Healthy & Delicious Bran Muffins with Raisins & Crushed Pineapple

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Healthy & Delicious Bran Muffins with Raisins and Crushed Pineapple
adapted from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Refrigerator Bran Muffins)
makes 56 muffins (1/4 cup batter per muffin)

2 cups All Bran Cereal (original)
2 cups boiling water
1 cup egg substitute (equal to 4 eggs)
4 cups low fat buttermilk
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups unbleached flour
5 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1 cup raisins
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice (scooped from the can with out draining)
4 cups All Bran Buds
a few pinches of sugar (optional)

In a small bowl pour the boiling water over the 2 cups of All Bran, let sit a few minutes until softened.  In another small bowl combine whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, baking soda, and salt - set aside.  In a large bowl mix egg beaters, buttermilk, sugar, oil, and crushed pineapple.  Add the softened All Bran to the egg mixture, then add in dry ingredients - mix until just moistened - do not over mix.  Fold in the raisins and All Bran Buds. 

Batter can be mixed ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. 

When ready to bake:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Measure out 1/4 cup of batter into a muffin tin either sprayed with non-stick spray or lines with cupcake papers. Sprinkle each top with just a hint of sugar (optional).  Bake for 15 minutes - 20 minutes if using refrigerated batter.  Cool in the muffin pans for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.