Faux "Bran" Muffins
from Keeping Up
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups old-fashioned oats
Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, molasses, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in milk, then add flour and oats. Mix until combined. Pour batter into 18 greased muffin cups and bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until muffin centers spring back when touched. Serve warm with butter and honey.
Wow. These muffins are 100% whole grain and completely delicious. My sister brought us over some a month or so ago and I was smitten. My husband didn't get the chance to try one because the kids and I devoured all of them. They were that good. I didn't have any ground wheat already prepared so I ground some in my Blendtec. I ground 4 cups, just because, and it was finished in 50 seconds. I really do love this machine. I know I've convinced a few of you to purchase one, so here is another great way to use it. If you don't have a wheat grinder already, this one works great for jobs like this. Side note: I will still use my Nutrimill for grinding wheat most of the time because I like to adjust how fine it is, but the Blendtec works for those times when I don't want to pull the whole thing out just to grind 2 cups of wheat.
Grinding the wheat.
Fresh ground whole wheat really is the best.
Cream the brown sugar and softened butter together.
Add the eggs, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, molasses and salt. Mix until just combined.
Add the milk.
Add the ground whole wheat flour and oats together.
Mix until the dry ingredients are just barely wet. Over mixing will result in a dense muffin with a tall peak and we are looking for light and moist and rounded on the top.
I sprinkled some oats on the top because I think they look prettier that way. We eat with our eyes, right?
My husband claimed these were "The best muffins he has ever eaten." I wouldn't go that far, but they are a pleaser in my house.