Honey Wheat Bran Muffins w/ Blood Orange Glaze

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I frequently recall my college days and remember how I always yearned for a break in my studies long enough to get into the kitchen. I rarely had time for anything that wasn’t school, soccer, or work related. In those days, my life was hectic. I used to imagine the day when I would graduate and finally get to sit down and read a book of my choice, sleep until 10am, and completely embrace the feeling of having nothing on my to-do list. My cousin, Danielle, and I both went to the University of California, Irvine. It was here that we would lay on the Aldrich park lawn to study but instead would dream of what our lives would be like in the future, once we finished with the chaos and stress. We had some great times there and I never thought I would say this, but I really do miss that school.

One of our favorite mid-afternoon, get-out-of-the-slump snacks were these incredible honey bran muffins from a restaurant slightly off campus. They were sweet enough to give us the slight sugar rush we craved and were substantial enough to tide us over until soccer practice. When I thought I wanted to recreate these at home I came across a recipe that seemed to fit the bill. I tweaked it a bit; adding whole wheat flour, some warming spices, and some incredibly beautiful blood oranges that had just arrived in my farm box delivery. These muffins turned out perfectly; utterly sticky and moist and brightly flavored with citrus.

Danielle, this recipe is for you. I love you so much, cousin. I hope these inspire you to reminisce in our college days, like they did for me!

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Honey Wheat Bran Muffins w/ Blood Orange Glaze {Vegetarian} 

Makes 12 muffins 
(Prep time: 10 min, Bake time: 20 min)
 
Adapted from The Lazy Wife's Guide, Honey Bran Muffins 

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup wheat bran

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp cardamom

1/2  tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp baking powder, aluminum free

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup Muscovado (or brown sugar)

1/4 cup honey

2 TBSP molasses

1/2 cup water

1 egg

1/4 coconut oil

1 TBSP blood orange zest (about 2 small oranges)

Glaze: 

3 TBSP sugar

3 TBSP butter, melted

3 TBSP Muscovado

2 TBSP honey

2 TBSP blood orange juice, freshly squeezed

1.Preheat oven to 350º. Evenly distribute the glaze into each of the muffin wells (about 1 TBSP in each). Be sure  coat all sides of each well. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate, medium sized bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened and combined.
2. Using an ice cream scoop (for even distribution), scoop mixture into glazed muffin wells. Make sure that you do not fill the wells up more than 2/3 of the way full (the rise quite a bit, spilling over the top). Bake the muffins for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto parchment paper.

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2 Responses to "Honey Wheat Bran Muffins w/ Blood Orange Glaze"

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  1. Jessica

    5 March, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Yesssss!!!! I was hoping it would be the bran muffins!!! Can’t wait to finally these delicious gems!

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  2. Danielle

    13 March, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    You finally topped it! Cannot wait to try these;-) I miss those days at UCI, great memories………

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