The EatingWell Test Kitchen Answers Your Healthy Cooking Questions
How Do I Make a Lighter Muffin?
Reader Question: I want to make my favorite muffins this weekend, but I'd like to experiment with making them a little healthier. They have 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of sugar in the batter. Is there a way to reduce the butter and sugar without making them taste too healthy?
Answer: Try substituting canola oil for up to half of the butter in the muffins. Canola oil has just 1 gram of saturated fat per tablespoon versus 7 grams in butter. And, in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, we've had great luck reducing sugar in baked goods by up to 25% without sacrificing flavor or moisture. Try using 3/4 cup sugar next time.