Fiber muffins without the tree bark

The ingredients

So I am passing through my 30s (but still easily in my 30s…don’t forget it!) and stuff is starting to catch up with me a little.  I like to lift weights at the gym but I am finding that my recovery time is not quite what it used to be.  In fact, I had to go to the chiropractor yesterday so that I can continue to function.  Anyhow, my blood pressure is too high so I take medicine for that as well.
The wet ingredients
On my most recent two trips for the normal doctor-type poking and prodding, my doc found that my cholesterol is headed in the wrong direction.  Who knew that 2 butter crunch donuts and a Mountain Dew every day for breakfast was not a good thing?  Anyhow, my doctor insisted that I have only one more try to get my cholesterol down before she puts me on medication (btw, just kidding about the donuts and Mountain Dew!).  Medication on its own does not necessarily bother me but what gets me is having to part with money…I mean, Kroger is already getting my $4 per month for the generic blood pressure medicine…another $4 for cholesterol too?  I think not!  That’s at least 2 Mountain Dews or 3 Tahitian Treats !

All of the ingredients

I was lamenting the facts with a friend of mine and he suggested that I try his recipe for fiber muffins.  “Hold on old man…I’m not ready for fiber anything!”  But then he told me his news…he had high blood pressure and cholesterol and was given a similar ultimatum by his doctor.  Somewhere (from out of his hind parts I think), he found a recipe for fiber muffins.  I suspect that the original recipe produced sawdust bricks that are typical of fiber muffins.  He messed with different flours and ingredients until he created a muffin that was high in fiber and tasted great.  My friend started making these muffins and also started a South Beach diet and was able to drop his cholesterol and blood pressure number faster than 2,000,000 people could fill 5000 porta-johns on the Mall at the Presidential inauguration yesterday.

Licking the beater

Making muffins
My friend was kind enough to share his hard work with me by sharing this recipe and I am passing it on to you, my closest personal friends!  I have been eating the muffins for a few days now so we’ll see what they do for my numbers.  Anyhow, please feel free to try these things if you’d like.  Regardless of their healing powers and miraculous magical properties, they flat out taste good.

Finished fiber muffins

Of course, there are other issues that come with age which are helped by extra fiber in the diet.  I don’t yet suffer from those problems, but I am told that these muffins are a “regular” cure-all for that as well!

So, here is the recipe:

Gut Buster Muffins

2 cups bran cereal (like Fiber One)

2 cups milk or whipping cream (I used milk)

1/2 cup melted butter

2 eggs

1 TBSP vanilla

3 TBSP cinnamon (optional but recommended)

1 TBSP nutmeg (optional but recommended)

1/2 cup rolled oats

Mix all this and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to soften the cereal

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine these ingredients:

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/2 cup flax meal (or grind flax seed yourself)

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup walnuts (I chopped mine up pretty fine)

1/4 cup wheat gluten

3 TBSP baking powder

1 1/4 cups sugar (or splenda or honey….I used honey once but it made a denser muffin…may not be as nice to eat…I mostly use sugar now)

Once the first bowl is softened, add it to the second bowl.  Bake at 325 deg F for 35 minutes

This will make about 30 or so muffins…you’ll probably need to refrigerate some of these as they will go bad quickly (being lots of natural ingredients).  In out house, Emily and the kids and I are all eating them so they aren’t lasting long enough to go bad.  By the way, the recipe halves very easily as well.   Let me know if you try the recipe.  I hope you enjoy!

By the way, here is a nutritional analysis I did on these muffins:
pdf document excel spreadsheet

16 thoughts on “Fiber muffins without the tree bark

  1. I’ll have to try these – being as Todd has high cholesterol they may help. He won’t be thrilled with the fiber part, but as he’s pushing 40….got to start sometime!

  2. I’ll be following your cholesterol number progress with interest, as my husband is trying to lower his cholesterol, too. If the muffins work, I’d have success convincing him to eat them moreso than some other fiber-rich things. I giggled at your freudian typo in the fourth sentence from the end of your post…”in out house,” indeed, lol!

