Cuisinart Original

The diced apples in these oat bran muffins offer a pleasant, unexpected sweetness.

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray


1            cup oat bran


½           cup unbleached, all-purpose flour


½           cup whole-wheat flour


1½         tablespoons baking powder 1½  teaspoons ground cinnamon


½           teaspoon kosher salt


6            tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and at room temperature


¼           cup, plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar


1            large egg


1            cup buttermilk


1            teaspoon pure vanilla extract


½               cup applesauce


1            Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes


½           cup roughly chopped walnuts

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per muffin:

Calories 81 (38% from fat) • carb. 11g • pro. 2g

  • fat 4g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 16mg • sod. 143mg
    • calc. 36mg • fiber 1g

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin/cupcake pan with paper liners. Generously spray liners with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.


Stir together the oat bran, flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Reserve.


Put butter and sugar into the Cuisinart®  mixing bowl. Insert the flat mixing paddle and mix on Speed 2 to slightly break up, then increase to Speed 5 to cream until light and fluffy, about 2½ to 3 minutes. Scrape down the entire bowl if necessary.


Decrease speed to 3 and add the egg. Mix until fully incorporated. Scrape down the entire bowl.


Decrease speed to 2 and add the reserved flour mixture. Mix until combined. Scrape the bowl. Add buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix until combined, about 1 minute.


Decrease speed to 1 and fold in the applesauce. Add the cubed apples and walnuts and mix to fold in.


Scoop batter evenly into prepared muffin/ cupcake pan. Bake until deep golden in color and a cake tester comes out completely clean.


Remove from oven and cool on wire rack until very cool, about 15 minutes; remove from pan and allow to cool completely.


TIP: The liners will remove more easily the longer the muffins cool.

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