Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Favorites: Healthy Apple Bran Muffins

It's hard to believe that I started this blog 3 years ago. Sometimes I can't even remember which recipes I have and haven't posted! I've been noticing this a lot lately as I've started to make some of my favorite back to school/cold weather treats. So on fridays I thought it would be fun to re-post some of my favorite recipes. Here's one we made earlier in the week! Enjoy!

I combined a few of my favorite muffin recipes to create one super recipe!  These muffins are sweetened by honey and applesauce so you don't have to add the cup of sugar that usually comes along with the word muffin.  They are also loaded with fresh chopped apples.  My kids gobble them up every time I make them.  If you want to make them a little sweeter you could use sweetened applesauce or add 2 T. of sugar.

Low-Fat Apple Bran Muffins (Yield: 1 dozen)
Non-stick cooking spray*
1 1/4 cups bran flakes
1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup flour (whole wheat flour works well too, I usually do half whole wheat)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1 cup finely chopped apples

In a medium bowl combine milk and bran flakes.  Set aside and let soften into mush.  In a large bowl, combine dry products and make a well in the middle.  Set aside.  To bran mixture add egg, applesauce and honey.  Add bran mixture to dry products.  Stir just until moistened.  Fold in apples.  Bake at 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes.

*Note: Do not use pan liners as these muffins are really moist and will stick to the paper.  Instead use a non-stick baking spray with flour in it and spray down your muffin pan really well. 

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