Good morning sunshines!
I know what you’re thinking – bran. great annie. We’re covered here in the fiber department. No bran necessary. Who eats bran anyway? Old people. That’s who.
Well friends, I beg to differ. I’m no spring chicken, but I’m not exactly old yet either. And I love these muffins.
The bran adds a wonderful nuttiness to them. It also amps up the nutrition. Fiber, protein, omegas, vitamins and minerals. A quick google search tells me that bran has been shown to improve heart health, digestion, and lower cholesterol. Three cheers for bran! No wonder old people love the stuff so much. I used wheat bran in these, but feel free to sub oat flour and oat bran if you’re gf. I’ve tried these that way too and they turn out great.
Combined with banana, apple and cinnamon. It doesn’t get much better in the breakfast department.
Oh, and I used pumpkin butter in these because I had some extra in the fridge from fall. It worked beautifully, but if you’ve already eaten through your fall stock pile don’t fret. You can substitute an equal amount of applesauce, add a little extra cinnamon and you’ll be all set.
For a split second after making these I thought to myself, “you make too many muffins.” I quickly retracted that statement. They are simple, [can be] nutritious, and make the perfect quick breakfast for when you’re on the go.
Oh yeah, and they have bran.
Good Morning Bran Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast
Ingredients (12 muffins)
- 1/8 c honey
- 1/8 c brown sugar
- 1/8 c canola oil
- 1/8 c pumpkin butter (or substitute apple sauce or canned pumpkin + 1/2 t cinnamon)
- 1 egg
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 2 ripe mashed bananas
- 1/4 c plain, non fat greek yogurt
- 3/4 c whole wheat flour
- 3/4 c wheat bran
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1/2 apple, diced
- 1/4 c dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Prepare muffin tin with cooking spray or liners
Combine wet ingredients (through yogurt) in a large bowl with a whisk until well combined
Gently stir in dry ingredients (through nutmeg) using a rubber spatula
Sprinkle diced apples with flour (this prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins)
Stir in apples and craisins
Divide into muffin tins
Bake 15-17 minutes until a toothpick tester comes out clean
Let cool 5 minutes before serving