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Lean Recipe: Amaranth Pecan Muffins, no sugar/no butter

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This recipe is ideal for anyone who doesn't want the insulin swings, osteoporosis, increased risk of diabetes, excess body fat, and tooth decay that come from eating refined sugar. It's also ideal for anyone who doesn't want the clogged arteries and saturated fat that butter provides. These muffins contain required-for-health unsaturated fats. And they are delicious!

Dry Moist
  • 1 cup soy flour
  • 1 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp double-acting baking powder
    (not baking soda)
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oil (safflower, sunflower, walnut, or similar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-fruit spread (apricot or peach)
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk eggs.
  3. Add oil to eggs.
  4. Preheat oven to 375.
  5. Spray oil onto a 12-cup muffin pan, using oil mister or spread thin film by hand.
  6. Add mixed wet ingredients to dry.
  7. Mix thoroughly. Batter will be thick. Do not thin it.
  8. Spoon mixture into cups, until each is 3/4 full.
  9. Sprinkle more nutmeg on top of muffins, if desired, for additional flavor.
  10. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
Substitution notes
  • Do not replace flours with non-flours.
  • Do not replace sugars with non-sugars.

The cookies will be soft, and they are entirely dunkable! These use no saturated fat or processed sugar.

The high protein of the amaranth and soy will nourish your muscles. The fat in these is the kind your body needs for healthy nerves and tissue, as well as for the metabolism of other fats. The fruits provide fiber and (except for the raisins) low-glycemic sugar.

You can use cinnamon instead of nutmeg to boost your metabolism (burning fat in the process).


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