I made these a long time ago and must have liked them well enough to keep the recipe. But since then, I've made many CL muffins and now these seem just ok. To be fair, I did not have any nonfat dry milk on hand, so maybe that would make a difference. I did use 2 whole eggs vs. 3 whites. I think I prefer the CL Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Raisin Muffins a bit more. Maybe I'll try these again with cranberries, more thinly shredded carrot and a satsuma. I only yielded 24.
I just made a batch of these to take with me on a business trip so I have something healthy to eat for breakfast and am thrilled with how moist and yummy they are! I made a few small changes: subbed dried blueberries for raisins, added walnuts and nutmeg, and used a whole egg and an egg white instead of 3 whites. I also grated the rind of the orange, then used only that and the orange segments in the blended liquid. This has definitely become my go-to bran muffin recipe!!
I love these muffins. I do all WW flour and this last time I substituted craisins. Yum
I've made these since Nov 2002 and they always turn out great! Usually use baby carrots because they're sweeter. Substitute thicker skinned oranges for thin skinned only out of desperation - thicker skin has more pith which is bitter. Always use freshly ground flax seed. Yields two dozen muffins which freeze quite well. Lost my paper copy of this recipe and came back here to make them tonight. Unfortunately, read the reviews while they were baking. Outside of measuring, the most time consuming part of this is prep of the carrots & apples - like alliecat's suggestion to toss them into the food processor or blender with minor prep along with the orange, etc. This is sure to save a good part of the prep time.
Followed the recipe except that I left out the dry milk (didn't want to buy a huge container). These muffins are just ok to me. They taste healthy. My 2 year old spit them out and my husband didn't care for them.
I've finally found a perfect, healthy muffin recipe! Don't let the complicated recipe scare you off; it goes pretty quickly with the help of a food processor and blender. It also makes a large batch that freezes incredibly well. I always tweak a recipe slightly. I used ground flaxseed since your body can't process the whole seeds--I agree with a previous reviewer that it's a waste to use the whole seeds. I added a teaspoon of nutmeg. I shredded both the carrots and apples, skipped the raisins, and added a cup chopped walnuts. The recipe also turned out well with a whole egg and one white. I topped each muffin with about a 1/4 teaspoon of brown sugar before baking to give them a little more sweetness. Yum!
Wow, these are delicious! I used three whole apples, and a couple handfuls of baby carrots, thrown into the Vita-Mix (without measuring). I also added an extra tsp cinnamon and I couldn't find oat bran so I just ground up oatmeal into oat flour (not the same, I know). But they turned out awesome, and with the use of the blender/processor they weren't too labor intensive as a few people have said.
These are very good muffins and very healthy. Great snack, alhtough it does take work to make them. My husband did not enjoy them as much, but I think a bit extra sugar might do the trick; not a whole lot, just a bit more to attract people with sweeter tastes. They do freeze very well. Worth making!
Great recipe! They were a little labor intensive but made a substantial amount and they are super yummy! I used wheat bran as I couldn't find oat bran and I also used 3 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp nutmeg as other reviewers had suggested. I was a little confused by the orange peel--it wasn't finely blended by my blender so I used a sieve. Good, filling muffins and I will make again.
Tastes good, but why include flax seed if it isn't digested unless ground? Seems unnecessary.
Good solid recipe, easy to make changes. I did not find it as labor-intensive as some other reviewers said, but then, I do a lot of baking to feed my kids healthy snacks. I subbed wheat bran because that's all I could find the day I wanted to make these. Also subbed zucchini for the carrot because we've got garden zuch filling up the fridge! Not too sweet. Love that it made enough to eat and freeze.
Great recipe. Once the melody line is mastered, there's tons of room for jazzing around! & not just inside the recipe, but ... Had one for breakfast with cheese and apple and banana on the side. Just had another one for lunch ... with a little piece of chicken and a pile of carrots. Muffin went well with both! Wonder what I'll do for dinner! :) Excellent.
This is my favorite healthy muffin recipe. I have made the recipe 6 times now, and I love it. I freeze the muffins and take one a day to work with me. At first, I found the orange rind to be too bitter, but then I just took a knife and cut off a lot of the bitter white part of the rind before adding the rind to the food processor, and that cured the problem. They've been great ever since.
I made these last night and they turned out beautifully. Moist and full of flavor! My mom and I both loved them. I definitely recommend this recipe :) I made a half batch to try them out and used 2 egg whites instead of the 3 asked for in the ful recipe.
This is a wonderful muffin. I have made it exactly as written and also with a few changes: Scottish oats instead of bran, a little less brown sugar, 2/3 c. chopped walnuts instead of flaxseed, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cloves (instead of just cinnamon) and craisins or chopped dried apricots instead of raisins. Either way, it is a dense healthy muffin which freezes perfectly and is very filling.
Very very good!!! Filling, tasty and the flavors of the apples, raisins, carrots and orange is loaded with satisfaction! Will definitel make again! For WWatchers, this is 2 points each. I have electric oven and these bakes in 15 minutes. I am from Indianapolis.