The Ultimate Muffin Champions

good for the guts.

These are my muffriends. I spend a lot of time with them. They’re low-fat, high-fibre, all-delicious. Brantastic, one might say.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line or grease a muffin tin (12 normal-sized muffins or 6 behemoths). In a large bowl, combine:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 3/4 cup yogurt + 1/2 cup milk (OR: 1 cup buttermilk) (OR: 1 cup milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice added, allow to sit for a few minutes before you add it)

As you can see this isn’t very precise… basically you just want the wheat bran to get all damp and delicious. Allow the bran/dairy to sit for 10 minutes. In a second bowl, combine:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup applesauce (most muffin/loaf recipes call for oil… use applesauce instead! Vegan, fruity, moist. Triple threat.)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a third bowl, sift together:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Add the wet mixture to the bran/dairy and stir to combine. Then fold in the dry mixture until just combined. (Do not overstir! This is the trick to fantabulously light muffins.) Now, add whatever treasures you want to find inside your muffriends:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup: raisins, small chunks of fruit, berries, nuts, etc.

I usually use apples and strawberries, deeeee-lish. Blueberries would also be bomb. Stir to combine, with as few strokes as possible, and then fill your muffin tin (you can fill each cup basically to the brim), and add toppings. I covered mine with flax seeds, since I have a kilo of them in my pantry. (The bag was only $1.69! I couldn’t resist! And now everything I bake for the next month will be high in omega-3s!) You can use any nuts or other seeds. Or nothing. Whatever man.

Bake 15-20 min for 12 normal-sized muffins and 20-25 min for 6 giant muffins. When a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean, they’re done (but make sure you’re inserting into batter and not fruit, since cooked fruit mush can look like uncooked batter).

Eat for breakfast, snacks, even dessert. Give them to your kids for all-day energy, so that they fight less like this…

…and more like this:

The next Georges St. Pierre? Bien oui!

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