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Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins

If you love muffins for breakfast then you are going to love Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins! Considering they are loaded with healthy ingredients and high in fiber they are great way to start your day. They also have amazing texture and are scrumptious. 

Wooden bowl of cranberries

First of all, we need to talk about cranberries. These tiny, red gems have some amazing health benefits, such as:

  • Containing antioxidants.
  • Having anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Having anti-cancer fighting properties.
  • They also lower the risk of urinary tract infections.
  • Improves immune function.
  • Decreases blood pressure.
  • Only 25 calories in 1/2 cup of cranberries.

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Did you know that honey can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease as well? Honey can also help ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. Many throat lozenges contain honey to reduce coughing and throat irritation. In addition, honey is considered to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Certain types of honey contain large amounts of friendly bacteria and therefore may have a natural probiotic affect.

bran cereal flakes

Bran flakes are yet another wonderful ingredient. Fiber is necessary to help eliminate waste and toxins from our body. Thus, one muffin will consequently help in that department. Almost everyone needs a little help from time to time.

Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins

Various muffin recipes can be modified (to some degree), and this one is no exception. For example, Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins are easy to make gluten/dairy free. People on a gluten free diet either ask for the recipe and/or ask for another muffin! 

Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flake bran cereal (*GF Option: use gluten free bran cereal)
  • 1 cup milk (*Dairy Free Option: use soy, almond, or coconut milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (*Dairy Free Option: use coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour (*GF Option: use gluten free flour blend)
  • 1/4 cup oats (*GF Option: use certified gluten free oats)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (*GF Option: use gluten free baking powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • (*GF Option: 1 teaspoon xanthan gum - unless gluten free flour blend contains it)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 c chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Grease muffin tin and place 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon pecans in each section.
  2. In a mixing bowl, pour milk over cereal and let set 3 - 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in egg, butter and sugar.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt, (and xanthan gum if making gluten free)
  5. Stir in remaining pecans and cranberries.
  6. Add bran mixture to dry ingredients, combine all.
  7. Spoon into muffin tin.
  8. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 25 minutes, or until center is set.
  9. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes, remove from pan.
  10. Serve warm.
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Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran MuffinsCranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins are especially satisfying during the holidays. 

Additionally, these muffins make a lovely homemade gift. Fill a cute little wicker basket and add a darling gift tag for a final touch. Not only will the recipient enjoy yummy muffins, they will be flattered that you made them a homemade treat. 

Pardon me while I snatch a muffin that’s seems to be calling my name! 

Linda

Disclaimer: Manufacturers formulations and policies may change at any time, therefore it’s important to always read product labels yourself and contact the manufacturer with concerns. We have found that most companies are eager to help answer your questions.

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Sources:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269142.php
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pecans.html
http://www.hudsonpecan.com/15-amazing-benefits-pecans-skin-hair-health/
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-all-bran-cereal.html

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Dayenne Dohmen June 7, 2017, 3:13 pm
    Yum! This looks delicious! I am making this as soon as I can!
  • katie December 13, 2016, 6:54 pm
    These look amazing! Do you think the bran cereal could be replaced by regular oat bran?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy December 13, 2016, 7:17 pm
      Hi, Katie! Yes, I think using oat bran would work just fine. Have a great day! Linda

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