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Trying to get your kids on board with whole grains? Introduce them gradually to the more complex flavor of whole wheat with this savory muffin. Ask them to help prepare these gooey treats, and once they've fallen in love with them, they'll be more willing to experiment with other flavors.

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup kefir plus 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly coat a standard 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oil, kefir and water, and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the two types of flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold dry ingredients gently into the liquid, until dry ingredients are just moist. Be careful not to over mix. Batter will be thick.
  4. Add honey, 1 3/4 cups cheese, and pepper, and fold in gently. Divide batter among the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  5. Bake until muffins are golden brown and spring back when touched, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins

Per muffin: calories 212, fat 11 g, protein 7 g, carbohydrates 19 g, dietary fiber 1 g

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