These triple berry bran muffins and healthful and nutritious. I use a combination of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries for maximum berry deliciousness.
Are you a bran fan?
Even though I was the pickiest kid alive, I’ve always like bran. To this day I still love a bowl of bran flakes (cereal) with raisins, I eat Cracklin’ Oat Bran out of the box as a snack and of course I enjoy the occasional bran muffin.
These muffins were inspired by a road trip. When our kids were little, every summer my bff Nichole and I would pack them up and take them to the west side of the mitten for a mini vacation. One particular time we were on our way back to our hotel after going to Michigan Adventures (a kid-friendly amusement park) and we totally got lost and wound up at some farm. We stopped to collect ourselves and purchased a pint of strawberries and the best strawberry bran muffins I’ve ever tasted. Okay, so the only strawberry bran muffins I’ve ever tasted, but still they were GOOD.
Now these aren’t strawberry because the strawberries at my grocery store were looking more white than a deep red and thought I’d just save the strawberry bran recipe for another time. However the organic berries looked amazing, so triple-berry is what you get. I hope you don’t mind.
To make these healthful and berry-ful bran muffins, you’ll need wheat bran, buttermilk, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, kosher salt, brown sugar, honey, applesauce, an egg and vanilla extract. Oh and three different kinds of berries. I’m using raspberries, blackberries and blueberries but feel free to mix it up with strawberries or all blueberries. If making an all blueberry muffin, you’ll need about 1-1/2 cups of blueberries.
Add the 1-1/2 cups of wheat bran (I’m using Bob’s Red Mill) into a medium bowl.
Pour in 1 cup of buttermilk…
Stir until the bran has absorbed all of the buttermilk. Set that off to the side for a moment to get the rest of the muffin ingredients prepped.
Place the whole wheat flour into a bowl and in 1-1/2 teaspoons of both the baking soda and baking powder plus 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt.
In a separate bowl place, gently toss the berries plus 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour together, then set them off to the side.
Add 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of both honey and dark brown sugar plus a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the bowl with the bran and buttermilk.
Stir until combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry and stir until just combined.
Add in the berries…
…and gently fold them in with a spatula. The batter is light and fluffy making this job super easy.
Divide the batter by spooning into a well greased 12-cup muffin tin…
…and then slide the pan into your preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 22 to 24 minutes on the middle rack. Like most muffins I make, I like to sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little raw (turbinado) sugar before baking. It will give a nice sweet and crisp top to the muffins, but it’s totally optional.
These muffins are done when you insert a toothpick and it comes back clean but with maybe a few crumbs attached.
Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before running a thin spatula around the edges. Gently lift these out of the muffin pan and place onto a cooling rack.
These are really good still warm from the oven.
And they’re REALLY good the next day with a cup of tea or coffee or orange juice.
They’re so extremely moist that they don’t need butter- although that’s not a terrible idea, of course.
Perfect sweetness. Perfect wholesomeness.
These fiber-packed bran muffins will keep you full and satisfied.
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