Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kellogg's Honey Hazelnut Raisin Bran Muffins', Putting A New Twist On An Old Recipe

Hello Darlings,

When I lived in Kentucky I had a friend who would always bring me a bag or two of unshelled Hazelnuts. If you have ever had the pleasure to eat whole hazelnuts, you know they are a very wonderful tasting and highly nutritional nut. You may also know that shelling hazelnuts are difficult and there were many times when I was tempted to pound them open with a sledgehammer. It was to my credit that I didn't, and that  I bravely labored on with a regular hammer outside on the concrete walkway with the nuts in plastic bags. 

Well, since living here in Florida I have not been able to find any Hazelnuts, and my friend passed away long ago. Therefore, imagine my surprise to find that My Spice Sage had hazelnut meal, which is hazelnuts being grounded into a flour like ingredient. 

I had to have a bag of the meal, and after buying a 4-ounce bag of the stuff, I decided to bake some muffins. However, not just any muffin recipe would do for mixing my hazelnut meal into. So I took the original Kellogg's Honey Raisin Bran Muffins recipe that I found on the Kellogg's website and revamped it a bit to add my hazelnuts.

Here is the recipe that I have named 'Kellogg's Honey Hazelnut Raisin Bran Muffins', and the recipe is as follows:

Kellogg's Honey Hazelnut Raisin Bran Muffins 

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups Kellogg's Raisin Bran® cereal
  • 1 1/4 cups lactose-free milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

1.      Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
2.       In a large mixing bowl, combine Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal, milk and honey. Let stand 3 minutes or until cereal softens.  
3.      Add egg and oil. Beat well. For this you can beat the mixture with your electric beater and a single whisk attachment on low for two minutes. Avoid mashing the raisins.
4.      Add flour mixture, stirring by hand only until combined.
5.      Add an even portion of the batter into  two standard muffin pans coated with cooking spray.
6.       Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Please note: the original recipe calls for 1 3/4 cups of flour. However, for my recipe I substituted the 4-ounce bag of the hazelnut meal for the remaining 1/2 cup of the flour.  

In addition, if you are calorie conscious as I have recently become then you should know that a  single 'Kellogg's Honey Raisin Bran Muffin' has 190 calories per  serving. However with my added hazelnut meal and extra raisins the calories are about  248.30 per serving.

Wow! What a wonderful tasting and nutritional addition to my morning breakfast of cottage cheese, grapefruit and Bavarian chocolate tea. This latter can also be found at  My Spice Sage.

I know that you will enjoy these muffins as much as I am now.

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Until next time,
Chow Darling!