Muffins are delicious, but most varieties today are made from unhealthy processed grains and flavored with artificial sweeteners.
If you want a healthy twist to your muffins, try this Sweet and Spicy Muffins recipe by Mercola.com reader Marla Hernandez. It not only has a unique sweet and spicy flavor, but it’s also a grain- and dairy-free, no-bake option that’s sure to tickle your taste buds.
Sweet and Spicy Muffins Recipe
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- 5 watercress leaves
- ¼ cup almond butter
Serving Size: 6
- Chop the figs and place in food processor.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Process until blended, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Press onto a muffin tin with 12 mini cups.
- Pop in the fridge to harden for about 15 minutes.
Disclaimer: Since this is a no-bake recipe, the muffins may appear flatter compared to the photo.
Be Satisfied With These Sweet and Spicy Muffins
Figs rose to popularity because of their biblical mentions, but they’re more than that. Compared to regular figs, dried figs have a higher nutritional value, and are loaded with antioxidants that counteract free radicals and combat diseases. Their dietary fiber helps regulate your digestion, which positively impacts weight management.
Just make sure to eat figs in moderation though, as they have high amounts of fructose. If you’re struggling with insulin and leptin resistance, overweight, or diabetic, I would not advise consuming this snack.
While it’s known for its unique and pungent smell, watercress is loaded with vitamins and minerals that can provide health benefits. It’s also low in calories. Watercress has high amounts of vitamin K, with 312 percent of the recommended daily value. Vitamin K forms and strengthens bones and lessens brain damage, which can be helpful in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
The plant’s different phytonutrients are also good for you. Gluconasturtiin, the compound responsible for watercress’ peppery flavor may help fight carcinogens. Antioxidant flavonoids, meanwhile, lend a hand in protecting the body against mouth and lung cancers.
One of the most recognizable citrus fruits in the world, the lemon is a good source of B-vitamins and minerals. It has antioxidants that promote healthy mucus membranes, skin, and vision, and protect DNA cells. The vitamin C in these fruits fights infections effectively, and the citric acid helps with digestion and dissolves kidney stones.
There are many varieties of peppers all over the world, but the cayenne pepper has established its popularity because of its extreme heat and flavor. Chili peppers, like cayenne, are good for you because of capsaicin, a compound that can help relieve pain, lower cancer risk, improve heart health, and help you feel satiated or full for a longer period of time.