Honey-Oat-Bran Muffins for My Honey

By • August 26, 2010 • 10 Comments



Author Notes: The last time my husband was out of town on business, he asked me if I would make his favorite bran muffins. (See "What I Do for Love" Bran Muffins : http://www.food52.com/recipes/2838_what_i_do_for_love_bran_muffins) I was making them every week during the winter, and while they are delicious, they also make a huge mess with many bowls to clean. I adapted that recipe from Cook's Illustrated, and I swear those people must have a million elves to clean up after them. I don't. So I decided to play around with the recipe a little to see if I could make really good muffins with less clean-up. There are still a lot of ingredients--get everything out ahead of time to make life easy--and clean-up was much better. This is a great snack to pack in a lunch box for dessert or a pick-me-up during the day.drbabs

Makes 16 muffins

  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons mild honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt (not greek)
  • 2 cups All Bran Cereal
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts (or other nut as preferred), optional (I toasted pumpkin seeds and sprinkled them over the tops of the muffins.)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, melt butter in microwave by heating it on the lowest setting for about a minute, just till melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs till well-combined. Add sugar, honey, vanilla and whisk to combine. Whisk in butter and then yogurt. (You can spoon it into the same measuring cup you used to melt the butter.) Stir in All Bran cereal, and set aside while you prepare dry ingredients. (You want the cereal to soften as it absorbs the liquid. This can take 5-10 minutes.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cocoa, wheat germ and oatmeal. Toast nuts if desired. (Place on a cookie sheet in the pre-heating oven till lightly toasted.)
  4. When cereal has softened, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently fold with rubber spatula until batter is combined and evenly moistened. Gently fold raisins, nuts and orange juice into batter.
  5. Using a 1/3 cup measure, drop batter into muffin cups forming soft mounds. Don't level surface. Bake 16-20 minutes, until muffins are dark golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  6. These freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave or toaster oven.
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about 1 year ago Jacqueline Madsen

Made these for Sunday breakfast - scrumptious! I only had Greek yogurt, so just added a bit of liquid in place of a half cup of the yogurt. I also used bran, rather than cereal, and let it moisten with the liquid.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so glad you liked them! They are a family favorite. Thanks for letting me know.

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almost 4 years ago JoanG

I tired the recipe with SuperBran cereal and used cherry juice instead of organe juice since I didn't hvae any. I am enjoying one of the muffins right now!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so happy you liked them! I'll have to try SuperBran cereal--did you get it at a health food store?

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almost 4 years ago JoanG

I fjust ound a good bran cereal at my coop that has wheat and oatbran and is totally healthy. I'lll try it in your recipe and post a reprot!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That's great! If it's not really dense and twiggy like All Bran, you may not need to soak it as long.

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almost 4 years ago JoanG

These sound wonderful. I guess I'll have to buy some ALl Bran or I wonder if there is a natural organic version of an ALl Bran cereal?

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

If you can find it, please let me know. The All Bran cereal gives the muffins a great flavor and texture, but the cereal is not the healthiest!

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Your honey is a very lucky guy!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!!