I created a monster. It happened one early Saturday when my friend Suzzi and I were out hitting yard sales and suddenly, we were both hungry! Luckily we were right by Trader Joes so I stopped by to get bran muffins. These were dense, bran-rific, and slightly sweet. I had them before, but after one bite, Suzzi was addicted. She passed that addiction onto her boyfriend Geoff, but that addiction comes with a hefty price tag. Seriously, those things are not cheap. Therefore, she said that since I created her madness, I come up with a version she could make.I did. And I promised her the recipe in a blog. And then my life became insane.
Well, here it is. These bran muffins are not exactly like they are at Trader Joes, but they are awesome and tasty. They are also a lot less expensive. You’ll also notice that these are oat bran based. These are gluten free, and you can vary the berries.
Oatmeal Bran Muffins
Makes about 18 muffins
18 muffin papers1-2 muffin tins (2 will make your life better)
1 ½ cups of vegan milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup of apple sauce
¾ cup oat bran
¾ cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 cup of gluten free baking mix
1 teaspoon xantham gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 large apple, core removed, finely diced
1 cup berries, such as black berries, fresh
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.In a cup, combine the vegan milk and apple cider vinegar.
Set to the side.
In a bowl, combine the oat bran, rolled oats, corn starch, gluten free baking mix, xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Stir until combined. Add the fruit and toss gently in the flour.
Add the vegan milk mixture and apple sauce.
Spoon into muffin tins, filling each paper about 3/4ths full.
Bake 20 minutes, cool, and enjoy.