A while back I made a post about my search for delicious healthy muffins. Cookie baker Lynn commented and directed me towards her healthy banana bran muffins. I of course had to try them and wow was I happy with the results. They are so incredibly tasty! My only issue is that All-Bran cereal has sugar in it, though surprisingly it doesn't have weird chemicals that seem to be added to a lot of packaged foods. I just did the math, and even with the sugar from the All-Bran cereal there's about 7 grams of added sugar in every muffin. However when you include the banana and the raisins, it's 12 grams of sugar in every muffin. The raisins really up the sugar but they're good for you so I won't really count that extra sugar. Ah this seems to be a glimpse into my obsessive nature with all the sugar talk, and this was scaled back! Next time I would try replacing the oil with applesauce, adding less sugar, adding more flax, and using pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.
When I was making this recipe, I made quite a few changes (at least it was quite a few changes for me). I'm becoming more and more comfortable with making changes, moreso in cooking than in baking - a huge accomplishment for me! Before, if I didn't have the exact ingredients required for a recipe, I just couldn't make it. I needed to have apple cider vinegar - there was no way I could replace it with red wine vinegar. I wasn't even scared of what the muffins would turn out like - probably because I've made so many muffins recently that I know what things I can safely change (which is another accomplishment!) So yes, good for me and my adventurous baking. I'm growing as a baker/cook!
Banana Bran Muffins
(adapted from Cookie baker Lynn's recipe)
2 cups Kellogg's All-Bran cereal
1 1/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
1/3 cup raisins
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 banana, mashed
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with cupcake papers.
2- In a large mixing bowl, combine bran cereal, milk and raisins. Let stand for about 2 minutes to soften the cereal.
3- Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground flax seed in a small bowl. Set aside.
4- Into the softened bran mix stir the egg and oil. Beat well. Stir in the banana and walnuts. Add the flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Divide the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups.
5 - Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.