Who says a tasty treat can’t be healthy and nutritious? Yes, sugar (particularly the processed variety) is something that’s best had in moderation. That said, a diet that yields the best results is one that’s enjoyable and sustainable. Here’s a quick and easy, Low GI muffin recipe to satiate that sweet tooth and fill up on nutrients whilst keeping fatigue or sugar rushes at bay.
Apple and Spice muffins
Makes 24 muffins
75 ml High Oleic sunflower oil e.g. Vergezocht sunflower oil
200 ml sugar
250 ml stone ground flour
A pinch of salt
7,5 ml cinnamon (optional)
2,5 ml nutmeg
10 ml baking powder
5ml baking soda
250 ml oat bran
250 ml carrots (peeled and grated)
2 medium apples (peeled and grated)
1) Preheat the oven to 160 °C.
2) Place muffin cases in 2 muffin pans (24 in total).
3) Use an electric mixer to cream the oil, sugar & eggs for 2 minutes.
4) Sift the flour, salt, spices, baking powder & baking soda together in a separate bowl.
5) Add the oat bran to the flour mixture & mix this into the egg mixture with a wooden spoon.
6) Fold the carrots & apples into the batter.
7) Scoop heaped tablespoons of batter into the muffin cases & bake for 20-30 minute or until done.
8) Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan & then take them out & cool completely on a cooling rack.
Tip: These muffins freeze very well
Sourced and adapted from: ‘Eating for Sustained Energy for kids’ by Gabi Steenkamp, Tanzia Merlin & Jeske Wellmann