Six Week Bran Cereal Muffins
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Recipe type: breakfast, bread, quick bread, snack
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Serves: 32
 
Muffin batter that throws together in minutes and is usable for six weeks?!? You bet! Have fresh muffins whenever the urge strikes when you have this on hand!
Ingredients
  • 5⅓ cups all-natural bran cereal (I recommend Nature's Path Organic Smart Bran)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 2¼ cups raw sugar (can substitute white granulated sugar if necessary)
  • 5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cups buttermilk (You're culturing your own right? No? Try this dead-simple method.)
  • 1 cup neutral oil (like canola or vegetable oil)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Optional additional ingredients for baking:
  • frozen berries, small pieces of frozen stone fruits such as peaches or plums, or small diced apples or pears
  • chocolate chips
  • raw sugar for the muffin tops (You can use granulated white sugar if necessary.)
Instructions
  1. To prepare muffin mix:
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until evenly moist. Scrape the muffin mix into a large container (of about 1 gallon capacity or larger) with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before using. Label the container with the date the batter was mixed. You can store and use the batter for up to 6 weeks.
  3. To bake Plain Bran Muffins:
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin tins with paper sleeves or spray the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Fill the prepared muffin wells ⅔ full. If desired, sprinkle lightly with raw sugar.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes for standard sized muffins or 10-12 minutes for mini-muffins. Muffins are done when a straw, skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow muffins to rest in the tins for 5 minutes then gently turn out onto a cooling rack.
  7. To bake Bran and Fruit Muffins or Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins:
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin tins with paper sleeves or spray the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
  9. Scoop the desired amount of muffin batter into a bowl and gently fold in your chosen fruit or chocolate chips.
  10. Fill the prepared muffin wells ⅔ full. If desired, sprinkle lightly with raw sugar.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes for standard sized muffins or 10-12 minutes for mini-muffins. Muffins are done when a straw, skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. There may be some fruit juice on the skewer, but there shouldn't be any sticky batter.
  12. Allow muffins to rest in the tins for 5 minutes then gently turn out onto a cooling rack.
Recipe by Foodie With Family at http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2011/01/25/six-week-bran-cereal-muffins/