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Busy mornings? Make a batch of bran muffins that you can grab and go!
School is back in session, and my mornings just go busier again. The solution? Bran muffins. I grew up with my mom making bran muffins, and now I can do the same. I can make a big batch of muffins that everyone can grab and eat in the morning quickly. I’m just making a few tweaks to the recipe that I grew up with. September is National Cholesterol Awareness month, and in honor of that, I’m making my brand muffins with Mazola® Corn Oil. A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.
For my better-for-you bran muffins, I’m swapping the vegetable oil for Mazola Corn Oil, swapping the milk for plain Greek yogurt, and swapping 1/2 of the sugar for fruit puree.
Baby food is an easy way to swap the sugar for fruit puree, and I love using pears for my bran muffin recipe.
The base for my bran muffins is some bran cereal. I put it in the food processor to grind it up for baking.
The wet and dry ingredients get mixed separately and then combined together for a thick bran muffin batter.
Spoon the bran muffin batter evenly into the twelve muffin pan cups. You don’t need cupcake liners, but I prefer them. Spray the bottom lightly with cooking spray.
Bake at 400 degrees until lightly browned. Mazola has a smoke point higher than most cooking oils at 450°F, which means it performs well in a wide variety of cooking applications. Like baking muffins!
Pull the muffins out of the oven and allow to cool slightly. Place muffins in a tight sealing container for breakfast!
In the morning, the kids and I can get up and grab a bran muffin for breakfast. I like to pop mine in the microwave for about 10 seconds to warm it back up again.
azola Corn Oil is an all-purpose, cholesterol free cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy* choice for your family.
*See Mazola.com for more information on the relationship between corn oil and heart health. It has a variety of uses including baking, grilling, sautéing, stir frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing.
Baking a batch or two of muffins at the start of the week is one of my favorite ways to combat busy mornings.
- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil
- 1/4 cup fruit puree
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Can also use cupcake liners.
- In a food processor or blender, crush bran cereal to fine crumbs.
- In a large mixing bowl combine Greek yogurt, eggs, corn oil, and fruit puree. Mix well.
- In a seperate mixing bowl combine crushed cereal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- Portion batter evenly into twelve muffin-pan cups.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.