Apple Bran Muffins

Food is bribery.

I don't know how it happened, but I was deemed project manager for the production of a video for the company. It was an in-house endeavor and we were given little direction. Nothing overtly complicated, until we started writing the scripts and planning logistics. Seriously, some days I work for the coolest office. Some days.

The entire process was a blast. It required creativity and thinking outside the box- two things which come naturally. But what really made this amazing was the team: young gentlemen with digital art and videographer backgrounds. These guys are awesome!! Everyone is so positive and fun, it's like someone called recess!

The best time for filming is as early as possible for the natural light. I cringed realizing what that meant- but not too many people get to say, "sorry guys- I gotta go in early for the shoot." To soften the blow, I told them I would make muffins which, to their surprise, I did. There was much rejoicing! That morning, they were quickly destroyed and puppy dog eyes were made for more. Seriously... greatest team to work with. I heart you guys.

This was the end product: super moist, healthy-ish, delicious apple bran muffins. I wanted something that would give us pep- not a sugar rush. These really are yummy and have a nice balance of nutrition and flavor. They make a fantastic snack or breakfast. I made the larger sized muffins (6 tin tray) to get the full muffin effect. They're really easy to make! Mix dry and wet ingredients. No rocket science here.

Note: I had to get the what bran at Whole Foods.

PS Sorry for the lack of pix but like I said... it was an early video shoot!!

Apple Bran Muffins
slightly adapted from Obsessed with Baking

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup of chopped apple
1 tablespoon oats
1/3 cup raisins (optional)
Sprinkle tops lightly with brown sugar or maple sugar for additional crunch (optional)

Preheat oven to 375, grease or line muffin tins. I used 6 large muffin tins but it works in the regular muffin tins as well.

Mix flour, wheat bran, baking powder, spices, and salt in a bowl.

Whisk applesauce, egg, oil, brown sugar until combined. Add chopped apples and raisins into wet mixture.

Fold wet mixture into dry mixture until combined. Divide evenly among tins.

Sprinkle  tops lightly with brown sugar or maple sugar for additional crunch (optional) and the oats.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the center comes out clean. Keep and eye on them!

Let the muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to cool on an oven rack.