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Whole-Grain Bran Muffins

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 25 mins
Yield

Serves 12 (serving size: 1 muffin)

This classic recipe is a wholesome base for mix-ins. Try adding sunflower seeds with blueberries, or grated carrot with walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups wheat bran (about 4 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 cup whole pitted dates (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4.5 ounces whole-grain pastry flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 168
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 36 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 183 mg
  • calcium 89 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Spread bran on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once.

  3. Combine dates and juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; uncover and let stand 5 minutes. Place date mixture in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Add buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (through vanilla); process until smooth.

  4. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, bran, baking powder, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add date mixture to bran mixture, stirring just until moist. Add eggs, stirring just until combined. Place 12 muffin cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan; cool on a wire rack.