Mmmmm …. Muffins!

I’m posting up this recipe quickly because a couple friends requested it. I cannot tell you how often I’ve made these, but I love them because they’re dense, moist and filling. It really does feel like you’re eating a nice big bowl of oatmeal – but with the portability of a muffin.  And with all the veggies, fruits and whole grains, it’s incredibly healthy, too.

Ingredients:

1 cup wheat flour

3/4 old fashioned oats

1/3 cup oat bran (or wheat germ, depending on what you can locate)

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups carrots, shredded as finely as you can

1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated

2/3 cup mashed bananas, chunky

2 TBSP real Maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 large eggs

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup golden raisins

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the golden raisins in a colander, then place the colander in a bowl of hot water to soften them. Then, mix the vanilla, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup and orange juice together in one bowl. Then combine the flour, oats, oat bran, cinnamon, baking soda and salt together, Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, then fold in the drained raisins, banana, apples and carrots.

Lightly grease or line with paper cups a 12 muffin tin, and drop the mixture in, filling almost to the top. Bake 23-25 minutes, until you have that nice domed muffin top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for about 5 minutes or so, then turn out of the pans. Enjoy!

 

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