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Orange-date bran muffin

Orange-date bran muffin

1 cup unprocessed bran

1 1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup molasses

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 egg whites

4 teaspoons grated orange peel (colored part only)

1/2 cup chopped datesMakes 12 muffins. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

2. In large bowl, stir together bran, orange juice, honey and molasses. Set aside for about 5 minutes.

3. In medium bowl, stir flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Stir applesauce, egg whites and orange peel into bran mixture. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in dates.

5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden puck inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Invert onto rack and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional information (per servings): Calories 144 (less than 3 percent from fat), protein 2.4 g, carbohydrates 30 g, fat 1.2 g (saturated 1 g), cholesterol 15 mg, sodium 40 mg, fiber 2.1 g

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