banana bran muffins

In recipe on March 16, 2010 at 1:38 am

my search for the perfect bran muffin continues. (i wonder if anyone else is as interested in bran muffins as i am…? but they’re so comforting and delicious!) this time, i turned to one of my favorite ingredients: the rotten banana.

i also took two readers’ comments to heart – toasting the bran and using dark brown sugar – to deepen the bran-y flavor that was lacking in my previous versions. i also decided to use yogurt instead of applesauce because… that’s what i had around and i wondered what it would do to the texture.

oh, and of course, where there are bananas, there is chocolate.

banana bran muffins

1 cup wheat bran, toasted
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 mashed brown banana
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

start by toasting your bran in a dry frying pan over med-high heat. keep stirring it almost constantly because you do not want it to burn! you’ll start to smell its great nuttiness and it will darken a little. i don’t think there’s any “correct” doneness. it’s to your taste. let it cool in a separate bowl while you mix your wet ingredients.

mash your banana

then mix your wet ingredients in one bowl

and your dries in another.

combine and mix in the chocolate chips!

fill your (lined or greased) muffin tin

and bake for about 17 minutes in a 425-degree oven.

this was definitely my favorite bran muffin variant so far (and not just because it had chocolate chips. but i think next time i’ll add white raisins TOO!).

i was pleasantly surprised by how much banana flavor just one rotten guy imparted, and the toasted bran (while a tedious step that you could totally cut out if you were short on time) definitely added the depth i was looking for.

the banana and yogurt made these muffins moist, tender and chewy, as well.

i have one or two more recipes to try (what would brown rice be like in a bran muffin? or zucchini?), but i think we’re getting closer to a winner. stay tuned.


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