Whole Grain *Agave* Muffins

by Heather on March 10, 2010

Over Christmas time, we went up to WA to visit family, and one day everyone except me went to see Avatar. I tagged along for the trip to Seattle, but instead hung out downtown and did some window shopping. I was browsing the plentiful selection of bargain books at Barnes & Noble (which were then an extra 50%off!) and couldn’t pass us this one, 100 Magnificent Muffins & Scones. I think it was like 3 or 4 dollars. It’s funny how I’ve noticed that at B&N and Borders, the same cookbooks are always on the Bargain Books shelves…they really need to mix it up some.

This recipe is the very first one listed in the book. I didn’t have any honey on hand, but I had plenty of agave nectar (Costco special purchase), which I heard is a fine substitute. It worked great! Also, it was my first time adding lemon zest in a recipe…WOW, that was the best thing! Even just zesting the lemon brought out so much flavor and I could not stop inhaling the scent. I can’t wait to try orange zest in something now. My microplane is awesome :) Due to the lack of butter and a limited amount of sugar, I’d say these muffins are quite healthy and a definite breakfast to-go item!

Whole Grain Agave Muffins Makes 9 muffins

1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/8 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

scant 1/2 cup canola oil

1 egg

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

2/3 cup skim milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or line with muffin liners.

Combine the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl. Mix together the agave nectar, oil, egg, lemon zest and milk in a separate bowl. Pour agave mixture into the dry ingredients and use a large spoon to fold everything together.

Spoon equally into the muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes, or until muffins are well risen, firm and springy to the touch.

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Danielle March 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I actually made a really awesome beef stew last night and the recipe called for orange zest. I was hesitant but thought why not? So I added it and it was really a great compliment to the sauce which had a red wine base. Lime zest is also a really wonderful addition to salsa and guacamole.

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