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ZERO Waste Orange Cranberry Oat Muffins

So little Miss M told me we simply “HAD to have that 5lb bag of mandarin oranges just like she saw on TV.  I know the hubs likes oranges and so figured there wouldn’t be any harm in it.  Yeah…they sat in the fridge and started going soft.  The hubs had eaten one or two.  Little Miss M had had one.  The twins and the boys aren’t fans of oranges.

 

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Then I used my lemon squeezer to juice them.

I put the “husks” aside for later.

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I ended with 2 cups of juice and 1 cup of zest.

In the mixer went 1 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp milled flax, 6tbsp water, 2 1/2 cups buttermilk, 3 cups whole wheat flour, 2 cups oats, 1tsp baking soda, 1tbsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 1

1/2 cups dried cranberries, 1 cup bran cereal, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (could use more, but that’s what was left in the cannister).  You can put more cranberries, fresh cranberries, frozen cranberries, blueberries, nuts of any kind, or whatever.  Last, I added the orange juice and zest.  I let it sit for 30 minutes and mixed it again so that the bran cereal could combine better and soak up excess moisture.
I baked them in mini-muffin tins for the little princesses in the house and at 350 degrees until risen and firm.

The husks?  Those I put in a zipper bag and tossed in the freezer to use as garbage disposal cleaners later.  Ta-DA!!!     Zero waste!

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