Mini Muffins – Applesauce & Oat Bran

Ingredients

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ounces dates, pitted and chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax-seed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon old-fashioned oats

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat 2 mini-muffin tins with cooking spray. Place applesauce and dates in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is reduced to 1 1/4 cups, 15 to 20 minutes. Spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and let cool completely.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in bran, buttermilk, egg, honey, ginger, and vanilla. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, flax-seed, baking soda, salt, allspice, and 1/4 cup oats. Stir into bran mixture.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared tins, filling to the brims. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon oats over muffins. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of 1 comes out clean, 21 to 23 minutes. Let cool completely in pans on wire racks.

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