"They've definitely been keeping me full—and feeling virtuous—until lunch."
Health nuts, have you heard of "grain berry" yet? Silver Palate Kitchens (yes, that Silver Palate) trademarked the term in 2009. It refers to a type of grain (sorghum, to be exact) that is exceedingly high in dietary fiber and antioxidants. Recently, Silver Palate Kitchens released a line of grain berry-based mixes ($4.49 at supermarkets). Muffins that are as good for me as beans and pomegranate juice? I couldn't wait to try them out.
Contrary to what you might expect, the Silver Palate mix is for plain bran muffins; there are no actual berries in it. All I had to do to prepare the mix was stir in 1 1/4 cups of water. The box has a list of suggested add-ins, and after rummaging through my cupboard I tossed in the remains of a box of raisins and a small handful of dried cranberries. Then I scooped the batter into a muffin pan lined with paper liners. As someone who is generally ravenous in the morning, I was pleased to see how full each cup was. Too often, "healthy muffins" just means "small muffins."
Into the oven they went for approximately 20 minutes. When I took them out, the tops were puffed and slightly cracked, revealing what looked to be moist crumbs and fat, juicy raisins. Each muffin was about the size of a tennis ball. Admittedly, they didn't have some of the attributes of bakery muffins—like crispy edges, a buttery aroma, or sprinkles of turbinado sugar—but they still looked and smelled enticing.
Breaking a sample muffin in half revealed them to be extremely crumbly. I wouldn't recommend eating one in the car, or while wearing your best suit. But despite their somewhat sandy texture, the muffins weren't at all dry. In fact, they were downright moist, toasty, and sweet. The flavor reminded me a lot of Raisin Bran cereal, which I love because it doesn't taste too fibery. There was hearty, nutty quality to them, like the best whole wheat breads. I've only been eating them for a week, so I can't yet speak to their antioxidant power, but they've definitely been keeping me full—and feeling virtuous—until lunch.
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