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Pleasantly Pumpkin – Applesauce Muffins ~ No sugar added, low fat

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Pleasantly Pumpkin – Applesauce Muffins are low-fat and sweetened only with the unsweetened applesauce and optional raisins.

 

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Pumpkin bread was always a favorite of mine growing up. These muffins have a very nice, mild pumpkin flavor. You could always add about 1/8 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon, but I found the flavor perfect without.

Weight watchers count 4 points for each muffin with raisins, 3 points without raisins.

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Pleasantly Pumpkin – Applesauce Muffins – no sugar added                            Makes 12-13 Muffins

1 egg or egg replacer
2 Tbls oil
1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour (or other gluten-free flour such as oat)
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins, optional (leave out for yeast-free diets)
*optional add-in spices:
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a muffin tin with a non-stick spray or liners.
In a medium-size bowl add the egg or egg replacer, oil, applesauce, and pumpkin. Mix well using a wire whisk.

In a small bowl add flours, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum or guar gum and optional spices.
Mix together. Add dry mixture to applesauce mixture, mix well with a large spoon. Stir in raisins.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Check after 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let muffins sit a couple of minutes before removing from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

 

Store muffins in the refrigerator for several days or freeze for longer storage.

 

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