Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Apple and Carrot Bran Muffins

Most of you know I have been doing my “on the run” category as I try to find healthy breakfasts and lunches for my busy days.  The “on the run” category needs to be healthy and keep my blood sugar stable to I can keep the energy level and not be sleepy during the day.  I do not like to hit Starbucks to pick up a sugary scone or muffin in the morning that have lots of calories and gives me a huge sugar spike and then makes me tired two hours later in search for some extra caffeine.

I am a big breakfast person so one yogurt for me will not solve it. My breakfast during the working week needs be easy, healthy, low in sugar, and filling.

One of the things that work for me are good solid breakfast muffins.  The muffins that I have created here are great.  These muffins do not need any oil since they get that from the flaxseed meal and the apples.  Also these muffins can be done without any sugar; you get the sweetness from the apples, carrots and raisins.  But if you need more add some honey.  And the best part is that these muffins are very moist.

Not everyone carries flaxseed meal in their pantry but if you have flaxseeds you can grind them and that works well too, I have done that a few times and I do not notice a difference.  I also use golden raisins since i like them better.

Apple and Carrot Bran Muffins

Adapted from Bob Red Mill

Yields: 12 muffins | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Bake Time: 20 minutes

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown flaxseeds meal
3/4 cup all bran cereal
3 tbsp honey (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
2 peeled and shredded apples
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Turn oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together flour, flaxseed meal, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in carrots, apples, raisins and nuts. Combine milk, beaten eggs, vanilla and honey (optional). Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are moistened. DO NOT OVER MIX. Fill muffin cups full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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29 Responses to “Apple and Carrot Bran Muffins”

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    Janell Beals — March 24, 2011 @ 4:55 am

    Perfect! I’d like one right now with my coffee! They look delicious and healthy ‘food to go’ is just what I need to know how to prepare. Janell

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie — March 24, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    This sounds like such a delicious mixture of ingredients! I’d love to have these at any time of the day!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 24, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    Fantastic recipe! I like that you don’t need to use oil or sugar here, and that’s got all kinds of healthy ingredients. This is a great idea for a fast breakfast. Do they keep well in the freezer? I was thinking I could make a big batch on a Sunday and then take one out as needed during the week.

    • Delishhh replied: — March 25th, 2011 @ 7:46 am

      Sylvie – I have not tried to freeze them but i would guess it does freeze well. I make a batch on the weekend and keep them in the refrigerator all week and they are just fine. We usually finish the 12 muffins within 7 days. As long as i keep them in the refrigerator they are good. If i have time i even microwave them for 15 seconds :) . i really like this base recipe and have been trying to figure out what other fruits i can play with but not come up with anything good yet, if you do let me know.

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    Noren — March 25, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    This looks like a great recipe! But is there anything I can use to substitute for the brown flaxseeds meal? Thanks!

    • Delishhh replied: — March 25th, 2011 @ 7:59 am

      Noren – do you have flaxseeds? If so you can just grind them. The reason they are there is so you don’t have to use oil. I would imagine that you can substitute it with oil. I haven’t tried that nor have i tried omitting them. But if you do one of those i would love to hear how they turn out.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — March 25, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I am home sick today, and I am so happy that I have both carrots and apples on hand! This will brighten up my sick day. :)

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    Big boys Oven — March 25, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    awesoem delicious!:)

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    Elena — March 25, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Thank you! I am always searching for recipes for my mom. She has to eat naturally, organic and home-made because my mom is fighting thyroid cancer.

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — March 25, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    These muffins look incredible! I love the apple and carrot combo! Yum! :)

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    Jessica — March 25, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Yummy! These look so healthy but also delicious! I am sure they keep you full until lunch! They are on my list of what to make soon! Love your blog!

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    Elizabeth — March 26, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    These look great! Been meaning to make a healthy carrot cake muffin, can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

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    Megan — March 26, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    It looks like a healthy little carrot cake. Perfect with a cup of java!

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    Barbara @moderncomfortfood — March 27, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    It’s so easy to go hog wild with muffins — in terms of sugar, refined flour, and fat — and essentially turn them into dessert. I love the way you’ve keep the focus squarely on deliciously healthy ingredients that will give us a good start to the day. Must try!

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    Clarkie @ Beloved Green — March 27, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    This looks like the perfect addition to a healthy breakfast. A great way to start off the day.

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    Elle — March 28, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Oh, look at all of those great carrots in there! These couldn’t be simpler-and they look fantastic!

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    The English Organizer — March 29, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    You had me at ‘on the run’, but I’m super-impressed at how healthy the recipe is, too.

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    deeba — April 7, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    In one word…delish!!

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    Sonia — April 8, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    I’m a huge fan of muffins but refrain from eating them because they are often loaded with fat and sugar. Plus, more often than not, what people call muffins are actually cupcakes in disguise…

    This, however, is just my kind of muffin, the real thing! Your recipe looks absolutely fabulous, and best of all, contains no artificial sugar or added fat. I love!!!

    I will definitely give them a try sometime soon. Do you think they could be made into a cake? I’ve been having this major craving for carrot cake lately… worth giving it a try, I guess!

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    Kate — April 24, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    I tried these out! They are wonderful!!!!! I can’t believe they’re so good and still so healthy! Now I have something to eat with coffee while my skinny boyfriend chows down on cheesecake!

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    Megan — June 6, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    Just tried these and they are delicious! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Deborah — September 23, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    We are big muffin eaters, and I know we’d love these! What a great breakfast!

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    Natasha — March 4, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Are you referring the Kellog’s All Bran cereal? If so, I’d like to avoid the extra sugar and preversatives, is there a good substitute or alternative?

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    Deirdre — March 6, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    These were FABULOUS- thanks for a virtually sugar free recipe!

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    ruccalove — April 19, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    These are great! I added some grated zuchinni and it was great! love this healthy recipe!

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