These are about the healthiest muffins on the planet. They are so full of bran-y flax-y fiber-y goodness you won't know what to do with yourself! And they taste pretty good, too :)
You're going to need:
1 1/2 c. oat bran
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. ground flaxseed
1 c. wheat bran
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 oranges, quartered and seeded
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. canola oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. golden raisins (I left those out of my muffins, cause I'm not a fan of raisins. I wish I had some nuts to add, though.)
First, preheat the oven to 375. Line or spray your muffin tins (you're going to need 2 12-cup tins - this recipe makes 24 muffins!)
In a large bowl, combine:
baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
Then, in a blender or food processor (oh my GOSH I want a food processor), combine:
(and I hit the pulse button a couple of times so there would be more room)
brown sugar (I ran out, so I used 1/2 c. brown sugar and 1/2 c. white sugar)
buttermilk, oil, eggs, and baking soda.
Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients. Mix until well blended. Stir in raisins (if you're using them. Or nuts. Or whatever else you decide would taste good.)
Then you just divide the batter into the muffin tins.
(And I put some rolled oats on top of mine, cause I think it's pretty.)
Then you'll bake them at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. And voila!
Such healthy little muffins ... and they'll last us FOREVER! (It will take nearly two weeks for us to eat up 24 muffins!)
And, for those who are interested, here's the nutritional info:
186 calories, 4g. protein, 30 g. carbs, 8 g. fat (about 1/2 of that is alpha-linolenic acid, the super-healthy kind of fat), 1 g. saturated fat, 18 mg. cholesterol, 3 g. fiber, 140 mg. sodium, and 4 g. flaxseed.
I would sing the praises of flaxseed all the livelong day if I could. I love that stuff. My body really loves that stuff. It is very, very good for you. If you aren't eating it, you should be! (And these muffins are a great way to start.)