Quiet Mornings


I used to be a morning person. Then, I became a mom and now I find it very difficult to drag myself out of bed in the morning. Well, unless a crying baby forces me out of bed and down the hall.

For the past 6 months I've been trying to wake up early, do my devotional, enjoy the quiet morning and get mentally prepared for the day ahead.

It's a little easier to wake up in the morning if I know there is a little treat waiting for me to enjoy with my coffee. I started making these when I had a newborn and I needed a filling, yet quick breakfast. These definitely hit the spot and now my little one enjoys them as well.

My triple "B" muffins. Blueberry, banana and bran muffins. With a crumb topping. Because everything tastes better with a crumb topping. I make a batch and freeze half of them so I can have one anytime. Try them. You will love them!

And reading God's word, in the quiet morning, is made much sweeter while eating a delicious muffin.


The Best Banana Bran Muffins
Adapted

Makes 12-18 large muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups mashed, ripe banana
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups fresh blueberries

Crumb Topping:
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease, or line with baking cups, muffin tins.
2. Blend the wheat bran and buttermilk in a small bowlLet sit for 15 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the mashed banana, sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil (or butter). Add bran mixture.
4. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon to the batter. Stirring until just combined. Add blueberries and gently stir until combined.
5. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.

Crumb Topping:
1. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking powder with melted butter. Stir until crumbs form.
2. Place a generous amount on top of muffins.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy!

33 comments:

  1. mmmm...these look delish and just what I need to get movin' in the morning. Freezing them? what a great idea!! would make such a fast meal for me and the kids! thanks for sharing April!

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    1. I am a huge fan on making lots of different things and storing in the freezer. It saves me on those days when I have no time or have run out of ideas (and patience!).

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  2. Wow. That sounds delicious and with blueberries at Sprouts lately... yum! :)

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    1. Yes! My daughter is addicted to blueberries and Sprouts is my go-to place for them.

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  3. i am drooling right here at my desk

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  4. April, these look delish. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Oh, and, in reading your mini-bio, I noticed you like gardening. Blueberries are fantastically easy to grow, believe it or not! I have 3 bushes in barrels in my backyard and this year is looking to be a stellar harvest! That is, if I can get at the blueberries before the fingers of our little 2 year old (love that pincer grasp!). :)

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    1. Thanks! And I was planning to get a blueberry bush last year but was too late so I plan to get one as soon as I see them at the nursery! I know my daughter will also be plucking them off as soon as they grow :)

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  5. I have a favorite recipe for banana muffins, but not bran.
    I can't wait to try these, April!
    Love from,
    Greta

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  6. okay maybe this would help me get my rear going in the morning. oh how i struggle!

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    1. Me too! I even started moving my alarm clock to where I actually have to get out of bed in order to turn it off!

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  7. yum!!! will definitely be making these. love that you are always freezing what you make - such a good idea - less waste & you always have something delicious waiting for you in the freezer!

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  8. You are totally getting me to buy wheat bran for the first time! Thanks, April!! You know how much I like recipes!

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  9. Would the recipe change any if one were to use frozen blueberries? (that is what I have on hand and I have all the other ingredients already)

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    1. You can definitely use frozen! The batter just may turn a purple color due to the frozen blueberries but will still taste delicious!

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  10. These sound DIVINE! Definitely a good start to the morning!

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  11. Sweet post and lovely muffins!!! Can't wait to try them out, thank you!

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  12. I made these this morning... and am on my third one! I am a big fan of bran muffins but had never made them from scratch. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Mine don't look nearly as pretty as yours, but they are tasty! :)

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    1. So glad you made them and that you enjoy them!!

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  13. Can I just order some from you? ;)

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  14. I just made these and they are SO yummy! My first time using bran (I bought it just for this recipe) and we love them. I used frozen berries and it worked great. I only got 10 big muffins, but maybe I just have a mondo tin or something. ;) Thanks!

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