Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

Looking for a healthy way to start your day?  Give these fiber-rich blueberry oat bran muffins a try!  I mean check out these bloobz.  I’ve been planning on using oat bran in baking for some time now and finally decided to use it in muffins.  The result was delicious, filling muffins that my kids gobbled up too.  Now you may be wondering what oat bran is.  In general, oats come in so many different ways that it’s easy to get dizzy from it all.   Oat bran is the outer layer of the oat and is the most versatile part.  With an exceptionally high fiber content, oat bran makes for the perfect and satisfying warm morning breakfast cereal and is a great addition to baked goods.  Compared to an equal serving as oatmeal, it contains more fiber and less calories.  Just 1/3 cup contains about 6 grams of dietary fiber (3 of it being from soluble heart-healthy fiber) and about 5 grams of protein!  Here are a few other ways to include oat bran in your daily intake:

-sprinkle on salads; add to smoothies, yogurt and cottage cheese; use in place of breadcrumbs; mix it into a soup or stew.

With baking, be sure to allow the oat bran to soak in with the liquid ingredients before baking.  I found that this helps to soften the bran and create a moister muffin.  Happy Baking!

Ingredients

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 1/2 cups oat bran

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup vanilla low fat or nonfat yogurt (I used Siggi’s vanilla)

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 1/2 cups blueberries (I used a mix of fresh and frozen)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oat bran, flours, baking powder, soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, vanilla and yogurt.
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix until well-blended and let stand 10 minutes which helps the oat bran to soften.
  5. Fold in blueberries
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown

 

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