Sunday, August 17, 2014

Grand Opening Celebration

We had a wonderful celebration of my newly completed workout studio this past Saturday. Dozens of friends gathered to see the studio, enjoy healthy treats and toast the bright fitness room. I introduced the new Boot Camp series for September and shared information about the upcoming Pilates classes forming for the Fall. (More information on the classes to follow in upcoming blogs.) Many people commented on my homemade healthy muffins. They don't include any oil or butter at all. One person said they tasted too good to be healthy. There were so many recipe requests that I have decided to post it on the blog below.
If you are gluten-free, please try this recipe with the flour you normally use and let us know how they turn out. It would be nice to have that option, too. Have fun baking and Enjoy your Food!

Bran Flax Muffins 
1-1/2 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup flaxseed meal
3/4 cup oat bran
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/2 cup carrots, shredded
2 apples, peeled & shredded
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup nuts, chopped
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together flour, flax seed meal, oat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Stir in carrots, apples, raisins (if desired), and nuts.  Combine milk, beaten eggs, vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.  Stir until ingredients are moistened.  Do not over mix.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake at 350˚ for 15-20 minutes.  Yield: 15 medium muffins.

Notes: To make flax seed meal, grind flax seed to powdery consistency. I ground oatmeal in place of the oat bran. I used half the amount of organic honey instead of brown sugar. I substituted soy milk for dairy milk. I substituted whole-grain flour for the white flour.

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