To ensure that the apricots are soft enough for baby, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes; drain them well before chopping them.
2.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
1.6 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg white
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, sugar, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Combine buttermilk and next 3 ingredients in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Fold in apricots. Spoon batter into 24 mini muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack.
For baby: Serve 1 to 2 cooled mini muffins.
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