I woke up to the sun streaming through the blind of the bedroom window, which is an unusual sight for an early winters morning in Ireland.  The glistening sunshine made me feel alive with energy and although it did not inspire me to go on an early morning walk, it did however make me feel that lying in bed on such a beautiful morning would be very unproductive.  With this lust for life, I leaped to the kitchen.  Whilst sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee, I stared into the back yard and I decided to surprise my Fiancé with a fresh batch of his favourite bran muffins. Not only could he eat an entire batch, but the aromatic aroma that fills the entire house is a sure way of getting him out of bed and drawing him to the kitchen!

The beauty of these blissful bran muffins is that you can prepare the mixture the night before – ideal if you don’t have much time on your hands in the morning!  All you have to do in the morning is pop them into the oven.

Blissful Bran Muffins


185 g Plain Flour

1 Teaspoon Ground cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda

110g Firmly packed brown sugar

105g Unprocessed bran

105g Coarsely chopped seedless dates

1 Egg

375ml Buttermilk

125ml Vegetable oil


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Sift all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add the chopped seedless dates.

Whisk together the egg, buttermilk and vegetable oil

The mixture should be lumpy and take note to not over mix.   Cover the mixture and refrigerate in you are wanting to bake in the morning.

If baking right away, grease a 12 hole muffin pan.

Spoon muffin mixture into the pan holes and bake for about 25-30 minutes until muffins are browned and risen.

Once muffins are done, remove from the pan and stand on a wire rack to cool.

These muffins can either be served warm with butter and marmalade or plain.

Blissful Bran Muffins


4 responses »

  1. Why not try replacing sugar with other sweeteners? For example, honey or even agave syrup are good options. Just take care to add more flour or bran, to balance wet and dry ingredients.

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