#EatWellLiveWell: Breakfast Muffins with Apples and Vanilla
Apples have been a family favorite fruit for centuries. They are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed as a snack, eaten whole, sliced and used for desserts or used in meat sauces. However, can an apple a day keep the doctor away? Maybe. It’s not only is a sweet snack, but it’s brimming with nutritional benefits.
- Filled with fiber. Apples are packed with insoluble fiber, which provides bulk within the intestinal tract. What does this bulk do? The bulk holds the water that moves food through the digestive system quickly. Apples also have soluble fiber, which helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the lining of blood vessels.
- Prevent cancer. Because apples are filled with dietary fiber, they can help fight cancer. Bacteria in the stomach can use pectin, which makes up a large portion of an apple’s dietary fiber, to protect colon cells.
- Brighter smile. Do you need a way to brighten your smile while eating a snack? Look no further than apples! Apples act like a toothbrush while chewing them because of the rough, fibrous flesh.
- Vitamin C. No longer do you have to rely on oranges for your daily dose of vitamin C. Apples also have vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can block damage caused by free radicals and boost immune health.
Since apples are delicious and nutritious, why wouldn’t they become a staple in your diet? Find out how you can work apples into a healthy breakfast with our new breakfast muffins with apples and vanilla recipe!
Recipe: Breakfast Muffins with Apples and Vanilla
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 30 minutes
- Ready in: 40 minutes
- 1 ¼ cup bran flakes cereal
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 ¼ cups apple juice
- ¼ cup margarine, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 apple - peeled, cored and chopped
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Grease muffin tin or use muffin papers.
- In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and bran flakes.
- Stir in margarine, vanilla extract, chopped apples and apple juice. Spoon the muffin mixture into the greased muffin tins.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 30 minutes.
134 calories, 4 grams of fat, 23.5 grams of fat, 1.7 grams of protein, 0 mg of cholesterol, 160 mg of sodium
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