I love to cook. One of my favorite aspects of cooking is the freedom to be creative. Just add a dash of this, a bit of that and keep tasting until you have something delicious. Baking is not as forgiving. Baking requires much more science than does regular cooking. And not being a patient person, I never really learned to bake.
The lockdown gave me time to teach myself to bake. I watched every baking video imaginable. I read a gazillion cookbooks. And I baked recipe after recipe after recipe. We were all gaining doughy middles when my husband decided he wanted to start eating better.
Long pause. I am not a patient person, but I am also not one to pass up a challenge. When I saw baking something healthy as a dare, it was on!
Banana Bran Muffins are my first original baked good! I am so proud of myself. Not only did these muffins rise, they were really tasty! I used Kellogg’s All Bran cereal. These look like little twigs-not flakes. Fiber One makes a twiggy bran cereal, too. I usually give ideas for making changes to my recipes so you can personalize them to your own tastes. However, I am not comfortable enough with baking to do that yet. Good things these are delicous just like they are!
Time: prep time: 20 minutes, cook time: 20 minutes, muffins in 45 minutes
Hardware: Measuring cups and spoons, two mixing bowls, a rubber spatula, a fork, a muffin tin, a cooling rack, paper muffin cups (optional)
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups bran cereal
- ⅓ cup brown sugar + extra for sprinkling
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 ripe bananas
- Cooking spray
- Pre-heat the oven to 400˚. If you are using muffin cups put them in the muffin tin. Spray the paper or the tin. Make sure that the spray is in the edges of the cups.
- In one mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cereal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In the other mixing bowl, mash the bananas with the fork. Mix in the milk, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix until everything is completely combined.
- Gently stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Stir just enough to combine. Over stirring will make the muffins dense.
- Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups or tins. If you want, sprinkle a tiny pinch of brown sugar onto the top of each muffin.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are evenly a toasty brown. Serve warm with butter, apple butter, jelly or jam.