I recently found myself with a glut of old mandarins and half a pear in the corner of the fridge and being reluctant to throw them out decided to stew the fruit into a puree. I soon started toying with the idea of making a mandarin dessert of some sort. I came across hundreds of desserts but the majority were sorbets, jellies, cheesecakes and an assortment of none too appealing cakes.
Iíve never been a sweet tooth and will readily swap a dessert for another glass of wine and cheese. However, wanting to maintain my current health kick, I decided to amalgamate a couple of healthy desserts into one.
My Almond, Mandarin, Pear & Poppy Muffin was born. These muffins are a dieterís dream. They are low in fat, low in sugar (in fact there is no refined sugar in the recipe), gluten free, dairy free and wheat free. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did creating this recipe (and eating these muffins). Even my sweet-toothed husband loves them.
Almond, Mandarin, Pear & Poppy Muffins are a dieter's dream.
: 12 Muffins
2 Cups Natural Almonds
1/3 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Poppy Seeds
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of Half an Orange
Place mandarin segments and chopped pear into a saucepan and cover with water and orange juice.
Blend almonds in a food processor to make almond meal.
Add all ingredients together in a food processor.
Process all ingredients until the muffin mixture is smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes.
To make the topping, blend 3 tablespoons of low-fat natural yoghurt with 2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese with a teaspoon of vanilla and coconut essence.
Almond, Mandarin, Pear & Poppy Muffin topped with a healthy mixture of yoghurt and mascarpone cream.
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