Healthier Bran Muffins

June 28, 2009

One of my favorite breakfast treats is a bran muffin with a big glass of milk. I say treat because the sweet moist deliciousness that is a good bran muffin usually has so much oil and sugar that I can’t justify them as a regular indulgence. Even as a once in a while treat it is a bit of a crap shoot to buy a bran muffin, because even from the best bakeries they often are so dry they need several lattes to wash them down. I have been craving a moist delicious bran muffin for a while now, so I decided to try making a healthier version myself.

I modified the recipe on the back of the bag of wheat bran and I was quite happy with the results. These muffins are mildly sweet with a light texture.

They don’t have the denseness I usually think of with bran muffins, which I would have preferred, but I’m sure others would like these better. With all whole grains, just two tablespoons of oil, and only a little bit of molasses and agave for sweetness, these are muffins I can feel good about feeding my family more than just once in a while.

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Ingredients & Instructions

Ingredients & Quantities

  • 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
(adapted from the recipe on the back of Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran)

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

Combine wheat bran, flour, baking powder and baking soda. Stir in raisins.

In a separate bowl combine the remaining wet ingredients. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake 15-20 minutes.

  1. Deb Schiff

    First-time visitor here. Just want to say that I really like your blog. And, I'm very proud of you. I grew up in a time when female conservative rabbis did not exist. In fact, in order to be bat mitzvah'ed, I had to change temples to a reformed temple. It's just great. Thanks!

  2. Samara Meir-Levi

    I had one of these while I was staying at your place and it was really yummy! Definitely different then the typical bran muffin, but really light and tasty!!

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