Saturday, April 28, 2012

Honey Apricot Bran Muffins


     These muffins? They're the bee's knees. Seriously, I can't think of a more perfect way to describe them.  Sweetened with honey, crunchy with walnuts, moist with homemade applesauce and filled with bran (just in case you didn't think they were healthful enough already) they were a breakfast delight.

   
      Some time ago I found a recipe for bran muffins that I really wanted to make, but couldn't find any bran in the local grocery store. By the time I got to town to a real grocery store that carried it (You wouldn't think that bran was so exotic, would you?) I had lost the recipe. Thankfully there was another recipe on the side of the Bob's Red Mill bag. Though it wasn't what I originally set out to make, with just a few changes it ended up being just what I wanted.

    
      So do you think it's probably a good thing that these are now in my back yard?  I have a feeling I'm going to be needing some of the fruits of these hive denizens' labors. Think they'll share? (more on these new additions later...)

Honey Apricot Bran Muffins
adapted from a recipe for Moist Molasses Bran Muffins from Bob's Red Mill
Ingredients
1 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots (I used a generous 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup applesauce
2 Tblsp. oil
2 eggs, beaten

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 400F 
  • Combine wheat bran, flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Stir in fruit and nuts. (Make sure you coat the apricots well with the flour mixture to keep the pieces from sticking together.)
  • In a small bowl, blend together applesauce, milk, honey, oil and the eggs.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just moistened.
  • Spoon into greased muffin tins (or paper baking cups) and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Yields 12 muffins

47 comments:

  1. They sure look good! I have to chuckle, the only thing I'm missing to be able to make them... yep, bran. Happy Weekend:@)

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  2. They sound pretty special and a far cry from the bran muffins at the grocery store. It seems pretty cool that you are able to produce your own honey.

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  3. Ooh, fresh honey in your backyard. Nice!

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  4. these look delish and an easy recipe.

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  5. Your muffins sounds good! And you have fresh honey? WOW!!

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  6. I love honey! You are so lucky. I have made a similar version of these with dates, but I think apricots were probably fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. You couldn't have posted a better recipe,I have all the ingredients plus healthy. Thank you; love apricots. Keep us posted about those bees.
    Rita

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  8. Oh my gosh, you have your own bees now? I hope they produce lots of wonderful honey for you. I know the honey bee population has been stressed lately and I would love for yours to be happy and healthy.

    Delicious way to use honey in those bran muffins. I love dried apricots and walnuts. They sound delicious!

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  9. I have been craving a muffin lately! How exciting to have bees! Let us know how it goes!

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  10. These sound great! I love healthy muffins for my breakfast. How cool, your own honey...wow...I bet it is wonderful when it is fresh from the hives like that:)

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  11. Your own honey? How cool is that? Love the apricots in your muffins too. They look hearty and healthy!

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  12. oh my goodness! You're brave! But, well worth it, as these look so perfectly delicious. You definitely had me at honey. Yum!

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  13. These do look like the bee's knees! And honey?! Could these sound any better? I'm sorry I've been absent around here. I've been so busy with end of semester work. I hope you are doing well. As always, I'm so happy to visit your beautiful blog. Thank you again for sharing this piece of deliciousness!

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  14. Oh i love the apricot in these muffins. Healthy but sweet and delicious. I love them. My favorite is the specks of yellow on top!

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  15. I love saying that things are the bee's knees. It's like...my ultimate compliment. :P These sound majorly delicious to me! Pretty bee's knees-worthy.

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  16. I'm not big on apricots but I'm guessing raisins would make a good substitute.

    Bees scare me a bit. Is that irrational? Looking forward to hearing more about your hives.

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  17. I can't wait to hear more about your bees! And your muffins sound fantastic!

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  18. The muffins look wonderful- And raising bees? Amazing. My brother in law raises honey bees and he is so passionate about it. There is no way to compare the fresh raw honey to anything store bought. You are going to really enjoy the process.

    Velva

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  19. Delicious muffins! I am so scared of bees but love honey!

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  20. What a great recipe - lovely combination of honey and apricots - really looking forward to sampling these!
    Mary x

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  21. Lovely healthy muffins, I will save your recipe to make the next time the mood for bran muffins strikes! As for the bees, I think the boxes look pretty cool, will be interested to see how bee keeping agrees with you ;-)

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  22. Delicious looking muffins Betty! I buy bran from Wegmans, do you have any store around you?
    Happy Mother's day!

    p.s. I'm so afraid of the bees :(

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  23. I've never tried any of the recipes on the Bobs Red Mill packages but these definitely look worth it. Not only do they sou d delicious but moist as well.

    Happy Mothers Day!

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  24. These muffins look delicious. They sound healthy too. I think they would be perfect for breakfast or a snack at anytime of the day.

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  25. Love those healthy and delicious looking bran muffins.

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  26. This looks good. And the recipe is easy!..

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  27. Whoa! Looks exquisite! I can't wait to try it and enjoy

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  28. Oh I just love all the healthy ingredients in this muffin! I can't wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing with me...and for brightening my day with your post. I hope you have a wonderful and cool week!

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  29. apricots don't get nearly enough attention, if you ask me. what a great batch of muffins--they look soft yet totally hearty!

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  30. Your bran muffins look so healthy and delicious. I've tried lots of Bob's Red Mill recipes and have liked them all.

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  31. I love apricots on muffins, I can imagine them fresh out of the oven

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  32. These really sound delicious. I love the ingredients you have used and am really tempted to give these a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  33. Muffins with fresh honey! They seems delicious and priceless to me :D

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  34. Hi Betty-its been a while since I've visited your blog; so glad to find such an amazing recipe for a bran muffin with apricot, and honey!
    Love the way it turned out for you, so moist, and delicious.
    Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!

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  35. You are so lucky to have bees!!! I can't ever get enough muffins, they look awesome!!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  36. What a sunny pick-me-up these would be.

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  37. These look DELISH, Betty! I love dried apricots and never thought of adding them to bran muffins. What a delicious way to start the day~

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  38. How nice to have your own honey!And the muffins look really good too.

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  39. Ummmm! Your muffins look and sound excellent! I like everything about them and especially the honey. I lost you when the blog roll on my sidebar crashed so I'm happy to be here again and looking forward to reading about the bees. That is so cool!!! And I bet the honey is incredible. Good luck with them and take care!

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  40. Wow, I haven't heard someone say 'the bee's knees' in a long time! Any bran muffin is a daily friend of mine! I've got to start making my own and your recipe is a perfect way to begin! Thank you SO very much for stopping by my new WordPress blog site; it's been slow going, getting it up and running! But I like it wherever you stop by! Be well, Roz

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  41. That's a very healthy muffin. Would make such a good breakfast.

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  42. I am putting these on my 'to make' list. I love how healthy and delicious they sound!

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  43. I love bran muffins. With the adition of apricot, these sound totally delicious. I also love walnuts, but if I leave them out they'd be perfect for my 1-year old too. Yum.

    By the way, haven't seen you around much, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy seeing your posts. I know how busy life gets and that other things can take time away from blogging, believe me. But I wanted you to know. =)

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  44. I love muffins. LOVE.


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    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  45. Love these muffins - apricots and honey are such a great combination!

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