Saturday, November 28, 2009

bran & pumpkin spice muffins

Here is the recipe that I tried out for the first time today. It's from The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene. There is barely any oil and very little sugar, but they are very tasty.

bran & pumpkin spice muffins
1 1/2 cups bran
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp boiling water
3/4 cup pumpkin
2 eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp milk
1/4 cup honey (I used brown sugar)
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp canola oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves (I added a little all-spice, for kicks)
chopped walnuts for topping (I used chopped almonds)

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C) and grease muffin tins (makes 12+ muffins).

Mix bran, water and pumpkin in a medium bowl and let sit for a few minutes. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk, honey, sugar and oil. Combine egg mixture with bran mixture and stir until smooth. Mix in the flours, baking soda, salt and spices. Stir until the dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, sprinkle with chopped nuts, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

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