This easy recipe Raisin Bran Muffins makes a HUGE batch and features a whole-grain muffin that is naturally sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup. I love to bake these and freeze for breakfast during busy weeks!
Keyword: raisin bran muffins, raisin bran muffins with applesauce, raisin bran muffins with buttermilk
½cupoil (avocado or canola)
5cupswhite whole wheat flour
6cupsbran cereal with raisins(I recommend a lower-sugar version, like Nature's Path)
In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, maple syrup, oil, and applesauce by whisking together.
In another large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Gradually stir in the flour mixture into the wet mixture until well incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in any flour residue from the sides or bottom of the bowl into the batter along with the raisin bran cereal.
Transfer to a large air-tight container fitted with a lid and store in the refrigerator for eight hours before baking the batter (this softens the bran cereal).
Baking Method #1:
Heat oven to 400°F. Grease the wells of a muffin tin (only grease the number of wells needed to make the desired number of muffins). Fill the wells ⅔ full and bake for 16-19 minutes until set. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Serve the muffins warm or at room temperature.
You may also bake a single muffin in a greased 4-6 ounce ramekin according to the method above; it will take 18-20 minutes to bake.Use up the muffin batter within one week. Baked muffins can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Baking Method #2:
Grease a 4-6 ounce ramekin or coffee mug with cooking spray. Fill ⅔ full with muffin batter. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Let cool slightly before enjoying warm.
Freezing instructions:Bake muffins according to recipe directions. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight, freezer-safe container or gallon-size freezer bag. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight and microwave for 30-40 seconds the next morning. To thaw from frozen, microwave on 70% power for 1 minute, then wrap in foil and heat in a 350°F oven for 8-10 minutes.