I have been a long time fan of Mimi’s honey bran muffins. Each time I dine there I HAVE to get one. And sometimes a second one to-go! Sadly, I no longer live near a mimi’s so my craving for these muffins has gotten out of control. I’ve been itching to come up with
Benefits of Bran
Some people turn their noses up when they hear the word “bran”, but I promise that you will LOVE these muffins. They are sweet, tasty, moist, and full of fiber for your belly. Bran is a wonderful ingredient to add to your diet. It contains a high amount of fiber, protein, and selenium. Selenium combats the effects of free radicals, lowering the risks of heart disease and cancer.
Making Bran Muffins That Taste Delicious
I made these muffins in my Blendtec. I bet you thought blenders were only for making smoothies, huh? Making baked goods in my Blendtec is really a favorite of mine – it is fast, easy, and pouring batter from the jar is perfect when making cupcakes or muffins.
This muffin recipe calls for pureed raisins. You could substitute dates or prunes if you’d like. I used my mini wild side jar to puree my raisins. You really can not come close to the quality of blend that Blendtec offers. I added my raisins and a little water to my jar, and within seconds I had a smooth paste.
From there I transferred the raisin paste to my wild side jar and added my other wet ingredients. I processed them on low speed for about 6-8 seconds. Next I added my dry ingredients to my jar and pulsed 3-4 times until everything was combined.
I prepped my muffin pan by liberally spraying it with non stick cooking spray. Using the prepared glaze, I divided it equally in each muffin cup. I then topped each muffin cup with enough batter to fill it 2/3 full. I baked them at 350 for about 15 minutes and then immediately inverted them onto a sheet pan. It was all I could do to get them transferred to a cooling rack before I tasted one. Perfectly moist bran muffins in about 30 minutes. They turned out so darn close to Mimi’s!
If you haven’t invested in a Blendtec yet – I can not recommend a kitchen item more. I’ve said it many times, but I use mine literally every day. Blendtec is offering a special discount for our readers.
I really can’t wait for you to try these out! I found my bran in the health food section of my grocery store. Rather than turning your nose up at bran – embrace it! You’ll be so glad you did.
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- 3 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp dark Karo syrup
- 3 tbsp melted salted butter
- 1/2 tbsp water
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup oat bran
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a small bowl prepare glaze by combining 3 tbsp sugar, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 3 tbsp dark Karo syrup, 3 tbsp melted butter, and 1/2 tbsp water. Stir until well combined.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare muffin pan by liberally spraying each cup.
- Evenly distribute glaze between each muffin cup (about 3/4 tbsp in each).
- In your Blendtec combine raisins and 1 cup water. Blend for 20-30 seconds until smooth.
- Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tbsp molasses, 1 egg, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp orange zest, and 1/3 cup brown sugar to the jar and blend on low speed for 6-8 second until combined.
- Add bran, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the jar. Pulse 3-4 times until combined.
- Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops bounce back.
- Immediately invert onto a baking sheet and transfer to a cooling rack.