Miniature Bran Muffins

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It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief because we all made it through the holiday season and are well into the New Year! That means we battled out holiday parties and family meals that were no doubt filled with our favorite treats. For me, this included sweet potato cheesecake, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese… the list could go on. I don’t know about you, but my body is ready for a break from these sugar and butter laden treats.

That’s why I’m turning to a lighter recipe for this January. Enter these delicious miniature bran muffins. At 40 calories a piece, these muffins are the perfect thing to give you a little morning boost without wasting the typical 400-500 calories that can be found in most muffins. I like to make a big batch and then freeze them individually in plastic wrap. That way all you need to do is pop a few in the microwave for 20 seconds and voila, a no fuss snack ready in seconds!

This recipe uses Truvia baking blend, which is a low-calorie alternative to using sugar in your baking recipes. It’s a mixture of Truvia and regular sugar made specifically for baking. It’s not for everyone, some people think it has a strange aftertaste, and others are opposed to artificial sweeteners. If you find you don’t like the taste, it’s easy to convert to a full-sugar recipe. One half cup of Truvia baking blend can be replaced with one cup of regular sugar. You can easily substitute 6 tablespoons of real sugar in this recipe!

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Miniature Bran Muffins

Servings: 24 • Size: 1 mini muffin • Calories: 40 • Fat: 0 g • Carbs: 7.0 g • Fiber: 2.0 g • Protein: 2.0 g • Sugar: 1.0 g • Sodium: 132.0 g

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
3 tablespoons Truvia baking blend
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Grease miniature muffins cups.

Mix together wheat bran and milk, and let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in bran mixture. Sift together all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir into bran mixture until just blended.

Scoop into muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 6-10 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly tapped.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
Once the batter is mixed, put your muffins in the preheated oven right away. Batters like this one that use baking powder and baking soda need to be baked immediately so the leavening power is not lost.

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19 thoughts on “Miniature Bran Muffins

    • Thank you Francesca! Yes, it’s definitely been a challenge to cut back after the holidays. I think my stomach grows every December and I have to slowly shrink it back down to normal size ;) Hope all is well with you, Stefano, and Her Majesty!

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  1. These mini-muffins seem like the perfect antidote to holiday over eating. Every year I vow I will eat sane amounts over Christmas but always end up over indulging. I hope the weather is not too inclement in your part of the world. ;)

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  2. As always delicious sounding and looking Heather, but I am one of those who finds Truvia has that bitter aftertaste. But I don’t think I’ve heard of its baking blend, so maybe that would be better. I would need to look out for it and try it, as I do like sugar…a little bit too much! When I do, I’ll let you know! I hope you’re having a good week my friend, and not too many problems wtih all that snow xo

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    • Oh Sherri, I have the biggest sweet tooth ever! I know exactly what you’re talking about when it comes to artificial sweeteners. In some things like yogurt, I can’t stand the terrible aftertaste that they leave. The baking blend is a little more subtle but you can still tell it’s not real sugar. If only real sugar could be calorie free, right?! Happy Tuesday to you too my friend. Sending you positive writing vibes as you continue to work on your memoir :)

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      • Thanks so much Heather! I sort of disappeared last week, so apologies for my late reply to yours! Yes…I agree…if only for sugar :-) Loving your positive vibes…I’m getting there, and hope to get a post up later too. Phew, I’ve been in a blogging black hole it feels like, but crawling out I hope! Have a great week my friend, and happy baking! :-) xo

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  3. These little bran muffins look delicious Heather! I am totally with you…a much needed break from sugary treats. Your muffins are just perfect for a little sweet with a cup of coffee. Great recipe :-)

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  4. I love the blue background in these pictures AND I also like the sound of these muffins. I, too, like to individually freeze muffins and other tasty treats in plastic wrap so that I have to think about defrosting before I begin to mindlessly munching! I will definitely be giving these a try.

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  5. More yummy miniatures! I love bran, I always have (I’ve never had that ‘too healthy’ association with it like my husband has!) and it’s an added plus that it’s good for you! I can imagine eating a couple of these with butter and a hot cup of tea! x

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