Sunday, December 29, 2013

Homemade Raisin Bran

My dad's go-to breakfast is Raisin Bran and Diet Coke. (In his opinion it is the breakfast of champions.) I tried some once, but I am more of a Cheerio kind of girl. My mom sent me a big box of bran in the mail (not your typical college care package), and the first thing I thought was Raisin Bran. I made both raisin bran muffins and cereal. Healthy and delicious!
 
apple and raisin bran muffins (2) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Apple & Raisin Bran Muffins
makes 12 muffins
1 ½ cups milk
2 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup oil
½ cup applesauce
1 egg
2 cups wheat bran
½ cup flour
¼ cup oatmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup raisins
1 apple, peeled and diced
 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and oil a 12 holed muffin pan. Mix together the milk and lemon juice. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except for the raisins. Add in the oil, milk, egg, and applesauce. Let the batter sit for at least 30 minutes. Finally, stir in the raisins and apple. Divide the batter between the muffin pan’s holes. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the muffins are done in the center. Allow the muffins to sit for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

 
 
raisin bran (3)
 
 

 The cereal turned out way better than any boxed cereal. It was crispy, and the bites of raisins add a sweet hint. It was great with milk or plain.
 

raisin bran (2)
Raisin Bran Cereal
serves 1
¼ cup wheat bran
¼ cup flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
dash of salt
½ cup milk
2 tbsp raisins
 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir in the milk. Once everything is well mixed, pour it out onto the center of a large nonstick baking stone. Put a big piece of plastic wrap over the mixture, and roll it out super thin. (The thinner, the better.) Bake for 10 minutes, checking on it half way through. Allow it to cool, and then break the cereal up into small pieces. Turn the heat on the oven down to 250 degrees, and bake the cereal for another 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cool, mix in the raisins, and enjoy with some milk.
 

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