Cooking for Students Bran Muffins with Coffee and Chocolate Glaze

Bran Muffins with Coffee and Chocolate Glaze

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Cooking for Students

Bran muffins are a tasty source of fiber but they are not very interesting. They fill you up in the morning but why not spruce them up? Bran muffins are sort of a blank canvas. Muffins are really easy to make and do not take much time so making a delicious coffee and chocolate glaze wouldn’t hurt. This glaze adds decadence to the muffins and the addition of coffee will wake you up and get your mind ready for the classes ahead.

What’s in it?

  • 1 ½ cup wheat bran
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

*Makes about 12 muffins

The Glaze:

  • Coffee or espresso, whatever you have at the time
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

How’s it made?

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper cups.
  2. As the oven is heating up add the bran into a bowl with the milk. Mix and allow to sit for 5-7 minutes. The bran will soak up the liquid during this time.
  3. Beat the egg and add it to the bran and milk mixture along with the brown sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and salt.
  4. Add the baking powder and soda to the flour. Mix and slowly add the flour to the bowl with the bran and milk.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin.
  6. Place the muffins in the oven to bake for about 20 minutes or until a fork comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  7. As the muffins are baking make the glaze by combining the cocoa powder with confectioners’ sugar. Feel free to add more cocoa if desired.
  8. Slowly add coffee until a thick glaze forms. It is suggested that you add the liquid 1 tablespoon at a time.
  9. Drizzle the glaze over the warm muffins and eat!

Bran muffins never tasted so good. Every bite it sweet, chocolaty and has a pungent coffee flavor that pairs so well with the bran. Just make a batch and eat them all week long. These taste great warm or cold.