Lightly sweet and heart healthy. Uses oat bran and flax seeds which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. This recipe is an adaptation of one we found on the University of Virginia Cancer Center website. This version adds heart healthy oat bran plus a few other yummy things like vanilla and orange peel. Diabetics could substitute the brown sugar for splenda & brown sugar mix.
- 1 1⁄4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup oat bran
- 1⁄4 cup ground flax seeds
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons dried orange peel
- 1⁄4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisins or 1⁄2 cup other dried fruit
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Line muffin pan with paper liners (12) or coat the muffin tins lightly with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside.
- Beat the applesauce, eggs, oil, brown sugar, vanilla and orange peel with a fork until well mixed. Note: the liquid ingredients will all fit in a 2c measuring cup with enough room to mix them together.
- Pour into dry ingredients and mix by hand being careful not to over mix.
- Fold in nuts and dried fruit.
- Spoon batter into muffin cups and if desired, sprinkle with a bit of oatmeal flakes.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
- Freezes well if placed in a zip lock bag. Just microwave 15-30 seconds to reheat.