Banana Nut Bran Muffins

Banana Bran MuffinsI got a lovely ceramic muffin pan for Christmas. I couldn’t have been happier. Seriously I hate washing muffin tins, and if you put them in the dishwasher, you are going to eventually get rust. I love them so much, there has been a lot of muffin making going on. To avoid the inevitable muffin top, that goes with muffin eating, hubs requested a healthier muffin. I mean we are all for eating chocolate muffins, breakfast , noon and night, but yes, a healthier muffin was desired. This gem was found over at Eat Yourself Skinny, ( VERY slightly adapted) and even the kids came back for seconds….seconds of a bran muffin. I actually love the flavour of bran, so these are going to become a regular occurrence. Bananas, and bran are a delightful combo!

  • 1½ cups wheat bran
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  1. Stir together bran and milk. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While you are waiting, pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spray paper liners with cooking spray.
  3. Beat bananas, with egg, coconut, oil, vanilla and honey.
  4. Mix together next 6 ingredients. Fold wet mixture into bran, then dry mixture until just combined. Evenly divide batter between muffin cups. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Apple Bran Muffins

Apple Bran MuffinsAm I the only one who loves Bran Muffins. I seriously love them. The flavor, not just the health benefits, although that is good too. We had turkey dinner on Monday and that meant turkey soup on Tuesday. What is a better meal than soup and muffins. Nothing. Nope, you might think you know a better meal, but your wrong, its soup and muffins. Okay there *may be a few other meals that are as good, but when it’s winter and the cold winter snow is outside having it’s heyday, soup and muffins is hard to beat.

Recipe adapted from

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small apple, grated
  • butter

1. Mix together bran and buttermilk in large mixing bowl and leave to soak for 10 minutes.

2. Stir in egg and apple. Mix together flour, brown sugar and baking soda in small bowl. Stir into muffin mixture and stir until just combined.

3. Scoop into 12 greased muffin tins.

4. Bake for 17 minutes at 350 degrees.

5. Serve warm with butter.

6. Eat and enjoy!

Brantastic Pancakes

Bran PancakesIt is rare for me not to use a recipe. I like recipes, you follow instructions and get a masterpiece. Easy peasy. Don’t know how to make something, just read, and go step by step and you can make anything. I love recipes. This recipe I actually came up with myself, shocking, I know, a little of this, a little of that, mixing using up some pantry stuff and you know what, they were fantastic, hence the name. So here you go a Jamie original, enjoy!

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • syrup or fruit for serving
  • cooking spray

1. Mix together first 6 ingredients. Add eggs, vanilla and milk. Stir until just moistened, you don’t want to over mix.

2. Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Use a ladle to scoop pancake mix onto hot skillet. Flip when first side has cooked and cook 2nd side.

3. Serve with fruit or syrup or both.

4. Eat and enjoy!