Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bran Muffins

The weather in Idaho is always a little unpredictable, so much so, that the unpredictable weather is almost, well...predictable!

We've been having gorgeous weather for the last couple of weeks, and then, BAM!  Torrential downpour, and insane winds!

The massive amounts of rain we received this past week gave us a lovely little surprise when we came home from spending time with some friends, as we found our street flooded with water, which was pooling up into the sidewalk and into our driveway and the driveways of our neighbors.  That is part of the joy of our street only having one storm drain, which is aaaallll the way down the road, and which gets clogged with debris on a regular basis.

The aforementioned flooding of the street also caused our neighbor's basement to flood horribly, but thankfully, they were able to get a restoration company to come in and start working on it right away, which was good!  We also had some flooding in our own basement, which appeared to come in at the same location as our previous flooding of last year (likely micro cracks in the foundation...since we can't actually see anything that sticks out as being a problem), but thankfully, it was relatively minor in comparison to our previous flooding, or the flooding our neighbors had.

The day after the flooding, I decided that the rainy weather called for something warm and comforting for breakfast.  I had purchased some bran cereal a while back with the good intention of eating it for breakfast, buuuuut that never actually happened, since I am typically more of a yogurt and eggs kind of gal in the morning.  So I knew that making these delicious bran muffins was the way to go that morning.

I know many people do not like bran muffins, and think they are boring, but I disagree.  These bran muffins are slightly sweet, and if you are a fan of raisins (I am not), you can add some for additional flavor, but they are perfectly divine without them as well!  On our recent trip to Seattle, we bought some amazing Blackberry Vanilla jam while we were at Pike Place Market, and it was the perfect compliment to these tasty morsels.  Don't take my word for it though, make them and pair them with your favorite jam for a true taste sensation!

Bran Muffins


1 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 c. bran cereal (I used Fiber One)
1/2 c. oil
1 egg
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners, pr spray with cooking spray.

Mix the buttermilk and bran cereal together and set aside while you mix together the oil, egg, sugar, and vanilla.  If you want your muffins to have a smoother texture, pulse the buttermilk and bran mixture in a small food processor, and then add to the other wet mixture.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the wet mixture until combined.  Pour batter into the prepared muffin tin, and bake for 10-15 minutes.


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