One of the many diet books that I have consulted over the years was the Fat Smash Diet. Yes, that’s right, it’s written by Dr. Ian from VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club. He actually has a degree from Harvard, so I felt comfortable listening to his advice. Unfortunately, that diet was hard to maintain and I came upon it before I really discovered willpower. However, the one thing that always stuck with me was how much Dr. Ian loathed muffins. He would have taken every muffin from every coffee shop and bakery in America, rounded them up, and marched them to their deaths. Why?
Because muffins are totally bad for you. Starbuck’s Apple Bran muffin has 470 calories. It’s a bran muffin! It’s supposed to be healthy, or so one would think. Wash that sucker down with a frappuccino, and your breakfast has 800 calories in it. To give you some perspective, my caloric intake is somewhere around 1800 a day to maintain my weight. So, I could have that “healthy” muffin and some sugary syrupy goodness, but what would I do about the rest of my day?
Now, I wouldn’t actually ever eat a Starbuck’s bran muffin, because it has little baby animals in it, and I do not eat little baby animals. That whole rant was just a hypothetical exercise. Anyway, since regular muffins are so unhealthy, and since I decided to try out the McDougall plan for a week, here is a decent recipe for oil-free bran muffins. They’re very dense and chewy, and it is my experience that one is more than enough for a filling breakfast.
Disclaimer: It’s not the most delicious muffin ever, but If you are looking for non-fat recipes, than this is the way to go.

Oat Bran Muffins

  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 c. oat bran
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. apple juice

Sift together the dry ingredients and add raisins and cinnamon. Add the wet ingredients and stir until the two are just mixed together.
Spoon the batter into muffin cups and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serves 12 at 171 calories each.