Healthy Strawberry Muffins Recipe
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These healthy strawberry muffins are a wonderfully sweet treat without any added sugar! (Fruit juice sweetened!)
A while back, a fan emailed me asking if I could clean up a recipe for strawberry cupcakes. The recipe was pretty heavily dependent on its fat content which included butter. So instead of a cupcake, I went ahead and converted it to a muffin. Far less fat, and in this case, no added sugar. These are fruit juice sweetened!
While these are not as sweet as some of my other muffin recipes, they are definitely sweet enough when you’ve cut sugar out of your diet, which is what I’ve been doing a lot of lately. But I still love dessert, so I had to come up with something!
Honestly, the fresh strawberries truly “make” this recipe. Without them, it would be a pretty bland muffin. But the second you bite into one, the strawberry flavor fills your mouth and you’ll have a hard time believing they are sweetened only with fruit juice!
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Healthy Strawberry Muffins
- 1 Standard muffin pan
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- ¼ cup oil (I used safflower)
- 1 cup apple juice concentrate (from the frozen section – no sugar added)
- 1 cup milk (any kind – I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 3 cups fresh, chopped strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and fresh strawberries. Set aside. (You want to coat the strawberries with flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of your muffins while baking)
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, apple concentrate, milk, vanilla, and apple sauce.
- Pour the liquid into the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Spoon into muffin tins or papers and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin pulls out clean.
- Allow to cool completely. These are not like other muffins where they taste best out of the oven. These truly do taste their best when they are completely cooled.
Hi there! these FYI your muffins are being super enjoyed all the way in australia! however I am super confused as I’m positive we have different names for ingredients here!! for example… I have looked in health food stores, grocery stores you name it! and I cannot find apple concentrate! we have orange concentrate but not apple! also whole wheat pastry flour is beyond me! I substituted with whole grain flour because I couldn’t find any ‘whole wheat pastry flour’ do you know if it is the same as whole grain? also I just substituted the apple concentrate with freshly squeezed juice and the muffins did taste awesome however did stick to my cake papers so next time I will try without! thanks for the recipe!!! I’m just starting out with my ‘clean eating’ and this sure helps my sweet cravings!!! 😀 😀
Emily – I’m so happy you’re enjoying the muffins! 😀 Apple concentrate is just like orange concentrate. Same thing, different fruit. It’s possible it’s not available in your country, but it sounds like you did okay with the juice. So stick with that if you can’t find it. You could also try the orange concentrate as long as there is no added sugar. It should be 100% juice concentrate. As for the flour, here’s an article on the difference: https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-flour/ . You may end up having to order it from amazon.com if you can’t find it. I know in the UK they call it Whole Meal flour. But the pastry variety would then be whole meal pastry flour. So try amazon if you can’t find it. Regular whole wheat is fine, you will just end up with a heavier, more dense muffin. Also, see if you can maybe find WHITE whole wheat flour. I know here in the states it’s a bit more widely available that the pastry flour. You could try talking to a local baker as well and see if they might know of a source where you can get the pastry flour. Hope that helps!
I read all of these wonderful reviews and can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’ve made this recipe twice and both times the muffins would not get done in the middle. The first time I used frozen strawberries and thought the gooey center was because I didn’t use fresh. Today I used fresh strawberries with the same result. I’m sure it’s user error somehow, but I won’t be making these again!
Christy – I’m so sorry they didn’t work for you! Did you use a standard-size muffin pan? It’s possible there is a difference between your oven temperature and mine. Have you tried using an oven thermometer to see how your oven bakes?
For the apple concentrate, do you actually prepare it like you were going to drink it(with water) or just scoop out 1cup from the roll and put that in? Thanks!
Karen – No, you don’t add any water. Just scoop it out of the roll.
Made these and they were great! I had to change a little because I didn’t have the exact ingredients. I made a half batch. Used all unsweetened Apple sauce, adding 1 tbsp of honey to that measurement to sweeten a little. Also just had regular whole wheat flower, coconut oil, and added 2tbsp of chia seeds. These were for me and my picky 22 month old. She loved them!
I didn’t have muffin liners so sprayed with coconut oil and they didn’t stick at all! Also I don’t think they tasted like coconut either if anyone is concerned about that!
Erin – Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂 I’m so happy they turned out so well!
Oh I also used 1 whole egg