Cupid Made Me Do It” Heart Smart Oat Muffins

Heart Smart Oat Muffins

Muffins, Oat Heart Shaped21/2 cup raisins or currents
1/2 cup water
1-3/4 cups oat bran
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup non-fat milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup nuts, chopped fine
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 ripe bananas, mashed OR 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

Combine 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon with 1/2 cup granulated sugar and
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.

Place raisins in microwave-proof bowl; add 1/2 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 90 seconds. Allow raisins to “plump” for 5-10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine oat bran, flour, wheat bran, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt in large mixing bowl; add milk, egg substitute, nuts, applesauce, mashed bananas, and raisin/water mixture. Mix just until moistened (do not over-beat). Fill greased individual-sized heart shaped muffin pans (or use standard muffin pan and cupcake papers); sprinkle muffins with cinnamon/sugar/pecan topping. Bake until topping is crispy and brown, about 17-22 minutes.

Yield: 12-14 muffins

Heart Smart Banana Blueberry Muffins: Omit raisins; add 1/3 cup honey and fold in 1 cup frozen blueberries.

Heart Smart Apple Date Muffins: Omit bananas and raisins; add 1/3 cup honey, 2 cups finely chopped apples with peel and 1 cup chopped dates.

Each muffin contains approximately 140 calories with 25 calories from fat.

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