So . . . after the great Biscuit and Gravy Event I put Cali Jenni on a slow boat to Catalina Island for some sight-seeing (she’s so easily amused). Oddly enough, Cali Jenni did a bang-up job on the post and the recipe, and I may even keep her on staff if she’ll behave!!!
Anyway, I love to figure out ways to satisfy my ridiculous sweet tooth without gaining weight, so now it’s time for lower-fat, figure-friendly treats. Part of the inspiration for this was that the other day I took a walk to Westwood Village for a little retail therapy. A shop I go to every time I’m here, J & M Fashion, run by a very nice woman named Sarah, and is at 947 Westwood Blvd., has remainders of LF and similar clothing lines which run mostly on the small size, so I can fit into more of it now that I’ve hit the I-lost-40-lbs mark (thank you very much!)!!! And most of the clothes there are in the $5-$20 range!! Check it out!!! Talk about successful (retail) therapy – that day I saved literally BIG dollars on a blouse!!! Fabu!!!
So, in keeping with that spirit of slimming, I thought this would be a good run-out-the-door breakfast, namely a cup of coffee and one of these muffins. One was plenty for me – I brought most of them to my hairdressers at the Batia & Aleeza Salon in Beverly Hills, to thank them for the beautiful job they did on my hair last week!!!

Lowfat Orange Cherry Muffins:

Have sour cream and egg at room temp, grease or line a muffin tin with baking cups.
Preheat oven to 375ºF
Sift together,
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. salt
Add and mix till combined,
1/2 cup Wheat Bran
1/3 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
set aside.
In a measuring cup,
1/4 cup juice of orange
zest of 1 orange
fill to 1 cup w/
1/2 fat free sour cream and 1/2 lowfat or skim milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 egg
Mix into dry ingredients with
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter or canola oil
3/4 cup Dried Cherries chopped rough
Do not over mix, batter should be just moistened, not beaten, as muffins will be tough.
Fill muffin cups 2/3-3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes, they are done when a tooth pick comes out clean,
Cool on a rack and drizzle with,
Powdered Sugar Glaze:
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar or (1/4 cup Powdered Sugar +1/4 cup Splenda)
1 tsp or less skim milk or orange juice.

And as always, Enjoy!!!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2010