These are easy, very child-friendly, and because there are so many ingredients to add to the bowl, they're fun to make with kids. Because of the raisins, apples and nuts, C loves them! An added bonus for me is that they're so healthy, giving her a lot of fiber and even some veggies! The recipe is pretty versatile and you can substitute or throw in extra fruits and veggies. I always use more raisins than the recipe calls for. I've also tried adding grated pear and cranberries, and I imagine a bit of grated sweet potato would be tasty too. Enjoy!
Bran Flax Muffins
1 ½ cups white or unbleached flour (can use part whole wheat)
¾ cup flax seed meal (just grind flax seed in your blender if you don't have it on hand)
¾ cup oat bran
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ cup shredded carrots
2 shredded apples
½ cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
¾ cup milk (or buttermilk, or yogurt)
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
- Mix dry ingredients. Stir in carrots, apples, raisins and nuts.
- Combine milk, beaten eggs and vanilla; pour into dry ingredients and stir until moistened.
- Fill muffin cups ¾ full.
- Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. Makes 15 medium muffins.