High Fiber, Lower Carb Maple Morning Muffins
This is a low-carb muffin recipe, that is also a healthy bran muffin recipe, that is also a cane sugar free muffin recipe, that is also a low fat muffin recipe, that is also a vegan muffin recipe, that is also a protein muffin recipe! These vegan muffins are surprisingly moist and fluffy, with a delicate texure.
The ground flax seed in this muffin recipe acts as an excellent vegan egg replacer, and also provides healthy flax oils and fiber.
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup whole soy flour
1/3 cup oatmeal (rolled oats)
1/3 cup wheat bran
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vital wheat gluten OR 2 TB starch (cornstarch, tapioca starch, arrowroot)
1/2 cup raisins and/or walnuts and/or other dried fruit
1-1/4 cups applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
(or an equivalent amount of your preferred dry sweetener plus 1/4 cup water)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 or 2 Tablespoons oil (optional)
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk or spoon to combine thoroughly.
- Pour in the applesauce, maple syrup (or other sweetener and water), and optional oil.
- Mix gently, just enough to combine. Do not overmix. It’s OK to leave a few dry lumps.
- Spoon batter into a lined muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, or until the tops turn golden.
We’ve tried to use ingredients that are readily available. But it’s also a very flexible recipe. So if you don’t have both the wheat bran and the oat bran, simply substitute with more of the one you do have. If you don’t have either, substitute with more oatmeal. Or if you are missing any of the first 5 ingredients, just substitute with more whole wheat pastry flour.
Be sure to buy your flax seed fresh, and in small quantities. It's best to grind it at home just before use. Or store it in the freezer, because the healthy flax oils start to oxidize and go bad the moment they are ground and exposed to air.
Be careful that any products you buy containing flax seed are strictly fresh.
A good rule of thumb to remember is: the healthier a seed or oil is, the faster it will go bad.
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