Kathi’s Bran Muffins

I love bran muffins and these fit the bill.   The recipe comes from my cousin, Kathi.  I have been known to substitute the raisins with 1 ¼ cups of fresh or frozen blueberries. The muffins freeze really well and if you like, you can make the batter the day before, then bake in the morning. You can use muffin liners for your pans or spray with non-stick cooking spray. A tip: you can use an ice cream scoop to put the batter into the muffins cups, works great!

Makes 18 Muffins

Preheat the oven to 400 F

3 cups natural bran
1 cup boiling water

Combine bran and water in a large bowl, stir to moisten & let stand 15 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients for the muffins.

2 eggs
½ cup canola oil
½ cup molasses
2 cups buttermilk
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup wheat germ
2 cups unbleached flour
½ cup wholewheat flour
½ tsp. salt
2 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins

Combine flour, salt & soda, set aside. Add raisins if using.

To the bran mixture add the oil, molasses, eggs, wheat germ, brown sugar & buttermilk. Stir to combine well. Add dry ingredients & fold together. If using blueberries fold them in now. Place the batter in the prepared muffin pans and bake for 15 – 25 minutes, checking after 20 minutes. Insert a wooden pick into the center of a muffin, if it comes out clean, they are ready. Remove to a cooling rack & after 10 minutes remove to finish cooling on the rack.

Not bad spread with some butter!

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