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Raisin Bran Muffins

February 1, 2011
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The first thing I look for when at a coffee shop is muffins.   Bran muffins to be exact.  I think that if you’re going to indulge in a muffin when out then at least go for the bran.

Don’t be fooled though, just because a muffin claims to have bran, whole grain, low-fat or low sugar often means anything but lower calories and can in fact mean more sugar, fat or calories to compensate for the healthier ingredients.

Remember that taste is the only thing that matters to retailers the majority of the time…..taste and price.

So same old question for you….why not cook it yourself and know exactly what you’re eating? These babies are loaded with fiber, good low fat, whole grain flour and your sugar to control.   You also get to control the size because we all know those Big mac muffins also have almost as many calories and fat at the famous burger.    Have you ever checked out the stats of those giant bulk muffins sold in a dozen pack at Costco?    Let me burst the bubble of anyone who likes to enjoy these little treasures once in a while at an office meeting or maybe a family gathering for breakfast.   Or maybe you buy them regularly and put them in your kids lunches? (Lord I hope no one does this!).

1 Muffin (162.4g)

Calories 672 (cough)

Fat 38.1 g (and not the good stuff)

Carbs 75.2g (and sooo not the good stuff)

10g of protein and trust me….not the muscle-building kind.

This is over the daily allowance of fat for many people and half the daily calories.    Just say no to small cakes pretending to be muffins.

If like me you know your weakness is muffins (it could be anything), then be sure to have one with you when muffins are looming. For me that’s shopping or doing anything early morning outside of the house.

Raisin Bran Muffins

adapted: Kellogs

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

1/2 cup baking stevia (splenda or white sugar)

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

4 cups all bran cereal (not flakes)

2 1/2 cups skim milk (or any non dairy milk)

1 egg and 2 egg whites (or 2 eggs)

1/2 cup coconut oil (any healthy oil)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Combine cereal and milk and let sit for 10 minutes.

Combine flours, sugars, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Add eggs and oil to bran and combine well.   Add dry ingredients and dried fruit or nuts.   Stir just until combined and pour into muffin tins (3/4 full).   Bake until centre is firm.

Remove from tins and let cool.  These freeze perfectly.  I’ve had one every night with a big cold glass of home-made coconut milk (recipe soon to come).

What’s your store bought weakness?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    February 1, 2011 7:26 am

    Very educational – I never by those muffins but holy crap thats alot of calories!

    • February 1, 2011 4:54 pm

      Crazy huh? and those muffins sell like mad at Costco so lots of people are eating them.

  2. MOM permalink
    February 2, 2011 8:21 am

    Yep boxes and boxes of them show up here at work daily. They weigh in at about 5 lbs each. Nasty heavy also.

  3. Lisa permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:34 am

    my weakness is an egg mcmuffin or Tim Horton’s breakfast sandwich for those early morning road trips.

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