Amish friendship bread starter can overwhelm a household, especially when your friends and family start hiding when they know you’ve got some more to give away. And if you’re like me, you’re trying to lose weight and don’t want to have those calorie-dense quickbreads around to temp you (let alone be making more every ten days).
Well, there’s good news! You don’t have to make that sickly sweet friendship bread out of it. There are other recipes out there. I’ve adapted one I found at Recipezaar.com for muffins. It’s included below.
Additionally, you can freeze the starter. Yes, you heard that right. Despite what the flyer people pass along with their starter claims, you can freeze it. You can also use metal bowls and utensils with it. I won’t re-invent the wheel here, so if you want to read more on that, see the excellent write-ups at My Sister’s Kitchen (be sure to read the comments!):
Okay, now on to the recipe!
Healthy Oat Bran Muffins made with Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Adapted from JanuaryBride’s recipe at Recipezaar.
Oven Temp: 375 degrees
Bake Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Yield: 36 muffins, maybe a few more (standard 2 1/2″ diameter muffins)
1 1/2 cups Amish friendship bread starter
1 cup buttermilk*
1 cup unsweetened applesauce**
1 cup grated carrots, packed
1/2 cup natural oat bran
1/2 cup natural wheat bran
1 cup quick oats (not instant oats)
2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons brown sugar***
3 cups King Arthur Flour white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup nuts, dried cranberries, raisins, etc.
Beat together wet ingredients til just mixed.
Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed (batter should be a little lumpy).
Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full and bake about 30 minutes at 375 degrees, rotating muffin pan 180 degrees in oven about half way through. Cool in muffin tin on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.
* Powdered buttermilk can be used. Just mix 4 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk into 1 cup water.
** You can substitue pureed carrots or bananas for the applesauce.
*** Since Amish friendship bread starter already has sugar in it and both the carrots and the applesauce are naturally sweet, you may find you don’t need as much (or any) brown sugar. Before you add it, taste the raw batter and see what you think, then decide.
You can always use a little less flour and substitute more oats. I did this one time when I accidentally didn’t put in enough flour and they still turned out very nicely. Muffins are pretty forgiving!
As for greasing the muffin tin, I love Baker’s Joy spray. It is a non-stick cooking spray that contains flour. The muffins pop right out of the tins when I use this.