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Bakery muffins often hide plenty of refined sugar and flour (what gives them that cakelike crumb). While oversized, they rarely keep you satisfied for long. Our basic muffin bumps up the fiber and protein with whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, and yogurt so you’ll stay fueled throughout the morning. A ripe mashed banana adds sweetness and moisture without much noticeable flavor (these are not banana bread muffins). We also brown the butter for extra nutty depth. Add any combo of nuts, fruit, grated vegetables, or warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Enjoy as is, or split and gently toast before adding your favorite spread.

Recipe by Cooking Light March 2017


Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez

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15 mins
40 mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 muffin)


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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, wheat bran, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

  • Melt butter in a small skillet over medium; cook 90 seconds or until browned and fragrant, swirling pan frequently. Combine butter, yogurt, sugar, vanilla, banana, and egg in a bowl. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Divide batter evenly among 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375°F for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.


  • Add a stir-in to the batter before baking.

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Nutrition Facts

132 calories; fat 3g; saturated fat 1.6g; mono fat 0.8g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 4g; carbohydrates 24g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 22mg; iron 1mg; sodium 242mg; calcium 74mg; sugars 12g; added sugar 9g.