Saturday, June 9, 2012

French breakfast mini muffins with cinnamon sugar

Have you tried churros? They are fried pastry dough rolled in cinnamon sugar. So yummy, such a guilty pleasure. I'm all about finding alternatives to yummy fattening foods. I know I know, it's not going to be the same or it's not going to have the "real" taste as the original goodies. But I don't want to gain more weight or getting health problems by eating deep fried greasy foods. So I came across this recipe here. No frying, all baking! Perfect!

French breakfast mini muffins with cinnamon sugar
(24 servings)

For mini muffins
5 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg (preferably room temperature)
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp.baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup non fat milk

Topping 1/4 cup sugar
1 - 2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray, set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Don't overmix. Pour batter into mini muffin tins about 2/3 - 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they just start to turn a bit golden at the edges.

3) For the topping, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Use another small bowl and melt the butter in a microwave. Dip the warm muffins in melted butter, then dip/roll the muffin in cinnamon sugar.

Heavenly soft mini bites.  Melts in your mouth.  ~ 80 calories each.  You may substitute margarine with butter, but be aware not all margarine are created equal!  Some have more trans fat.  Be sure to check the nutrition fact labels before you purchase it!

Happy baking :)

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