Hearty Applesauce Muffins

The following is adapted from a muffin recipe found on the back of Hodgson Mill brand oat bran cereal. The original had too much sugar and oil for my taste and looked like it would be lacking somewhat in flavor, and my changes resulted in the recipe below. These are really good and, as the name indicates, hearty!

1 ½ c oat bran hot cereal
1 c unbleached white flour
½ c whole wheat flour
¼ c natural cane sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c applesauce, chilled
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ c raisins

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, excluding the raisins. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Add to the dry, mixing well; gently fold in raisins. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften the oat bran; while this sits, preheat the oven to 400°F. Divide batter between 12 muffin tins that have either been greased or lined with paper cups; bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

After coming up with this recipe, I found that substituting the 2 tablespoons of milk for half of the oil resulted in a slightly dry, crumbly muffin. I personally prefer it this way, but you can always use 4 tablespoons of oil instead and leave out the milk altogether. Also, the original recipe called for all white flour and twice as much sugar; simply tweak it yourself until you find what works for your tastes and your family’s health! Enjoy!


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