A very healthful muffin full of wholegrain goodness. Be sure to use oat bran, not porridge oats. The apple sauce in place of some of the oil makes these muffins lighter than most. Use apple sauce, apple puree or even apple baby food.
How to make Oat Bran Muffins
- 2 1/4 cups oat bran
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 banana (mashed)
- 3/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons raisins, dates, or other dried fruit
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup non-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and spray or line 12 cup muffin pan.
Mix firsts 8 dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, orange zest). Leave the dates until later.
In another bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (beaten egg, molasses, vanilla extract, oil, and milk).
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir only until combined.
Gently stir in dates.
Spoon or ladle the batter into the muffin cups. Bake 18 to 20 minutes (until an inserted toothpick comes out clean). Remove from oven and cool on wire rack before serving.