Monday, January 4, 2016

Whole Wheat Pecan Bran Muffins

1 1/2 cup bran flakes cereal*
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup honey (or 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup loose packed brown sugar)

1 1/4 cup whole white wheat flour or all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional, add into batter or sprinkle on top)

Preheat oven to 400. Crush cereal a little bit with rolling pin or heavy utensil, like a potato masher or ground beef masher. Combine crushed cereal, milk, oil, vanilla, egg, and sugar/honey in a medium bowl. Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine with a long fork until no dry flour remains. Fill 10-12 muffin cups. Bake at 400 for approximately 15-17 minutes or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out dry. Best eaten within 1 day. To reheat, spray with water and warm in microwave.

*Note: Once the bran flakes are crushed it should be about 3/4 cup. I save the crushed flakes and  crumbs at the bottom of the bran flakes cereal bag in a jar over time, and then use those for this recipe and I measure out 3/4 cup.

Adapted from recipe on back of box of Millville Brand, Bran Flakes Cereal.

Guest posted November 17, 2015 on Unconventional Kitchen.