My family loves bran muffins. They’re a fabulous and very satisfying way to start the day off healthy. The flavors of these are reminiscent of the ever popular carrot cake. To create a skinnier muffin I’ve cut down on the amount of canola oil, adding both eggs and egg whites, lots of fiber, whole wheat flour, fruit and vegetables. This yummy large muffin has only 258 calories, 6 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf honey-bran muffin has 550 calories, 22g fat and 5 grams of fiber. So bake a batch, freeze them and you’ll have a quick breakfast on the run! Enjoy…
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 25-30 minutes
2 cups Kellogg’s All Bran Cereal (original)
3 egg whites
2 eggs, I like using Egg-lands Best eggs
⅓ cup canola oil
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 (8oz) can unsweetened pineapple, chunks or crushed
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1¼ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts, optional
¾ cup Kellogg’s All Bran cereal
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Use a nonstick muffin tin and coat with cooking spray with flour or dust with flour.
2. Add 2 cups of All Bran Cereal to a blender and puree until crumbs are created.
3. In a mixing bowl or electric mixer, add the cereal crumbs, egg whites, eggs, canola oil, applesauce and mix together. Stir in the remaining muffin ingredients. Add walnuts, if desired. Mix until blended but do not over mix.
4. Fill each muffin cup to the top. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little All Bran cereal. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
5. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes. Remove carefully using a dull knife or spoon.
6. Coat the pan again with cooking spray with flour in it and bake remaining muffins. You can store the batter in the fridge and bake them the next day.
Makes 15 large muffins
Bran is the outer husk of grains such as wheat, corn, rice, and oat. For many years the outer layer was thrown out during the milling process until people learned of its health benefits.
Bran contains a valuable source of dietary fiber and consuming bran may have tremendous benefits for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, as a pro-biotic food, in combating heart disease, and perhaps controlling weight.
Carrots contain lots of vitamin A and fiber
Pineapple is low in fat, calories, and sodium. It contains a decent amount of fiber, vitamin C, folate, and iron.
These muffins will stay fresh for a few days wrapped in plastic wrap. They also freeze great.
Cutting Calories and Weight Watchers Points Tip
These are quite large muffins. To cut the calories, fat and points down further, eat a half of muffin with some fresh fruit and save the other half for the next day. You’ll still be quite satisfied.
Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS with walnuts 7
|SKINNY FACTS: For 1 muffin, not including walnuts
258 calories, 6g fat, 5g protein, 40g carbs, 6g fiber, 301mg sodium, 30g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’ honey-bran muffin
550 calorie s, 22g fat, 7g protein, 88g carbs, 5g fiber, 260mg sodium, 52g sugar