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Author Notes: Livin on the edge, this different take on an average bran muffin proves to be a winner! —mtlabor
Makes 12 + muffins
- 3 cups bran cereal
- about 5 dried ancho chiles
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 2 & 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 cups chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Place the ancho chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and steep for about 10 minutes or so. Drain the liquid and reserve 1 cup of the ancho water. Carefully mince about 2 or so of the ancho chiles and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In a medium bowl, combine bran cereal, ancho water, and applesauce. Mix well and set aside. It should resemble a sort of mush, but trust me, there's tons of flavor there.
- Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and baking soda until well combined. Stir in the honey, milk, and eggs. Then mix in the bran/applesauce mixture. Fold in desired amount of chocolate chips and minced ancho chiles.
- Grease a muffin tin and pour batter into muffin cups, filling about 2/3 of the way. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or when toothpick comes out clean when placed in center of muffin. Let cool in muffin tin for about 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a nice pat of butter and drizzle honey on top, if desired.