I am very excited to be hosting the Our Growing Edge link up party that was created by Genie of Bunny Eats Design. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. It is so easy to get in to ruts with food and keep eating the same food over and over again and this event is a great encouragement to get out there and try something new. The event is open to everyone and the instructions are here. All very straightforward and easy to do. To share a post with the event just head on over to here.
When Genie emailed me to provide the details for August, she asked if I would like to suggest a theme. Having recently seen this caramel almond cake from Nicole at the Spice Train and looking for an excuse to make it (not that I really needed an excuse to indulge in anything involving caramel), I suggested treat yourself. I am looking forward to seeing a month of great recipes and food that are special treats for you that I can try out. I have never baked with almond meal so I am keen to try that out with Nicole’s recipe.
Perhaps not on the same treat scale as the caramel almond cake are these molasses bran muffins. But as far as muffins go they are divine. I think they are my favourite muffins . Plus they have bran in them so you can pretend they are healthy even though they make contain a smidgen (or large dollop) of sugar.
The molasses takes these muffins to a whole new level. Yes they are sweet but not in that overly sickly cheap chocolate way. The molasses has a lovely depth of flavour that is toned down by the bran – about the only useful thing bran does in a recipe if you ask me. How people eat it for breakfast with milk is beyond me. It tastes like what cardboard to me.
And these muffins freeze well. I made them telling myself they would make a tasty alternative to my usual instant oats breakfast but I kept eating them as dessert after dinner. The muffins are fairly dense and lovely and moist. The raisins help keeping everything moist and adds that little extra bit of sugar just in case the molasses isn’t quite enough. They are quite substantial in taste without actually being that high in calories – about 281 calories per muffin. Allow about half an hour to 40 minutes to make the muffins depending on how long you can let them cool before you gobble them down.
To make 12 muffins you will need the following ingredients:
1 cup all-bran cereal
1 1⁄2 cups milk
1 cup dark molasses
1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup raisins
I made no alterations to the original recipe so if you want to treat yourself to these muffins, head on over to food.com and don’t forget to take part in Our Growing Edge. I’ll be doing a round-up of all the great recipes at the end of August.