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Secretly Healthy Gingerbread Muffins for Christmas Morning

Image Source: Bailey Gaddis
Image Source: Bailey Gaddis

I feel a bit guilty during the holidays, when I abandon the lower portion of the food pyramid in favor of the delicious top portion — I’m talking to you butter and sugar. To semi-assuage my guilt I’ve pulled together a group of healthy ingredients that meld themselves into a delicious holiday treat when put under some heat.

(And, they keep you regular, which is a benefit that cannot be under-emphasized during the holidays.)

Secretly Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

Makes: 12

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 18-20 minutes

Image Source: Bailey Gaddis
Image Source: Bailey Gaddis

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Optional: 4 teaspoons chia seeds (if you want to amp up the fiber, throw in some extra seeds)
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (extra fiber y’all)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with foil or silicone liners. (I like to spray a bit of cooking spray in the liners just to be safe.)
  2. Pulse oats in a food processor for 5-10 seconds. Add remaining ingredients (with the exception of the nuts) and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. You can now stir in the nuts, or any other yummy extras you would like. (When I’m feeling naughty, I mix in some chocolate chips — don’t tell Santa.)
  4. Divide the mixture into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes. (Or until that handy tester-toothpick comes out clean.)
  5. Now eat without guilt 😉
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