Monthly Archives: April 2011

Blueberry Bran Muffins

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My husband and I are about to go to TN for our 4th wedding anniversary. We went there on our honeymoon and are going back to the same family run cabin company. We plan to do quite a bit of hiking while we are there.  I have been busy baking, making, and preparing snacks and such for the trip.  Today I made blueberry bran muffins. I found a basic recipe off allrecipies.com(http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/B-Muffins/Detail.aspx) and made it my own.  In my opinion they are the tastiest muffins I have whipped up in a quite a while.  These little guys will be part of a nutrient rich breakfast or make an excellent energy snack while on the trail.

 Here is the approximate recipe.  (You should know better than to expect a precise recipie out of me).  I’m sure any mixture of flour would work fine. I use a coffee grinder to grind up things like steel cut oats, rolled oats, wheat berries ect.. to get most of my flours. If you want to use wheat bran and wheat flour I’m sure it would turn out well.  Our diets often consist of too much wheat, so I like to use a variety nut, seed and various grain flours to get more and different nutrients.  For example amaranth is a really good source of protein.  Oat bran provides soluble fiber while wheat bran provides insoluble fiber- both important. If you only use white wheat flour in your kitchen you are missing out on a plethora of nutrients. Break outside the box and open your horizons! I’m sure you won’t regret it and your body will thank you!

1 cup milk (I used part milk part vanilla coconut milk)

1/2 wheat bran

1/4 cup spelt flour

1/4 amaranth flour

1/2 oat flour

1/2 oat bran

3/4 c. whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/4 raw cane sugar

1/8 cup agave

1/3 cup sunflower oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 Blueberries

Mix everything together. Divide into muffin cups. Bake at 400* 15-20 min.

Enjoy!

For different varieties try adding different types of nuts and berries. One suggestion is using banana, pumpkin or apple with  spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves for added antioxidants and flavor! Get creative and enjoy!

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