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The Magnificent Muffin

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.

So what makes it magnificent? It’s all how you dress it up!

1 bran muffin from Trader Joe’s
2 Tbsp cinnamon raisin peanut butter (plain or chocolate is fine too)
1/2 banana, in 1/4″ slices
2 Tbsp reduced sugar jelly from Trader Joe’s


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.