Apricot-Wheat Germ Muffins

1 dozen muffins (Made about 16 muffins) 

 

Maybe a little dry, maybe increase buttermilk to 1 1/2 c and maybe a little more baking powder

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, divided
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (used 1/2 c soy flour and 1/4 c white flour)
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ,divided
  • 1/2 c flax seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk, You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: the ratio is 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

PREPARATION

1.     Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. (16)

2.     Combine apricots and 1/4 cup orange juice in a small bowl. Cover with vented plastic wrap and microwave on High for 1 minute. (Alternatively, bring to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat.) Set aside to plump.

3.     Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

4.     Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk, oil, orange zest, vanilla and remaining 1/4 cup orange juice. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened. Add the plumped apricots and juice and mix just until blended. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon wheat germ.

5.     Bake the muffins until lightly browned and the tops spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges and turn the muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

NUTRITION

Per muffin: 220 calories; 7 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 36 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 185 mg sodium; 284 mg potassium.

Added soy protein 1/2 cup, subtract 1/2 c white flour, flax seeds

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