Orange Raisin Muffins a lovely combination of savory and sweet~ the perfect addition to any meal!
Orange Raisin Muffins are a traditional german muffin that I first enjoyed in culinary school. . . they were fabulous! I love to make recipes a little "skinnier" when I can, I figure that since no one can ever tell + I'd rather save the calories= it's a win-win!!
I made our Orange Raisin Muffins skinnier by replacing most of the butter with low-fat neufatchel cream cheese. This one of my favorite ways to reduce calories and fat in recipes. I replace 1/3-1/2 the fat with neufatchel cream cheese, low-fat sour cream, or applesauce. It's an awesome trick :)
Orange Raisin Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup neufatchel cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoon low-fat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
- Coat muffin tin pans with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, and sugar.
- Beat in eggs, rum, vanilla, and milk.
- In a medium bowl, mix together cinnamon, baking powder, and flour.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture all at once, mix until 80% incorporated.
- Gently mix in almonds, orange rind and raisins.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin tins; filling half full.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned.
- Serve warm or cold.
Orange Raisin Muffins will go great with dinner or fabulous for breakfast with eggs.
Keeping your eye on the prize first means you need a prize, you need a goal. I started a 20 week marathon training program this week, one of the reasons I picked a 20 week program vs a 16 week program was because I wanted to the structure early on. I wanted a plan that would get me through some of the chaos.
With your goals in mind use some friend time to work on goals together, go for a run instead of or before your annual get together at your favorite local restaurant. Or go Christmas shopping together, this may help with lowering the stress level, and therefore sugar/wine intake, as your hurry through procrastinated shopping.
Enjoy your holiday season, but remember, it isn't the end of the world. There will be more mashed potatoes another day, my baby hasn't quite learned this one yet. And great goals await you in the new year.