Think you don't like bran muffins? These healthy oat bran muffins with chocolate chips will totally change your mind in one delicious mouthful! Light and chewy with a wonderfully sweet texture and plenty of melted chocolate chips, these healthy bran muffins are the perfect quick grab-and-go breakfast or afternoon energy-boosting snack.
Monday morning. The time when we all decide this week will be the one. We'll get all our work completed on time, we'll tick off all those things on our to-do list we've been putting off, we'll totally rock our workouts and we'll stick to our healthy eating meal plan.
But unless you're a total productive rockstar (in which case I digitally applaud you!) by Tuesday afternoon we start slacking and then by Wednesday all those goals we set with the best of intentions have gone out the window. Sound familiar?
It does to me because that's pretty much how all my weeks pan out. But you know one thing that's guaranteed to keep me on track, keep me crossing things off my to-do list and stepping-up my fitness outfits like I go to the gym and don't just run around like a freak in my house? Healthy snacks. Which is exactly where these healthy oat bran muffins come in.
When it comes to food, I've got very little self-control. I simply can't go from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner without nibbling on a little something in between. So the best way I can combat this is to make sure I've got plenty of high fibre, low sugar, low fat treats around like these healthy bran muffins.
How do I know I'm actually going to eat these healthy oat bran muffins and not just shove them aside in favour of a s'mores Pop Tart? Because they taste ah-maz-zing. Seriously - they taste as good as a regular fat-filled sugar-loaded heart-attack-in-your-hand bakery muffin. That's right. A healthy oat bran muffin you'll genuinely want to eat. I've achieved the impossible!
A while ago my boyfriend brought home some oat bran and I didn't even know what it was. It looked like a cross between flour and couscous. I looked it up online and found out that you use it to make healthy breads and muffins. But not the yummy kind of healthy breads and muffins.
If you didn't know, oat bran has a pretty bad rep for tasting horrible and making tough, hard, icky-tasting baked goods. I love a good challenge. So I decided to take this hated ingredient and make something delicious with it. And I'm thrilled to say it all worked out.
While these healthy oat bran muffins are a little denser than regular wheat muffins, they've got a wonderful chewy texture and thanks to all the fibre, they're really filling. Filling enough to eat for breakfast. And that's saying a lot coming from someone who can eat two bowls of oatmeal in the morning and still not feel full. You should see me at a breakfast buffet. I totally demolish it!
Everything is better with chocolate, so I added some milk chocolate chips to the healthy oat bran muffins batter. When you bite into the muffin, little delicious pools of chocolate loveliness burst open and make you happy. And who doesn't need an extra bit of happiness on a Monday?
Healthy Oat Bran Muffins with Chocolate Chips - XXL Bakery Style!
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup oat bran
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose white flour
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 medium egg
- ½ cup applesauce
- 3 tablespoons skimmed milk (use non-dairy milk for low FODMAP)
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and grease or line a 6-mould muffin tin. In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined and there are no dry pockets.
- Evenly scoop out the batter into the 6 muffin moulds and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until the tops of the muffins are golden brown.
- Leave to cool in the pan on a wire rack before storing or eating.
If you don't want XXL size muffins, bake the batter in 8 muffin moulds. Then each muffin will work out around 125 calories.