Raisin Bran Muffins with Greek Yogurt and Applesauce.

By Julie

Makes 12 muffins

Time:  30 min including baking

Wheat Bran is amazing stuff.  Just 1/3 of a cup has 26% of your daily fiber and 10% of your iron.  It also tastes like cardboard.  Really dry cardboard.  In order to get the cardboard to taste like something, I opted for easy muffins.  These bake in just 15 min and are on the table start to finish in about 30 min.  If you’re one of those morning people, you could even manage these on a weekday (I think it’s insanity to wake up an extra half an hour early to bake so I just make ahead and freeze them).  They will also keep well for a couple of days in an air-tight container.

I was in search of a raisin bran muffin recipe that was moist, flavorful, but also not packed full of fat.  I didn’t find one, so I made one.

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One of the first things you will find is that most raisin bran muffin recipes contain buttermilk.  For the same reason that most chocolate cakes do… it provides richness but also lift because it works with soda to make bubbles and a light and fluffy crumb.  Buttermilk is not something I have in my fridge.  That being said, it’s easy to make but I find it never quite tastes the same.  One thing I DO always have in my fridge is greek yogurt.  It’s high in protein, but not fat.  It’s thick, and rich, and possess the acidic quality you need to wake up the soda in the cake and start that reaction before you even begin the baking process.  Also it’s delicious with a tang that is hard to beat.  I used vanilla greek yogurt here but any flavor will work and by using a flavoured yogurt you can change up this recipe easy-peasy so that it becomes a staple in your household.  I also removed the oil and substituted applesauce, and skipped the sugar and replaced it with natural maple syrup.  The batter for these muffins came out super light and airy, almost mousse-like, which resulted in beautiful, fluffy, moist muffins.  And the raisins?  Well you know how I feel about raisins, but if you absolutely must leave them out these muffins will stand up well on their own.  Or you could replace them with any dried fruit, such as dates or cranberries.  These are an easy way to add a ton of fiber to your breakfast routine or snack.

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You Will Need

  • 1.5 Cups of Wheat Bran
  • 1 cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt ( or buttermilk if you have it)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of raisin (any variety)

Preheat Oven to 375F

Grease your muffin tin well, I use cooking spray because it’s just easier.  As I’ve explained in my previous muffin posts, I don’t like to use the muffin wrappers.  I hate it when the muffins stick to them and they are unnecessary.  If you grease your muffin tin the muffins will slide out easily, and they will have a lovely crispy exterior that will make you glad you listened to me.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In a separate, medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Add wet to dry and fold the dry into the wet until just combined, do not over mix or your will squash all of the fluffiness out of your muffins.  Fold in the raisins.  Place in center of the oven for 15 min.  Test with a skewer, if it comes out clean or with only a few crumbs they are done.  Rest for 5 min and if you remove them while they are still hot you will get the previously mentioned crispy exterior.  Enjoy.

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Coconut Oatmeal Muffins

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If you haven’t noticed, I’m sure you will, Julie is the baker on this blog. Writing down recipes has forced me to reluctantly start measuring things, and baking is always about measuring stuff. For a long time I lived in a place with an unpredictable oven that often resulted in fairly disastrous results, and a one time full out cookie making tantrum.

Not only that, but I tend not to have much of a sweet tooth. I’d choose chips over chocolate every time. That being said, I do like a muffin, but find many muffins these days are much more like cupcakes minus the icing. Some are sweeter even. And while I’m not entirely against cake for breakfast, I do want my muffins to be somewhat virtuous. Inspired by, but quite modified from Smitten Kitchen

Makes:9-10 muffins (my muffin pan is large, I only got nine)

Time: 30 min, 20 in oven

Oven: 375F

You Will Need:

  • 1/3  cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (quick cooking)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup full fat Greek-style vanilla yogurt (though I’ve also used plain)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for on top

Melt coconut oil in microwave- 20 seconds at a time until just melted. Mix together yogurt, oatmeal, egg and vanilla. Mix the flour, shredded coconut, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the sugar to the melted coconut oil, and then whisk this into the yogurt, egg, oatmeal mixture. Add wet ingredients all at once to dry and stir until just combined.

Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full and sprinkle tops with extra shredded coconut if desired.

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Magic Muffins – Double Chocolate Zucchini

By Julie

Serves:  Makes 12 extra large muffins

Time:  35 min

I thought I posted these on Monday.  Did you know it’s Wednesday?  I didn’t.

So these are healthy… mostly.  A tiny bit of refined sugar here, a little chocolate chip there… there IS whole wheat flour.  And some of the sugar is subbed out for maple syrup.  Oh, and there’s lots of zucchini!

 

 

You Will Need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of zucchini
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Prep

Preheat oven to 350F and grease your muffin pans.  You can use paper liners if you wish, but I prefer the slight crisp on the outside of the muffin when they are baked naked.  This recipe removes easily from the baking pan with just a slight coating of cooking spray.

Mix The Wet Ingredients

Whisk the sugar, eggs, honey, vanilla, and applesauce together in a large bowl until smooth.

