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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed MuffinsThis is such a delightful and lemony muffin, you won’t even notice that it has but a fraction of the sugar and calories of a regular muffin.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place paper liners into 18 cupcake pans. Set aside.
    Place cake flour, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, sugar and softened unsalted butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes with an electric mixer until the butter is mixed into the flour mixture, with only very small pieces of butter visible.
  2. Add nonfat dry milk, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low speed until blended.
  3. Mix buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs and extracts in a small bowl. Stir well. Add 2/3 of the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Mix on medium speed mixing until the liquids are just blended into the flour mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix on medium-high speed about 45 to 60 seconds until the batter starts to get lighter in appearance. Reduce mixer speed to low and add remaining liquids. Mix on medium speed until blended. Stop mixer and scrape sides and bottom of bowl again. Add poppy seeds. Mix on medium high speed an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Pour muffin batter into prepared pans. Bake muffins for 12 to 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Makes 18 muffins.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/18 of recipe; 1 muffin): Calories 180 | Calories from Fat 80 | Fat 9g (sat 5.0g) | Cholesterol 55mg | Sodium 180mg | Carbohydrates 20g | Fiber 1g | Sugars 6g | Protein 4g.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda® is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable for diabetics. For more information regarding this product, please call 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at www.splenda.com.