My new favorite muffin


Sorry that we’ve been a little out of the loop lately. We were asked in December to do another cook book for our publisher on school lunches. We agreed, even though it’s been a really tight deadline. We’ve still been cooking, but so much time and effort has been going to making sure that this book is perfect that we’ve let some things slide. Life’s like that, right? But we’re back! And we have a lot of great recipes saved up that we’re excited to share with you.

I have always had a thing for bran muffins. I’ve always loved the deep, dark brown sugar flavor. I made these recently for my boys, and although they always love muffins, I wasn’t sure if these would go over with my pickiest son. I try to make him muffins once a week because he loves them and I have trouble getting healthy foods into him.

I considered what to call them. Maybe I could say BRAN stood for Best Really Awesome New Muffins. Or something like that.

When he got home from school, he started shoving the muffins into his mouth. I didn’t have to say anything. After about 6 muffins, I told him he needed to slow down or he would have digestive problems from all the fiber. He asked me, “Next time will you make them without that stuff so I can eat more?”

Haha. I shouldn’t have been worried!



Whole Grain Bran Muffins

These muffins are a new favorite of ours! Freeze some for later.

1 1/2 cups of wheat bran
1 1/4 cup of buttermilk
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of whole grain flour (we use Kamut)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix in wheat bran and buttermilk. Let soak for 10 minutes.

Mix in coconut oil, egg, honey, and vanilla.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix the wet mixture into the dry until just barely moistened.

Pour into greased muffin tins or paper liners. Bake for 17 minutes or until a stick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the muffin tin 5 minutes after taking them out of the oven.

Makes 12 muffins

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