Moist Bran Muffins

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: King Arthur Flour’s Bran Muffins.

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Moist Bran Muffins

Yield: 12 regular-sized muffins or 6 jumbo

Prep Time: 20 min + overnight in fridge

Cook Time: 25 min

These are easy to make and bake up beautifully. They stay moist too!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/4 cups bran cereal (not flakes), divided (I use "Bran Buds")
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, traditional or white whole wheat
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup orange juice

Directions:

1. Pour boiling water over 3/4 cup of the bran cereal in a small mixing bowl. Add the raisins, brown sugar and oil. While the bran mixture cools, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.

2. Beat the egg with the buttermilk and orange juice in a large measuring cup. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup bran cereal, then the bran/raisin mixture. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

3. The next day, preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a muffin tin or line with papers and coat the papers with nonstick spray. Fill each cup two-thirds full. Bake the muffins until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 23 to 26 minutes for regular-sized muffins (35 to 40 minutes for jumbo muffins). Remove from oven and allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack to finish cooling, or serve warm, as desired.

Tips:

*The batter can be mixed up and held in the refrigerator for up to a week, then scooped and baked as needed, so you can have fresh, warm muffins whenever you like!

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 regular-sized muffin
Calories per serving: 250
Fat per serving: 5.75g
Saturated Fat per serving: .65g
Sugar per serving: 23.25g
Fiber per serving: 6g
Protein per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 18.25mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 48.5g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 7 Old Points Program: 4.5

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via King Arthur Flour: Whole Grain Baking)