These muffins have the benefits of a bran muffin combined with the sweetness of apples and the freshness of oranges. They are great for a breakfast on the go or a relaxing Sunday morning brunch.
Make a batch ahead of time and freeze them for later. Just remember to wrap each muffin individually in saran wrap. Doing this will minimize the air around the muffin and help prevent it from drying out in your freezer.
This recipe calls for buttermilk. I typically don’t keep buttermilk in the house because I so rarely use it. But it is super easy to make your own.
- Mix 2 cups of regular milk (whole, 2%, or 1% – do not use skim) with 2 teaspoons of vinegar or 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes. Once it has become thick and curdled, you are good to go!
As a bonus, you will save a lot of fat by going this route.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 1/2 cups of wheat bran
- 1 tablespoon of no sodium baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped apple
- Juice from 1 freshly squeezed orange
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, bran, baking soda, and nutmeg together
- Stir in chopped apples
- In separate bowl mix juice of one orange, buttermilk, egg, molasses, and unsweetened applesauce; stir thoroughly
- Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients until mixed well - don’t over mix!
- Pour into lined muffin tins, filling them two-thirds full, and bake for 25 minutes
- You might be asking why there isn't granulated sugar. Well, there's plenty of natural sweetness in the chopped apple and apple sauce. You could always put a dusting of sanding sugar on the top prior to putting them in the oven to bake.
- Since you are using a salt-free baking powder, your muffins will not rise as much as they would with the original salt-filled version. You will still get a rise, just not as high. I mention this because it means you can fill the tins higher than you normally would.
- If you don't like paper-lined muffin tins, you can definitely skip them. Just be sure to spray your pan with a non-stick spray that contains flour. (Link in the products below.)
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1 muffin Amount Per Serving Calories 179Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 17mgSodium 24mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 4gSugar 17gProtein 5g
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