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Orange Coriander Oat Bran Muffins

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Guess what I have for you today? Yep, a muffin recipe, which I’ll get to in a second, but also a giveaway for a super cute apron like the one I’m wearing above! I was recently contacted by a rep from Shabby Apple, an online shop best known for their lovely vintage dresses, about reviewing one of their adorable aprons. I jumped at the chance, since a girl can never have too many wardrobe options, and eventually settled on the carrot cake style. I couldn’t be more pleased – it’s super flattering and a gorgeous vibrant pattern. They’re the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. To enter to win your choice of one of their aprons, see the details at the bottom of this post!

Now, on to the muffins. I couldn’t stop thinking about the flavor combo of orange peel and coriander, which we recently learned is used to spice Allagash White during our brewery tour. I finally decided to mix the two into a yummy batch of muffins, along with white whole wheat flour, oat bran from Trader Joe’s, orange juice, and a bit of oil and molasses. I sweetened the batter with brown sugar and golden raisins and sprinkled a few salted sunflower seeds on top for a bit of crunch. I kind of love that a beer inspired a fairly healthy muffin recipe!

Giveaway details: To enter, just leave a comment on this post letting me know which Shabby Apple apron you’d pick if you win. Entries must be in by Thursday, July 7 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be picked with random.org and announced shortly thereafter. Sorry, only those living within the continental United States are eligible to win. But, all my readers can use the coupon code “CakeBatterandBowl10off” at checkout until July 30 to receive 10% off your purchase! Also, if you “like” Shabby Apple on their facebook page, you’ll get access to future special promotions and exclusive discounts.

The fine print: Shabby Apple sent me a complimentary apron to review and they are providing an apron for this giveaway, but I received no compensation for this post and all opinions are mine.

Orange Coriander Oat Bran Muffins
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup oat bran
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons dark molasses
1 large egg
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons salted sunflower seeds

Directions:
Heat oven to 350˚F. Place oat bran, flour, brown sugar, orange zest, coriander, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and mix until combined. Place orange juice, canola oil, molasses, and egg in another bowl and whisk well. Pour liquids into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in raisins. Evenly distribute batter into 12 cups of a muffin tin lined with paper cups (each will be 3/4 full). Top evenly with oats and sunflower seeds. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes at 350˚F or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.

Nutrition: 174 calories, 6.3g fat, 2.3g fiber, 3.3g protein per muffin
Cost: $0.41 per muffin

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