Prep 15 mins
Cook 22 mins
You won't even be able to tell these are fat free! ---1 cup fresh blueberries or 3/4 cup light raisins may mixed in with the flour mixture and you may reduce the flour 2 tablespoons and add in 2 tablespoons flax --- with the addition of blueberries you will yield 12 muffins
- 1 1⁄2 cups wheat bran
- 3⁄4 cup nonfat milk
- 6 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt (or can use fat-free blueberry or vanilla flavored yogurt)
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar (if you prefer a sweeter muffin use 3/4 cup if not you may reduce slightly)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (not scant, use a good teaspoon of baking powder)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional I like to add it in)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
- Generously coat 10 regular-size muffin tins with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
- In a small bowl mix the wheat bran with milk and yogurt; allow to stand for 12-15 minutes, stirring a few times.
- In a large bowl whisk the applesauce with egg, brown sugar and vanilla; mix in the bran mixture until thoroughly combined.
- In a small bowl combine the flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon (then if using mix in the blueberries) add the bran mixture to the dry mixture; using a small spatula fold gently just until combined (fold gently).
- Scoop into muffin tins filling almost full.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until muffins test done (these won't take long to bake so watch closely).
The muffins came out tasty, but do not forget that these are the BRAN muffins.
They are moist inside and not too sweet (I will add more raisins next time). However I found them kind of doughy. It is my second recipe with bran and wheat flour. And this is the second time I notice this doughy texture in my baking. So, I guess it is a common thing if you deal with bran and wheat flour.
What I would recommend is to add walnuts (or other nuts) to the batter. I put 2 pieces of walnut halves in each muffin and I would definitely put more next time. In my opinion it adds crunchiness and texture which balances doughy taste.
It took me exactly 22 minutes and I got exactly 12 beautiful muffins.
It is simple and HEALTHY recipe. Thanks!
I made these this morning, and it's true - you'd never know they are fat-free! I used cherry yogurt and added dried cherries instead of raisins, and I also used 1 tsp cinnamon. They are so moist and yummy, and will make great breakfast muffins. I always thought bran muffins were dry and tough, but not these! Thanks Kitt!