Mix The Dry Ingredients

Stir flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

Combine and Bake

Mix the dry into the wet ingredients until just combined.  Fold in the zucchini, and chocolate chips. Bake for 20-25 min for extra large muffins (full muffin cups, see picture).  Mine baked for exactly 23 minutes and they were perfect.

Magic Muffins – Maple Blueberry

By:  Julie

Time:  35 min

Serves:  12-15 large muffins

It’s time for another edition of Magic Muffins!  Last week I was on a blueberry yogurt parfait kick for breakfast.  This week it’s mini-wheats.  I don’t like blueberries on my mini-wheats, so I had some blueberries to use up.  Combine that with a trip to the sugar bush last week and BOOM BABY! Maple Blueberry Muffins.

You Will Need:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup applesauce (or oil if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups of blueberry
  •  1 cup of shredded apple

Prep

Preheat oven to 350F and grease your muffin pans.  You can use paper liners if you wish, but I prefer the slight crisp on the outside of the muffin when they are baked naked.  This recipe removes easily from the baking pan with just a slight coating of cooking spray.

Mix The Wet Ingredients

Whisk the sugar, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and applesauce together in a large bowl until smooth.

Mix The Dry Ingredients

Stir flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

Combine and Bake

Mix the dry into the wet ingredients until just combined.  Fold in the blueberries, apple, and raisins.  Bake for 20-25 min for extra large muffins (full muffin cups, see picture).  Mine baked for exactly 23 minutes and they were perfect.

Magic Muffins – Pinapple Marmalade

By: Julie

Serves:  Makes 12 extra large muffins

Time: 35min.  10 min prep, 20 min bake

Oh yes I did.  I put marmalade in the magic muffin mix.  And do you know what happened?  Magic.

This is my new ultimate brunch muffin.  It screams of orange juice and eggs and bacon and some delicious quiche.  If the queen was coming for tea I would feed her these muffins and little cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

I can now whip these muffins up in less than 10 min.  You can do it too!

You Will Need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite marmalade
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup shredded apple

Mix the Muffins

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick olive oil spray.  Whisk eggs, marmalade, honey, vanilla, applesauce, extracts and zest together in a large bowl.  In a separate medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.  Mix into wet ingredients until dry ingredients are wet.  Do not over-mix.  Fold in pineapple and apple. Using an ice-cream scoop, completely fill muffin cups with batter.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Prepare for the Queens visit.

Magic Muffins – Zucchini!

By: Julie

Time:  30min:  10min prep, 20 min cook

Serves:  16 – 20 large muffins

Introducing Muffin Mondays!  Every Monday for the next several weeks we will bring you a new muffin post.

I like my muffins to taste like muffins.  I like them to be moist and slightly sweet, but not cakey or deserty.  I think the muffins that come from Tim Hortons these days don’t resemble anything we should be eating for breakfast, so I make my own.

I call these magic because they seem to work out no matter what I do to them.  They are my choose your own adventure muffins.  I use applesauce instead of oil and the stayed moist for five days.  FIVE DAYS.  That’s what makes them magic. I keep the basic ingredients the same and swap out the flavors regularly. You will see several variations of these over the next several weeks to get a sense of what you can do with them. I frequently use this recipe to get rid of leftover fruits, jams, nuts and flours. Have fun with it.

Today’s adventure is with zucchini!

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A neighbor friend of mine, the lovely Lynsey, was kind enough to drop off some giant zucchini last summer.  These are not much good for grilling, but shred them and they are terrific for baking.  Sadly, this is the last batch.  Zucchini will keep shredded for up to 6 months.  Longer if you’ve packaged it well.  And the raisins… a number of you will say you don’t like raisins in your muffins but I say you can’t have a muffin without a raisin.  Bring on the raisins.  You can omit them.  If you must.  But you shouldn’t.

You Will Need:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup applesauce (or oil if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 3 cups of shreded zucchini

Prep

Preheat oven to 350F and grease you muffin pans.  You can use paper liners if you wish, but I prefer the slight crisp on the outside of the muffin when they are baked naked.  This recipe removes easily from the baking pan with just a slight coating of cooking spray.

Mix The Wet Ingredients

Whisk the sugar, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and applesauce together in a large bowl until smooth.

Mix The Dry Ingredients

Stir flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

Combine and Bake

Fold wet ingredients into dry until just combined.  You know the muffin rule, NEVER OVER MIX.  There should still be bits of white flour.  The rest will work itself in when you fold in the zucchini and the raisins.  On that note… fold in the zucchini and the raisins.  I used a large cookie scoop and used heaping portions, filling the muffin cups nearly to the top.  If you use a bit less you can make up to 24 smaller muffins.  Place the muffins in the oven for 20min.  If you’ve made them smaller check them after 15.  Poke with a wooden skewer in the center to make sure they’re done.  The skewer should be clean or with a few crumbs.  Remove from oven an let cool for 10 min before removing from pan to cooling rack.  Enjoy warm or cold.  Even butter isn’t needed, but it is delicious.