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Monday, April 23, 2012

Cranberry Orange Muffins

I came up with a healthy recipe for  Cranberry Orange Muffins using whole wheat flour and oat bran hot cereal.  I added freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh cranberries to the batter to give it the fresh fruit flavor. Each muffin has approximately 136 calories.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup natural applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup preferred sweetener (or sugar)
1 egg
1 cup fat free sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
orange zest of 1 orange
1 and 3/4 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat bran hot cereal (I used Bob's Red Mill Organic)
1/4 teasoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  First I cut 2 oranges in half and I used a small juicer to extract the fresh orange juice.

In a small bowl add vegetable oil, applesauce, honey, egg, preferred sweetener (or sugar), sour cream, vanilla, orange juice, and orange zest.  Mix until combined.

Gently fold in the fresh cranberries and stir to combine.

In a large bowl mix together the whole wheat flour, hot oat bran cereal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Next add the oil, sour cream and cranberry mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir until it is
mixed and thoroughly combined.

Add paper liners to a muffin tin and fill with the muffin batter until about 2/3 full.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes until cooked through.  A toothpick inserted in the center should could out clean.

This recipe yields about 18 muffins.  Each muffin has approximately 136 calories.  Enjoy!

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