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...