Friday, March 21, 2014

Muffiins, Bran Muffins for breakfast-on-the-go.

I am a picky eater. I have issues with textures. 
When I was little, I would peer into the yogurt bowl ( home made yogurt) and squint painfully to check if there was any 'malai' and if there was, I'd reject the whole thing. My parents wold strain the milk and set the yogurt. I would again squint painfully and with a spoon in hand, scrape off the top layer of yogurt to reveal the silky smooth yogurt below. 
As my tea cooled, a film would cover it. Arrgh! I'd run into the kitchen and get a super fine tea- strainer and a fresh cup, strain my tea and drink it. 
I could do all this at home but it was not so easy when I was visiting someone. I'd politely decline tea or coffee even though I was in sore need of the much needed four o'clock cuppa. Sometimes I'd fake and say I am allergic.

M does not see eye-to-eye with my picky nature. He tsk-tsks every time I pick and trash the plasticky film from the top of milk (when I need to boil it). He wonders why I run miles from food that is slimy-ish (like eggplant or oats). He loves oats, eats them for his breakfast, everyday. No sugar needed. GULP!
I prefer these oatmeal bars.
Then one day, M comes home from Sprouts and has bag of  wheat bran. I slapped my forehead and in the very 'wifey way' asked, " arey ha bhusa kashala anlay ata?"He went on and on about this stuff.  I huffed and I puffed.
Then one day, M actually tried to eat the bran like he ate oats. I could not take my eyes off the the rhythmic way his jaws were working and also noticing that he was not gulping. I nodded approvingly, "Bran is good. Loads of fiber. Loads of benefits. Very good" I added, rubbing it in.
I am perverse that way.

Finally, he decided that good or not, bran was better used in some other form. He mentioned it to me, in passing that, bran muffins were good for health.

The idea of a muffin was a good one though. And it would finish up the bran. This recipe caught my attention. 
I made a few changes to the recipe (not the measurement, of course), substitution, really. The changes worked very well and we all enjoyed the muffins, M shared some with his colleagues too. 
These muffins are very moist and slightly sweet making them a treat. They are good for breakfast-on-the-go.

Here is the recipe with my substitutions:

  • 2 cups  Wheat Bran
  • 1 cup date and nut snack  or just dates- pureed
  • 1/2 cup  dark raisins
  • 1 cup, plus 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup  buttermilk ( if you do not have store brought buttermilk, use 1/2 cup milk and add 1/2 tsp Vinegar, let it stand for a few mins, then use it)  or plain low- or non-fat yogurt
  • a few swipes of fresh orange zest (unsprayed) (I did not have any, I left it out)
  • 1/2 cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 cup  flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin 

  •  Spread the wheat bran on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for six to eight minutes, stirring a few times so it cooks evenly. Let cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 cup of the date snack / dates with 1/2 cup of the water. Simmer for ten minutes, or until the water is all absorbed. Puree the date snack / dates until smooth.
In a large bowl, mix together the toasted bran, buttermilk or yogurt, 1 cup water, then mix in the date puree, orange zest, and brown sugar.
Stir in the oil, egg and egg white.
Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and sift directly into the wet ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are just combined, then mix in the 1/2 cup raisins.
Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, making sure the batter is mounded slightly in each one. 
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the muffins feel set in the center.

breakfast on the go

Have a great weekend! With the weather clearing up, it is splendid outside! Pack these muffins in your picnic basket and enjoy the weather.
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  1. lovely tasty muffins. And glad to find one person exactly like me. Whatever you told about yourself, I was reading as if you have written about me.. It perfectly suits me. I too hate that film on my coffee and malai in yogurt..

  2. I so badly wish I could pack some muffins, the weather here sucks big time, still no sign of spring its dead cold and winds in my neck of wood. Bran and muffins can be managed only because its with muffins dear, or else bhusa kasa kahycha.... lovely word for some healthy stuff.
    Love Ash.

    1. I wish I could share these Ash. hope everything is fine at your end.

  3. ha ha ha.. that was funny when you said it in a wifey manner :P .. the muffins look awesome, husbands are not always wrong you see ! :D

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  5. Beautifully written... lovely muffins :)

  6. Picky eater indeed! :) I could just picture you scraping the yogurt-- and gloating about the bran. Desi too is the kind of hubby who'd come home with sprouts and bran, so that really made me smile.
    Your bran muffins look awesome. I made breakfast muffins too yesterday, but only I turned them into squares because I was too lazy to scoop the batter into muffin cups.

  7. Thank you, Vaishali! I would love to see your vegan version.


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