Sunday, August 9, 2020

Blueberry Bran Muffins

These are a lighter version of a traditional bran muffin, using wheat bran rather than wheat germ and with the addition of blueberries, a perfect pairing. I love the Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica and having their cookbook is such a treat since traveling during covid times is limited for us.

Makes 12 muffins.

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter or 140 grams, melted and cooled
1/4 cup or 55 grams brown sugar
1 teaspoon Diamond salt (or 1/2 teaspoon other kosher salt) 
1 large egg, slightly beaten
6 Tablespoons avocado oil (or other neutral vegetable oil)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 cup or 130 grams all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat germ or wheat bran, toasted to a deep brown in the oven before use in the batter, (spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or plain non-Greek yogurt, or sour cream, creme fraiche, etc.)
2 cups or 300 grams blueberries
Sugar for sprinkling on top (brown sugar, sparkling coarse sugar, or granulated sugar that's been dampened with a little water and placed in clumps - makes a nice crunchy sugar top!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add liners to a muffin pan. The tall liners work best so you can really pile the blueberries on top of each muffins. I used these liners

Melt the butter in a large glass mixing bowl in the microwave for a little over a minute and then let the butter cool. Whisk in the brown sugar and the salt. Then whisk in the egg, oil, maple syrup, and honey. Add the flour, wheat germ or bran, and the yogurt until just conbined. Evenly divide the batter between the muffin liners and then top the batter with the blueberries. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes, let cool slighly before serving.

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