If you’re eating muffins for breakfast, they should be hearty enough to sustain you throughout your morning, Most muffins are nothing more than a glorified cupcake but not these muffins. Packed with fiber-rich whole grains, golden raisins, shredded carrots and chopped apples, these are deliciously healthy “start your morning off right” kind of muffins. This recipe does call for a long list of ingredients so make the best of it. While you have everything out, make a double batch so you can freeze a bunch and enjoy them later.
Morning Glory Bran Muffins
1 1/2 cup oat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 12 cups freshly grated carrots
3/4 cup diced apple
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and lightly coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oat bran, buttermilk, and vanilla. Let the mixture set while preparing the remaining ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the canola oil and egg. Stir in the molasses and maple syrup. Add the oat bran mixture, stirring until fully incorporated, Add the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Fold in the carrots, apples, raisins, and coconut.
- Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the tops feel firm to the touch. Cool in the muffin cups for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Nutrition Note: Oat bran is an excellent source of soluble fiber which is beneficial for lowering cholesterol. You can find it next to the oatmeal in most supermarkets or in the bulk section of some markets. Cook any extra oat bran like you would oatmeal. It’s delicious as a hot cereal.
Recipe adapted from Amy’s Healthy Baking