What goes good with morning coffee? Lessee, we've done scones, bagels, mini-muffins, and crumpets. It's time to pull out an old recipe for healthy-type muffins. I haven't made these in a loooong time, I forgot how good they are.
Cranberry Bran Muffins
2 cups oat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup brown sugar or honey
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 - 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 - 1 cup dried cranberries (I prefer orange flavored)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Stir in cranberries and nuts. See below for variations suggestions.
I've made these with dates, raisins and mashed bananas instead of cranberries. If you use bananas (especially if they're quite mushy) you might want to cut back a bit on the yogurt. The yogurt is what makes these muffins really moist, but mushy bananas will do the same thing, and you don't want to overkill.
Another tasty variation is blueberries and blueberry yogurt. That's a really yummy combo.
The recipe makes 24 small muffins (don't fill the cups completely full), but I prefer mondo-ginormous muffins with my morning coffee. So I use the big-size muffin tins, and fill them more than full.
This requires a slightly longer cooking time. The result is ... well ... ginormous. And delicious. Great for brunches, and afternoon tea parties too. Although if I were going to serve these at a tea party, I'd probably make them smaller.