Honey Bran Muffin
Makes 12 regular sized muffins
1 cup flour
1 cup wheat bran (I actually couldn’t find any wheat bran at the stores, so I did about a third of wheat flour, a third of wheat germ, and a third of ground flax seed). I looked it up and you can use wheat germ or flax for a substitute.
4 tsp dry milk powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar (it called for dark, but all I had was light)
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp molasses
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp grated orange zest (the orange flavor is a little overpowering, I’d probably reduce this to 1 Tablespoon or maybe even 2 teaspoons)
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
3 Tbsp butter (very soft or slightly melted – I put this whole mixture on top of the fridge while I did the rest and it worked really well)
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp water
Distribute about 1 Tbsp of the Glaze into 12 muffin tins and be sure to coat the bottom and sides of each muffin tin. (I did this just before I mixed the wet and dry ingredients so that the glaze was fairly liquid, and I just spread it evenly between all 12 tins rather than measure)
In a medium bowl mix all the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl (I didn’t do this I just put all the wet ingredients into the middle of the dry ingredients and mixed them all together), mix the “liquid” ingredients. Stir the liquids into the dry ingredients until just moistened.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full, bake at 350 for 20min, until a toothpick comes out clean (be sure not to fill the muffins too full because even at 2/3rds they spring up over the tops a little.
Immediately invert the baked muffins onto foil or wax paper to cool.
Bran is the hard outer layer of a grain. Oat and rice bran are also available. Bran can be milled from any grain: rice, corn, wheat, oats, barley and millet (rice bran comes from the layer that is removed when brown rice becomes white rice).
Bran is REALLY good for you. Not only does it contain a great amount of dietary fiber, but also essential fatty acids, starch, protein, vitamins and minerals! Also, it’s very filling.