I make this with Hodson Mill Whole Grain Pancake Mix which consists of whole grain wheat flour and whole cornmeal.... and it's cheap too! This is not a cake-y muffin.... it's lightly sweet and grainy. It's great for breakfast... 2 of these and a glass of milk tide me over for hours. I use Smart Balance Butter Blend because it has butter to give it real buttery taste and the Smart Balance has healthful benefits that butter lacks. The best thing about Smart Balance Butter Blend is that it doesn't sacrifice taste! You could choose to use the same amount of olive oil, applesauce, or even non-fat yogurt instead of butter for even more health benefits, but it may sacrifice the taste. You can use any kind of sugar but dark brown sugar has a lower glycemic index than white sugar.
Never ever use margarine in these! Margarine is loaded with trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils), even when the label says 0g trans fats on them. If a serving has less than 1g of trans fats, they can legally label them as "0g trans fats".... which means there could be .99g of trans fats per serving. Trans fats consumption leads to the hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to heart disease. Also, do not substitute in Splenda for sugar. Splenda (sucralose) is chlorinated sugar (sucrose), which is highly reactive in the body!
This is my first recipe here, I hope you love these muffins!