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Muffins are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or as a healthy snack option. Homemade oat bran muffins are a great alternative to large, store-bought muffins that are usually packed with calories and fat. Oat bran is a good source of soluble fiber, which can help reduce cholesterol. Not only do these muffins offer health benefits, the recipe is also effortless, making it a morning time-saver when you need to get out the door in a hurry. You can also switch out blueberries for different fruits, such as a banana, giving you the option to have something new each time.
2 cups oat bran hot cereal, uncooked
2 tablespoons brown sugar substitute
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup skim milk
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
1/4 cup honey or molasses
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Heat oven to 425 F.
Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups or spray bottoms only with non-stick cooking spray.
In bowl, combine oat bran cereal, brown sugar substitute, baking powder and salt, if desired; mix well.
Add milk, egg whites, honey, oil and blueberries; mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over-mix.
Fill prepared muffin cups about three-quarters full.
Bake 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
Variation: In place of blueberries, stir 1 medium mashed, ripe banana or any other fruit of choice into batter before baking.