Gluten free bran muffins that taste deliciously close to the real thing - they're rich and moist and full of that traditional bran muffin flavour. A comforting snack and breakfast staple.
Okay, so they technically can't be bran muffins, since there's no bran in them. But who's going to quibble over a name? They look like bran muffins, they smell like bran muffins, and they taste like delicious, healthy, sweet, delectable bran muffins.
Winter sure took its time leaving, skulking around here way past its welcome. Yes, it's technically spring on the calendar, but it felt like a loooooooong time coming in our neck of the woods. We're still tromping through snow to get to the chicken coop, the garden is buried deeeeeeeep under its blanket of white, and cold winds are howling today. We haven't even hit our muddy phase! However, on the bright side - the snow that's left is wet and grainy and the ducks are quacking in the swamp behind our house. Signs of spring are gently stirring.
I couldn't resist buying a few bags of spring bulbs. They're sitting on the dryer and winking cheekily at me whenever I go out the door in my coat and boots. I'll get to them and put them in their place soon enough!
I've been waiting very impatiently for two things in our house - spring and a properly working oven. Spring, I know will come eventually, but the oven? I'm starting to have my doubts.
Our old stove finally died in January. After twenty five years of valiant service, it limped along after Christmas, when the oven door handle finally broke and I had to open it with two metal hooks and pot holders. It coughed its last cough and breathed its last hot breath and we ordered a new one. I was so excited when my new glass-topped stove with double oven arrived a month later. We brought in the new stove and took the old one to the dump. I went to set the clock and start fiddling with the exciting knobs and buttons only to find half the numbers on the control panel didn't work. After much fighting with the company, they agreed to replace the stove. That took almost another two months, and I was ready to strangle someone!
Your stove will be here in two to three weeks. Um no, now it'll be another two weeks. Sorry, it didn't come in. Next week. Oh, did we say Friday? We meant next Friday. There was a delay at the warehouse. We only deliver to your area on Fridays. You'll have to wait another week. Yes, we'll deliver it today between noon and seven. Oh, we're running late. Then no delivery, no call, and no show.
It finally arrived just before Easter.
During all this waiting time I'd been cooking with a one-burner hot plate, an electric frying pan, a slow cooker, and a borrowed toaster oven. I hosted large family dinners, cooked for dinner guests, developed recipes, and gave weekly cooking lessons with Meredith. I was getting frazzled. The fun of challenging myself to prepare meals with different appliances had definitely gone stale. I just wanted my kitchen back. I didn't like pretending to be a pioneer woman any more. (Yeah, I know I had four more appliances than any pioneer woman ever had, and I'm lucky to have even those modern conveniences, but I was feeling snarky.)
And now that the second new oven has arrived - I've been having nothing but problems with IT! One burner decided sporadically not to work, the bottom oven light has quit working, and the temperature in both ovens is wonnnnnky - sometimes too high, sometimes too low, and sometimes waayyyyy too high. I am frustrated beyond belief. I've been trying to bake different items so I can test how the ovens work.
I am happy to say that these gluten free bran muffins turned out beautifully, in spite of my crazy-making new oven. I don't want to talk about that, so I'll talk about the muffins instead. They're:
- slightly sweet
- low in added fat
- loaded with fiber
- a great snack
- a fantastic breakfast option
Okay, so they're not actual bran muffins - but they're the next best thing!
And if they turned out so well in my sad excuse for an oven, they'll surely turn out in yours.
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Gluten Free 'Bran' Muffins
- 1 cup (100gms) ground flax seeds
- ½ cup (70gms) hemp hearts
- ¾ cup (180ml) water
- ⅔ cup (100gms) coconut sugar
- 1 cup (240ml) soured milk (put 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice into a measuring cup + add enough milk or non-dairy milk to make 1 cup/240ml)
- ¼ cup (60ml) oil
- 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup (100gms) gluten-free oat flour
- ¾ cup (105gms) buckwheat flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup (75gms) raisins or chopped dates
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 12-serving muffin tin or line it with silicone or paper liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ground flax seeds, hemp hearts, and water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Stir in coconut sugar, soured milk, oil, molasses, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.
- Add the oat flour, buckwheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir just until combined, then stir in the raisins or dates.
- Divide the batter among the wells in the prepared muffin tin.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes. until the top springs back when lightly pressed.
- Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool.
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Sad to hear you had such problems with your 'new' oven. Being creative with cookware can be taxing. The muffin recipe looks delicious.
Thanks so much, Nancy! I can't even think about my oven anymore - makes me too crazy! Hopefully we can get the problem resolved. Meanwhile - I'll just eat muffins! 🙂
Hi . What a bummer with your oven.....I am purchasing new appliances and am getting a glass top Kitchenaid oven.....You are now giving me ebee gbees....do not know how to spell that....What make is your new appliance ???? I am not having it delivered for another 2 weeks ...The one I have now is a GE with coils....quite old but works well...Moving and getting all new appliances...Can't wait to try your muffins..Have a nice weekend...Lise
Hi Lise, It's so exciting to get a new appliance - and so absolutely frustrating when you get one like I did! It is a Whirlpool Gold Series glass-top, double oven, so I think you should be safe. I actually picked this one because my niece and my sister-in-law both have this same model and love it, so I thought I would too! I think I must just have a 'lemon' (two lemons, actually) so I'm not sure what that's all about. We have a technician coming out on Wednesday to see what he can do, but I'm about ready to take it to the dump! At this moment my old oven with the coils is looking pretty good and I'd gladly have it back. Hopefully we can get it resolved eventually.
I really hope you have great luck (I'm sure you will) and enjoy your new oven. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy cooking and a happy weekend to you, too 🙂
I’ve made these muffins a few times now, and they’re delicious! Closest thing to a bran muffin that I’ve eaten in 20 years! Thank you for the excellent recipe.
Thank you so much for your feedback. I worked on this recipe for quite a long time, making tweaks until it tasted right to me, so I appreciate hearing that you find it close in taste to the 'regular' bran muffins, too! I'm always thrilled when I get a recipe that I'm so happy with (lots of duds in the process!) Happy baking to you!