The weather is gloomy today and usually I end up baking (it’s therapeutic). Today, I was rummaging through my pantry and fridge to see what I could find, and came across this oat bran box I completely forgot about.
From my experience, each time I use anything with the word bran, soaking it, helps keep the muffin moist. As you can see on the box, it’s very good for you. This past weekend, I tried a cranberry orange scone and the flavors stayed with me (meaning, I want to make something…and quick!). Our pituchi loves dry cranberries and I always have oranges on hand so I guess you could say it was meant to be.
If you don’t have buttermilk, don’t worry, you can use milk (I prefer whole with baking) or even yogurt! My daughter couldn’t wait to have these, she practically didn’t let me cool them for her!
I would say these are rather healthy and not too sweet which is great because I don’t feel guilty eating them in the morning with my coffee. 🙂 Whatever is left, freeze them for another time!
- 1 1/4 cups of oat bran or bran cereal
- 1 1/3 cups of buttermilk
- zest of an entire orange
- 1/2 cup of orange juice (use the juice from the orange that was zested)
- 1/2 cup of honey (or brown sugar)
- 1/4 of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of dry cranberries
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
- Raw sugar
- In a bowl, combine buttermilk and oat bran, let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, ground flaxseed and salt.
- Stir the orange juice, honey, applesauce, egg and orange zest into oat bran mixture. Stir oat bran mixture into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.
- Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or cupcake liners. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle raw sugar on each muffin. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks.
But my favorite is the slight crunch of the raw sugar and the burst of orange you get.
Perfect with a cup of coffee and a little butter…