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Fiber One® Bran Muffins

12 paper baking cups or cooking spray to grease pan

1¼ cups Fiber One® cereal or 2 cups bran cereal flakes

1 1/3 cups skim milk

½ cup raisins

½ tsp. vanilla

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 large egg

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup packed brown sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

Heat the oven to 400°F. Place a paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups, or spray just the bottoms of the cups with cooking spray. Place cereal in a resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal the bag. Roll over cereal with a rolling pin or bottle, or press with bottom of small saucepan, to crush cereal into fine crumbs. In a medium bowl, stir the crushed cereal, milk, raisins and vanilla until well mixed. Let stand about 5 minutes or until cereal has softened. Beat in the oil and egg with a fork.

In another medium bowl, stir the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until well mixed. Stir flour mixture into cereal mixture just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Spoon the batter into the cups, dividing batter evenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If muffins were baked in paper baking cups, immediately remove from pan to a cooling rack. If muffins were baked in a sprayed pan, leave in pan about 5 minutes, then remove from pan to a cooling rack. Serve warm if desired. Nutritional Information: Calories: 170, Fat: 1g fat, 3g fiber.

Beginner's Luck Green Smoothie

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup water

1 cup pineapple

1 banana

Use at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie. Tightly pack 1 cup of spinach in a measuring cup and then toss into blender. Add water and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone. Add pineapple and bananas and blend again until smooth. Pour into a cute cup of your choice. Enjoy. Makes 2 servings. NOTE: You can substitute any fruit with another fruit in equal amounts. Nutritional Information: Calories: 103, great source of vitamins A & C.

Use of trade names does not imply endorsement by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension of the products named nor criticism of similar products not mentioned.

For more information contact:

Geissler Baker, M.Ed.

Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences

3309 Burlington Rd., Greensboro, NC 27405

Phone: 336-641-2400 Email: ggbaker@ncsu.edu

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