October is right around the corner, and I’m still wondering where September went.
I really do love this time of year though. This is the perfect time to enjoy the harvest from local apple orchards. When the kids were little they loved it when we took them apple picking. We all loved the resulting apple creations that came out of the oven too.
Brian grew up in the Annapolis Valley, about 1 hour from Halifax, and worked in the apple orchards with his dad. Famous for its apple harvest, the Annapolis Valley boasts 55 more days of sun than other areas of Nova Scotia. There are numerous farm markets and U-picks scattered across the scenic countryside. What a great way to spend an autumn Saturday.
These apple cinnamon bran muffins are always a hit in our house. I have to double the recipe when the kids are home. I hope they bring back memories of our apple picking trips.
I love these muffins for breakfast. They kick my mornings off to the perfect start. The warm, spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and apple bits make them delicious – but not too sweet. They would start anyone’s morning off in the right direction. Apple cinnamon bran muffins are perfect as a year-round breakfast treat but, with all that cinnamon and apple deliciousness, I always associate them with cool autumn mornings.
By the way, when you bake and cook with apples, there’s no need to peel the apple. An apple without the peel is still a healthy food, but you do lose out on some of the nutrients you would get if you ate the skin.
An average Nova Scotia apple contains more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal or most brands of cold cereal and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. 80% of the fiber in apples is soluble fiber, which may aid in the reduction of blood cholesterol levels. One apple has 5 grams of fiber. It’s a good idea to “pick” an apple every day as part of your healthy diet.
Grab one of those apples and give this recipe a try. Fill your kitchen with the calming, warm, cinnamon scent of these apple cinnamon bran muffins.
I wish you a wonderful week.
Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffins
Muffins Serves: 1
Recipe Type: Muffins
1 cup wheat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg ¼ cup olive oil
⅓ cup no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 apple, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine wheat bran, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine milk, brown sugar, egg, oil, applesauce and maple syrup. Stir until well mixed. Add liquid mixture to the wheat bran mixture and stir just until blended. Fold in the chopped apple.
Fill each muffin cup ¾ full and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven. They are done when a toothpick inserted in center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Cool completely on the rack.
Very high in manganese
High in selenium
High in vitamin B6
Serving size: 1, Calories: 125, Fat: 5.2 g, Saturated fat: 0.8 g, Carbohydrates: 19.8 g, Sugar: 7 g, Sodium: 274 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 2.4 g, Cholesterol: 14 mg