Believe it or not, every now and then I like a healthy treat. Although I mostly crave baked goods of the gooey, chocolaty variety, it’s nice to take a break from all that and bake up something that’s actually good for me. For some reason, the other day I had a serious craving for bran muffins….how odd. Who craves bran muffins?! Anyway, I remembered I had a box of Bran Flakes cereal in the pantry and thought I’d try making a bran muffin with it. These were actually very light and fluffy (you can thank the banana for that) and not heavy or overly “bran-y”. We really enjoyed them with a little butter and honey. My coworkers loved them too! Next time you need a good, quick, healthy muffin, gives these a try- they’re highly satisfying and actually good for you! :)

Banana Bran Muffins

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups bran flakes cereal
1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, combine bran cereal and milk. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add honey, egg and oil. Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Stir in the banana. Spoon evenly into 12 muffin pan cups fit with cupcake liners.

Bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Recipe source: adapted from Kellogg’s.com

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10 Comments »

  1. These sound like a great healthy breakfast treat! yum!

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    Comment by Dishes of Mrs. Fish — April 11, 2011 @ 5:14 AM

  2. Typically, I’d hear the word bran and run the other way! But these look really yummy and healthy. And your idea of putting a little butter and honey only sweetens the deal. Maybe I can trick B into eating these healthy snacks…

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    amy Reply:

    You totally could! Just tell him they’re banana muffins and he’ll never know there’s bran in them! :)

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    Comment by Kim — April 11, 2011 @ 6:57 AM

  3. Great combination! I would love these!

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    Comment by Maris (In Good Taste) — April 11, 2011 @ 10:58 AM

  4. I love this healthy treat. Perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack.

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    Comment by The Food Hunter — April 11, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

  5. These look wonderful. I always enjoy my visits here and recipes like this one keep me coming back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    amy Reply:

    Wow, thanks so much, Mary!

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    Comment by Mary — April 11, 2011 @ 12:45 PM

  6. I’ve been seeing so many muffin recipes lately… I think I need to give these a try!

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    Comment by Dana — April 12, 2011 @ 8:34 AM

  7. i tried these the other day, and they were great!
    my parents loved them, and they’re perfect to take to school :)

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    Comment by Jocelyn — April 18, 2011 @ 12:08 AM

  8. I replaced the oil with apple sauce because I almost always do that, and they turned out great!

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    Comment by Alyssa H — April 30, 2013 @ 9:06 AM

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