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These are a simple low sugar and low fat pumpkin applesauce muffins that are perfect if you are carb conscious. If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this would be an “E” muffin recipe.
Low Sugar Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins
Get ready to fall in love with the cozy flavors of autumn while nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients. Today, we’re diving into the kitchen to whip up a batch of delicious and nutritious low-sugar pumpkin applesauce muffins.
As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, there’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of pumpkin spice wafting through the kitchen. But who says indulging in seasonal treats has to derail your health goals? With this recipe, you can enjoy all the warm, spicy goodness of pumpkin muffins without the guilt.
We’ll be saying goodbye to refined sugars and hello to natural sweeteners and nutrient-rich ingredients that will leave your taste buds singing and your body thanking you. So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to embark on a baking adventure that’s as good for your taste buds as it is for your well-being.
Join me as we blend together wholesome ingredients to create moist, flavorful pumpkin muffins that are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or anytime you need a little taste of fall. Whether you’re savoring them with a cozy mug of tea on a chilly morning or sharing them with loved ones around the table, these low-sugar pumpkin muffins are sure to delight your senses and nourish your body. Let’s get baking!
The Powerful Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin isn’t just a favorite flavor of the fall season; it’s also a nutritional powerhouse packed with health benefits. Here’s a closer look at why you should incorporate more pumpkin into your diet:
- Rich in Nutrients: Pumpkin is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Vitamin A supports eye health, vitamin C boosts the immune system, potassium regulates blood pressure, and fiber promotes digestive health.
- Supports Eye Health: The bright orange color of pumpkin is a clue to its high beta-carotene content, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy vision, particularly in low-light conditions, and may help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
- Boosts Immune Function: Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps strengthen the immune system and fight off infections. Consuming foods rich in vitamin C, like pumpkin, may help reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu.
- Promotes Heart Health: Pumpkin contains nutrients like potassium, fiber, and antioxidants that support heart health. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, fiber helps lower cholesterol levels, and antioxidants help reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease.
- Aids in Weight Loss: Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber, making it a filling and satisfying addition to a weight-loss diet. The fiber content helps promote feelings of fullness and reduces calorie intake, while the low calorie count makes it a guilt-free snack option.
- Supports Skin Health: The beta-carotene and vitamin C found in pumpkin may help promote healthy skin by reducing inflammation, protecting against sun damage, and promoting collagen production. Including pumpkin in your diet may contribute to a radiant complexion and a youthful appearance.
- Regulates Blood Sugar Levels: Despite its natural sweetness, pumpkin has a low glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. The fiber content in pumpkin helps slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, making it a diabetic-friendly food choice.
Incorporating pumpkin into your diet is a delicious and nutritious way to support your overall health and well-being. Whether enjoyed in soups, smoothies, baked goods, or savory dishes, there’s no denying the fantastic health benefits that this versatile ingredient has to offer. So go ahead, indulge in the flavors of fall, and reap the rewards of pumpkin goodness!
Pumpkin Applesauce Trim Healthy Mama Muffins
This was my week to bring snacks for my women’s small group. I wanted to find something that was easy to eat without utensils and also had a yummy fall taste. I decided to try my hand at a low fat, low sugar pumpkin applesauce muffins.
For Trim Healthy Mamas – this will be an E or energizing snack. It is E because it is low fat but has carbs for energy or fuel.
These Pumpkin applesauce muffins were a hit! There were none left to bring home after small group. These may just be the perfect muffin for your next breakfast or coffee break!
Low Sugar Pumpkin Applesauce Muffin Recipe
Pumpkin Applesauce (THM E) Muffins
- 1.25 cups of flour I used my gluten free flour that is made up of mostly bean flours, you could use whatever E flour you want like Oat flour
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup of egg whites
- 1 cup of pumpkin canned or fresh I used canned
- 1 cup of applesauce unsweetened
- 1/2 cup of xylitol or your preferred sweetener
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine wet ingredients until all mixed.
- Add flours, baking powders, spices and sweeteners. I used my immersion blender to whisk everything together, you could also use a mixer or hand whisk.
- After everything is combined, pour into greased muffin cups.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.
In a 12 muffin recipe, totals come up to per muffin:
67 calories, 3.6 grams of protein, 11.4 grams of carbs, .6 grams of fat, and 2.4 grams of sugar. So making into 15 muffins, the numbers are even lower.
Way to go Trim Healthy Mamas out there!!!! Remember this is an E snack or part of an E meal. You can add some greek nonfat yogurt to it to make it a great breakfast or smear some low fat cream cheese on top – yummy!
More Healthy Baked Goodies
This recipe has been added to the Trim Healthy Tuesday link up at Gwen’s nest. Go check out Gwen’s new Sugar Free Frozen Egg Nog Recipe! Also linked up at Make your own Monday’s at Nourishing Treasures. and Adventures in Mindful Living