A healthier variation of my Buttermilk Bran Muffins. I have found they are a perfect WW 2 Points Plus snack after a workout. (They are 3 points plus with the oats added.) They also are very good for keeping your system regular when you are limiting your fat intake. ;) You can keep the batter in the refrigerator for several days and bake them as you need them, but they also freeze really well. (If you don't have fat free buttermilk, place 2 Tbls. of vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup then add low fat milk until it totals 2 cups altogether.) Sometimes I get bored with the original plain muffins and add some or all of the optional ingredients. I've also started adding 1 cup of old fashioned oats to mimic nuts in the muffins. They are delicious with WW's cream cheese on them too. PLEASE NOTE: wheat bran is NOT cereal. I buy mine at the bulk food store, and it looks like sawdust. Oat bran can be used in its place but the muffins aren't as tasty IMHO.
- 2 cups wheat bran
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups fat-free buttermilk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 -2 large granny smith apple, cored and chopped (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger (optional)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (optional)
- Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add the applesauce, buttermilk, eggs and molasses; mix well. Gently mix in chopped apple.
- Bake in greased muffin pan at 350°F for 15-17 minutes or until tests done with a toothpick.
AWESOME! FANTASTIC! YUM! Just made these for breakfast, with all of the optional spices and they are FANTASTIC. A bit of work, but it makes two dozen, and is totally worth it. Only 1 Point a piece. I am in muffin heaven.
These muffins are so good and moist. When I entered it into the recipe builder on weight watchers, they were 3 points each. Why the discrepancy from what the author posted? I used reduced fat buttermilk in place of fat free. I also used the old fashioned oats that were optional and honey in place of the molasses. I used all whole wheat flour, too. For the spices, I added a splash of vanilla and used 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice. I added three grated Fuji apples which gave a nice texture. I got 29 muffins with this recipe and will make again.
Excellent. Very tasty and moist for a low fat muffin! I used all whole wheat flour and they still turned out great. Thanks for the great recipe.