30 Days, No Sweets? I made muffins. Day 15

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Day 15. I definitely did not think I would make it this far without cinnamon buns, ice cream and sugar coffee drinks. I am exactly half way thought what I perceived would be the mother of all challenges and aside from a few torturous treats over thanksgiving and the lure of the sugary Starbuck’s drinks, I have pushed my usual craving for sugar to the back of my mind. I have stocked the fridge full of healthy, sweet alternatives and have started experimenting with recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth. 

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In my last post I talked about one of my favourite fall desserts, pumpkin pie, and provided a recipe for a sugar-free rendition of this treat. That being said, I did a little more research about one of the key ingredients, sugar free vanilla instant pudding. And, it turns out that this ingredient contains a variation of unhealthy sugar called, Maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is used as a thickener or filler in certain processed foods and sugar substitutes. For the most part, through this challenge, I have stayed away from sugar substitutes and although maltodextrin isn’t the most unhealthy form of sugar substitute I knew I could find or adapt a healthier pumpkin-based recipe. So here it is…
Sugar-free Pumpkin Raisin Muffins!
Ingredients:
1 and 3/4 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (make sure it is 100% pumpkin on the ingredients!)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
1/3 cup honey (buy 100% pure honey!)
1/3 cup water
1 cup raisins (make sure they are just raisins, no sugars added!)
Instructions:
Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then mix together until combined.  Bake in muffin cups at 350 for 20-25 minutes for regular size muffins or 8-12 minutes for mini muffins.
 
These muffins were delicious! They are super healthy and the spices and raisins add great flavour and natural sweetness. After doing some research on pumpkin, I also found that this fall vegetable is jam-packed with Vitamin A and is also a good source of iron and fibre. These healthy muffins are within the rules of my 30 day challenge of no added or refined sugars and are scrumptious! I just at 3. Shhh.
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