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 of muffins. Don't you just love make-ahead breakfasts and snacks?
It saves so much 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.
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.
You could even bake up the entire batch and freeze the baked muffins for up to 3 months
Made with buttermilk, these muffins are soft and airy with a tender crumb.
Served freshly baked, and buttered, this is one heavenly breakfast.
Raisins and currants substitute
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 them and add nuts or dried fruit it tastes just as great.
If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make some by adding 1 tablespoon (15ml) white vinegar or lemon juice to half cup (60ml) of milk Leave it aside for 2 minutes which will allow it to curdle. Use in place of the buttermilk.
- Wheat bran substitute
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 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.
- Brown sugar substitute
Brown sugar adds a rich caramel flavour to this recipe and creates a tender, moist bake. If you do not have brown sugar, go ahead and use white sugar, it will still have great flavour.
Perfect muffins everytime
- Do not over mix
So how much mixing should you do? Just enough to moisten, even if there are a few bits of flour visible, it's 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
Bake muffins on the middle shelf of your oven at a moderate temperature.
- Grease muffin pans well
Grease muffin pans well or use paper cups or little squares of baking 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.
30 Day Healthy Buttermilk Bran Muffins
- 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
- 1 cup (200g) brown sugar See note 2
- 1 cup (150g) raisins or currants See note 3
- ½ cup (125ml) buttermilk see note 4
- 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 (160°C fan) for 15-20 minutes until baked and golden brown.
- Remove baked muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
- 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 whole wheat or wholemeal flour in place of the all purpose/ cake flour in the recipe.
- Brown sugar adds a rich caramel flavour to this recipe and creates a tender, moist bake. If you do not have brown sugar, go ahead and use white sugar, it will still have great flavour.
- Leave out the raisins and substitute with nuts or dried fruit if you prefer.
- If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make some by adding 1 tablespoon (15ml) white vinegar or lemon juice to half cup (60ml) of milk Leave it aside for 2 minutes which will allow it to curdle. Use in place of the buttermilk.