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Granola bars are often marketed as a nutritious snack. Unfortunately the ingredient list on the majority of them suggests otherwise. Fructose/glucose isn’t exactly high on the nutrition scale.
During the week I often find myself stuck in the granola bar rut. I have a weakness for the ones covered in chocolate but I rarely feel guilty about it because I see it as a nutritious candy bar. How crazy is that? Those damn granola bar marketing people have somehow convinced my easily manipulated brain that their product is good for my health so I rationalize that it’s better than the candy bar. I need help!
Thankfully I have taken steps to overt this type of foolish thinking by putting aside 30 minutes each weekend to prepare low-fat baked goods such as these Pineapple and Carrot Muffins. They have more flavor than a granola bar and are full of nutritious fiber thanks to the grated carrot and the wheat bran.
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Pineapple Carrot Muffins
Light and moist muffins filled with sweet pineapple and grated carrots
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup natural wheat bran
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp allspice
½ tsp each baking soda and salt
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3 tbsp canola oil
¼ cup pineapple juice
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup grated carrot
1 cup pineapple tidbits (from a can), drained and divided
Spray a 12-cup standard-size muffin pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl combine flour, wheat bran, baking powder, allspice, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, oil, pineapple juice and brown sugar. Stir in grated carrot. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Fold in ¾ cup pineapple. Divide batter evenly among the 12 muffin pan cups. Top each with equal amounts of remaining pineapple
Bake in a 350º F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
Volume: Makes 12 muffins
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Brent Garell (@kitchenroadie)