Bran Apple Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups tart apples, diced (2 medium size apples).
2 cups Bran Flakes Cereales
3 tsp cinnamon powder
2 eggs
1 cup soy milk
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp sugar

Topping: Blend reserved 1/4 cup of dry mixture with 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, sugar and chopped walnuts

Tip: Leave the peel on the apples to increase fibre.


Preparation:

1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, (reserve 1/4 cup for topping). 
2. Add apple, cereal and 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon to dry ingredients.
3. Combine margarine, eggs and milk until lumpy.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare 12 muffin cups.
5. Add eggs mixture to dry mixture and stir lightly, until just moist.
6. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full.
7. Sprinkle topping over batter in each cup.
8. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Remove from pan and cool on rack.



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Dietary Bran
Dietary bran is the combined testa and fruit skin of grains in the family Poaceae.

The true grasses are monocot (class Liliopsida) plants of the family Poaceae (formerly Graminae). There are some 600 genera and perhaps 10,000 species of grasses. It is estimated grasslands comprise 20% of the vegetation cover of the earth. This family is the most important of all plant families to human economies, including lawn and forage grasses, the staple food grains grown around the world, and bamboo, widely used for construction throughout Asia.

Agricultural grasses grown for food production are called cereals. Cereals constitute the major source of calories for humans, and include rice in India and the Far East, maize in Mexico, and wheat and barley in Europe and North America. Staple food grains are often called corn.

Some commonly known grass plants are: maize, wheat, rice, and sugarcane.

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