Week 2 of Bake52! 50 to go. :)
This week Valerie was our host and she chose Bran Muffins. I understand her choice. She picked right after the holidays and I think everyone was probably feeling like some healthy food! I know I was.
It pains me to admit that I am not sure I have ever made bran muffins. It's just never been on my radar. And that's one of the reasons I wanted to do the baking group. I want to make things that I normally wouldn't make. This week was perfect for me since it probably wasn't a recipe I would have picked and we all ended up really liking them.Tyler even said he liked them and wasn't expecting to. I did take the recommendation of some of my fellow bakers on Facebook when they said to add chocolate chips and added them to half of my muffins. Those were gone the quickest, are you surprised?? I wasn't. We still had raisin-bran muffins left the next day and they were still pretty good. Not as good as they were right after being baked but that is probably true of most things baked.
I chose to use the Original All-Bran Cereal in my muffins because that was the only one of the three options I could find at the store. The recipe calls for half of the cereal to be processed in the food processor and half to be left whole.
So half my cookie dough/batter got rasins and half got....
Have you guys heard of caloriecount.com? I think it might be my new favorite website. Well, if you ever wonder how many calories is in something, a particular recipe, they know. You enter all of your ingredients and the serving size and this is what you get. I didn't add the chocolate chips to the recipe, because let's face it, when you start throwing those in, we know you don't care about the calories.
This first number is for the mini-muffins. The second is for the regular-sized muffins. I like how it gives a nutrition grade too.
I am going to add a link to my sidebar for this website too. Not because they pay me (I wish) but because I love it so much and think it's such a great tool. I used it quite a bit about a year ago and it's even improved since then.
If you'd like to get a hold of the recipe for yourself, Valerie (thanks for hosting this week!!) will be posting it HERE.
You can also check out what the other bakers did by going to the Bake 52 Crew page and if you want to know more about the group, check out the Bake 52 page.