Yummy nasty bran muffins


I was looking at my last few posts and whew…intense! So today: a blast of deliciousness to lighten things up.  Muffins! That’s a happy word that makes everyone, or at least most people, happy.

I’ve started baking again…which means I’m happy.  It also means my recovery from April’s surgery is proceeding marvelously.

Okay: bran muffins. Do you love them or hate them? I love serious, nasty bran muffins. I love the chewy taste and I love the fact that they have so much fiber in them that…

I realized that what is so tedious about many recipes is that the list of ingredients seems overwhelming.  But when you analyze it, it’s pish easy!

How easy is this? Put all the moist ingredients in one bowl, and the dry ingredients in another bowl. Mix the two together for 15 secs and fill your muffin tins.

I can make this in 10 minutes. Then 16 minutes for baking. I have also mixed the dry ingredients the night before and covered them, standing on the counter, waiting for morning.

I found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen that was adapted from Brooklyn’s Blue Sky bakery. I started test baking. Trying the original recipe, stuffed with plump, fresh blackberries. Another batch swapping oat flour for the wheat flour. (Too crumbly) Then the original recipe without the fruit added. I can’t eat that many muffins, so I post a photo of them on Instagram when they come out of the oven and announce that whoever calls first can come and pick them up. Such joy on my Instagram feed if you live in Tropica.

More good news for we who are watching our weight: there’s only 1/4 cup of sugar for 12 muffins!  And only 1/3 cup of oil. That’s about as healthy as you can get.

The only special thing it requires to make them nasty good is serious wheat bran from the health food store, or maybe even your supermarket carries it now.  And, whatever fruit or jam you have in the house to layer into the batter.

Today I discovered Smitten Kitchen’s one bowl (!) blueberry muffin recipe. Oh my.

The world is a crazy, complicated place. Make some muffins and make someone happy.

xo Liza

P.S.  I’m not a food blogger, or a recipe developer. I do consider myself a recipe curator. I am an avid reader of food blogs and enjoy sharing good recipes with you. I test bake them several times, so you get seriously brilliant ones to enjoy.

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