Apple Bran Muffins

As anyone who has moved probably has felt, I am trying to use up as much stuff from my cabinets, fridge and freezer as possible, so it won’t have to be moved 1800 miles or wasted.

Some of items I came upon last weekend in my cabinets were molasses, applesauce and wheat bran. So I thought a bran muffin might be a nice change of pace, and would be a great high-fiber thing to add to my recipe collection. These aren’t as dessert-like as many of my other baked goods, and they also don’t use any artificial sweeteners, which may be appealing for people who don’t like to use them. I really enjoyed the wholesome, hearty bran flavor of these healthy muffins, and they are a nice breakfast that doesn’t leave you with a sugar crash! 🙂 Plus, they really fill you up. Check out the bottom for a comparison of my muffins to a standard bran muffin!

• Cooking oil spray
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1 cup wheat bran
• 2 medium apples, finely chopped (2¼ cups)
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ½ unsweetened applesauce
• ¼ cup skim milk
• ¼ cup egg whites (2)
• ¼ cup molasses
• 2 tablespoons oil (olive, macadamia, or canola)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat wells of a muffin tin thoroughly with cooking oil spray. (Note, I use only 10 of the wells, you can make a dozen muffins, but they will be on the small side.)
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, bran, apple, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir to mix.
3. In a separate large mixing bowl, stir together applesauce, milk, egg whites, molasses and oil. Add dry ingredients to wet ones, and stir just until uniformly moistened. Spoon batter into 10 muffin wells.
4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until tops spring back lightly when touched. Allow to cool completely before removing from tin. Store in refrigerator.

Makes 10 servings

Per serving: (assuming 10 muffins) 159 calories, 6 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 27 g total carbohydrate, 5 g dietary fiber, 11 g sugar, 4 g protein, 185 mg sodium.

Dunkin Donuts Honey Raisin Bran Muffin: 480 calories, 13 grams fat, 1.5 g saturated, 15 mg cholesterol, 82 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 46 grams sugar, 6 g protein. Given their muffins are at least twice the size of mine, but STILL!

Even if you ate two of my muffins, you’d still save 161 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrate, and 24 grams of sugar compared to one Dunkin’ bran-behemoth. And you’d get 4 grams more fiber and 2 grams more protein. Now that’s the way to start the day

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