Monday, August 01, 2011

Agave Almond Bran Muffins

I had a pretty productive weekend. We got home Saturday afternoon, and I was in the mood to clean. It took me quite some time to unpack because I was doing so many other things. I washed all of our bedding, and by all I mean the down comforter, the duvet cover, mattress cover, sheets, pillow cases. I cleaned the fridge, which was long over due. The rest of the weekend was filled with relaxation and cleaning. I almost have our whole bedroom overhauled. I probably haven'tdone that since we moved in! I was so thankful to have a few days at home without any plans because July felt so busy.

I have been wanting to bake some muffins for a while, but haven't had the chance because of busyness. Today I made these and I am very happy with how they turned out. And yes, I made up the recipe by looking at a basic bran muffin recipe.

Agave Almond Bran Muffins

1 cup wheat bran
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup spelt flour (or any other type of flour, you can also use all almond flour if you want)
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup agave nectar (you can use honey or maple syrup, too)
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 to 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips (or raisins if you prefer. I don't!)
3-4 tbsp hemp hearts
Preheat oven to 400 F

1. Mix all ingredients together well.
2. Spoon into greased muffin tins or lined muffin tins
3. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Be careful, they might look light on the top but will be dark on the bottom.

Makes 12 muffins

Each muffin has approx 200 calories, 24 g carbs, 4 g fibre, 13 g sugar (keep in mind it is agave nectar, which is a low GI sugar), and a whopping 7 grams of protein! Not to mention heart healthy fats from the olive oil and hemp hearts! Perfect for an in-between meal snack!

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