Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Apple, Cinnamon Chip, and Raisin Bran Muffins

There are several people in my life that I know love bran muffins.  I was determined to make them instead of them buying the ones that feel like a brick. (You know the ones I'm talking about).  First of all the portion size is out of control, plus bran muffins are usually loaded with added sugar and butter.  By using real fruit and cinnamon chips I was able to cut down on the amount of sugar.  And of course I didn't use butter, instead I used a tiny bit of oil.

Cinnamon chips are a great ingredient for baking.  You can find them in larger grocery stores or order them from King Arthur Flour at http://www.kingarthurflour.com.  They make this recipe extra special, but these muffins would be tasty without them too!

Apple, Cinnamon Chip, and Raisin Bran Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins

3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 large Macintosh apple, finely chopped
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Large egg
2 cups bran cereal
1/4 cup of baking cinnamon chips (optional)
1/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Place muffin cups in a muffin tin or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the apple, milk, oil, and egg in a small bowl.  Make a "well" in the center of the dry ingredients and combine the wet mixture. stir until just combined. Add the bran, cinnamon chips, and raisins and mix until combined.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes , or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts: 1 muffin
190 calories, 31 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 7 g fat, 6 g fiber, 240 mg sodium

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