Apple-Apricot Bran Muffins Your Hearts Best Friend

By now you’ve probably heard that bran is good for you. Bran is the outer layer of grains such as oat, wheat, and rice. In many packaged cereals, this layer is removed. This is too bad. Bran is a good friend to your heart. It also helps build up pro-biotics and helps control weight. This is due to its very high fiber content.

But if bran is so good for you – can it actually taste good? Absolutely! C’mon. Give these bran muffins a try. Your heart – and your taste buds – will thank me.

Disclaimer: This muffin recipe requires a bit of prep work – gathering ingredients, and then chopping a few of them. But, the recipe itself is quite easy. Once these muffins come out of the oven, you will be so pleased with yourself. What a perfect little breakfast!

Time-saving tip: Instead of grating the carrots yourself, use prepackaged grated carrots. However, as your kitchen skills improve, you may want to graduate to grating your own carrots. Fruits and veggies hold a higher level of nutritional value – and flavor – when they are fresh.

Apple-Apricot Bran Muffins
¾ c. whole wheat flour (do not skimp)
¾ c. oat flour (or, grind up dried oats)
¾ c. wheat bran or oat bran
¾ c. ground flax seeds
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
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2 apples, diced small
½ c. dried apricots, diced
1 c. grated carrots
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2 eggs or equivalent egg substitute
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¾ c. milk of your choice
2/3 c. agave nectar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add remaining liquids to eggs. Mix until blended.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix in fruit and carrots.

Pour into greased muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees F approximately 15 minutes, or until muffins are firm to the touch.

Makes 9 muffins.

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