Do you ever get jealous? I do. I wish I didn't, it's not a very pretty quality. But I just can't help feeling a teensy, weensy bit jealous (or maybe more than that) when I see somebody wonderfully slim eating a delicious muffin or croissant or pastry with their morning coffee. I would eat pastry everyday with my coffee if I could. And muffins and I have a particular weakness for them, especially when they are warm and toasty. But the calories and points in muffins? Now those are scary. For example a Manhattan Bagel corn muffin has 19 points yes, Nineteen, it's crazy. That's more than a Big Mac. Luckily there are lots of healthy muffins you can make at home. Here are some of my favorites. What are yours?
1. Lemon Cranberry Muffins, 5 P+
This is one of my go-to muffin recipes because I love the hint of lemon and cornmeal and the recipe works great with just about any berry or fruit. I have used blueberries, blackberries raspberries, and even peaches instead of the cranberries and they are a hit every time.
2. Vitalicious VitaMuffin Mix, Deep Chocolate, 3 P+
If you want a chocolate muffin, in my opinion this is the way to go. They are only 100 calories each and fulfill any chocolate craving. I like to buy the muffin mix instead of prepackaged muffins because then I can adapt the recipe by throwing in some cut up fruit, nuts, bananas or something a swirl of PB2.
3. Cranberry Corn Bread Muffins, 4 P+
Although this recipe is for bread, it makes an excellent muffin and couldn’t be easier. Simply combine corn bread mix, a can of creamed corn and your favorite berries or savory ingredients (poblano peppers, zucchini, and broccoli are all delicious) and you have a delicious corn muffin for only 4 points. Much better than the 19 points for the bakery muffin.
This is one of my all time favorite banana bread recipes and make a perfect muffin on the go. The oatmeal and whole wheat flour give it lots of fiber for staying power while the caramelized banana and chocolate make it feel indulgent and rich.
5. Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, 4 P+
There is something classic and delicious about a lemon poppyseed muffin and this recipe from Weight Watchers is a great one. Consider switching up the citrus if you want to try something new – lime is fun and orange or grapefruit can also make a perfect morning muffin.