Does anyone remember the movie Robots?
There was one line from that movie that always stuck with us- it was Rodney’s motto, “See a need, fill a need!” Don’t you think that’s a great rule to live by? We sure do, and that’s what we try to do when we create recipes. Find out what people want and need and make a recipe that fulfills those requirements.
And that is precisely how these muffins came to be…
You see, a family member of ours recently underwent knee surgery (Heather, I think you’ll be able to relate to this…) and has been on some serious pain meds for the past few days. Anyone who has ever had to go through this kind of thing before knows what kind of side effects medications like these can have…
To put it a little more eloquently, this family member of ours has been experiencing some… difficulty with, you know… “moving things along”.
The pain killers combined with the fact that he’s pretty well couch-ridden and can’t do a whole lot of moving around to (ahem) “shake things out” has left him with a little difficulty staying, well, regular.
This family member is also used to being very active, so now that he’s being faced with several months of significantly decreased amounts of exercise, he’s also put in a request that sweets and unhealthy snacks be kept at minimal levels around the house. (Did we also mention that this particular individual has quite the sweet tooth, and is somewhat lacking in will power? ;))
He also likes to snack. A lot. So we knew what we had to do- create a snack that’s full of fibre, but is low in sugar, and unhealthy fats, and of course it has to taste good, too!
And thus, the super high-fibre date n’ raisin mini-muffin was created! We decided to make these mini, because that way if he feels like he needs a little snack, he doesn’t have to commit to eating an entire muffin. But of course, these would be just as delicious if they were full-sized, all you’d have to do is bake them a little longer!
So what makes these high fibre? They have wheat bran, oat bran, rolled oats, and whole wheat flour. They also have dates and raisins, which are also good sources of fibre. So when all’s said and done, one of these mini muffins has 2 grams of fibre, which, considering their size, is quite a bit! And if you were to make them into large muffins, they’d be about 3 times the size, which would put them at about 6 grams per muffin!
You could even amp-up the fibre content even more by adding some ground flax seeds and chopped almonds to these muffins- something we would’ve done if we hadn’t been all out!
And as for the taste? Well, we realize that you don’t often hear people saying “yummm… fibre…” but we promise you will love these! Everyone in our family loved these- in fact, we just made these yesterday, and we’re already thinking we’ll have to make another batch pretty soon…
Mmmm fibre! 🙂
Date-Raisin Mini Muffins
Prep time: 15min
Bake time: 10-12min
Makes: 30 mini muffins
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. bran
1/2 c. oat bran
1/2 c. oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. yogurt (any kind will do, we used strawberry!)
1 c. milk of choice
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 c. dates
1/2 c. raisins
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Combine milk and vinegar and set aside for 5min (to make “butter milk”).
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the wet, only adding the milk after having sat for 5 min.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry along with the dates and raisins and stir until just combined.
Fill greased mini-muffin tins with the batter.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Have you ever had a surgery and experienced difficult side effects after wards? What did you do to overcome those difficulties?