Oat bran, the outer casing of an oat, is high in fiber. Apples and applesauce make these healthful muffins sweet and moist. If making ahead, individually wrap cooled muffins, and freeze for up to one week.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 large egg white
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped, peeled Granny Smith apple
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Place 12 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups; set aside. Combine brown sugar and butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add egg; beat 1 minute or until well blended. Beat in egg white until well blended. Add milk, applesauce, molasses, and vanilla extract; beat on low speed until well blended.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, bran, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Gently stir in apples.
Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with turbinado sugar, if desired. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center.
They were really tasty with a nice texture, although not quite sweet enough for me. Next time I might add a touch more brown sugar. I used soy milk because of my daughter's allergy and it worked well, plus I added walnuts. My 3 year old gobbled it up and asked for more. Definitely a keeper.
These are my go-to muffins...moist and not overly sweet. Be sure to dice up the apples pretty small. Tastes like a solid bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal...and I mean that in the best way. I use half AP flour and half whole wheat. I have also used almond milk because I don't always have skim on hand. They are yummy and satisfying!
These were really great muffins! I didn't have any applesauce on hand and didnt feel like going out to get any so i just left that part out. It turned out great without it as the apple chunks gave it a lot of moisture already. I also added more cinnmon and some nutmeg because of some reviews saying it was bland. All in all, very good and i will definitly make it again.