BEST TIP: Put muffins under a glass cake saver on your kitchen counter. Family will see the "pretty muffins" and choose a visible, easy-to-grab, healthy snack over other junk foods. Also freeze well, so bake all, freeze extras, and put note on freezer door to remind family to microwave a muffin. Yum! I can't leave any recipe alone, so made the following changes: For a healthier version, skip the raisin bran (too much sugar) and just use all bran flakes. Substituted fresh-ground whole wheat flour for the white flour. (Can substitute up to 1/3 other flours, such as oat, soy, etc., for the wheat flour. Can also substitute a cup of slow-cook oats for the flour as well.) Substitute molasses for up to 1/3 of the sugar, and also just plain reduce sugar by 1/3, (They're still plenty sweet). Substitute applesauce or pureed beans for the shortening. Substitute 1/3 of the baking soda for baking powder. Reduce salt. VARIATIONS: Spices to add: pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Fruits & vegetables to add: apples, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, raisins, craisins, grated carrots or zucchini. Other fun add-ins: jelly in the middle, chocolate chips, nuts.
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BEST TIP: Put muffins under a glass cake saver on your kitchen counter. Family will see the...