Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Blueberry Bran Muffins and my apologies...

I have been absent from my blog lately and I do owe an apology to the friends that visit me here. Believe me, I do miss posting and even more so the comments you all leave (they reeeally cheer me up!), but sometimes I get these days when I don't feel all that inspired to write, or make many different things.
Well, I am glad to say that the latest phase is over and I intend to be back for real now! :o)
Summer is finally here and I am truly happy with the warm days, it is soooo nice outside!
With such sunny days we have been grilling a lot (yum!) and already using the ice cream machine, so I better get my camera ready and take some time to come here to share the recipes with you all.
And what a better way to start my June posts than with a new muffin recipe?? You all know by now that we love muffins here at our house. I make them weekly and freeze for breakfasts and snacks, so I am always looking for different healthy muffin recipes to try.
Well, the summer fruits are here and one of my favorite started to show up at the farmers market this past week: blueberries!!
Yay, I love blueberries, the plump purple spheres are so sweet that you don't need anything else to go with it. I am a happy camper to sit down with a bowl of fresh blueberries, to me it is the perfect snack. Heck, I will even have a bowl of blueberries for dinner if you let me!
So, with some of those beauties around I decided to look for a muffin recipe and as I typed "blueberry bran muffins" on the google website I was sent to a recipe at the allrecipes website. It was the first one I took a look and it won me over immediately. I knew it could only be good, and I wasn't wrong... it was great!!
I loved the muffins, it is certainly one of the best bran muffins I have made. Easy, simple, and better yet, low fat, healthy and good for you. I used blueberries but can see these being made with apples and cinnamon, raisins, or even chocolate chips. I really enjoy bran muffins and these were delicious!
If you like bran muffins to then make sure you try this recipe, believe me, it is that good!

Low-Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins
(adapted from Original recipe can be seen here)

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup nonfat milk (I used soy milk)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or line muffin tins with paper cups.
Mix together wheat bran, milk, and applesauce and let rest for about 10 minutes. To this mixture add egg, vanilla, and sugar and mix well.
In another bowl mix together flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Fold in blueberries.
Portion batter into the prepared muffin cups and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes.


brisa said...

Dear friend,

I've been worthless on writing emails, and still owe you an answer, but at least I can deal with posts:))

You know you are my reference for muffins, hehe, so here we have another one for my list:))

I'll write soon.



Ana said...

Bri, I am happy to see you commenting here!! Thanks!
Don't worry, I know how life is busy.
And about the muffins, these were great, I am sure you will like them!

Akemi said...

Querida Ana, parece que não passamos por bons momentos estes dias. Mas assim como eu dei a volta por cima, fico feliz por vc estar de volta com seus posts e receitas de inspirar, amiga!

Ana said...

Akemi, eh assim mesmo ne amiga, a gente tem fases... mas ainda em q passa!
Estou de volta e vejo q vc tbem, quanto post bom hein amiga!

Beatriz Belliard said...

deliciosos e saudaveis ! vc fez os biscoitos ? bjs

Unknown said...

These look really good. As to the could see them, and I think you could taste them a little without the frosting, but once I put it on that's about all you could taste. They did melt a bit. Marshmallows are just not bake-friendly.

Fer Guimaraes Rosa said...

Ana, que bom te ver blogand de novo! :-)
Tambem ja vi alguns blueberries pelo mercado, mas ainda nao comprei nenhum. Tah na hora, neh? ;-)


Laurinha said...

Que bom te 'ver'! Não tenho tido tempo para brincar de blog.....hj du e logo vim aqui!
Achei ótimos os muffins! Já anotei, vou experimentar com as blue secas.... vamos ver!

Cris said...

Oi Ana... it was probably Winter blue... hey dear, não tenho tempo para comentar nos blogs queridos e vejo o quanto estou perdendo... olha que delícia esta receita!