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Honey Bran Muffin {Mimi’s Copycat}

Ever had a Mimi’s Honey Bran Muffin? I haven’t been to Mimi’s in awhile – but I remember those bran muffins and this recipe is a beautiful copycat version! Soft, a little chewy, packed with amazing flavor and gooeyness and oh you might say that they are on the healthy-ish side! WIN!

If you are into copycat recipes, you might try my Flour’s Famous Banana Bread, Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup or Chipotle Chicken! Both spot on!

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You know me, I had to tweak the recipe slightly; the original recipe called for 4 tsp dry milk powder, I looked at the grocery store (truly), but honestly I couldn’t be bothered, especially for just 4 teaspoons.

So, I did a little math conversion and came up with replacing said milk powder with cream or 1/2 & 1/2 and a little less water and wow did they turn out yummy!

How To Make Copycat Bran Muffins

I’m gonna get right to the recipe and steps, because it’s been one of those weeks and I am literally typing this hours before my deadline! Sigh! You all have weeks like that, right?

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Preheat oven to 350° and spray muffin tin (12 cup) with spray oil.

Making the Honey Glaze

In a small bowl, whisk your glaze ingredients together and set aside. If using all natural cane sugar, whisk for a bit to break down the larger granules.

Pouring butter into small red bowl with mini whisk and glaze ingredients. | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. In a separate bowl add dry ingredients; flour, wheat bran, sea salt, baking powder, and baking soda and whisk to combine, set aside.

NOTE: Can’t find wheat bran, use oat bran instead!

Cobalt Blue mixer in background with bag of wheat bran and mixing bowl with whole wheat flour and bran. | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, mix brown sugar, honey, molasses, and oil and mix on medium speed until smooth.
Looking into a stainless bowl of Kitchenaid stand mixer at honey, brown sugar mixture. | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. Add egg, water, cream (or half & half) and (optional) orange zest and mix until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
In stainless bowl of stand mixer adding egg, water, cream, and orange zest. Muffins | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. Slowly add your dry ingredients with mixer on low speed until mixed.
Glass batter bowl pouring in flour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer (Kitchenaid) | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. Stir glaze and using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop about 2/3 of a tablespoon of glaze into bottom of each muffin cup, spreading it around and up the sides, this will ensure that distribution of the glaze is even and gets all over that muffin!
A tablespoon filled with glaze being poured into cups of muffin tins with red bowl in background.  | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. Using a medium or large cookie scoop, scoop batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full, careful to not overfill them, they do overflow a bit, but you don’t want them overflowing onto the bottom of your oven.
Muffin Tin with bran muffin mixture spooned into each tin cup, red handled scoop in background. | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  2. As soon as they are done, line a cooling rack with a piece of parchment paper and carefully flip the muffin tin over, allowing those beautiful bran muffins to escape.
  3. They don’t look like much, but once you invert them — watch out baby!!
A muffin tin with baked muffins oozing over the tops sitting on a cutting board.  | www.thefreshcooky.com

Eat immediately (especially yummy with a pat of butter) or cool and reheat (also with a pat of butter and maybe a drizzle of honey!).

Or cool completely and store in an airtight container on the counter up to 5 days, may be frozen up to 6 months.

wooden honey tool dripping with gooey honey, onto a bran muffin.

Please enjoy bran responsibly! —————– I crack myself up!!

What’s your favorite go-to muffin recipe? I don’t bake many muffins, I tend to do more scones and quick breads, why?

Probably because muffins feel more complicated, but they really aren’t. And I love a good, tender, moist muffin as much as the next girl!! I’d love to hear your comments if you try this, just scroll down below the recipe!

Recipe lightly adapted from Lou Lou Girls.

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Yield: 12 muffins

Honey Bran Muffin {Mimi's Copycat}

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Soft, a little chewy, packed with amazing flavor and gooeyness these copycat Mimi's Honey Bran Muffins are are perfect and you might say that they are on the healthy-ish side! WIN!

Ingredients

Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons all-natural cane sugar (regular sugar is fine)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • pinch of salt

Muffins

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses, unsulphured
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I like avocado or grapeseed oils)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or half & half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (optional for a little extra to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and spray muffin tin (12 cup) with spray oil.

Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk your glaze ingredients together and set aside. If using all natural cane sugar, whisk for a bit to break down the larger granules.

MUFFINS

  1. In a separate bowl add dry ingredients; flour, wheat bran, sea salt, baking powder, and baking soda and whisk to combine, set aside. In a bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, mix brown sugar, honey, molasses, and oil and mix on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Add egg, water, cream (or half & half) and orange zest and mix until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Slowly add your dry ingredients with mixer on low speed until mixed.
  3. Stir glaze and using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop about 2/3 of a tablespoon of glaze into bottom of each muffin cup, spreading it around and up the sides, this will ensure that distribution of the glaze is even and gets all over that muffin!
  4. Using a medium or large cookie scoop, scoop muffin batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full, careful not to overfill them, they do overflow a bit, but you don't want them overflowing onto the bottom of your oven. Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. As soon as they are done, line a cooling rack with a piece of parchment paper and carefully flip the muffin tin over, allowing those beautiful bran muffins to escape. Eat immediately (especially yummy with a pat of butter) or cool and reheat (also with a pat of butter and maybe  drizzle of honey!)
  6. Please enjoy bran responsibly! ------------- I crack myself up!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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