How do I Choose the Best High Fiber Muffins?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

The best high fiber muffins are the ones that both include a good dose of fiber and taste good. Almost any kind of muffin can become a high-fiber muffin if the right kind of flour is used. By integrating whole wheat flour and bran into the recipes, almost any kind of muffin can become a healthy breakfast option that is full of fiber.

Muffins that contain flax seeds are usually high in fiber.
Muffins that contain flax seeds are usually high in fiber.

A great way to get even more fiber in a muffin is to include flavorful ingredients that also have a good deal of fiber in them. Dried fruits such as apricots, cranberries, plums, and cherries can all be used to increase the amount of fiber in a muffin. For a delicious treat, try chopping up a few of your favorite dried fruits and adding them to any recipe for high fiber muffins. It is important to remember that the more you like the flavor of your muffins, the more likely you are to eat them and benefit from the fiber packed inside of them.

Dried apricots will increase the fiber content of muffins.
Dried apricots will increase the fiber content of muffins.

Another way to add more fiber to muffins while also making them moister is to add berries. Berries are not only a great source of fiber, but they are also rich in anti-oxidants. The best part about adding berries to your muffins is that you can use them while they are fresh. If you can't find any good in-season berries, you can also try using frozen berries. This is a good option during winter months.

Blueberry bread and muffins offer antioxidants and are high in fiber.
Blueberry bread and muffins offer antioxidants and are high in fiber.

If you prefer not to bake, then try the high fiber muffins available at all of your local bakeries and markets. Once you've found your favorites, you can make sure to keep them in stock in your kitchen. If you are trying to increase the fiber intake in your family's diet, be sure to find high fiber muffins that everyone in your family enjoys. This may mean purchasing a few different flavors.

The use of whole wheat flour can help increase the fiber content of muffins.
The use of whole wheat flour can help increase the fiber content of muffins.

Baking is a great family activity that can also get kids, even children as young as two and three years old, interested in food and nutrition. By baking high fiber muffins as a family, you are not only improving the health of everyone in your household, but you are also creating a food that your kids are likely to eat, even if they are normally picky eaters.

Prunes can be added to muffin batter to increase the fiber content.
Prunes can be added to muffin batter to increase the fiber content.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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SarahSon

It can be hard to get enough fiber in my diet from the foods I eat, but making bran muffins is something my kids and I enjoy doing - especially when it is colder outside. We usually have some kind of dried fruit around the house, and I like to add dried apricots to the recipe.

Eating a high fiber diet has so many health benefits, and if you eat foods that are high in fiber, you notice that you feel full longer and not so hungry between meals.

John57

Bran muffins with any kind of berries are great for breakfast or for a snack any time of the day. I also like to add some nuts and raisins to really make them high fiber bran muffins.

They are full of such good ingredients that keep you feeling full. My favorite way to eat them is warm with a little bit of peanut butter and honey on them.

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