Applesauce Bran Muffins
Power-packed with whole grains, protein, and natural sources of sweetness this muffin recipe is sure to please little ones and adults looking for a quick nutritious breakfast or as a snack before, during or after a climb. Use this as your basic bran muffin recipe and add in other ingredients to suit your tastebuds. The add-in options are endless; dried fruit, nuts, oats, flaxseed, mashed bananas, or fresh fruit make the combinations endless. They are freezer-friendly too, so make a double batch!
- 3 cups bran flakes cereal any brand
- 2 cups whole wheat flour Can use 1 cup white flour and 1 cup whole wheat if you desire a less dense muffin
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup applesauce can substitute 1 cup canola oil if you don't have applesauce, but calories and fat content will be a bit higher
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup honey can substitute 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional add-ins : 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup rolled oats (may need to add in a splash more milk), 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, apricots, cranberries, currants), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, or almonds, 1 mashed ripe banana, 1 apple diced, or 1 1/2 c blueberries.
- Preheat oven to 375°1. Add paper muffin cups to the muffin tins. If not using paper liners, spray each muffin well with cooking spray or grease w/ shortening or butter to prevent sticking.2. Put all ingredients into the bowl and mix until well incorporated.3. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.4. Bake 16-18 minutes.
Nutrition Facts: these have been calculated using the basic recipe without add-ins. Calories 158, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0 g, Trans fat 0 g, Cholesterol 23 mg, Sodium 215 mg, Potassium 113 mg, Total Carbohydrate 33 g, Fiber 3 g, Sugar 20 g, Protein 4 g, Vitamin A 16%, Vitamin C 33%, Calcium 73%, Iron 24% *the above photo was made using walnuts, rolled oats, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, 1 Granny Smith apple diced, and dried cranberries.