Convenient, easy, healthy and delicious, the mixture for these 30 Day Healthy Buttermilk Bran Muffins can be made ahead, stored in the refrigerator for up to 30 days and then used as needed.
Whenever I think of a quick breakfast, I think muffins. Don’t you just love make ahead breakfasts and snacks…especially make ahead breakfasts. It saves so much of time on busy mornings and you can be assured that you or your family will be eating something substantial. These muffins have always come in handy on these busy days. You know especially on those mornings when you try to suffocate the alarm you set to wake you up early and then decide to get just 5 more minutes of sleep. You wake up realising you overslept not 5 minutes but 50 minutes. You then scramble out of bed yelling nooooo…that stupid alarm clock!!! Now be honest here, this has happened to you hasn’t it? And then you go to work without breakfast and you are hungry and irritable the entire morning right?
Here is the solution ,these 30 Day Healthy Buttermilk Bran Muffins will ensure that you always have breakfast or a snack and never go hungry in the morning again. With this recipe , you can keep the mixture refrigerated for up to 30 days. How amazing and convenient is that! Meaning that you can whip up the batter, which takes just 5 minutes and bake it as you need it OR you could bake up the entire batch and freeze the baked muffins for up to 3 months Forgive me for ranting on about the convenience of these muffins,but honestly, don’t you feel that when our days are so busy, we really can do with, some healthy, quick to prepare food?
Made with buttermilk, these muffins are soft and airy with a tender crumb. Served freshly baked, and buttered, this is one heavenly breakfast.
YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS AS WELL
I love using currants or raisins as well in these muffins, it gives it a great taste. However leave out the raisins if you do not like it and add nuts or dried fruit …it tastes just as great. Wheat bran or digestive bran is used in this recipe as well. This can be found in the flour section of your grocery store. If however you cannot find bran then simply leave it out and use whole wheat or wholemeal flour in place of the all purpose/ cake flour in the recipe.
There are a few, I wouldn’t actually say rules but rather tips to follow, and these always work to give you that perfect muffins. Here are a few :
- I am sure that you’ve heard that you should never overmix muffin batter. The reason is that when you do overmix , the muffins turn out too dense and heavy. So how much mixing should you do? Just enough to moisten, even if there is a few bits of flour visible, its fine. I just use a fork to fold the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. No crazy mixing with my hand held beater.
- Bake muffins on the middle shelf of your oven at a moderate temperature.
- Grease muffin pans well or use paper cups or little squares of baking paper. I go a little step further and spray the paper cases with cooking spray. That is how crazy I am to ensure that my muffins do not stick to the paper.Grease muffin pans well or use paper cups or little squares of baking paper. I go a little step further and spray the paper cases with cooking spray. That is how crazy I am to ensure that my muffins do not stick to the paper.
And that’s it, just follow these simple tips to get perfect muffins every time.
So whether you are having these muffins for lunch or breakfast or just a snack, I know that you are going to love it.
- 2½ cups (350g)all purpose / cake flour
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) baking soda / bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon (5) ml salt
- 2 cups (90g)wheat bran / digestive bran See note 1
- 1½ cups (300g) brown sugar
- 1 cup (150g) raisins or currants See note 2
- ½ cup (125ml) buttermilk
- ½ cup (125ml) sunflower or canola oil
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla essence
- 2 cups (500ml) milk
Add all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together with a fork
In a separate bowl, add all wet ingredients together mix until combined
Take the bowl with the dry ingredients and make a well in the center.
Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients and mix lightly until just combined. Do not overmix, the mixture should still be lumpy.
Spoon the mixture into muffin pans, filling each about ⅔ full.
Bake in a preheated oven of 350°F° ( 180°C) for 15-20 minutes until baked and golden brown.
Remove baked muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
1.Wheat bran or digestive bran can be found in the flour section of your grocery store. If however you cannot find bran then simply leave it out and use wholewheat or wholemeal flour in place of the all purpose/ cake flour in the recipe.
2. Leave out the raisins and substitute with nuts or dried fruit if you prefer.
3.You can keep the mixture refrigerated for up to 30 days in an airtight container OR you could bake up the entire batch and freeze the baked muffins for up to 3 months