Cranberry-pistachio Muffins

7 jumbo or 16 to 18 standard muffins.

1 1/2 cups Unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Unsifted whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup Oat bran
3/4 cup Sugar
3 teaspoons Baking powder
3/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 cup Vegetable oil
2/3 cup Milk
1 Egg
1 cup Canned whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios


Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 7 (6-ounce) custard cups; place in shallow pan for easier handling. In one bowl, combine flours, bran, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl mix oil, milk, egg and cranberry sauce until blended. Add flour mixture and 3/4 cup pistachios. Stir just until moistened; it will be lumpy. Divide batter among custard cups (they will be quite full). Sprinkle with remaining pistachios. Bake for 30 minutes or until wood pick comes out dry. Cool 10 minutes then tap muffins out of cups.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!