Pink Lady Apple Bran Muffins!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekends were both fun and relaxing. Mine certainly was! I went to see Country Strong (eh, decent), studied at coffee shops, worked out a bit, and road tripped to San Francisco on Saturday night to go downtown with my roomy, Ruby! We went to a few bars and randomly met some UC Davis DG alumni’s who gave us some recommendations on where to go, a guy from Houston in the food industry, and a group of Ruby’s friends from back home.

Me and my Rubix Cube

Today, we made the trek to Whole Foods and I baked up a storm when I got home. I made these wonderful Pink Lady Apple Bran Muffins, some gluten-free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, and a twist on Lori’s sunflower butter cookies!

Precious baby muffins

These muffins are seriously delicious. They are high fiber but still have a perfect muffin consistency. They are tart and sweet, but in a healthful fashion. Basically, they rock and you should make them.

Pink Lady Apple Bran Muffins

Recipe: Makes ~16 muffins

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another. Pour the wet over the dry and stir with as few swoops as possible. Pour into a greased muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Dry ingredients –

2 cups wheat bran

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/4-1/2 cups cane sugar (I used 1 1/2, but they were quite sweet!)

2 tsp baking soda

lots of cinnamon

Wet ingredients –

3 small pink lady apples, chopped

2 eggs

1 tbsp grapeseed oil

~1 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla

coconut oil (to brush the muffin pan)

Benefits:

Wheat bran * contains TONS of iron, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous and antioxidants! 1 cup has 25 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein!

Whole wheat flour * when you choose white flour over whole wheat flour, you are losing over half of the B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.

Pink lady apples * 3 a day can help decrease cholesterol by 10%! Β They are rich in the antioxidants beta-carotenoids, vitamin C, and polyphenols. They also have filling fiber and pectin!

Cinnamon * The coolest thing about cinnamon is its ability to control blood sugar. Meaning, within reason, that if you use a fair amount of cinnamon in a dish that has sugar or another fast digesting carbohydrate, it will prevent the blood glucose spike that you would normally get. Why does blood sugar matter? Spikes in blood sugar are bad for your health because they cause your body to increase insulin production. Insulin, among many other things, tells your body to store fat. Therefore, eating a sugary/high-in-simple-carbohydrate meal = blood sugar spike = insulin spike = store fat.

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22 thoughts on “Pink Lady Apple Bran Muffins!

  1. you and your friend are gorgeous! and super foxy dress woman πŸ™‚

    the muffins sound awesome. pink lady apples are my favorites.

  2. YOU LOOK SO GORGEOUS! WOW. I need to know asap where you bought that dress I’m totally serious!… You’re stunning.

    Those muffins look pretty delicious too, I look forward each day to your blog, I hope you have a wonderful tuesday!

  3. How are you burnt? It’s the middle of the winter! Where did you go where it was so sunny? Fess up! hehe…

    I haven’t made muffins and ages!! I need to get on it…

  4. Gorgeous! Love your dress. So fun that you can road trip down to San Fran. I love it there! Your roomies are lucky that you are such a great baker. Looks delicious.

  5. Hey girl! Thanks so much for your concern about my workout habits. Truth be told, I do take days off during the week (at least one, but sometimes two) but I think there’s a difference between not wanting to go to the gym because my body needs a rest and not wanting to go because I am lazy. It’s definitely good to have people like you out there to keep me in check though because I can definitely get overzealous when it comes to exercise πŸ™‚

    I love SF and am SO jealous that you got to road trip it over there! You look stellar in that dress and those muffins are fantastic! Thanks for the tip about cinnamon…I basically put it on as many things as I can because I LOVE it. Good to know it’s good for me!

  6. Again, you are the Muffin Queen! I love all your muffin creations!

    And, um… you and Ruby are beautiful! Wow. Watch out Davis!

    I went to The Plant this weekend! It was good but pricey. πŸ™‚ But good. Mmmmmmmmm.

  7. I love your dress! you look amazing πŸ™‚ AND pink lady apples are my favorite!
    I was wondering- does your school specifically offer nutritional biochemistry as a major or just biochem and then you are concentrating on the nutrition aspect? Thanks!

  8. You are SO beautiful. LOVE the dress!!
    I really like that you put the benefits of the ingredients up! I did not know that little tidbit about cinnamon! The more you know right πŸ˜€

  9. Goodness, you are GORGEOUS! And pink lady apples are my absolute favorite variety. It is the only kind I’m eating right now. I have to buy 5-6 pounds a week! Thank you for sharing this delicious muffin with me. I hope that tomorrow brings you joy!

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