3 tablespoons chopped dried tart cherries
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed Xylitol sweetener & brown sugar blend
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup canned pumpkin (without added spices)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup refrigerated pasteurized egg product
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup Dried Tart Cherries or other Premium Dried Fruit
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat a 12-muffin tin with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons chopped cherries, the ginger, brown sugar, and rum extract. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, Splenda®, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
In another small bowl, stir together pumpkin, buttermilk, egg product, butter, and vanilla.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in pumpkin mixture. Stir just until the flour mixture is partially moistened.
Add 2/3 cup cherries and stir just until moistened. (Do not over mix.)
Divide batter equally between the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle chopped Cherries mixture evenly on muffins.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool muffins in a pan for 5 minutes.
Remove muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
Makes 12 muffins.
Nutrition Facts per muffin: 173 calories, 5 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 28 g carbohydrate, 29 mg cholesterol, 3 g protein, 2 g fiber, 176 mg sodium; Daily Values: 70% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 6% calcium, 6% iron