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Banana Bran Muffins

Posted Jan 27 2009 8:19pm

I must be either very fortunate or very strange, because my ultimate comfort food is cereal. I love macaroni and cheese, or ice cream, or baked potatoes with sour cream, or any other traditional "comfort food," but when I've had a long day and I'm in need of a soothing supper, what I crave the most is, believe it or not, a crunchy bowl of cereal with splashes of cold milk or vanilla soymilk.

Even stranger? My favorite cereals are bran flakes and shredded wheat. Seriously. I promise. Offer me a bowl of shredded wheat or a bowl of cocoa puffs, and, as much as I love chocolate, I'll choose the shredded wheat every time.

I confess, I do eat cereal in the car, while driving (don't tell the police in our area who might be monitoring my driving habits as I breeze by in the mornings, please!), but I also admit that it's nice to have a more portable form of cereal...

Enter the classic bran muffin, with a bit of a make-over. And if you're not a huge fan of bran flakes? Well, no offense to bran flakes, but even I think that these muffins are way better than bran flakes alone. (and they're vegan!)

Banana Bran Muffins

1 cup bran flakes cereal
1/4 cup vanilla soymilk
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup honey
2 T light vegan margarine
1 T applesauce
2/3 cup mashed banana
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger

~ Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners, or coat with cooking spray.
~ Soak the bran flakes in the soymilk for 5 minutes.
~ Meanwhile, combine all the other ingredients and stir until just combined.
~ Add the bran flakes mixture, and beat until well-incorporated.
~ Spoon batter into the muffin cups, completely filling them. Bake for 20 minutes - until the tops are set. Delicious warm or cold, by themselves or with a bit of honey or jam...

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