Oat Bran & Chia Seed Muffins

As promised, a muffin recipe that contains both oat bran and chia seeds that even the kids will eat!  Packed with protein, tummy- filling fiber, and heart-healthy Omega 3s, these make a great breakfast on the go, mid-morning snack, or lunchbox treat.  I used raisins but next time I am going to add the dark chocolate chips as well.  The boys liked these,  Mae did not.  I’m thinking the chocolate might help reel her in:)

What you need:

1/2 c dark brown sugar

1  1/2 c oat bran

1  1/2 c whole wheat flour ( I like white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour)

2 t baking powder

2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2 eggs

3 T soaked chia seeds

1 T canola oil

1/4 c apple sauce

1/4 c greek yogurt

2 t cinnamon

2 t vanilla

1/2 c raisins, dark chocolate chips, or walnut pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Start by soaking 3 T chia seeds in 1 cup of water, let them soak while you mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and place 12 muffin papers in a muffin pan.   In another large bowl, whisk the eggs and then add the rest of the wet ingredients.  Now add the chia seeds and dry ingredients.  Stir until well mixed.  At this point you can add chopped walnuts or dark chocolate chips (or, go crazy, add both!)  Use a large spoon to fill muffin tins to about 3/4 full and bake 12-15 minutes.  Muffins are ready when a toothpick comes out clean!

Enjoy!  -Melissa

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2 thoughts on “Oat Bran & Chia Seed Muffins

  1. “Chia seeds have been in Whole Foods for a long time, but they’re just now starting to grow in popularity,” said Drew Rosen, nutrition and cooking teacher at New York City’s Whole Foods Market Tribeca. “It’s an ancient crop, but because the seeds are so flexible and high in omega threes, they are just blossoming all over the markets in all different types of products.” ;

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