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Apricot-Wheat Germ Muffins

EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Nutty toasted wheat germ and tangy dried apricots give these muffins a homey, satisfying flavor. Plumping dried fruit before adding it to the batter keeps the muffins moist.



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"I was pleasantly surprised after I made these...they were fantastic! I didn't have any batter that I couldn't fit into my tins, and the muffins after 15 min were quite large. My picky eater loves these better than any of the other muffins...
Apricot-Wheat Germ Muffins Recipe

Makes: 1 dozen muffins

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, divided
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ,divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Combine apricots and 1/4 cup orange juice in a small bowl. Cover with vented plastic wrap and microwave on High for 1 minute. (Alternatively, bring to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat.) Set aside to plump.
  3. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk, oil, orange zest, vanilla and remaining 1/4 cup orange juice. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened. Add the plumped apricots and juice and mix just until blended. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon wheat germ.
  5. Bake the muffins until lightly browned and the tops spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges and turn the muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: the ratio is 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Nutrition

Per muffin: 220 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 36 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 185 mg sodium; 284 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 1/2 fat


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