Banana Bran Muffins with Pecans and Honey

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Occasionally, once in a blue moon, a muffin comes along that changes your life. This is one of those times.

You guys… these muffins!

Bran muffin recipes are a staple for any good muffin baker. I have a delicious traditional recipe with raisins that I’ll share later this year, in the meantime, how about a new twist? With the addition of some banana, the crunch of pecans and a drizzle of honey, these are my new favourite muffin. I know, I know, I say that every time!

Mega-Moist Banana Pecan Bran Muffins_3 Don’t tell anyone… I’m not a big fan of nuts in baking. I think it’s a texture thing; mixing the soft tender cake with the hard crunch of a nut, not so sure I like that. Crazy right? Because of this irrational nut fear, I don’t usually allow nuts to make their way into my precious batter. I use any kind of dried fruit, grated veggies, chocolate chips and spices… but I say no nuts… until now?

Mega-Moist Banana Pecan Bran Muffins_2 Mega-Moist Banana Pecan Bran Muffins_1 Pecans, pecans and more pecans, that’s right, I tossed almost a cup of them into my batter. I threw caution to the wind, and what were the results? Total yumminess! I must admit my muffin life may be changed forever, for the good.

Mega-Moist Banana Pecan Bran Muffins_4 Looking for more muffin recipes? How about Blueberry Steel-cut Oat Muffins, Mom’s Pumpkin Muffins, Skinny Banana Oat Muffins or Healthy Morning Glory Muffins?

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Banana Bran Muffins with Pecans and Honey
Serves: 12 muffins
  • 1-1/2 cups all-bran cereal, divided
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe banana (2 medium)
  • ¾ cup + ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Prepare 12 muffin tins with paper liners or grease with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl pour boiling water over ½ cup bran cereal. Mix in oil and set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. In another bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a large bowl mix egg, sugar, buttermilk, mashed banana and remaining bran cereal. Add moist bran mixture. Stir in flour mixture. Stir in ¾ cup nuts until fully incorporated.
  5. Fill muffin cups to the top and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and drizzle tops with honey. Allow to cool.

Mega-Moist Banana Bran Muffins with Pecans

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