Monday’s Muffin: Apple Bran Muffins

by kitchenarian on September 26, 2011

I’ve been away for a couple of days on a college visit with my son. It was a great trip. When you have three children like I do, it is always a treat to spend some one-on-one time with just one child for a little bit especially when I know that soon enough he will be grown and off to college.

On Saturday morning, while he was on Post observing Reveille and Roll Call Formations at 6:15 in the morning, I was driving back to the campus and looking for a Starbucks. My search was successful and I got my favorite latte and I decided to try their apple and bran muffin. While their other treats were tempting, I wanted something a bit healthier since I knew it was going to be a long day. Have you had their apple bran muffin before? I must say it is quite delicious.

So naturally when I got home, I went in search of my own apple bran muffin recipe to make today. The one I ate had raisins in it, but I don’t like raisins in my muffins so I decided to add carrots to my version. It seemed like a great addition to the apples and cinnamon.  The coffee shop version was a lot sweeter than this one, but I really liked the texture and flavor of this muffin.  This recipe is adapted from one I found at Taste of Home’s website. (tasteofhome.com)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups All-Bran cereal (flakes)
2 apples, peeled, one grated and one finely diced
1/3 cup grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, brown sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in remaining ingredients.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Makes 1 dozen.

Kitchenarian Notes: You can read the ingredients and tell that this muffin is not very sweet. Add some more brown sugar or honey if you want it sweeter. You could also put a cinnamon streusel topping on it.

 

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RavieNomNoms September 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I love bran muffins! I was just talking with my mother this weekend about how we need to make bran muffins. She used to make them for our family ALL the time when I was younger. These look amazing!

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Tina@flourtrader September 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

My mother’s bran muffins were always dry, I never really liked them. Your muffins here look like they have a much better texture. Bran muffins are great to have in the morning because they fill you up, so you don’t get hungry until many hours afterwards. I will need to try these-thanks for sharing.

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mjskit September 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

What healthy and quite tasty looking muffins!!! Can you send me some? 🙂 They look delicious!

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Beth Michelle September 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Your muffins look amazing. I have never had the starbucks version but I am looking forward to trying yours!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I haven’t had a bran muffin in forever! Apples sounds it would go great with bran! I would skip the raisins too!

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Kelly September 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

What a great recipe, these look so delicious!! 🙂

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

This is a great muffin!! Plus, it has fruits and veggies so that means it’s really healthy, right?!!

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day September 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I love fruit in muffins and it’s the perfect time of year for apples. The texture looks wonderful!

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Betsy September 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Fall is everywhere! I’m not ready! (these muffins do look damn good tho)

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kitchenarian September 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Betsy! I am so ready for Fall. 🙂

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Alix September 27, 2011 at 4:22 am

I have never tried a bran muffin before. They are not popular in Australia. They always seem dry and boring. However this recipe gives me confidence to try and be pleased with the taste. Your muffins are always easy and scrumptious. There is never a muffin left by its lonesome in the cake tin. Will hunt for bran flakes at supermarket this week.

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kitchenarian September 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for your kind comment. The recipe would probably work with just about any bran flake cereal. I hope you find the ingredient. Thanks for reading!

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Alix October 22, 2011 at 3:43 am

I baked these muffins last weekend when it was a rare cold spring day and I loved them. Not dry or boring as the ones at cafes appear to be. Really filling and moist. Thanks for showing me the light when it comes to Bran muffins.

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kitchenarian October 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

I am so glad you like them! Thanks for the comment.

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Amy September 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I haven’t had a bran muffin in forever either! This has inspired me to get back in the kitchen and make some!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Is it wrong I was thinking of drizzling a little Trader Joe’s Fleur De Sel caramel sauce on top? Yes? Okay. :-\

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kitchenarian September 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

No only ok, but genius!

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Irena September 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Well, sounds so delicious, I will make them soon, thanks:)
https://mywanderingspoon.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/crepes-suzette-kids-friendly-recipe/

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Ann September 28, 2011 at 12:28 am

These look incredible and I’m glad you had a nice visit with your son!

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Purabi Naha September 28, 2011 at 6:39 am

Apple bran muffins are very healthy and I really appreciate how you made these yummy delights! Absolutely tempting!!

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Angie @ Bigbearswife September 28, 2011 at 10:48 am

great looking muffin recipe

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Ali September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Oh the perfect baked good to help get back on track after too much wedding cake! Can’t wait to try.

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Karen September 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love anything baked with apples, and this recipe looks healthy too! I can’t wait to try these. Enjoy your time with your son. Time flies!

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kitchenarian September 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thanks so much. I love baking with apples and don’t do it often enough. Thanks for your comment.

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Sook September 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Ooh what a great blog you have! Following your blog.. Congrats on the top 9!

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Liz September 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I’m a bran muffin fan, too, and these sound like the most delicious version! Yum.

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Christine September 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

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Kita September 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

These muffins sound awesome. I am an only child and even I think its important to have one on one time with my dad! It’s fun when his wife and my step sister are around but I make sure to go bug him when its just the two of us from time to time as well.

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Alayna October 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’m always looking for new apple recipes. These look great!

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Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen October 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

Apple ideas again! yay!

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Raspberryhil October 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Just discovered your website. I love it. Can’t wait to try the apple muffins. They sound delicious.

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