Healthy mornings: Oat Bran Blueberry Muffins

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Oat bran blueberry muffins. (Submitted photo)

Oat bran blueberry muffins. (Submitted photo)

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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.

Instructions:

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.


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