The Ultimate 5 Week Bran Muffins are not only delicious, but they are healthy as well. Food does not have to be high in fat, salt, and sugar to be scrumptious. With the summer months upon us and the farmer’s markets at their best, we can take advantage of the succulent fruit rich in vitamins and minerals that are available to us. Most will do for this easy, flavorful, healthy muffin that can be eaten for breakfast or dessert as a healthy alternative. The particular muffins shown in these photos have Georgia peaches, blueberries, bananas, apples and walnuts. You can use whatever fresh fruit you enjoy and is available (or a combination).
- 1 (15 oz.) box Raisin Bran
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 1/2 cup granulated Splenda (if you do not wish to use Splenda, increase the sugar for a total of 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 cups whole wheat graham flour
- 5 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice
- 4 beaten eggs
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 quart buttermilk
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add beaten eggs, oil, and buttermilk to the well mixed dry ingredients.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
Tip: I generally use a 3 cup cereal bowl to make a batch at a time.
To this batter, you may add approximately 1/2 cup of your favorite diced fruit — fresh (or frozen) like peaches, apples, mashed ripe bananas, and blueberries. Walnuts make a delicious and healthy addition.
- Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 of the way or bake in muffin baking paper cups.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. If they get too brown bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
You may use the entire batter to make the muffins all at once and freeze some for later (they freeze beautifully), or make what you want to eat that day and refrigerate the batter for the next time you want a warm muffin fresh out of the oven. The batter should last up to approximately 5 weeks in the refrigerator.
The Ultimate 5 Week Bran Muffins have been a favorite of ours. It packs a healthy, tasty punch few could deny.