Megan Monday: A sweet treat

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day/Singles Awareness Day/Skull and Crossbones Day/insert what you would like to call it, here.

I know Megan has a hot date tonight- with her grad school test studying that is (talk about love)...
Today's post is a little valentine-y, but not overly so.
It is more about remembering that you CAN have treats, even when you eat healthy.

If you have any interest in cooking, I recommend reading food blogs, articles, cookbooks and watching the food network. It will teach you lots of tricks and keep your creative juices flowing. It's how I was able to come up with this recipe on my own.


P.S. I will have a not very healthy Valentine's recipe tomorrow...stay tuned.

TIP: When a recipe calls for butter or oil, replace all or part of it with a mashed banana. In addition, you can also cut the needed amount of sugar by about 1/4 of a cup- bananas lend a lot of sweetness to any recipe. But, be careful- they also lend a lot of flavor and you may not want all your recipes to scream, banana.

Lemon-Pomegranate Muffins

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup dried pomegranate seeds
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 lemons, squeezed
1/2 tablespoon of butter

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all dry ingredients (except seeds and zest). In a separate bowl, whisk applesauce and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Then add milk, vanilla and zest. Add dry ingredients. Then fold in seeds, do not over mix.

Spray muffin tins, fill about 3/4 full.

Bake for about 20-35 minutes.

Let cool. Mix all icing ingredients together. Add more lemon juice if it is too thick.

Drizzle over muffins, serve.


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