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Monday, March 19, 2012

Miracle Muffins

Blaine has struggled with high cholestrol for a couple of years now, probably more but we didn't bother even having it checked until about 2007. His doctor saw his numbers and immediately prescribed him statin drugs. After doing some research on statins I was scared out of my ever loving mind (memory loss? Nerve damage?) and decided that we would try to get his levels under control ourselves for a few months before giving in to a lifetime of medication.

Part of our cholesterol lowering regime is to have 2-3 of these muffins every day for 8 weeks. Well, more realisticly probably for life. Though I don't struggle with high cholesterol, I still enjoy the muffins each day and so do my kids. It's like eating a nice bowl of oatmeal, but that actually tastes good and that you don't have to douse with sugar to swallow.

So if you are looking for a simple breakfast that is filling, nutritious and could potentially lower your cholesterol, this is it! There are lots of varitations to the muffins, but we just like them plain and simple!

Miracle Muffins

by: The 8- Week Cholesterol Cure

2 1/4 cups oat bran cereal (found in the bulk section of Whole Foods or Good Earth)
1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice (choose pecans people)
1/4 cup raisins or dried fruit (we leave this out since raisins are vile)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar, honey or molasses (brown sugar)
1 1/4 cup skim milk (now, here's a big tip! Use vanilla almond milk-- the muffins taste so much better and I think it even has fewer calories!!)
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons canola oil

Preheat the oven to 425dgs. In a large bowl combine the oat bran, nuts, raisins (ew), and baking powder. Stir in the sugar or other sweetening. Mix the milk, eggs, and oil together in a seperate bowl. Once you mix the dry and wet ingredients seperately combine and mix together. Line muffin pan with paper baking cups, and fill with batter. Bake 15-17 miutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick; it shoudl come out moist but not wet.

These store well in the freezer! Enjoy!

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