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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blueberry Raisin Wheat Bran Muffins - Crazy Cooking Challenge

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Hello to everyone from the Crazy Cooking Challenge!  This month our challenge was Blueberry Bran Muffins.  I am new to the Crazy Cooking Challenge, but looking forward to the fun!  This is a re-post from an entry I did in January...but it's a good one.

I love muffins, I really do.  Probably has something to do with the fact that they can be eaten with one hand, and I always have a baby in the other!  I know everyone says that muffins can be bad for you, especially those store bought ones, but I think that if you can find the right recipe, you know what's going into them and therefore what's going into your body.  And if you are satisfied with what you put into the muffins, then that's what matters :-)


I especially like blueberry muffins, and I like the idea of bran muffins, though I find bran muffins too dry.  So I have always been on the search for the perfect blueberry bran muffin recipe.  You'd think it would be easy to find the perfect recipe.  Maybe I am too picky, I'm not sure.  Today I found a new bran muffin recipe which I modified when we made them, and part of the modifications included adding blueberries.  Here is the recipe we used:

1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups natural wheat bran
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup raisins

Cream shortening and sugar together.  Add molasses and eggs, and beat well.  Add buttermilk, then add bran. 

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add to liquid ingredients.

Stir in raisins and blueberries.

Place in lined muffin pan, bake at 400 F for 18 to 20 minutes or until muffins are done.

Makes 12 large muffins.

THE VERDICT
These are a nice looking muffin and taste pretty good.  The blueberries make the muffins especially moist. Big plus! Personally I am not a big fan of molasses, so next time we make these I will actually cut the molasses from 1/4 cup to 1/8 cup.  I think it still needs to be there, just a smaller amount. My husband and oldest son both liked these!

25 comments:

  1. Yum! Bran and blueberry together sounds awesome! I might just have to try them out. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a great recipe! Looks delicious!

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  3. Sounds wonderful and healthy!! I have to try it~!
    Come see me, #44

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    1. Thanks Lyuba! I will check your recipe out too! I'm always searcing for new muffin recipes, and blueberry muffins are my favourite!

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  4. Those look seriously yummo! I'm a big muffin fan as well but I'm not eating flour right now so I'll have to hold off on trying them.

    On a completely random side note, I tried to draw a Canadian Maple leaf on Draw Some today and I now see I did not give it enough points...so this is a cooking and art lesson all in one! :)

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    1. Hi Shannon! So glad that I could help with the maple leaf! Very funny that you mention Draw Some, that's been a topic of conversation around our house the last few days. Have a great day!

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  5. I too love muffins and these look just wonderful!! I will have to try these with the kids, thanks for a great new recipe!!

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    1. You're welcome Kathy, and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I am a serious blueberry muffin fan, so this recipe is calling me! I will have to try them, I agree with you on molasses, not my favorite either!

    Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome Stacey - if you try them please let me know what you think! Cheers!

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  7. Yum, I love your recipes! So healthy and delicious!

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  8. I couldn't agree with you more on most bran muffins being dry and on the molasses.. another must try recipe!! Oh and blueberries and raisins... num! Best of all... healthy! Blessings to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks Carla! And yes...so hard to find a not dry bran muffin. Hope you like these :-)

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  9. Great combination! I can definitely see the blueberries making this muffin moist. I actually enjoy bran muffins with a little added deliciousness to keep them less branny. I'm pretty sure that's not a word, but you get the point.

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    1. Love the new word! Sound slike we have similar taste in less branny but healthier muffins! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. These look great. I would make them without raisins. But they would still be wonderful!

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    1. I think my husband would prefer I opt out of the raisins sometimes too. I seem to throw them into a lot of things. These muffins would be good without, for sure!

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  11. I love muffins too, and you can put so many things in them like bacon and cheese!;) These look delicious!

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    1. Oh yes! I've always wanted to make a breakfast muffin with bacon, etc - and have several clipped, just haven't done it yet! Maybe that will be my next muffin venture. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. Welcome to the Crazy Cooking Challenge! So glad you joined in the fun. Your muffins look fabulous!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #23)

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  13. Thanks Kristin! Will check yours out too.

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