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Raisin Bran Muffins

April 14, 2010

Raisin Bran Muffins

If I were a bran muffin on a bakery display shelf…

Yes… I just said that.

If I were a bran muffin on a bakery display shelf I would probably have blueberry muffin envy.

Blueberry muffins are like the cute blonde girl next door.  The girl that every boy likes in the sixth grade.

Bran muffins are more like the girl in the sixth grade with frizzy bangs, big teeth, giant feet and loads of…. potential.  Seriously!  The last thing you want in the sixth grade is potential.  Lame.   (If you can’t already tell, I’ve painted a picture of my sixth grade self for you.  I was tragically hilarious and full of… stinkin’ potential.)

Blueberry muffins are like cupcakes.  With fruit.  For breakfast.

Bran muffins… have a great personality… if you know what I mean.

But these Raisin Bran Muffins?  They are sorta like a secret weapon.  Like the ugly duck turned swan.  Like the unfortunate looking sixth grader who got kinda cute in her late twenties.  So there!  Take that sixth grade blueberry muffin blonde!

Woooow.  I can’t believe I just wrote that.  Furthermore… I can’t believe you just read that.  Apologies and thanks.

Raisin Bran Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

There are two things that make this muffin a secret weapon.

One:  they’re made with Raisin Bran Cold Cereal.  Super easy.  Super yummy.

Two:  the batter can be made ahead and kept in your fridge for a week.  The best part is that the muffins are even better a few days after the batter is made.  Yum.  Fresh muffins every morning.  You win!

Raisin Bran Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

makes about 20 to 24 muffins

Print this Recipe!

1/2 of a 15oz box of Raisin Bran Cereal

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups buttermilk

In a large bowl mix together Raisin Bran, flour, salt, sugars and baking soda.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk.

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  If you plan on baking the muffins right away, allow to sit on the counter for 45 minutes before baking.  This will allow the cereal to soften.

If you’d like to bake the muffins throughout the week, place the batter in an airtight container and store in the fridge.  Scoop into lined muffins pans when ready to bake.  Sprinkle with a spoonful of granulated sugar if desired.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  • Geez. Joy, you are pretty awesome. You even make Bran Muffins cool! LOVE your stuff. Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Oooh you made me laugh with this post! I can soo relate to the bran muffin metaphor. so much so i had to read this post out to my sister. I thought that blueberry muffin envy would never go away!

    love ur blog! xxx

  • I love bran muffins!!!!! I especially love how you can keep the batter for a week in the fridge!!! Instant portion control! No one wants to eat too many bran muffins…

  • hi,
    am new to yr blog but i enjoy reading yr recipes. this sounds very good, only from where we come we dont get raisin bran cereal. so what would be a good substitute ?

    • well… the whole point of the muffin is the bran cereal. anyone have any suggestions?

    • you must have SOME kind of bran cereal right?? any kind of bran flakes? whole grain flakes? i’d be surprised if you didn’t! if you do, you could just use those, and then add in raisins?

  • what a cute post! I’ve seen a similar recipe to these before, but never tried them. i love that you can keep the batter in the refrigerator…makes it so easy :)

  • tell me, when does that potential bloom? i still have frizzy hair and big teeth, i just have a flat iron and a retainer now.


    perhaps i’ll make some cereal muffins to dull the pain of still being awkward. :) thanks for the love.

  • great idea for these muffins! I like very much raising muffins!

  • What a super cute post!!! I was part of the raisin-bran muffin group when I was little :)

    In the end… the bran muffin is ALWAYS the right choice ;)

  • Those damn blueberry muffins, batting their blonde eyelids and flauting their berries. Shame on them!

  • Whenever I see a blueberry muffin, I’m like, “Wanna have breakfast tomorrow?”,… and she’s like, “Sure!”,… and I’m like, “Should I call you, or nudge you?!” But a Raisin Bran muffin, that’s a treat I can take home to Mama!

  • What a great lead in to these muffins! No one wants to wake up to a blueberry muffin every single day. But a raisin bran muffin? Now that is the stuff of long-term relationships!

  • Oh Joy, you are a mindreader. I was just thinking about bran muffins-easy, healthy go to brekkie-and here you are with a recipe! I think you can see into our fridges-I also have buttermilk that I had no idea what to do with. 2 posts in just a few days that speak to my heart. Thanks!

  • HAHAHA I love your description of the ugly duck bran muffin. HILARIOUS. You kill me, seriously.

  • Joy, you’re so funny! This was the *perfect* lead in to talking about Bran Muffins! I can totally relate! And I’ve been looking for a healthy breakfast recipe like this, can’t wait to try them out at the weekend, Thanks! x

  • Haha – too funny :D Great idea including Raisin Bran!

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