Quick and easy breakfast solutions. I have searched for them, have you? Toast on the run, done. Cereal when you arrive at work. Fruit smoothy with some muesli thrown in. Pancakes on weekends. Bacon and eggs. Bagels, etc, etc.
Muffins though, are just an excuse to eat cake first thing. And sometimes I feel guilty about this. Surely I should maintain and promote healthy eating. Surely I should make wise, considered choices about what I eat. I should look after myself now for the longer term. Maybe these muffins count towards this... maybe.
Made with breakfast cereal, these muffins could be considered healthy. Bran and sultanas, super healthy. With fresh fruit also! I try to convince myself... I originally considered making these when I found a recipe posted by Joy the Baker for a similar creation. She made up the batter at the beginning of the week and then cooked fresh muffins each morning. Would it work with this recipe? Perhaps the fresh pear would render it undesirable. Oh well, simply make up a dozen, refrigerate and heat each morning in the microwave to enjoy with coffee.
Sultana Bran & Pear Muffins
Around 1 3/4 c sultana bran, or similar cereal
1 1/2 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp all spice
1 pear, cored and diced finely
3/4 c milk
1 tsp white vinegar
75 g butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
Pre-heat oven to 180* C. Line a muffin tray with papers.
Combine dry ingredients with the diced pear in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Leave to sit for around 5 minutes. This will sour the milk and make it thicken. For some reason, muffins often call for buttermilk or this soured milk. The theory is that the end product is light due to this process. Add the butter and eggs, stir to combine.
Mix the wet ingredients gently into the dry ingredients until just combine. Scoop into the muffin tray.
Cook in the oven for around 15 minutes, until golden, risen and cooked. Enjoy either warm for breakfast or as they are.
Adapted from the Coles brand Sultana Bran equivalent cereal box.