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Blogs I Read AND Granola Bran Muffins

April 14, 2009

Laura’s Blog Entry

It’s been awhile since I have written about the blogs I read. Today I will combine a blog with a recipe.

I love to look at pretty blogs that show knitting. And yarn. Oh the yarn. Some people have their food porn. I have yarn porn. There is some exquisitely beautiful yarn out there. The colors take my breath away. One of the sites I frequent is written by Faith and is called The Needle and the Damage Done. Yes it is a song reference. Go look it up yourself. Anyway, among other things, Faith is a spinner, knitter, cook, and mother of four, raising her kids on her own during her husband’s deployment in Iraq.

She spins some incredible yarns that make me squee inside. I’ve been so inspired that I hope to take a spinning class this summer. Faith also inspires me when I am having difficult parenting days. She is very honest about her experiences, and it helps me get myself together when I see her persevere through difficult circumstances.

She also often posts yummy recipes. Today I post a recipe for Faith. She had asked for ideas for feeding her kids breakfast in the car. I suggested mini muffins. Less mess than full-size ones. This is a recipe I make for Mari to snack on. She loves them. They have a relatively low amount of sugar and fat, and have tons of fiber. They really are quite tasty.

Granola Bran Muffins

Note: To cut down on the mess, eliminate the granola topping. It tends to fall off – but it is yummy! In fact, they are perfectly good without any granola. I just added it for extra nutrition.

2 ½ cups bran cereal, such as Bran Flakes, All Bran, etc.
1 ¼ cup milk
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
1 egg
¼ cup vegetable oil
Optional: 1/3 cup granola plus extra for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Stir together milk and cereal and let stand 1-2 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients.

Add egg and oil to the cereal and mix. Add dry ingredients, stirring only until just combined. Add 1/3 cup granola if desired.

Pour into greased *muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with granola, if desired.

Bake 18-20 minutes for standard muffins and 10-12 for minis. Check with a toothpick to determine doneness.

*Makes 12 standard size muffins or 24+ mini muffins.

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  1. April 14, 2009 5:30 pm

    Thanks for the lovely blog review, and thank you for the recipe! I am looking forward to trying these out. I’ve always been a little leery of bran muffins, but your picture is tempting me to give it a go. I’ll let you know when I bake them up.

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