Did you eat All-Bran muffins growing up? My mom totally tricked us into thinking we were getting a treat because she threw a few chocolate chips into this otherwise super healthy breakfast (or anytime really) muffin. Little did I know that many, many years later I would not only be tricking my own kids, but I would be making these often and absolutely enjoying them!
This recipe (like so many of my baked goods), comes together in one bowl and in less than 10 minutes. For me, these simple bakes make me want to keep at it. All-Bran muffins end up in my morning breakfast rotation fairly often and lately are sharing top billing with the carrot-zucchini oatmeal muffin my kids love.
These muffins are hearty without being heavy, and one with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning is a great start to any day. I’m also a big fan of them mid-afternoon when I need a pick me up to get me to dinner. All Bran muffins feel like a treat (especially with a chocolate chip or two inside) and fill me up so I’m not snacking my way to dinner.
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Do I have to use All Bran cereal in these muffins?
I think you do. While, I don’t often tell you that you need to go out and buy a specific item for a recipe, this is one of those times that substitutions aren’t super easy. There is something about the shape and density of this cereal that lends itself to this muffin. It absorbs the liquid quickly, gets appropriately mushy making the texture of the muffin near perfect. You can buy it at most major grocery stores, or here (from Target).
Why is fiber important?
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet and provides all sorts of good benefits for your body. Most of us associate a diet high in fiber as a diet that promotes “movement in the digestive system”. While this is certainly true, and the insoluable fiber in All-Bran certainly has this benefit, fiber is also important for other reasons. Fiber can reduce spikes in blood sugar helping to prevent diabetes and other disease. It can also help promote maintainance of a healthy weight, by filling your body up with and naturally reducing calorie intake. (all info on fiber from the MayoClinic.)
Now, I’m no doctor, but what I’ve learned is:, eat lots of fiber, eat less food, poop more and regularly and feel good overall. And drink lots of water, cuz that’s always a good idea 🙂
Let’s talk about add-ins for these All Bran breakfast muffins
Add away. These muffins are great for customizing to the taste of you and your family. We are a big fan of the chocolate chip in our house, so that’s a must. Mini chocolate chips would be great in these, but any chip will do. Whatever you add in, think about ½ cup to ¾ cup, no more. More isn’t more in this particular recipe.
Here is a list of other mix-ins that will also work well:
Tips and Tricks:
- Don’t overmix this batter. It’s going to be thick and not feel like everything is incorporated, but it is. You don’t want a tough muffin and overmixing leads to tough muffins.
- You can use any type of milk (almond, soy, oat) to make this recipe easily non-dairy. I’ve made it with skim milk, whole milk, almond and soy successfully.
- These freeze beautifully. Store in airtight container up to three months. To thaw, either let sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes or pop in microwave for about 15 seconds.
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All Bran Muffins - even better than you remember
- 2 cups all bran cereal
- 1 ¾ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a muffin tin with baking spray and set aside
- In a mixing bowl, combine cereal and milk and let stand a few minutes to absorb
- Add the eggs and vegetable oil to cereal mixture and stir to combine
- To the wet mixture, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, stir together a bit with a fork and then using a spoon, mix into the wet ingredients just until combined. Do not overmix!
- Bake 18-22 minutes
- Let cool in muffin tin for about 5 minutes, before moving to a cooling rack
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