Cranberry-orange muffins

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
¾ cup Natural bran
¾ cup Flour
½ cup Sugar (Diabetic try 1/4 cup)
1½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1⅓ cup Cranberry sauce
1 Egg, lightly beaten
⅓ cup Soured milk (1/2 tb lemon j)
¼ cup Vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Grated orange rind

You may use commercial or home made cranberry sauce but not artifically sweetened sauce (muffins will not rise.) . Original recipe in The Lighthearted Cookbook by Anne Lindsay published in 1988 in Canada used whole-wheat flour, and ½ cup buttermilk or low-fat plain yogurt rather than sour milk.

1/12 original recipe - 156 calories, 1 starch, 1 fat, 1 fruit choice 5 grams fat, 2 grams protein, 27 grams carbohydrate, 23 mg cholesterol, 126 mg sodium NOTE: listed ingredients & variations would be slightly different.

Preheat oven to 400 F and spray at least 12 muffin cups lined with paper baking cups. Low-fat muffins tend to stick even to non-stick pans.

Measure ½ tbsp lemon juice in a measuring cup, fill to about ¼ cup mark with fluid milk and add some skim milk powder to make it a little thicker. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

Add remaining ingredients of your choice and stir until they are just combined. Bake about 20 minutes or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Adjust time if muffins are made smaller.

VARIATIONS, substitute for cranberry: Banana-Date - use 1 cup mashed banana and ½ cup dates or raisins. If 2 bananas are not quite 1 cup, concentrated orange juice or orange/pineapple may be added. (Tested Jan 94 by Elizabeth Rodier, family member ate 2 warm ones.) Apple-Raisin - 1 cup applesauce plus ½ cup raisins, or coarsely chop an unpeeled apple in a food processor.

Zucchini - 1 cup grated unpeeled zucchini plus ½ cup raisins.

May be made as 16-18 small muffins or 9 inch square cake cut in the desired number of pieces. For a diabetic meal plan, reduce the amount of sugar to ¼ cup or 1 tsp. per serving (recommended guideline of American Diabetes Assoc.) This recipe is typical of healthy heart recipes with reduced sodium, cholesterol and fat but more sugar than a typical diabetic recipe.

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