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Es’s High Fibre Bran Muffins for Young and Old

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250 ml orange juice
500 ml High fibre bran
½ stick/ (55g)/ ¼ cup butter – room temperature
¼ cup applesauce, unsweetened
250 ml brown sugar
2 large eggs
500 ml cashew milk + 10ml vinegar (to make your own buttermilk)
3 tsp baking soda
1½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
12 dates, pips removed and chop in small pieces
250ml all High fibre bran

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large microwave container, heat the orange juice, till very hot – do not boil it.
Mix juice and 500ml High fibre bran together and set aside.
Mix the milk and vinegar (to make buttermilk), add the dates and let it rest for 5 minutes.  If you prefer you can use regular buttermilk. I did not have any, so I made my own.
With a handheld electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, applesauce and eggs together.
Add baking soda, flours and salt, and now add all the remaining ingredients.
Lastly add the additional 250ml High fibre bran.
Mix with a spoon or spatula until blended.
Grease muffin tin. Fill each tin ¾ of the way full with batter.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the muffins bounce back or until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

This recipe makes a lot. I made 24 regular size muffins.
They freeze really well. Just store them in an airtight container.
Pop one in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and you have a warm and delicious muffin that tastes as if just out of the oven.
If you don’t want to make all the muffins at once, you can leave it in your fridge for up to 2 weeks and make fresh bran muffins every day in a just a few minutes!

Original Idea: Super Healthy Kids, dramatically modified and adapted.
Prepared, tried and tested by:  Es Slabs


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