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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Molasses Raisin-Bran Muffins

Molasses is a viscous by-product of the refining of sugarcane, grapes, or sugar beets into sugar. Molasses has the consistency of honey and tastes fuller and earthier than sugar. Molasses is also more bitter and less-sweet compared with sugar or honey. In regards to nutritional value, it contains various healthy minerals and calcium. I made my own version of a molasses muffin by adding bran cereal, raisins and almond extract. Each muffin contains roughly 300 calories and is loaded to fiber, vitamins and minerals. Follow my recipe below:

Molasses Raisin-Bran Muffins

(makes about 2 dozen) 

2 cups bran 

3 cups milk
2 cups molasses
1 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tbsp almond extract  
4 cups flour 
2 tbsp baking powder 
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp clove
1 cup raisins  

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. In large bowl, combine bran and milk and let sit for 5 minutes. Then add molasses, egg, oil and almond. Mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients, flour through raisins. Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients together. Once mixed well, pour half of batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes. Carefully remove muffins from tin and place on drying rack. Repeat for second batch. Keep stored at room temp in air-tight container. Best served with a pat of butter or honey! Enjoy. 

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