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Healthier raspberry muffins

Healthier raspberry muffins

No-one says a healthy lifestyle has to be a zero cake zone. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional treat. More importantly, this recipe is super simple. Muffins are much easier to get right than bigger cakes.

No-one is pretending these are sugar free, but they contain tasty fruit and are flavoured with lemon and vanilla. Use fresh raspberries in summer, frozen ones the rest of the year.

These make a great mid-afternoon office snack. And they won’t weigh you down for a later Hussle session.

EQUIPMENT

An oven. A baking tin with 12 separate compartments. Two bowls to mix in. Paper muffin cases (use these to save oil as no tin greasing required). A fine sieve. A spatula and a skewer will make life easier.

INGREDIENTS

250 grams wholewheat flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (you need both to make the muffins rise properly)

2 eggs – ideally at room temperature

150g fresh or frozen raspberries

½ tsp lemon zest (or two tbsp lemon juice from a bottle if that is easier)

2tsp vanilla extract (find it in a bottle in the ‘baking ingredients’ aisle)

Small tub Greek yogurt (not the ‘fat-free’ type, too sugary)

150g runny honey

METHOD

  1. Turn on the oven to 200 degrees centrigrade or gas mark 6. Put the muffin cases into the compartments in the tin.
  2. Sieve the baking powder, flour and bicarbonate of soda into the large bowl and mix well.
  3. In the smaller bowl, beat the eggs until well mixed. Add the honey, yogurt, vanilla and lemon. Mix again.
  4. Tip the egg and honey mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix – this will be hard work to get it even but persevere. Then gently stir in the raspberries.
  5. Divide the mix between the compartments in the baking tin.
  6. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden on top, and a skewer or similar poked into the muffin comes out clean.
  7. Leave until cool and then enjoy!

Photo by Anne-Sophie Benoit on Unsplash

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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