Spa Bran Muffins

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Spa Bran Muffins

These are a favorite at Norwich Inn, with only 170 calories each. Note that you can keep this batter on hand, refrigerated, for about a week, then bake as many muffins as you need.

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1-1/4 cups miller's bran or All-Bran cereal
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light molasses
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses (if available)
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil (or other lightly flavored vegetable oil)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a small bowl pour boiling water over half of the bran and all of the raisins; let stand until cool. In a large mixing bowl combine the remaining bran, sugar, light and blackstrap molasses, oil, egg, and buttermilk until well blended. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into the bran-molasses mixture. Stir in the cooled bran-raisin mixture. Place in a container; cover and refrigerate at least overnight or up to a week.

At baking time preheat the oven to 375° F. Fill paper-lined muffin tins with the batter (bake as many as you will need; return remaining batter to the refrigerator). Bake until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed with a fingertip, about 20 minutes.


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