Wednesday, August 31, 2011

80--- Brain Muffins

Fall is here. Kids are back in school. Thank goodness I am not. 20 years was enough.

You and your children both need breakfast. These are a quick, tasty way to make sure that it happens every day. The protein, healthy fats, and fiber will keep hunger at bay and feed the mind.

These are "Brain" muffins, my version of a bran muffin. The name comes from the high omega-3 content of these gems. Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA, are essential for brain function. Walnuts and flax meal are both excellent sources of omega-3s.

Brain Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

1 1/4 cups wheat bran
1/4 cup flax meal
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1/3 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup golden raisins, divided
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, divided

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together wheat bran, flax meal and buttermilk and let stand for 10 minutes.

Beat together applesauce, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to the bran mixture. Stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, until just blended. Fold in 1/3 cup raisins and 1/2 cup walnuts and spoon batter into lined muffin tins, filling each nearly to the top. Sprinkle tops of muffins with remaining walnuts and raisins.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy! Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Info per 1 muffin: 174 calories, 6.5 g fat, 6.5 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 4.5 g fiber

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