderful - and your photos are great too. SO glad you shared...you're my kinda gal, even without healthy muffin recipes. *-* XO

  8. I love the idea of a muffin with grapes, but don't think I have baked one before, will have to give this recipe a whirl! They look yummy!

  9. These muffins sound absolutely scrumptdelicious Michael Ann! Thanks for always sharing such great reciped with us. I think of you and the boys often - at least I know they're eating well!!!

  10. These muffins are delicious.The recipe looks super easy to make. Looking forward to try it.

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