Apple Raisin Pecan Muffins

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Let me tell you a secret.  You can make almost any recipe healthier by replacing white sugar with maple syrup.  Yes, it’s true!  Are you asking yourself why, or how?  I’ll tell you.  Maple syrup is a natural form of sugar.  It is minimally processed and therefore contains more nutrients than white sugar.



1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup wheat bran

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 medium or 3 small apples, finely chopped

3/4 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice

1/4 cup butter (softened)

1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease 12 small or 6 big muffin pan with butter.
  3. Combine flour, wheat bran, baking powder, cinnamon, apples, pecans and raisins in a medium size bowl.
  4. Beat maple syrup, milk, juice, butter and egg in a small bowl until blended well.
  5. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Spoon batter into muffin pan and bake for 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Eat them while they’re still warm, with a little bit of butter (optional). Enjoy!




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