Saturday, August 13, 2011

Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe ~

I had intended this post to feature a Fall knit.  However a severe case of poison oak makes me cringe at the very thought of touching wool.  Instead, at the request of my sister, I'm going to share my tasty and nutritious raisin bran muffin recipe.  She recently visited and sampled these muffins and pronounced them delicious and insisted I share the recipe!

Mr. Puffy's Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

I've been making these muffins since my college undergrad days when a friend shared her recipe.  But I've recently modified the recipe to substitute raisin bran flakes for the plain bran in the original and now they remind me of memorable muffins that I once enjoyed at a bed & breakfast in Hawaii.  If you search on-line you can find a raisin bran muffin recipe that is typical of those served at bed & breakfast inns, but it makes an enormous quantity and lacks the rich flavor that comes from the molasses and honey in my recipe and, I believe, those ingredients were also probably in the muffins I had in Hawaii.


1 1/4 cups raisin bran cereal (the thick flakes are best with lots of raisins) 
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 dashes salt

1 beaten egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 Tbs. honey
1/4 cup molasses

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 8 small muffin tins (cupcake size).
2.  Measure out the raisin bran flakes and set aside (these are folded in last).
3.  Toss together the remaining dry ingredients (flour, sugar, soda, salt).
4.  In separate bowl mix the wet ingredients.
5.  Quickly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and lastly fold in the raisin bran cereal.
6.  Spoon into small muffin tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 20 minutes.

These muffins freeze very well.  The recipe makes 8 small, old school style, muffins.  For a light breakfast they are wonderful warm from the oven with sweet butter, a bowl of fresh fruit, and a cup of coffee or drizzled in honey like in the first below. I usually have two.

The MisAdventures of Simcha

Lastly, I'm not going to name names or place blame on any individual for the discomfort I'm presently experiencing due to my severe case of poison oak (did I mention that already?) the severe part I mean.  But I can say that the party responsible for transmitting the poison oak oil can be touched by using a very short stick. 

 Until next time, be well and love well and not to alarm anyone but it's time you were planning your Fall knitting!


gMarie said...

Oh my husband love raisins and bran in muffins - if only I could bake.

So sorry about the poison ivy. Does the guilty party have a good attorney? g

SissySees said...

I think about that - transfer - on nearly every walk. Luckily - knock on wood - I'm not allergic.

Those muffins do sound ideal!

Monika said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you've got that Poison Ivy thing! I hope it does not last long. I have no experience with this whatsoever. Only saw it in the movies.
The muffins look delicious, but I'm no friend of raisins.
I've been knitting three hats in the last three days, so I guess my Fall knitting is already ON! ;o)

t does wool said...

as entice me back into the kitchen..yours must smell heavenly my friend.
Delicious Claudia..hope u=you are well..xx

jillian said...

Ooooh...feel better soon! At least it's not poison oak :) Small comfort at the moment I'm certain.

Thanks for the yummy recipe!

elineof said...

I have to try those muffins! Thanks for sharing. the Emma Bridgewater cup with dots!

Anonymous said...

I am making those muffins TODAY. You should write a cookbook, Claudia, wonderful recipes and very clear instructions.

So sorry about the poison oak. Have you found a good remedy? Just be glad you don't have to do what they teach in the Armed Forces.


Willow said...

uh-oh! So sorry you're itchy :(

Did you say fall knitting? lalalalala, I'm not listening...

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those muffins look great and I'm always looking for nutritious and delicious afternoon snacks for my kids around here. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

So sorry about your poison oak!!!

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

I hope you are getting some relief from the poison oak - how miserable! Thanks for sharing your recipe - these muffins would be great for our family this fall, too.

Fall knitting well underway... We had a few crisp days last week that reminded me fall will be here soon! (my favorite season!)

Tracy said...

Oh, no... poison oak! So very sorry you're having such discomfort, Claudia. Hoping you're finding some ease with natural remedies or something. The bad thing about poison is that it just takes time to get over. We won't blame Simcha too long--couldn't do that. ;o) I had a terrible bout with poison ivy after a walk in the woods in my late teens... makes me itch just to remember it--yikes! WONDERFUL muffins! So good, so healthy--love 'em! I will make these this next coming weekend. Thanks for sharing. Be feeling better soon! ((BIG HUGS))

Hilary said...

Poison oak, oh no! :( I'm so sorry to hear that and hope you feel better soon. *Sigh*...Simcha...

Thank you so much for the muffin recipe...I love me some bran muffins and adding raisin bran cereal sounds absolutely delicious (and like it adds a great texture).

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Thank you all for your nice comments and sympathy! I have the poison oak all over my arms, wrists, neck, and chin and while I thought at first I would just use topical treatment it boiled up and needed something more effective. I'm on Predizone and that has been very very very helpful but makes it hard to sleep, but then, so was the itching - LOL

Kathy, thank you for your encouragement about a cookbook but I'm just happy to share with my readers here! I do hope you enjoy them :) AND I don't even want to know what those poor armed forces receive as a treatment - but I'm surely not made of as strong stuff!

Renee said...

Yum, I have to go pick up some Raisin Bran cereal to make your muffins!

Hope you feel relief soon, lucky dogs, they're immune to poison oak and ivy.

I've been thinking a lot about fall knitting, mostly because I had no time to indulge in summer knitting. Autumn is my MOST favourite season.

Be well! xx

Lap Dog Knits said...

So sorry to hear "someone" accidently gave you poison oak - yikes!! I'm sure he didn't mean it.
Hopefully you're feeling better today.
What happens to his tongue?

The Fall knitting - it's on the list, I think I'll wait to see what wonderful project you have going and I'll get my inspiration.

Yarny Days said...

Thats for that recipe. I have been looking for yummy muffin recipes for my daughter--this is just perfect.

Katherine said...

This is me planning, planning. I don't seem to be getting anywhere, just thinking about fall knitting.

I trust Simcha has had a good bath. So sorry you have poison oak. It can be so difficult to get rid of. Hope the Prednisone works for you and you are itch free soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudia,

I'll tell you AFTER you are over it. (LOL)


kaetrn said...

i hope you feel better soon! that sneaky simcha...never lets us get bored! :)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I'm pretty much over it Kathy (except some residual redness) ~ do tell?????

Erin Bassett said...

Mmmm, sounds delicious!! Totally saving this on! TFS!!

Anonymous said...

Claudia, Had trouble sending my response so if this is a duplicate, I'm sorry.

The answer I got from the Internet (which I had consulted when my husband started pulling out poison ivy from the back yard), was that soldiers were taught when out in the wilderness to urinate upon the affected area. It seemed to me I had heard this before so I trusted the posting, which I don't always do when the source is the Internet. I'll do more research and let you know. (Not that I expect you will ever need that information). So glad that you have recovered!

Larissa said...

Your muffins look so yummy - what a great recipe full of buttermilk and molasses. So glad you are feeling better!

Kristyn Knits said...

Thanks for your visit Claudia! These muffins look wonderful! And I love that you mentioned they freeze well!! I'm going to be baking up a few recipes this week. I hope I have the time to make these! That poison is awful stuff. My husband had a really bad case last summer. Be well!!

Windyridge said...

I am definitely trying these muffins!

Windyridge said...

The muffins were made this morning and I had three! Delicious!