Banana Bran Muffins

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I'm always on the search for new and exciting foods that little ones can eat (especially those who have few teeth). Well, hello, muffins!!! But not the kind of muffins you buy in the market that can be loaded with with pounds of butter and sugar, I'm talking about the ones that are actually moist, delicious, full of fiber, fruit and over-all goodness.

I grew up eating my grandmother's bran muffins which we're heavenly. She used to tell me they were "health food". When I recently looked at her recipe, though, I realized that a cup of sugar for 12 muffins wasn't exactly "healthy".

I filled these mini muffins with tons of bananas. The thick consistency of the bananas replaces the large amounts of butter and oil called for in most recipes.

And I switched the sugar to agave which is low on the glycemic index and means your little one won't be spinning around the room after eating one (or two, as Kenya often does).

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Banana Bran Muffins (Makes 24 mini muffins)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 18 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Milk*
  • 3 Bananas, mashed
  • 2 Cups Bran Flakes cereal

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease mini muffin tins.

2. Place the flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine.

3. In a large bowl combine the wet ingredients. Whisk to throughly combine.

4. Pour the bran flakes into the wet mixture, stir and let them sit for 2 minutes to soften. Stir again, breaking them up a little.

5. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the wet mixture and whisk until all the flour is incorporated.

6. Spoon the batter 3/4 the way up each muffin cup.

7. Bake for 18 minutes.

8. Cool and serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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16 comments

  • ~michele

    Hi! I just found your site via a link in a CafeMom group thread and I LOVE it! I'm overwhelmed by all the recipes and very excited to get to trying them.
    I'm impressed that you have the time to do all this and am looking foward to utilizing the site often :)

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  • Babyletsshop

    Do you think I could sub the bran flakes for rolled oats? I don't have bran flakes right now. Also I would LOVE to see more muffin recipes. My son LOVES muffins and I am thrilled that your recipes don't contain a ton of sugar.

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  • FeFe

    these muffins are soo good! thank you for sharing such an easy and yummy recipe.
    what would happen if I add sunflower seeds and dried cranberries instead of bananas?

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  • Jackie

    do you just add the bran flakes? or do you need to crush them?
    thanks!

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  • Karen

    Have you made these as regular sized muffins? I don't have a mini muffin pan and am wondering what changes I would need to make.

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  • AmyJ

    Any thoughts on a sub for bran flakes? We don't buy processed cereals of any kind, regardless of the sugar content or whole grain content.

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  • Kelsey

    I don't think she means the cereal flakes... Do you? I know you can buy bran flakes for baking in the bulk foods area of Raleys. Is that what you're talking about?

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  • Jenn

    Is this 2 cups of Kellogs All Bran Flakes? Or do you mean wheat bran flakes (like wheat germ flakes)

    Have 3 ripe bananas to use up!

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  • Nicole

    I subbed ground oatmeal in place of the bran flakes since I didn't have any on hand. They turned out delicious.

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  • Jenn

    I think 2 cups of \"natural bran flakes\" would suck up too much moisture and make these dry?

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  • Jill

    what was the decision on the bran flakes - is it really just bran flake cereal?

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    • Catherine

      Yes it is Bran flake cereal :) My grandmother used to make it like this. Also, very easy to get hold of in the grocery :)

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  • Julie

    I made these with instant oatmeal since that was all I could find in my pantry. My first batch almost burned, took them out after 15 minutes. They were dry, but ok. I turned the oven down to 350 and baked for 15 minutes with the 2nd tray and they turned out perfect! Oh, and I added some mini chocolate chips. Mmmm.

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  • Sarah

    I made these today, but didn't try them yet. I was wondering how long they will last. Any one know?

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  • Sarah

    I just tried these muffins a few minutes ago. They were SOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!!!! I was a bit worried about it at first because it felt a little rubbery when I first took them out of the oven, but when I tried it they were so moist and chewy. The only thing I tasted was BANANAS, an I do love bananas. Thank you so much for this yummy recipe, it was delicious. Can't wait to make more

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  • [email protected]

    These are fantastic!

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