Applesauce Bran Muffins

Applesauce Bran Muffins

Power-packed with whole grains, protein, and natural sources of sweetness this muffin recipe is sure to please little ones and adults looking for a quick nutritious breakfast or as a snack before, during or after a climb. Use this as your basic bran muffin recipe and add in other ingredients to suit your tastebuds. The add-in options are endless; dried fruit, nuts, oats, flaxseed, mashed bananas, or fresh fruit make the combinations endless.
They are freezer-friendly too, so make a double batch!
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 muffins
Calories 158 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups bran flakes cereal any brand
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour Can use 1 cup white flour and 1 cup whole wheat if you desire a less dense muffin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup applesauce can substitute 1 cup canola oil if you don't have applesauce, but calories and fat content will be a bit higher
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup honey can substitute 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional add-ins : 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup rolled oats (may need to add in a splash more milk), 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, apricots, cranberries, currants), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, or almonds, 1 mashed ripe banana, 1 apple diced, or 1 1/2 c blueberries.

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat oven to 375°
      1. Add paper muffin cups to the muffin tins. If not using paper liners, spray each muffin well with cooking spray or grease w/ shortening or butter to prevent sticking.
      2. Put all ingredients into the bowl and mix until well incorporated.
      3. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
      4. Bake 16-18 minutes.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts: these have been calculated using the basic recipe without add-ins.
    Calories 158, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0 g, Trans fat 0 g, Cholesterol 23 mg, Sodium 215 mg, Potassium 113 mg, Total Carbohydrate 33 g, Fiber 3 g, Sugar 20 g, Protein 4 g, Vitamin A 16%, Vitamin C 33%, Calcium 73%, Iron 24%
    *the above photo was made using walnuts, rolled oats, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, 1 Granny Smith apple diced, and dried cranberries. 
     
    Keyword Applesauce, easy, grab and go snack, healthy, muffins