I have been reading more and more on the health benefits of oat bran, and after finally finding it at a local health food store here in Umbria I decided I needed to begin adding it to our diet. Bran is actually the outer layer or husk of grains such as oat, rice and wheat, and for many years, this outer layer was simply discarded during the milling process until people learned of its health benefits.
Diets high in oat bran have consistently shown great health benefits such as lower cholesterol, healthier hearts and improved intestinal health, and in fact the very popular Dukan diet strongly proposes we add oat bran to our diets to help promote weight loss. I have in the past used oat bran in hot cereals along with other grains, but I wanted to make a breakfast muffin, that would be healthy yet delicious.
I love apples in muffins so added apples along with some chopped walnuts and topped my muffins with a cinnamon, sugar topping that added a nice crispy finish to the muffins.
- 2 Cups All-purpose Flour (Or 1 Cup All-purpose & 1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)
- 3/4 Cup Oat Bran
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- Dash of Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Low Fat Buttermilk
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Melted Butter (Or Coconut Oil)
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cup Finely Diced Apples
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Walnuts
- 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and line a 12 cup muffin tin with papers.
- Whisk together the flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon in one bowl.
- In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, honey, butter, eggs, apples, and nuts.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
- Divide the batter into the muffin cups.
- If using the topping, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and rub together with your fingers.
- Sprinkle each muffin with some of the topping ingredients, then bake for about 20 minutes or just until firm to the touch.
- Turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool.