Apr 21, 2008

Gallstones, Oat Bran, and Muffins

I have never had any anyway, but those people that have had those horrible little pebbly things called gallstones say it is one of he most painful things ever! Just the thought makes me shudder.

But I read that eating Oat Bran may help prevent gallstones. Yes! Studies show that a diet high in magnesium-rich foods may reduce the risk of gallstones. Oat-bran muffins fit the bill. One muffin an provide about 50-90 milligrams of magnesium.
Now, keep in mind that factors such as weight (too much), cholesterol and fat (again..too much of these) also increase risks for nasty gallstones. So the key is a low fat oat bran muffin that you enjoy, but do not enjoy too many of!

Oat Bran makes you think of dry crumbly and not very tasty muffins? Well here is a recipe from Eating Well for a moist yummy Spiced Apple Butter Bran Muffin that will change your mind!

What you'll need:

1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unprocessed wheat bran or oat bran
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup spiced apple butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons molasses
1 cup finely diced peeled apple


Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 12 standard 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray. Place raisins in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside.
2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in bran.
3. Whisk egg, milk, apple butter, brown sugar, oil and molasses in a large bowl until blended. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Drain the raisins; add them and the diced apple to the bowl. Stir until just combined. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan (the cups will be very full).
4. Bake the muffins until the tops spring back when touched lightly, 18 to 22 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.

Double up on the apple—diced fresh apple and dark, spiced apple butter (Smucker's brand is good) to makes them extra moist and flavorful.