Apple-Date Oat Bran Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and finely diced
  • ½ cup pitted dates, chopped
  • ½ cup milk (I used whole, but you can use low-fat if you prefer)
  • ½ cup unsweetened apples sauce
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • apple butter for serving*
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with canola oil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oat bran, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the apples, dates, and toss to coat.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, apple sauce, canola oil, egg, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir just until blended - don't over mix.
  4. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
  5. Place the muffins in the center of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Test with a toothpick - when inserted into the center of the muffin, it should come out clean. Allow to cool in the pan slightly before turning out.
  6. Serve with apple butter and enjoy!
*Apple Butter is a highly concentrated version of apple sauce. It's cooked low and slow until the apples caramelize. You can find apple butter at just about any roadside country store. Sometimes you can find it at your local grocery store (especially around autumn). You can also try checking one of those gourmet and/or organic stores as well. And of course, you can just use plain ol' butter on your muffins too.
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