I'm all over the lower sugar thing these days. This recipe uses only the natural sugars in the dates and the orange juice. I didn't bother to tell my 13 year old that there was no added sugar in these and she loved them. I substituted white whole wheat flour because I already had it and that worked just fine.Read More
I loved this recipe, no added sugar you can't even tell. I used multigrain flour, added raisins and baked mini loaves for 30 minutes. Will make a million times more, thanks for the recipe.Read More
Yes, these are a bit more involved to prepare (and more dishes to clean) but the taste is good and I really like how low in sugar and fat they are. Nice cake-like texture. I think they could be improved with some raisins. My bake time on the bran was 7 minutes and it was perfect.
I thought these were wonderful. Yes, they are slightly time consuming, but you'll find they are definitely worth it.
I made the recipe as it was written first and then the next few times I substituted Trop 50 for the orange juice to cut down on sugar. I couldn't tell the difference.
Great recipe!Read More
I've made these multiple times and it is always totally worth it. If you are looking for a slightly healthy quick muffin, this is not it-- it has great flavor and amazing texture, as well as very healthy ingredients. I use oat bran and it toasted fine with hardly any browning after ten minutes. White whole wheat flour works too, and they freeze and reheat very well for a quick breakfast.Read More
I agree with the other reviews. Great recipe but task intensive. I will try it without cooking dates, provided they are not too dried out, and skipping the toasting of the bran (although it does give them a distinctive flavor that is a nice change)Read More
I thought these were excellent! I have tried many recipes that attempt to omit refined sugar and include more fiber but they often taste very bland. These muffins were moist and tasty and with just the right amount of sweetness. I added blueberries to half the batch and I think you could add raisins, carrot or anything else that takes your fancy. It would only add to the fiber content. I think the best thing I can say about these muffins is that my 9 year old who is a refined foods junkie thought they tasted good. I finally found something I can feed him for breakfast that is not only fast and nutritious but has no refined sugar! It's a keeper!Read More
Hmmm....these are bran muffins. They are not supposed to taste like cake - they taste like bran! I toasted the bran for 10 minutes and it was perfectly toasty (and very little oder), so I wanted to throw that out there for anyone else who might make it - it sounds like others' were too brown, so watch your oven (it might be time for me to get out a thermometer to check my oven temp). I have to admit that I was bummed, after hunting down wheat bran (whole foods dry bulk section) that not only was the bran hard to find, but that I then needed to toast the bran and use the processor. I tend to think of muffins are quick things. But these were tasty and light, and I will be making them again. I will likely throw in some fruit (blueberries or carrots and golden raisins, or maybe apples with a touch of clove). Sure, there were a lot of steps for a muffin, but I liked the end product!Read More
Not worth it! The instructions are poorly written. You have to refer back to the recipe list too often which adds more to the prep time. When roasting the grains, be prepared for a slightly obnoxious smell in your home. I found the recommended 10 minutes in the oven way too long. 6 to 8 minutes would have been long enough. My muffins came out a dark brown.I am sure there are other bran muffin recipes that are better and don't require as many ingredients. I feel terrible I sent my husband out to hunt down wheat bran. It's not the cereal. After the mess I made in trying to prepare these, they taste quite bland. I think the addition of honey or using a sugar substitute would have made these taste better. I did like the idea of the dates and orange juice. I may try that in a different bran muffin recipe. Now what to do with some of the leftover ingredients.Read More
Final product was tasty, but this is time consuming with lots of clean up since the recipes calls for toasting the bran, cooking dates/OJ in a pan and using a food processor to purees the dates/OJ. I bake a lot of muffins and the recipes are usually fairly easy to make. If I make this again, I would skip toasting the wheat bran (previous reviewer is correct that 10 minutes of toasting is too long & creates an unpleasant odor), dice the dates,skip the food processor. I'm thinking the muffins would still be great, with a little more texture, adding some diced pecans/walnuts would also be good.Read More