Sunday, June 8, 2008

Morning Glory Muffins

This is a popular recipe, available all over the internet.  Mine is slightly modified, though.  When dh had high cholesterol, the doctor recommended a particular cholesterol-lowering plan that relied primarily on increasing soluble fiber intake to help lower cholesterol.  So these muffins use oat bran instead of flour, olive oil instead of butter, brown sugar or molasses instead of white sugar–I think those are the only changes.  He was supposed to eat three muffins a day in order to get the right amount of oat bran.

2 Cups Oat Bran                                                  
1/2 Cup Raisins                                               
1 Cup Sugar (Or Brown Sugar or Molasses)                                                   
2 Tsp Baking Soda                                        
2 Tsp Cinnamon                                           
1/2 Tsp Salt                                                 
2 Carrots, Grated                                         
1 Apple, Green Grated 
1/2 Cup Almonds (or Pecans), Sliced or Chopped
3 Eggs (or Egg Whites or Egg Substitute)            
2/3 Cup Olive Oil            
2 Tsp Vanilla
Soak raisins in hot water to cover for 30 minutes; drain thoroughly. Preheat oven to 350. Mix oat bran, sugar, soda, cinnamon & salt in bowl. Stir in raisins, carrots, apple, almonds. Beat eggs with oil & vanilla to blend. Stir into oat bran mixture until just combined. Divide into muffin cups. Bake until golden brown & tested, 20 – 22 minutes.  (Watch the baking time.  Oat bran burns easily.)  Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.

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