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The Best Maple Bran Muffins

The Best Maple Bran Muffins are a nutrient rich and wholesome way to start your day or to enjoy during an afternoon slump; they're made with recognizable, healthful ingredients and are freezer friendly.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 muffins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup white-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted) or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl, pour in the wheat bran with the milk and orange zest. Stir ingredients together. Let the wheat bran soak up the milk for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a muffin tin with muffin liners or spray with non-stick baking spray.In another bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cardamom.
  • Then in the bowl with the bran add in the vanilla, egg, maple syrup and oil. Fold in the dry ingredients and you can optionally add in 1/2 cup raisins or diced up dates.Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the tops of the muffins spring back to the touch.You can enjoy the muffins as is, with a smear of butter or make the frosting if desired (but highly recommend).

Notes

Maple frosting: In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 Tbsp. butter, and 1 Tbsp. milk to a simmer - let simmer for 2 minutes while you are stirring. Remove from heat, whisk in 1 tsp. vanilla and then gradually add in 1-1.5 cups powdered sugar. Spread on top of muffins once cooled.