This hearty, healthy muffin created by Celia Westberry is a wonderful way to start the day – especially for the time-crunched family who still want a nutritious breakfast.

A Votre Sante Muffin

Ingredients

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

½ cup wheat germ or ½ cup freshly ground flax seeds

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup sultana or white raisins

½ cup sliced almonds

1 tsp. apple pie spice and ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 large egg and 1 large egg white

½ cup canola oil

1 cup low-sugar, calcium-fortified soy milk

1 tsp. almond extract

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Grease muffin pans with spray vegetable oil.

Into a large bowl sift together the flour, wheat germ or ground flax seed, baking powder, spice and salt.

Spray the raisins with water and plump in a microwave oven for 15 seconds and add to the flour mixture.

Add the nuts to the bowl.

In a blender mix the egg, oil, milk and almond extract for 10 seconds.

Make a well in the dry ingredients in the bowl and add the wet ingredients. Gently fold wet ingredient into the dry until just mixed.

Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins and bake 25-30 minutes.

Serve warm or cool. Can freeze for up to 1 month.

Makes 8 regular-size muffins. Serving size is one muffin.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Celia Westberry, author of Eat Yourself Younger Effortlessly.*