Healthy Bran Muffins with Applesauce Recipe

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You can prepare our easy Bran Muffins with Applesauce at home in less than one hour.

Bran Muffins with Applesauce are a perfect healthy breakfast or on the go snack. We like to enjoy hot muffins right out of the oven, smeared with ricotta, cream cheese or butter.

You can also serve them as a healthy dessert accompanied by scoops of vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts, caramel sauce and butter & brandy fried apples.

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Bran Muffins with Applesauce
Bran Muffins with Applesauce

History of Muffins

A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product most commonly associated with morning mealtime. It’s one of the most popular on-the-go breakfasts that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to enjoy later.

Muffins can refer to two distinct baked goods, a part-raised unsweetened flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle, and a cupcake-like sweet or savoury quickbread that is leavened with baking powder and baked in a mold.

While the most common quickbread muffins are sweetened (such as lemon blueberry muffins, mincemeat muffins and morning glory muffins), there are also savoury varieties such as jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins and cheddar apple muffins.

The flatbread “English Muffin” variety is of British origin, and dates from at least the early 18th century, while the quickbread originated in Canada and America during the 19th century.

One 19th century source suggests that muffins may be related to the Greek bread maphula, a cake baked on a hearth or griddle. Culinary historians also look to the Old French mou-pain, meaning soft bread, which may have been corrupted into “mouffin.”

The word is first found in print in 1703, spelled moofin; it is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake. The expression muffin-man, meaning a street seller of muffins, is attested in a 1754 poem, which includes the line: “Hark! the shrill Muffin-Man his Carol plies…”

One of Canada’s top selling cookbooks of the 1980s was Muffin Mania, which helped popularize muffin making from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Homemade muffins were originally prepared as a healthy breakfast option, high-fibre mid-afternoon snack or low calorie dessert.

In 1997, muffins were popularized once again in Seinfeld’s now famous “The Muffin Tops,” episode. Like many muffin lovers, Elaine shared her love for only eating muffin tops. She hilariously talks about the fact that muffin stumps are not worthy of consumption as they don’t have the desirable crunchy texture. She shares the idea of opening a store that sells just muffin tops with her ex-boss and is outraged when he steals her idea.

When he offers her 30% of the profits to help his struggling business, they initially give the unused stumps to a homeless shelter. But after they get complaints about the missing muffin tops by a charity worker, they have to get rid of them elsewhere. Newman eventually takes the muffin stumps off their hands, smiling with glee!

Ingredients you'll need to make Bran Muffins with Applesauce.
Ingredients you’ll need to make Bran Muffins with Applesauce.

My Family Loves Bran Muffins with Applesauce

One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling freshly baked muffins.

My family’s two favourite recipes were Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lemon Blueberry Muffins. In the summer we’d forage for wild blueberries and incorporate them into out favourite baked goods. My sister was the family blueberry fan while I was mostly obsessed with the marriage of banana and chocolate.

We love all varieties of bran muffins and apple muffins and believe this recipe combines the best of both worlds. My family loves to bake these muffins in the Fall, when we can visit apple farms in Hockley Valley just outside of Toronto.

This easy and healthy muffin recipe features All Bran cereal, applesauce and freshly chopped apple.

Bran Muffins with Applesauce: Measure wet and dry ingredients in two separate mixing bowls.
Bran Muffins with Applesauce: Measure wet and dry ingredients in two separate mixing bowls.

Buying VS Making Homemade Muffins

Today, muffins are often sold at grocery stores, McDonald’s cafes and coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. Unfortunately most commercially prepared muffins are simply cupcakes without the icing.

Read the ingredients list and you’ll find store bought muffins are full of sugar, fat and “flavourings” rather than real fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. The excessive sugar, salt, fat and additives in commercial muffin recipes allow the grocery stores and coffee shops to extend the shelf life so they don’t go stale as quickly as a homemade muffin would.

The best way to enjoy healthy muffins is by preparing them at home, allowing you to control the proportion of ingredients. We suggest eating muffins fresh the day they are prepared. If you have any leftovers muffins pack 3-4 in a ziplock bag in your fridge and simply warm them up the next day in the oven. You can use a microwave to reheat muffins but they won’t produce the desired crunchy texture.

Any remaining Bran Muffins with Applesauce should be stored in the freezer and can keep for 2-3 months. We like to double our muffin recipes when we prepare them so we have a storage of yummy muffins in the freezer that we can easily enjoy several weeks later.

Fill Bran Muffins with Applesauce in a greased tin and bake in the oven.
Fill Bran Muffins with Applesauce in a greased tin and bake in the oven.

Best Bran Muffins with Applesauce

There’s no better comfort food than a steaming, moist apple cake fresh out of the oven.

We prefer to prepare healthy Bran Muffins with Applesauce as they are small individual portions. Homemade muffins can be easily stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and are a great on-the-go breakfast snack.

So what qualities make the best Bran Muffins with Applesauce? The perfect muffin must be crunchy on the outside, well leavened so the muffin cap holds its shape and doesn’t shrink when cooled and feature a moist and light interior.

Looking to prepare easy homemade Bran Muffins with Applesauce? Baking is a science so you can’t just lower a muffin recipe’s fat and sugar content or you will bite into a chewy, hard and unappetizing product.

The Best Bran Muffins with Applesauce recipe features chunks of fresh apple.
The best Bran Muffins with Applesauce recipe features chunks of fresh apple.

Bran Muffins with Applesauce Tips

If you’re looking to prepare Bran Muffins with Applesauce on a whim and are missing a few ingredients at home don’t worry!

You can easily substitute whole wheat flour if you don’t have All Purpose. We like to use All Bran cereal but you could also use Bran Flakes or raw bran.

We’ve used regular milk in this recipe but you could also substitute for a combination of buttermilk. You may even want to spoon a few tablespoons of yogurt into the batter too!

We prefer to use Granny Smith Apples for the tart taste but you could also use Gala, Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples in this recipe. If you have a pear at home it’s nice to combine the batter with a mixture of chopped apple and pear as they pair nicely together.

The one tip I give all muffin making beginners is to avoid over-mixing the batter. Light and fluffy muffins are made by reducing the amount of gluten in the batter. If you whip muffin batter with a beater the final product will be as hard as a hockey puck.

For best results, form a well in the dry ingredients and pour your wet ingredients inside. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The finished batter should be fully incorporated, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so you don’t find unmixed flour. The most important rule to muffin making: when mixing, less is more!


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Let Bran Muffins with Applesauce cool on a rack before serving.
Let Bran Muffins with Applesauce cool on a rack before serving.

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Bran Muffins with Applesauce

Looking for the best Bran Muffins with Applesauce? Our quick and easy recipe features chopped fresh apple, applesauce and spices.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, canadian
Keyword: Apple Muffins, Applesauce Muffins, Bran Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 167kcal

Equipment

  • oven
  • Mixing bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • spatula
  • muffin tins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All Bran cereal
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Applesauce
  • 1 Apple peeled, cored, diced
  • 1/3 cup Canola oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 3 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar

Instructions

  • Stir All Bran, milk, applesauce, diced apple, oil and eggs together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
  • Stir together dry ingredients in a separate bowl and create a well in the centre.
  • Add wet bran mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
  • Fill greased muffin tin and bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 9.2g | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

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