" DIABETIC BRAN MUFFIN WITH APPLESAUCE & CINNAMON"

This is a wonderful recipe. It is for diabetics but everyone loves them. Low in fat and so moist that you do not need butter! These are great for breakfast when you don't really feel like eating but must or terrific for those snacks. As an added bonus, kids will eat these too!

When baked these are completely freezable too so I triple this recipe and make them in a large batch and freeze the remaining ones for future snacks.

Ingredients.....

1 and 1/4 cup of OAT BRAN cereal, uncooked
1 cup whole wheat flour (not white flour)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I usually throw in 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon baking POWDER
3/4 teaspoon baking SODA
1/2 teaspoon of salt (can be omitted if on sodium reduced diet)
3/4 cup UNSWEETENED applesauce (plus a couple of tablespoons more if you reduce the honey portion)
1/2 cup of honey (I actually use a bit less & substitute it with a bit more unsweetened applesauce)
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

- Coat 12 medium size muffin cups with vegetable oil or line with paper baking cups. I personally use pam on my muffin tins and it works terrific.

- In medium bowl combine Oat Bran cereal, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

- In large bowl combine applesauce, honey, oil, egg, and vanilla.

- Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid ones and mix well. Stir in nuts if you are using them or fruit such as blueberries if you like.

- Fill prepared muffin tin cups almost full.

- Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Made with the walnuts here is the breakdown.
cho = 23 grams
Protein = 3 grams
Fat = 7 grams
Calories = 159 each
Fiber = 2.8 grams Sodium = 185 miligrams (you can omit the salt)
Chol = 23 miligrams

If you are diabetic one of these muffins (with the walnuts in) is 1 starch exchange plus 1 fat exchange and 1/2 a fruit exchange (if you do not add extra fruit such as the blueberries mentioned).

I usually triple this recipe and bake enough to throw a load into my freezer. They freeze perfect then you can pull them out one at a time in the morning or whenever and microwave them a minute or so to defrost them and warm them. They are good cold too though.

If you wish to reduce the honey you can do that also. Just don't fill the measuring cup quite to the rim and throw in a couple more tablespoons of the unsweetened applesauce to compensate for the moisture. I do this to reduce the honey and they come out just as good.


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