Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scare Your Family with Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins

My family will not eat these muffins. They don’t do bran, carrots, walnuts or raisins in their baked goods. They don’t like that these muffins aren’t covered in chocolate. They in fact, even loathe the healthy sound of the word “bran”.

Therefore, these toasty wonderful carroty bran muffins are mine. All mine! I stuck them in my freezer and have been enjoying one or two at a time. All the while, telling my family how awful they are the entire time I’m eating and that I sacrifice myself for their happiness.

Somehow, I don’t think they believe me. Perhaps I’d be more convincing if I stopped saying, “Yum!” after every bite.

Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins
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You too can scare your family into thinking bran muffins taste terrible. Then you can feel good about having these healthy beauties all to yourself.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
1 cup unprocessed bran
2 cups bran flakes, crushed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
4 eggs
3/4 cup extra light olive oil or vegetable oil
3/4 buttermilk or applesauce
1 1/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Coarse sugar or granulated sugar for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin tins.

2. In the microwave, toast walnuts on a plate on high power in 30 second increments. Toss and repeat 1 or 2 more times until toasted.

3. Combine in a large bowl; all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, bran, crushed bran flakes, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add carrots, walnuts and raisins and toss to coat.

4. To another large bowl add eggs, oil, buttermilk or applesauce, brown sugar and molasses. Whisk to combine. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until it just comes together.

5. Fill tins 3/4 full and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 17 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center muffins comes out clean.

Makes about 22 muffins

Recipe & photograph by Laura Flowers.


Monet said...

Hi Laura! These muffins look and sound is a shame that your family doesn't appreciate them, but at least that means more for you! I was just planning on buying a bag of I have a recipe to go along with it. Thank you for sharing...I hope that your Thursday is beautiful.

Joanne said...

haha you are too cute! This totally sounds like something i would do. But with chocolate cake.

Velva said...

These muffins are worth making simply for the fact that you can enjoy them all by yourself. I love these these type of muffins. I would enjoy them with my coffee and for snacking.

My family is the exact same way. Oh well, more muffins for us.

Take care.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Lol - you're so funny. My family (kids) wouldn't be scared by the bran, they'd be scared by the raisins!

They sound yummy to me.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These muffins look spectacular! Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?), my hubs will try just about anything, so I wouldn't stand a chance at keeping the muffins all to myself!

kindred spirit said...

YUM. I will make these for my kids and refuse to tell them the ingredients.

it's our secret.


Chef Fresco said...

These muffins do sound amazing. Lovely photo too!

UrMomCooks said...

Cute post! Yummy muffins! (the only thing I can't get away with is raisins...)

Anonymous said...

I love sneaking good for you stuff into delicious treats. I need to get into the habit of baking muffins to freeze. Great idea to keep them on hand!

Veronica said...

Oh, I must try these. Laura, you are so funny! Love your blogs. Love your recipes too. I think you're a genius.

Carolyn said...

I love bran muffins. I would be more than happy to have the whole batch of these to myself!

Anonymous said...

Throw a few my way!

Chef E said...

You know seeing the doily in the back ground reminds me of how I could do endless photos from antique shopping for photo styling! Not to give you any more shopping ideas you haven't already had LOL One day we could do a giant sale of blog props!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

LOL, Laura! Love the intro and I'd hide these away from everyone else too. They look hearty and delicious!

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