Sunday, March 21, 2010

Berry Best Bran Muffins

(photo courtesy of KTCS9)

1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp. canola or corn oil
1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to thaw if frozen)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with bake cups.

In a large bowl, stir together the wheat bran, flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except the blueberries until well blended. Pour into the well. Stir until the wheat bran mixture is just moistened. Don't overmix; the batter should be lumpy.

Using a rubber scraper, carefully fold the blueberries into the batter. Spoon into the bake cups to fill about three-quarters full.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the muffin pan to a cooling rack and let the muffins cool for 5 minutes. Turn the muffins onto the rack and let continue to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 1 dozen
121 calories

Freeze any extras for up to two months. Reheat in microwave.

I discovered this delicious recipe in American Heart Association Healthy Family Meals: 150 Recipes Everyone Will Love

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