Low(er) Fat Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

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Low-Fat Lemon-Raspberry MuffinsAs I’ve mentioned before, I’m watching what I eat (I’ve lost 4 pounds thus far, yay!) and am always looking for good low(er) fat and low(er) calorie recipes that don’t have weird ingredients in them. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this recipe.

The muffins are moist, flavorful, filled with fruit, and only four points each! (Update: These got a thumbs down the next day from my family. Oh well.) Also, I found it interesting that the recipe calls for grinding the sugar (or in my case, Splenda blend) with the lemon zest. I think I may try that next time I make sugar cookies.

1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup nonfat buttermilk (I could only find low-fat)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour (see Shopping Tip)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 large (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. Zest one lemon. (If you don’t have a Microplane zester, treat yourself to one!) Combine the zest and sugar in a food processor; pulse until the zest is very finely chopped into the sugar. Add buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla and pulse until blended.
  3. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture and fold until almost blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  4. Bake the muffins until the edges and tops are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. (Mine took about 18 minutes.) Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm.

Recipe from Eating Well.
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6 Responses to “Low(er) Fat Lemon-Raspberry Muffins”

    Martwork on 1 April 16th, 2009 8:15 pm

    These look great!

    Elyse on 2 April 16th, 2009 10:28 pm

    I love a lower fat muffin that keeps the flavor but not the fat. These look delicious and moist and, of course, totally flavorful!

    Seanna Lea on 3 April 17th, 2009 6:37 am

    I love my microplane zester. Since I picked one up, I’ve been getting and using lemons like they are going out of style.

    CakeSpy on 4 April 21st, 2009 8:58 am

    Could have fooled me…they look full fat! 🙂 They sound really good, and look absolutely tantalizing.

    Kelly on 5 April 23rd, 2009 7:51 am

    Not everything is a winner with friends and family, but if you like them – and they help you in your weight loss journey – then they are a winner for sure! They do look tasty. 🙂

    Nina on 6 July 8th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Made these yesterday. Mine didn’t rise that much as in the pic. I give them a 3 on a scale of 0-5 in the taste category. The lemon was a nice touch.