Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bran Muffins

Most folks do not get enough fiber in their diets. And yes, you can buy that powdered crap, but who wants to drink that goo. I say bring on the bran muffins.

Here is where a few folks make a very big mistake. Yes, add fiber to your diet. Yes there is more than one way to add fiber to your diet. Yes, muffins are fun to make and eat, for they are so interchangeable. But, what you have to remember, is that fiber pulls moisture/water from your system. So, if you are not drinking enough water to flush the fiber through your system, you are going to get clogged up. Yeah, no one likes to talk about poo, but it's a fact of life, we all have to go poo. And we all know it is much nicer when we go more easily. So there I said it. Eat more fiber, while drinking enough water to flush fiber and your poo is better.

Now let's make some muffins.

1 & 1/2 cups oat bran
1 & 1/4 cup liquid, (non-dairy milk, water, juice)(I used milk)
1/3 cup liquid sweetener such as agave or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup flour (preferably a whole grain flour)
1 T baking powder
1/2 cup fruit (optional)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 400.

Mix together the bran, milk, sweetener, and oil. Let stand for a few minutes. Sift in flour and baking powder. Mix thoroughly. Add nuts and fruit.

Spoon into your muffin tins. Oil slightly if not using muffin paper. Bake for 22 minutes or until slightly browned on the top.

These came out tasting great, but just a wee bit dry. But not so much that I would alter the recipe. I might add some applesauce next time to add a bit of moisture to them, but not necessary. Enjoy them. We are.

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