Easter is a few days away, and if you’re as concerned as I am about the amount of sugar your children are eating, you may be looking for healthy alternatives to the jelly beans and vegan chocolate the Easter Bunny usually leaves (at least that’s what he usually deposits in my daughter’s basket). These tiny muffins are a very low-sugar option. Sweetened with maple syrup, they contain a fraction of the sugar of normal muffins, even if you use the optional frosting (which, if you’re making them for kids, you definitely should).
One word of advice, though: If you plan to put them into an Easter basket, don’t frost them first or you’ll wind up with very sticky Easter grass!
Strawberry Mini Muffins
These tiny muffins are very lightly sweetened. To appeal to children’s tastes, do use the optional frosting and consider adding a little stevia to the batter. I recommend a few drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia.
- 1 cup strawberries, whole
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (as needed)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (optional)
- 4 teaspoons strawberry puree or all-fruit spread (optional)
- a few drops vanilla extract (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a mini-muffin pan by oiling it lightly or filling with paper liners.
- Place the strawberries in a food processor or blender and process until they are pureed. Measure out 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the puree into a small bowl and set aside any remaining puree for another use. Add the maple syrup, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the strawberry mixture. Mix until just blended–do not overmix. Fill mini-muffin cups with about 1 tablespoon of batter each. Bake at 350 F, checking after 10 minutes. When a toothpick comes out clean, remove and allow to cool completely. Frost if desired (see Notes below).
To prepare frosting, combine 6 tablespoons confectioners sugar, 4 teaspoons strawberry puree or strawberry all-fruit spread, and a few drops of vanilla extract. Stir well. If frosting seems too runny, add more sugar; if too stiff, add more puree. Frost center of muffins lightly just before serving (if you use too much, it will drip off), and refrigerate any leftovers.
To make these completely sugar-free, replace the maple syrup with more strawberry puree, and add stevia to taste.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s) | Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): about 20 mini-muffins or 6 regular-sized ones
Nutrition (per mini-muffin, without frosting): 35 calories, 2 calories from fat, <1g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 73.9mg sodium, 48.4mg potassium, 7.8g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 2.8g sugar, <1g protein, 1 points.
Nutrition (per serving, with frosting): 47 calories, 2 calories from fat, <1g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 74.1mg sodium, 48.5mg potassium, 10.9g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 5.7g sugar, <1g protein, 1.3 points.