The Best Bran Muffins

Start your day with one of these delicious fiber packed bran muffins. Loaded with plump raisins, warm spices, molasses, and wheat bran these moist and tender muffins are a great way to start your day. You can feel good knowing that you are eating a healthy and fiber packed breakfast. Many bran recipes that I have tried use bran cereal as one of the main ingredients. I have never liked the texture or flavor from one of those bran cereal muffins, so when I saw this recipe using unprocessed bran instead, I knew I had to give it a try. Unprocessed bran can be found in most grocery stores in the baking aisle or in the organic food section.

The past few days have been so much fun! Unfortunately due to unreliable internet at our Bed and Breakfast I have not been able to share any of our adventures in Sedona. Andrew and I love to hike so the first day we arrived we asked around for the best hiking trails. We were told that two of the best hiking trails were the Mund’s Wagon Trail and the Huckaby Trail. Both trails offered amazing views of Sedona and the famous red rocks!

On Sunday, I asked for suggestions on things to do in Sedona on my Facebook Fan Page and many of you suggested certain tours, hiking trails and restaurants to try. After so many of you suggested the Pink Jeep Tour, we just had to book a trip! Yesterday afternoon we took the Broken Arrow/Scenic Rim Tour. The views were incredible and it was so much fun off roading on the red rocks.

This morning we are headed on one last hike through Sedona before heading off to the Grand Canyon. Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? If you have any don’t miss activities I would love to hear about them!! :D

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The Best Bran Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar plus 2 additional tablespoons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk plus 3 additional tablespoons
  • 1 ½ cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, increase speed to medium-high, and beat until combined and fluffy, about 1 minute longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla, molasses, and sour cream until thoroughly combined and creamy, about 1 minute longer. Beat in buttermilk and one-half of dry ingredients until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in remaining flour mixture until incorporated and slightly curdled looking, about 1 minute longer, scraping sides of bowl as necessary. Fold in bran and raisins.
  4. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 25 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. Set on wire rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and serve warm.

Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes

Source: Cook’s Illustrated, January 1998

17 Responses to “The Best Bran Muffins”

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    Chica Andaluza — April 17, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    I look at those beautiful photos of the two of you and wonder how the heck you both stay so slim with all the baking you do! Must be the hiking….;)

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    Melissa — April 17, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Sounds tasty except for the bleached flour! Why on earth would you use bleached flour, even if that’s what a recipe called for? Its not like its a pure white muffin anyways. Hoping its a typo. I will use unbleached flour ;)

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    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) — April 17, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Have a great time! I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon yet but it’s on my bucket list!

    And these muffins have definitely been bookmarked. All my muffins are borderline cupcakes so I actually really need to make healthy ones.

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    Lisa Frank — April 17, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    Mmmm…I haven’t had a bran muffin in forever and those look delicious! My mom has a great recipe for refrigerator bran muffins that I remember her making all the time when I was a kid…just keep the batter in the fridge and scoop out what you need each morning for fresh muffins! Those were the best! :)

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    ChgoJohn — April 17, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    Sounds like you two are having a great time. Good for you!

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    Just A Smidgen — April 17, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    This looks like a really healthy, yummy muffin:) We did the Pink Jeep tour as well! Loved it!

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    Stefanie — April 18, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    These are beautiful muffins!! I’m not a raisin fan, so I’d probably sub in some chocolate chips instead :) Enjoy the rest of your trip! Looks like you’re having fun!!

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    Michael Ann — April 18, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    This recipe looks great, and so are your photos in Arizona! Cute couple!

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    KeepItSweet — April 19, 2012 @ 6:05 am

    Sounds like so much fun! My parents are going to be there next week!!

    These muffins sound delicious.

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    Jessi — April 19, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I just quadrupled the recipe and have batches and batches flowing in and out of my oven now. These are just wonderful!!! I used chopped dried apricots instead of raisins because I adore bran and apricots together. I also added rolled oats. These are coming out light with the perfect bran flavor and texture. I’ll use this recipe over and over. Thank you!!! Jessi in North Florida

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    Rose — April 19, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    Yum yum! And fun!

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    suestopford — April 19, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    I LOVE your stuff. You insipired me to start my own food blog and I am having a great time with it. Your stuff is just gorgeous and I always get excited to see what you are up to next.
    Would love your comments on my blog if you like. http://thecookingforonechallenge.wordpress.com/. I am trying to get excited about cooking just for me now. It’s takin’ a wee bit of time.

    Ciao for now.

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    rhonda — April 21, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    yes they are!!

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    Bluejellybeans — April 28, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    They look marvelous and your trip very appealing :)

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    Runnergirl — April 29, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Don’t know if hiking into the canyon is in your plans – but I sure hope so – it is simply amazing. I’ve been several times – hiked to the bottom & out the same day, hiked down, spent the night at Phantom Ranch & hiked out the next day. Also have hiked ‘rim to rim’ in a day. Any of these options will give you a great experience! Possibly the most beautiful place I’ve been! Have fun!

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