Okay, I added the word “Yummy” to the name of this recipe because the “Oat Bran” may turn a few folks off. But these muffins are not only healthy, full of fiber, with no added sugar, they are also really tasty! This recipe is from Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet and pyramid, a way of eating that decreases the chronic inflammation caused by much of the traditional western diet. The muffins freeze and defrost nicely if you don’t eat them all right away.
Canola oil for oiling the muffin pan (skip this if using muffin papers) 2 large green cooking apples (Granny Smith or another apple you like)
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 1/4 cups oat bran
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 12-ounce can apple juice concentrate, thawed
1 cup water
1. Heat oven to 325° F. Lightly oil muffin pan. Peel and core apples; chop them coarsely. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together pastry flour, white flour, oat bran, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
3. Add thawed apple-juice concentrate, chopped apples, and enough water to make a light batter.
4. Mix just enough to moisten all ingredients. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake till lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.
5. Remove muffins from cups while hot.
Dr. Weil’s website includes lots of information about healthy aging and the anti-inflammatory food pyramid. Enjoy!