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Monday, February 10, 2014

Yummy Mummy Monday: Blueberry Bran Muffins



Here in BC it's Family Day, and what better way to spend some quality time together than cozied up at home baking up some yummy goodness? I'm lucky to know a few ladies with some pretty delicious tried and true recipes, my Mother- In- Law being one of them. Affectionately referred to as Mama Mary on occasion, this lady can cook and bake up a storm like nobody's business. 

On a recent Grandma date, Ari and I got to snack on a few of her delicious muffins. These suckers don't stand a chance; they barely make it out of the oven. When I asked for the recipe I had to grab a pen to jot down everything quickly, since Mary has it memorized! This is a perfect example that some of the best baking- and healthiest- is also sometimes the simplest; you don't need a laundry list of complicated ingredients for the outcome to be sensational. These are a great snack full of fibre, perfect for on- the- go families- just make sure to grab yours before they're all snatched up!

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Blueberry Bran Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
2 cups bran
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 eggs (or sub 1/4 cup applesauce per egg for an egg- free version)
1/2 cup oil
2 cups milk (sub almond or coconut milk for a dairy free version)
1 cup blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line muffin tin with liners; alternatively grease with oil or butter.
2. In one bowl mix the dry ingredients; in a separate bowl, whisk eggs; add oil and milk to the eggs and stir well.
3. Combine the wet with the dry ingredients, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
4. When mixed, add blueberries and stir until distributed throughout batter.
5. Pour batter into paper liners/ pan; distribute evenly, trying not to spill over the sides (I hate scrubbing the baked on stuff off the pans after!).
6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until you can poke with a skewer and it comes out clean.
Because of the bran and rolled oats, these muffins can be quite dry; if you prefer a more moist version, add 1/2 cup applesauce. 

I hope these are as big a hit with your family as they are with mine!

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