Carob-Honey Bran Muffins with Coconut Sugar Glaze | AΦRODITE's KITCHEN | A Cyprus Food Blog

bran muffins-2503-2One thing that I really miss from North America is waking up to a moist, soft, sweet, bran muffin. I’m not sure if it was the tangible change in season in Cyprus or something else but I had a huge craving for some. My sister is visiting and so we have been spending a few hours at the beach every day because in Canada she won’t have weather like this until next summer, so after we were driving home the other day we stopped at an organic shop and I bought all the harder-to-find ingredients for this recipe including: molasses, coconut sugar and fine bran. What I remember and love about bran muffins in Canada is that they would be my go-to lazy and healthy breakfast option. bran muffins-2509I would not know what to eat and then find one in a coffee shop and buy it. I couldn’t wait to tear off the top and bite into a sweet, and slightly gooey, breakfast muffin. But I had never had to make them, I guess because I always knew they were my lazy-eat-out quick breakfast option. But because of my craving, I decided to make them because I can’t actually think of anywhere in Cyprus that sells bran muffins. In doing so, I decided to add some Cypriotness to these muffins and used a brand of carob-honey to add a carob-kick to the muffins. bran muffins-2504If you don’t have carob-honey, that’s no problem, the muffins will still be tasty. If you want a carob fix and only have carob syrup, I would just use all honey, and substitute out 1 tsp of honey for 1 tsp of carob syrup in the muffin mix, and the same in the glaze mix. I have not tried it, so am not sure the results with the substitutions, but I think it should be OK. Anyway, if you do have carob-honey the carob flavour is subtle but present. It gives these muffins an extra layer of flavour. And the glaze is reeeallly delicious. bran muffins-2478

bran muffins-2502I think the glaze is what makes a bran muffin. The glaze gets put into the bottoms of the muffin tins before the muffins gets cooked. You need to ensure that the glaze is spread around the bottom of the muffin tin so that it is absorbed by the muffin, because this is what really adds that sweetness and moistness to a bran muffin – and it’s the reason I discovered that I basically eat them! I actually turned my muffins upside down when they were cooling so that the any unabsorbed glaze could drip through the muffin properly, and I would recommend doing that as well. bran muffins-2511Otherwise last week was a busy week, I am photographing my first cookbook for someone – and at the same time – had the opportunity to photograph some dishes for the beautifully renovated Drousia Heights Hotel. Because my sister is here I haven’t had the chance to edit the photos, but I have been posting some of the foods on my Instagram account, which you can find on the left here. I’m looking forward to sharing some more news on that front soon. Anyway, I should go as my sister is still visiting and we have a big souvla lunch to go to later and I want to eat some bran muffins for breakfast!! Happy Thursday, and speak next week. xxx

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akstampLevel of Difficulty: 2/5
Preparation Time: about 30 minutes
Cooking Time: about 18-20 minutes
Makes 12 small muffins

ingredients

for the muffins:
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sultana raisins
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup carob-honey
2 tbs molasses
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup Mitsides all purpose flour
1 cup wheat bran
4 tbs walnut/almond/hazelnut meal (I  just used the mixed nut meal I had leftover from another recipe, but you can use meal made from just ground up walnuts)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

for the glaze:
3 tbs unsalted butter
3 tbs coconut sugar
3 tbs light brown sugar
2 tbs carob-honey
2 tsp water

recipe

1. Preheat oven to 175C.

2. Place milk, raisin, brown sugar, honey, molasses, vegetable oil and egg and blend in a large mixing bowl on medium speed until everything is well blended. Stop the mixer.

3. Prepare the glaze. In a small bowl melt the butter in the microwave. Then add the coconut sugar, brown sugar, honey and water. Mix together with a spatula until it looks and feels like melted caramel.

4. Returning to the muffin mix, add in flour, wheat bran, nut meal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together with a spatula until everything is just moistened.

5. Place about 1 tbs of the glaze into 12 muffin tins. (I lined my tins with muffin liners and poured the glaze into these, but in reality you don’t need the liners because the glaze will keep the muffins from sticking, so it is up to you whether you use muffin liners.) Make sure you use a spoon to bring the glaze up the sides of the muffin tins/liners so that the tins/liners are well coated.

6. Fill the muffin tins until they are 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. When cooling, turn the muffins upside down on a cooling rack so that the glaze can be absorbed by the whole muffin and not just the bottoms.

7. Serve warm with a little butter if you are after something comforting!

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5 Comments

  1. I just made these last week…DELICIOUS. My husband and I ate them every day for breakfast and didn’t get tired of them, even on day five! I couldn’t find any carob honey or syrup so I had to do without, but these were perfect. Who knew I could love wheat bran so much? Thank you for this beautiful recipe!

    • afroditeskitchen

      Hi Kelly! So wonderful to read your comment! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I know right!? who knew! You actually reminded me of this recipe by seeing your comment and I am totally tempted to make these again! Just something so tasty about them, especially in the morning! Enjoy! Hope to get to know you via the blog! xxx

  2. Can wheat germ be substituted for the wheat bran? I’ve been to AlphaMega and two bio shops here so far and can’t find wheat bran. Thanks!

    • afroditeskitchen

      Hi Leslie, I think if you substitute it, it should be OK but I think the muffins will probably be a bit denser and shorter because of how wheat germ is … how annoying that you can’t find it – one of my gripes about Cyprus is the difficulty of sourcing some ingredients! Where are you based? In Limassol, the organic shop across from the Debenhams in the center of town I think has it. Did you try Marks and Spencer too? But I definitely bought it from the organic shop across from Debenhams in the center of town.

  3. I am in Nicosia. I’ll keep looking. If I can’t find it, I will try substituting and see how that goes. Thank you!

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