One of things I loved to do with my Grandma when I was young was to help her bake. I would stand on her kitchen chair next to her at her counter and we would bake all kinds of delicious food. I loved when she made apple pies, not for the pies but for the slices of apple that she would give me. She would put them in a very worn aluminum measuring cup and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. I thought that was the best!
We would also make scrumptious bran muffins. They were always moist and we ate them warm out of the oven. Now that I am a little more conscious of what I eat I realize that muffins aren’t always the healthiest. I found a recipe that I changed up a little to make it healthier and thought that I would share it. These are full of fiber, very little fat and I think are very tasty.
Cranberry Orange Bran Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 3 cups of All Bran cereal
- 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup of dried cranberries
- 1 Tbsp of grated orange peel (i like the extra flavor)
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking powder and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add cereal, orange juice, applesauce and egg. Stir until blended.
- Let stand 5 minutes.
- Add cranberries and orange peel. Mix in dry ingredients only until combined. The batter will be very thick.
- Put batter into paper lined muffin tins or spray tins with a vegetable spray. (I used the Misto with olive oil)
- The original recipe says it yields 12 muffins. I got 21 muffins out of my recipe.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-19 minutes.
These muffins are a little dense but moist and very tasty.Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.