Easy vegan muffin base + mix-in ideas!

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This originally came off the side of a Kroger brand cereal box, and then my friend George (baking lady extraordinaire) messed with it and passed it on to me during one of our baking nights.

I have continued to have a go at it. I love this recipe because I always have everything on hand. You don't need eggs or milk and it's amazingly low maintenance. Plus: no cholesterol, low in fat, made with bran flakes AND can be made with whole wheat flour and it just begs for the addition of lots of fresh fruit.


Makes 12 muffins. Takes around 30 minutes from start to finish!
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Step 1: Ingredients!

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  • 1 C bran flakes
  • 1/4 cup soy milk OR juice
  • 1 C all purpose flour OR 1/2 C AP flour & 1/2 C whole wheat flour OR 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 sugar (can be white or brown or half and half - or use 1/4 C agave nectar)
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 2/3 cup apple sauce (unsweetened, make sure there are no added ingredients)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
A couple things to note:
The more whole wheat flour you use, the flatter the muffins will be.
Substituting the soy milk for orange, pineapple, lemon juice, etc. leads to a chewier result!
The muffins are done when they're golden brown and springy to the touch.

As far as add-ins:
  • 1 tsp+ of spice - any combination of spices... this is your call depending on what else you're putting in - you could even go without if you're going for chocolate.
  • 1 C fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
And I'll be giving my favorite recipes after breaking down how to make the batter so you have something to go off of. :D

Step 2: Hardware!

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  • oven preheated to 375 F
  • muffin pan
  • one large bowl and one small bowl
  • large wooden or plastic spoon
  • variety of measuring cups and spoons
  • cooking spray or paper cups for lining pan
What if I combine the bran flakes and fruit by just using Raisin Bran which has both bran flakes and raisins in it? Do I need to make sure I have the same amount of bran flakes first by removing the raisins from the part I take out and adding them back later after I get the required amount of bran?
jessyratfink (author)  Gary Viveiros3 years ago
No, you should be fine. It probably wouldn't hurt to add an extra 1/4 cup just to be safe, though. :)
Looks good!
Ann_zhuk4 years ago
Thank you! Very test!
ChrysN4 years ago
The blueberry, ginger and cardamom sounds wonderful!
jessyratfink (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
They're my boyfriend's favorite! They are soooooo good. Especially when they're still warm.

I really can't figure out my favorite of the three, though. :P