You guys got it again…black-eyed peas are, in fact, a BEAN…not a PEA! And yes, they are good luck to eat on New Years Day! 😀
Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins slightly adapted from Something Good This Way Comes
1 cup wheat bran
1 cup fat-free milk (next time I will do 1/2 cup canola oil + 1/2 cup milk)
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp flaxseed, ground + 2 Tbsp water (or just one egg)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
100 g carrot, grated (3/4 cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup raisins
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Mix your flax egg (or regular egg) in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes.
Mix your milk and wheat bran in another bowl and allow it to absorb.
Mix all dry ingredients (except raisins) and wet ingredients (including carrot and flax egg) in separate bowls.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Do NOT over-mix! Add your wheat bran mix to the batter. Fold in raisins.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yield: 9 large muffins.
Nutrition Information (per muffin): 137 calories; 1.4 g. fat; 24 mg. cholesterol; 84 mg. sodium; 29.9 g. carbohydrate; 5.1 g. fiber; 3.6 g. protein
Result: These were good, but kinda dense and dry. But the raisins and carrots together were delicious! The nutrition stats are super impressive, too…137 calories, low in sodium, and 5.1 grams of fiber!? I think I might try these again with 1/2 cup of canola oil subbed in for 1/2 cup of the milk…I think that would add some moisture to the muffins.
Last night I got creative with my workout. Mr. P is out of town and yesterday I was gone from 8am to 7pm, leaving Miss Lily in her crate for way longer than I care to even think about 😦 So, we got in our workout together playing mommy-chases-Lily in the backyard. I totaled 1.9 miles on my Garmin which seems like a lot more than it is when you live on 0.16 acres! Dizzy much? Oh yeah.
Today’s Food Trivia Question: What nation produces 2/3rd of the world’s vanilla?
It has to be trickier…you guys are too smart!! Can you tell I’m having fun with these? 🙂
Check in tomorrow for 10 not-so-healthy “health” foods and a baked falafel recipe I’ve been anxious to try!