Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday baking - banana bran muffins

As we bake our way through A Treasury of New Zealand Baking...

I wanted to bake something reasonably healthy to have for morning tea during the week so decided on bran muffins. A Treasury of New Zealand Baking has three bran muffin recipes to choose from and I settled on this one as I had all the ingredients handy including just enough walnuts for the topping.

The recipe has very little added sugar and fat and lots of fibre from the the bran. You could make these muffins without the topping if you wanted to cut down on sugar but I think the topping makes the muffins.

I halved the recipe as I didn't want to be eating them for two weeks and they worked just fine, though I added a couple of tablespoons of milk as the mixture was too dry but as I type this up I realise it's because I added too much flour!

Banana bran muffins - week nine (Fiona Smith)

1 1/2 cups bran
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I used walnuts)
1/4 cup long thread coconut
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup natural yoghurt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup oil
2 bananas, mashed
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Grease a 12-hole muffin pan.

Mix the bran and boiling water together in a bowl and leave to cool.

In a seperate bowl, mix half the sugar with the nuts, cinnamon and coconut. Set aside.

Add the yoghurt, egg, oil and banana to the bran and water. Mix well. Sift the flour, remaining sugar and baking soda together and fold into the bran mixture. Spoon into the prepared muffin pan, then sprinkle with the sugar and nut mix.

Bake for 20 minutes. Loosen in the tin and cool, then rest on a wire rack for awhile.


  1. Yum, these muffins look good. Lovely food styling too x

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