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Cream of Wheat Muffins 

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Description:
There are so so so many things you can do with cream of wheat. Try this Cream of Wheat Muffins recipe.
Cream of Wheat is a decent source of some vitamins and iron, but it lacks the soluble fiber that’s so important for heart health. So add some bran to give you some extra fiber.


Ingredients:
¾ cup (185 ml) all purpose flour or 50% whole wheat flour
¾ cup (185 ml) cream of wheat
½ cup (125 ml) whey protein powder
½ cup (125 ml) raw sugar
½ cup (125 ml) bran
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) baking powder
½ tsp. (2 ml) salt
2 eggs *
½ cup (125 ml) oil
1 cup (250 ml) milk
1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
¼ cup (60 ml) jam* of your choice to top each muffin before baking.
Optional: add blueberrys


Directions:
In large bowl, combine flour, cream of wheat, protein powder, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In small bowl, combine eggs, oil and milk and vanilla.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture and blend until just mixed.
Fill greased muffin tin ¾ full, top each muffin with a teaspoon of jam (not jelly). Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.


Servings: Makes 12 muffins


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