Good Morning- Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Serves 18 muffins
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable
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These muffins are packed with fiber from the dried fruit, nuts, oatmeal, wheat bran, and whole wheat flour. Try switching it up by using dried apricots, raisins, or craisins. Pair with a glass of skim milk, or a fat-free yogurt, and piece of fruit and you have a breakfast for champions! These muffins also freeze well, and are great to grab for a breakfast on-the-go! Nutritional Information per serving: Caloreis 186; Fat 4.4g (sat 0.5g,mono 0.7g,poly 2.8g); Iron 1.2mg; Cholesterol 12mg; Calcium 42mg; Carbohydrate 35.2g; Sodium 190mg; Protein 4.2g; Fiber 3.4g Food Groups per serving: 1-1/2 grain/starch

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon wheat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 large)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 cup chopped, pitted dates (apricots and raisins work too)
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped, dried pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed, or 2 tablespoon whole flaxseeds

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°.
Step 2
Place 18 muffin cups liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray.
Step 3
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flours and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.
Step 4
Combine yogurt, banana, and egg; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in dates, walnuts, and pineapple.
Step 5
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with flaxseed. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack.

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with a Sneaky Spinach Spike

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Serves 12
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly
From book Adapted from Deceptively Delicious
These blueberry oatmeal bars have a hidden ingredient...spinach! You would never know that these decedant dessert bars have an extra boost of nutrients!

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cups Smart Balance spread
  • 1 cup low-sugar blueberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup spinach puree

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375F. Spray an 8x8-inch pan.
Step 2
In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and nuts. Quickly cut margarine into dry ingredients until mixture is no longer powdery, do not over mix.
Step 3
Set aside ½ of oat mix; press the rest firmly into pan. Bake until lightly brown on edges ~15 mins (not fully baked).
Step 4
Mix the puree and the preserves in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the partially baked layer, then sprinkle with the reserved oat mix. Bake until topping is slightly brown ~25 mins. Let cool before cutting.

A is for Autumns Awesome Apples

We all know fall is near when the fresh local apples start appearing on grocery store shelves and at the farmers market. Along with their sweet and juicy taste, apples offer some great health benefits in each fresh and crisp bite you take! Click the link below for recipes and more:

A is for Autumns Awesome Apples[1]

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