Usually when you see ‘new mom’ and ‘muffin’ in the same sentence, you expect the next word you see to be ‘top’. Losing the baby weight is a real challenge for lots of new moms, not just because its challenging to lose weight, but more so because there is no time! Pre-baby, I spent more time in the kitchen than the average person, and I probably still spend more time in the kitchen than the average new mom, but I’m finding it challenging to dedicate enough time to eating a well balanced diet (I’m not sure my trainer would approve of a spoonful of peanut butter as a meal!).
Make ahead, eat-with-one-hand snacks and meals have been a real life saver over the past few months. Without a stash of smoothies in the freezer, I probably would not eat breakfast most days. I’ve been experimenting with other healthy one-hand friendly foods (since the other arm is ALWAYS occupied!), and after a trial batch or two, I’ve decided these new mommy muffins are a winner. Thanks to a few other new moms who were my guinea pigs and approved of these as well!
Bonus points for the one bowl prep and clean up!
Blueberry Bran Muffins
2 cups All-Bran cereal (original)
2 cups 1% buttermilk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup splenda brown sugar
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour, plus 1 tbsp, separated
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- Preheat oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, combine all-bran, buttermilk and applesauce. Stir to combine and let sit for about 5 minutes, or until cereal is very soft.
- Using a wooden spoon, beat in brown sugar and egg whites, then stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, toss blueberries with reserved tablespoon of flour until roughly coated (this will keep your batter from turning purple!). Fold into batter.
- Spray muffin tins with cooking spray, then spoon batter into each cup about 3/4 full. If you are making full size muffins, bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you are using mini muffins, bake for 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes about 24 full size muffins or 72 mini muffins.
Full size muffins: 94 calories, 1g fat, 2.3g fibre, 8.3g sugar, 19.9g carbs
Mini muffins: 31 calories, 0.3g fat, 0.8g fibre, 2.8g sugar, 6.6g carbs