Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffins | Super Bran Muffin Batter

Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffins My mental age has two settings: Glitter-loving 6-year-old and Bingo-playing 60-year-old.
Six-year-old Erin loves:
  • The zoo. Favorite animal: Giraffe.
  • Holiday arts and crafts. Especially paper Advent chains. Tear off one link each day ‘til Christmas!
  • Snacks. Particularly THIS.
Sixty-year-old Erin loves:
  • Board games. Scattegories anyone?
  • Waking up early. Morning is my treasured time.
  • Bran. Grape Nuts, Bran flakes, and most of all… 
APPLE CINNAMON BRAN MUFFINS.
 
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bran muffin recipe with walnuts and apple sauce
Bran suffers a negative reputation. The phrase “bran muffin” can conjure images of leaden, scarcely edible dirt clods that, while good for you, are anything but good. These APPLE CINNAMON BRAN MUFFINS defy the bad-bran myth.  With a fabulous texture and flavor, these baked goodies are simultaneously scrumptious and satisfying.
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bran muffin recipe with walnuts and apple sauce
My tongue and tummy do a little touchdown dance with every bite. My taste buds celebrate the warm apple-cinnamon flavor; my stomach stays happy for hours, thanks to the filling fiber from the bran and protein/healthy fats from the walnuts.
Really, if Super Man were a muffin, he would be this APPLE CINNAMON BRAN MUFFIN.
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bran muffin recipe with walnuts and apple sauce
Or maybe he’d be a:
  • BERRY ALMOND BRAN MUFFIN
  • BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP BRAN MUFFIN, or even a
  • PEAR PECAN BRAN MUFFIN
With a few tiny tweaks, this hero of a bran muffin recipe is limited only by culinary imagination.
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bran muffin recipe with walnuts and apple sauce
It begins with what I like to call my *cue dramatic music* SUPER BRAN MUFFIN BASE. With this foolproof batter, the flavor options are yours for the choosing. In the summer, I love to use fresh mixed berries and toasted almonds, and I know cranberries and pears will star throughout winter.
At this crisp fall moment, however, I’m all about apples. Diced apples, raisins, cinnamon, and walnuts baked into a warm muffin are a wonderful way to begin a chilly fall day. APPLE CINNAMON BRAN MUFFINS also make a stellar snack, and I’ve been snitching bites to kick-start my early morning runs.
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bran muffin recipe with walnuts and apple sauce
A trick to make these babies even better? PLUMP your raisins first by soaking them in hot water for a few minutes. The raisins rehydrate and become extra soft in the final product. Goodbye hard, pebbly raisins. Hello pudgy, yummy fruit morsels. This trick works with dried cranberries too, and depending on the flavor you want to create, switch up the hot liquid to suit your tastes. Apple juice, OJ, or even (gasp!) rum are all tasty options.
Super power your day with these super APPLE CINNAMON BRAN MUFFINS, and if you find a new flavor you love, please let me know!
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Enjoy these super-power APPLE CINNAMON BRAN MUFFINS, and don’t forget to share your own tasty variations!

Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bran muffin recipe with walnuts and apple sauce
As I mentioned in the post above, this recipe is endlessly adaptable. Alter the basic mix-ins (I use apples, walnuts, and raisins in this version), hot liquid used to plump the raisins (see suggestions above), and spices. You can easily use frozen fruit as well. Simply thaw and drain ahead of time.
This recipe calls for molasses, which packs a deep flavor I adore with the apples, but for a lighter flavor, try using honey instead. (I recommend honey when mixing with berries). Vanilla extract can be swapped for half the same amount of almond. Oh, and the possibilities with different kinds of nuts…really, go nuts!
For any leftovers, be sure to read my How to Store Muffins and Other Quick Breads.

Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffins | Super Bran Muffin Batter

As I mentioned in the post above, this recipe is endlessly adaptable. Alter the basic mix-ins (I use apples, walnuts, and raisins in this version), hot liquid used to plump the raisins (see suggestions above), and spices. You can easily use frozen fruit as well. Simply thaw and drain ahead of time. This recipe calls for molasses, which packs a deep flavor I adore with the apples, but for a lighter flavor, try using honey instead. (I recommend honey when mixing with berries). Vanilla extract can be swapped for half the same amount of almond. Oh, and the possibilities with different kinds of nuts…really, go nuts!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups non-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses — (I use unsulfured)
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg — beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts — toasted
  • 1 large apple — diced (I used Honeycrisp. Fuji, Granny Smith, or McIntosh would work well too)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Plump raisins: Place raisins in a small bowl, then cover with boiling water. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine wheat bran, flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, blend applesauce, milk, molasses, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Batter will be a little lumpy.
  4. Mix in the raisins, walnuts and diced apple. Grease muffin tins with cooking spray or place paper liners. Spoon batter into tin and bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from tins to cool.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffins | Super Bran Muffin Batter, Healthy Muffin Recipe

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

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