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Beautiful Bran Muffins

Friday, July 4, 2008




Sean & I went on our first cruise together a little over a year ago. Needless to say, it can be very difficult for a vegan to find things to eat on a cruise. For breakfast Sean would eat these bran muffins & tell me how delicious they were. I am thinking, "Yeah right, they are bran muffins, you just have funny taste buds--anything remotely healthy tastes wonderful to you!". Finally he asked me to just try one, well, no wonder he loved them so much, they were chocolate chip bran muffins! How can you go wrong when you add chocolate chips? When we came home he wanted more of those bran muffins. So, being the loving, devoted wife that I am, I made it my mission to create the perfect vegan bran muffin recipe.

And now I am sharing it with you! My favorite way to make these muffins is with the addition of dark chocolate chips & chopped walnuts. I have also made them using: fresh blueberries, bananas & walnuts, frozen mixed berries, & raisins. The possibilities are endless. What I normally do, like this morning, is quadruple the recipe & make a dozen at a time & store the rest of the batter in the refrigerator until I need to bake some more (which is usually about a day & a half later!). However, I don't add the extras (like chocolate chips, nuts or fruit) until right before I make them.

Today I just made plain bran muffins. Enjoy!

Vegan Bran Muffins:
1 ½ c. wheat bran
¾ c. soymilk (less 1 T.)
1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 T. milled flax seed
3 T. water
½ c. honey
½ t. vanilla
2/3 c. whole-wheat flour (I use pastry flour)
1 ¼ t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. salt
1 c. dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.

Grease muffin tin.

Add the lemon juice to the soymilk.

Add this mixture to the wheat bran & mix well.

Let sit 10 minutes.

Mix the milled flax seed with the water.

Add the oil, honey & vanilla to the flax mixture; mix well.

Add this to the bran mixture. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon & salt.

Stir this into the bran mixture until just blended. Fold in the chocolate chips & nuts, if using.

Spoon the batter into muffin tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (this is hard to tell with the addition of the chocolate chips!). Yield: 12 muffins

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posted by Jamie the Foodie
12:32 PM

6 Comments:

Blogger Chelsea said...

Hi Jamie!

I just happened to stumble across your blog.. I was browsing Vegan Dad's most recent post, saw your comment, clicked, and here I am. I can't wait to try these bran muffins... my little sister is a bran muffin addict; I'll have to put these to the picky-eater's test!
Anyway, I subscribed to your blog. I'm kind of excited to have found you just as you're getting started. You take beautiful pictures and the recipes you've posted thus far seem right up my alley (I'm a healthy-vegan-eater as well!). The only blogs I subscribe to had been blogging for 1+ years when I first started reading... it'll be neat to watch you as you progress!
Thanks again for the recipe. :) I'm happy to be a new reader!

July 4, 2008 at 9:52 PM
Blogger Jamie the Foodie said...

Chelsea,

First of all, I sure do hope my muffins pass your sister's muffin test!

My husband is actually the photographer--you wouldn't be able to identify the food if I took the pictures!

I'm glad you found my blog. Vegan Dad is great; he really inspires me! I am excited to be starting this venture into the blog world, at least on the other side, I have been reading them for a while now. Thanks for reading & I hope I don't disappoint!

July 5, 2008 at 8:38 AM
Blogger Janet said...

Hi there, I really like your blog so far and can't wait to see what you come up with next :) I'm going to give these muffins a try, but using agave nectar instead of honey. Happy blogging!

July 5, 2008 at 10:34 AM
Blogger Avery Yale Kamila said...

Chocolate chip bran muffins--now there's a muffin after my heart! I love your blog!

July 6, 2008 at 3:23 PM
Blogger Jamie the Foodie said...

Janet,
Thanks & let me know how those muffin turn out! I just made some with lots of ripe bananas & they are delicious!

Avery,
Thanks! I love yours too, I subscribed to it actually! I am with you, anything to have an excuse to eat dark chocolate!

My husband was talking about my bran muffins today & he called them "Jamie's 'Explosive' Bran Muffins"! Thought that was pretty funny--if you get what he meant!

July 6, 2008 at 8:30 PM
OpenID twoveganboys said...

Jamie

Hi. These muffins are lovely. I will have to try and make them. Your site is great too. I am glad you started a blog.

Krys

July 7, 2008 at 6:15 AM

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