Muffins are a versatile breakfast or snack item that are sure to be a crowd pleaser every time! These chai spice muffins are perfect for the holiday season with notes of nutmeg & cinnamon. It's like your favorite cup of chai tea rolled into a warm, delicious muffin.
Hopefully you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday & are getting back to your daily routines. I know the beginning of my week was off to a slow start. Sometimes you just need some time to recover from a holiday weekend & ease into the week.
Many of you know I love to bake, it's truly my greatest stress reliever. I hate to say it, but all that baking (I'm easily stressed!) isn't always the best for our health. I'm all about treating yourself, letting yourself have what you're craving, & making room for all foods in your diet, but sometimes we should try to lighten up our favorite recipes to make them just a tad bit better for us & still keep all the yummy flavor!
Since we are officially into the heart of the holiday season (which in my book, holiday season = baking season), I've been in my kitchen working on a muffin recipe that you're sure to love! Muffins are one of the easiest baked goods to make a little healthier because you can throw almost anything in the batter & they'll still taste delicious.
Here are some of my favorite ways to lighten up my muffin recipes:
Use Greek yogurt as a fat replacer. So instead of adding a ton of butter or oil to your recipe, swap some of it out for full fat Greek yogurt (yes! full fat...don't be afraid!). This takes a little work in getting the right ratio, but you'll end up with a muffin that's lower in fat & has a some extra protein! #win
Applesauce is a great way to cut back on the refined sugars in muffins. Just make sure to choose unsweetened versions, or make your own! Applesauce also works as a great oil replacer in your baked goods. This swap can usually be made on a 1:1 ratio (1 cup applesauce = 1 cup sugar, etc.).
Add rolled oats to add extra fiber, texture, & cut back on some of the flour. You can also easily use whole wheat flour in muffins, since these are typically a more dense baked good & don't require the delicate texture a cake or cookie might have.
Maple syrup is another great way to cut back on the sugar in your recipe. You can use less syrup than straight sugar, yet still get the same amount of sweetness. Don't forget about spices & vanilla extract, these are great ways to add sweetness & flavor without going overboard in the sugar department.
So after all this talk of making delicious muffins, let's get to the recipe!
Chai Spice Muffins
*Chai Spice Mix:
4 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cardamom, 1/2 tsp cloves
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