Skinny Fresh Strawberry Bran Muffins

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strawberry bran muffins

I love bran muffins.  They’re such a wonderful, fiber packed way to start the day.  In the past I’ve featured several morning muffins such as Oatmeal and Banana and Carrot Cake Bran Muffins.  Since it’s strawberry season, here’s a bran muffin full of these ruby berries.  I used 4 entire cups in one batch.  First I pureed 2 cups and sliced the rest before adding them to the batter.  One of these nice-size muffins has 266 calories and 9 grams of fat.  If you’d like to cut the fat further, skip the walnuts and it becomes 5 grams of fat per muffin.

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Bake Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients

2 cups Kellogg’s All Bran Cereal (original)

2 cups fresh strawberries, washed, stems removed (~1 basket)

3 egg whites

2 eggs, I love Egg-Land’s Best eggs

⅓ cup canola oil

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

1¼ cups whole wheat flour

½ cup rolled oats

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced with stems removed (~1 basket)

½ cup walnuts, chopped


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray (with flour in it)

2. Add 2 cups of All Bran Cereal to a blender and grind into crumbs.

3. In an electric mixer, or a large bowl, add the cereal crumbs.  In the same unwashed blender, add 2 cups of strawberries and puree them.  Add the pureed strawberries to the bowl of crumbs.  Mix in egg whites, eggs, and canola oil.  Add both sugars, flour, oats, baking soda and salt.  Mix until combined.  Finally, add 2 cups sliced strawberries and walnuts.   Mix batter until combined but not over mixed.

4. Fill each muffin cup to the top.  Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5. Remove from oven and cool slightly.  Carefully remove from pan.  Spray the pan again and fill with remaining batter.  Bake as directed.

Makes 15 muffins


Healthy Benefits

These bran muffins are a tasty way to boost your fiber intake.  One muffin contains 6 grams of fiber. I love that!

Strawberries are rich in fiber, essential nutrients, and antioxidants.  They are very low in calories, sodium and contain no fat.

Walnuts are packed with good-for-you monounsaturated fat.  They’re an excellent source of omega-3’s essential fatty acids.

Whenever a recipe calls for eggs, I like Egg-Land’s Best or other brands like this.  They’re better for you than typical eggs.  They contain more vitamin E, Omega 3, and 25% less saturated fat than regular eggs.  You’ll find this brand and others in most supermarkets.


Shopping Tip

Cooking spray with flour added, is a great find.  These muffins can easily stick to the pan when baked because there isn’t much fat in them.  Using this type of spray makes removing muffins easier.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 muffin
266 calories, 9g fat, 5g protein, 40g carbs, 6g fiber, 290g sodium, 31g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 Honey Bran Muffin at Dunkin Donuts
433 calories, 16g fat, 6g protein 72g carbs, 5g fiber, 368mg sodium, 49g sugar