  3. Kris – I hate the idea of having to worry about this too but these muffins are really good…and I don’t like muffins or fiber stuff much usually.

    Robbyn – that typo is funny! I must have read it 10 times and never noticed…I like it though and will most certainly leave it!

  4. Oh my goodness that is a lot good stuff to put in a little muffin. Hmmmm I’m wondering what effect it might have on my teenage sons. They would never stop at just one if they taste good and I’m not at all sure my septic tank could handle it…snort!

    Maybe I’ll make mini muffins and ration them out! Thanks for the recipe, Kim

  5. Kim – We haven’t had any sort of trouble like that yet, though we don’t have teenagers…ease into it I guess…and make sure you have dynamite on hand just in case!

    ETW – that was the drag for me…finding all the stuff. Luckily, it was all in just 2 locations in Kroger. The almond meal is $$ but I suppose I may try to grind my own next time from almonds or hit the Amish store to see if they have it cheaper

  6. Looks like a pretty good recipe! With all my other heart stuff going on I hope I don’t develop high cholesterol to go with it! My husband’s is borderline though. It’s a real pain to cook for him (cholesterol issues), my mom (diabetic), me (low salt), my sister (vegetarian) when we all get together. Got any recipes for those occasions? : )

  7. Okay, I know I should be healthier but these are just to healthy for me. LOL I simply can’t do Bran.

    On another note I’m so impressed you have bees! It is on my list of wants/to-dos. I’ll be perusing your files to see if I can do it. Also, I grew Cushaw last year; I have a fabulous recipe for cushaw cake I’ll e-mail it to you if you would like. ang.

  8. Sounds like a great recipe to me, I am placing it in my NEED TO TRY files. The nuts are good for bringing up your good cholesterol and if you have running issues, try eliminating the flax seed meal.

  9. BTW daughter says thank you for the offer. She cannot get your blogsite to load with the dinosaur I gave her but she hopes to be getting a new computer soon.

  10. Lynnie – I feel for you…I can’t imagine what you would cook…maybe broccoli! That’s it…just broccoli. George Bush Sr didn’t like it, but I think it’s great!

    St Fairsted – I wouldn’t do bran either but these really are awesome tasting. I just hope they aren’t secretly bad for me somehow. I guess my next set of numbers will tell the tale. Anyhow, you should get bees. We need mroe beekeepers and they are not too bad to keep…once you get used to it esp. Go for it!

    Kim – it’s a lot of stuff, but not too much of any of it. I felt ridiculous walking through the store with 100 pounds of little bags!

    GW – It’s a bit of an investment getting all of the ingredients (not too bad but still…). I love them though. I suppose you could add other spices into them to get some variety. I have always been ok with eating the same thing for weeks on end though so it doesn’t bother me. Good luck with the computer. Holler if you change her mind!

  11. sugarcreek – you are right…I bet it would be awesome. I have been debating adding some other stuff in…pumkpin pie spice, craisins, etc. Apple chunks would be really cool!

  12. Hey there,
    A friend told me about how she had stumbled upon your site, and she was right. You is funny!

    The subject of this post reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live skit about a cereal called Colon Blow, did you ever see that one?

    A tip for you. I buy a large bag of almonds at Sam’s and put it in the food processor. I do store it in the freezer so it doesn’t go bad. I use it a lot though in low carb baking.

    Looking forward to reading more about your Home Among the Hills!

  13. Capri Kel – Thanks for visiting…I don’t remember the Colon Blow skit right off but I have probably seen bits of it at least…I’ll hit you tube to see!

    Thanks for the tip on the almonds…I was looking at a local health food store today and they had the same brand almond meal I bought…but half the price of the grocery store. Whole almonds were high at the health food place but cheap at the grocery…funny isn’t it! Some might say…nuts! Anyhow, I will definitely check at Sam’s…hey, tonight is date night anyhow…and you know what that means…Mickey D’s and Sam’s then a trip round the tastee-freeze!

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