I’m on a mission to create the perfect healthy morning muffin. Which means minimal sugar and fat yet still a delicious pick-me-up for those early morning blues. These Honey Orange Poppy Seed Muffins, which I’d like to call Sunshine Muffins if the name was descriptive enough, are well on their way to reaching that title – subtly sweet and tangy, they’re good without the guilt.
We all know that citrus is an excellent source of vitamin C, but it also has a wealth of other great nutrients (making it a perfect addition to a morning muffin). Citrus fruits are a good source of carbohydrates. Maybe you’re thinking “Carbohydrates?? Carbs? But carbs are evil!” In reality, carbs help our body run, and because citrus fruits have no fat and contain the simple carbohydrates fructose, sucrose, and glucose along with citric acid, they are a great source for a pop of energy. Citrus also contains dietary fiber, which helps with digestion. Other delicious nutrients in citrus fruits are folate (aids in cell production and growth), potassium (maintains body’s water and acid level), and phytochemicals (thought to protect the body against cancer and heart disease).
These muffins are extra special because they combine the nutrients of oranges with the probiotics of Greek Yogurt, the fiber of ground flax, and the deliciousness of honey. They are fat free and full of heart healthy grains.
3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup ground flax
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
zest and juice from 1 medium orange
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Set aside greased or lined muffin tin (I used a mini muffin tin). Mix yogurt, honey, vanilla, and egg until well combined.
2. In separate bowl, mix flour, flax, salt, and soda. Add to wet mixture. Mix until just moist.
4. Stir in zest, juice, and poppy seeds.
5. Place batter in muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.