Trader Joe’s is hands down my favorite grocery store. While I can’t get everything I need, there are so many healthy, organic and delicious products that I just can’t get enough of that place. On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I discovered their bran muffins. Each of these monster muffins provides a whopping 8-12g fiber, 6-8g protein and 5-6g good fats. Overall, they clock in at only 240-300 calories per muffin. These are the quintessential muffins or at least what muffins were originally intended for: a healthy baked treat, moist and slightly sweet, but provides your body with energy and essential nutrients.
For example, the ingredients for the Berry Mango Bran Muffin are the following: Water, White Grape Blend concentrate, Wheat bran, Whole wheat flour, Blueberries, Mango, Cranberries, Canola Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt.
While they are about $1 each, they truly are an entire meal. I usually eat a decked out muffin for my second lunch (yes, I have two). So how does one go about consuming one of these gems?
1 bran muffin from Trader Joe’s
2T cinnamon raisin peanut butter (plain or chocolate is fine too)
1/2 banana, in 1/4″ slices
2T reduced sugar jelly from Trader Joe’s (optional)
1. Slice muffin into thirds. Eat any crumbs that don’t make the cut.
2. Place in toasting device until very toasty.
3. Lather on the peanut butter and top with banana slices. Spread jelly on top of banana slices.
Now, after sharing this recipe, I realize that some people find it too dry with just peanut butter and bananas. I experimented with the jelly addition on my last piece and must admit that mayhap it should not be listed as optional. The jelly adds a wonderful sweetness and moisture to the overall experience. Try it, trust me.
The nutritious and delicious factor of these muffins has inspired me to bake some of my own. This weekend I’ll be trying out a great looking muffin recipe I discovered. I’ll be sure to post the results.