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Spiced Bran Muffins

25 Apr

We all know that bran is an important source of carbohydrates and fiber, but the primary appeal of these muffins are their distinct flavor. They taste a little bit like gingerbread, only with raisins and nuts! These muffins are great with apple butter and with fruit kebabs alongside. Fruit kebabs are next on my list of posts for today. For you calorie and fat counters, this muffin has 2.1 grams of fat and 123 calories per serving!

bran muffins

For this healthy and delicious muffin, you will need:

Light vegetable oil cooking spray

1/2 cup molasses

2 tablespoons honey

2 large egg whites

1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt

1/4 cup 2% milk

1/2 cup wheat bran

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup golden raisins

Let us begin! Go on over and preheat Mister Oven to 350 degrees. He likes it like that!! Now, coat a 12-well muffin tin with the cooking spray. We need to now warm the molasses and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until it just begins to steam. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Now, whisk the egg whites, yogurt and milk together in a large bowl until you have blended it real well. Whisk in the molasses and honey mixture. Using a wooden spoon ( I have tried other spoons and a wooden one works best!), stir in the bran, then flour, baking soda and all the spices. Fold in the walnuts and raisins. Almost done!  Fold the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve warm with apple butter. The apple butter does add a few more calories…..but it sure tastes good!

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Monkey Bread

10 Apr

Monkey Bread  There are many adaptations of this sweet, sweet recipe. Mine is very simple and comes from my sister-in-law, Tami Couture in St. Cloud Florida. She made these soon after I married into the family almost 31 years ago! I love to have this with coffee in the morning. Morning, Noon or Night……Monkey Bread is a Delight!!!

You make monkey bread in two very simple steps. There are two components of the recipe. The biscuit part and syrup part. Again, very easy to make.

Ingredients:

4 cans refrigerated Biscuits (10 in each can)

3/4 C. Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

Syrup:

1 C. Brown Sugar

3/4 C. Butter

1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut biscuits into quarters and shake in a ziplock bag with cinnamon and sugar. Place biscuits into a greased Bundt pan. You may also add 1/2 cup of Pecans into bottom of Bundt pan before adding biscuits. Combine syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Pour on top of biscuits. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes.

Tip: Place a drip pan or aluminum foil under Bundt pan as syrup may boil over.

Pumpkin Muffins

26 Mar

Thank you for this excellent muffin recipe!!! Pumpkin muffins are a family fav!

365 Days of Vegan Food

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Recipe can be found at AnnArbor.com And a special thank you to my boyfriend for making them!

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