dark chocolate and nut studded morning muffins on a kitchen counter

Old Fashioned Morning Muffins

Imagine waking up to the enticing aroma of freshly baked Old-Fashioned Morning Muffins. Picture yourself taking that first bite, feeling the warm muffin in your hands and then tasting the nutty and sweet flavors. Sounds like a pretty fabulous way to start your day, don’t you think?

Morning Muffins – Inspired by a Prune Grower’s Family Recipe

This recipe was inspired by one of our California Prune growers, Ranvir Singh. After hearing about his grandmother’s top-secret Prune + Bran muffin recipe, we set off to create our own version of her heritage recipe for morning muffins.

Ranvir Singh & son Ryan Dulai, Olivehurst, Sutter County, CA
a cupcake tin full of Old Fashioned Morning Muffins

What’s in this recipe for Morning Muffins?

To recreate the Singh family recipe, we started with a hearty bran muffin base. Then, we jazzed up the recipe a bit with delicious add-ins like:

Chopped Prunes

Dark Chocolate

Pistachios

Try our version, then have some fun experimenting with different chocolate + nuts combos. Here are a few delicious ideas:

Walnut + Milk Chocolate

Pecan + White Chocolate

Note: Always include the chopped prunes – they add a wonderful natural sweetness that really enhances this recipe.

Morning Muffins: A Healthy Breakfast in About a Half Hour

Make a batch of Morning Muffins on the weekend, it only takes about a half hour. Then, you’ve got a delicious grab-and-go breakfast that’s perfect for busy mornings!

morning muffins on a counter with one muffin broken in half to show the delicious interior of the muffin

Once you try these morning muffins, you’ll probably want to try more heritage recipes. We have a feeling you’ll love our Old Fashioned Prune Cake!

dark chocolate and nut studded morning muffins on a kitchen counter

Old Fashioned Morning Muffins

This recipe was inspired by one of our California Prune growers, Ranvir Singh. After hearing about his grandmother’s top-secret Prune + Bran muffin recipe, we set off to create our own version of her heritage recipe for morning muffins.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Heritage Recipes, Kid Friendly
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup + 1 1/2 cups bran cereal or oat bran
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup California extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup California Prunes chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • Optional: 1/3 cup raw pistachios chopped + 1/2 cup, roughly chopped, and toasted
  • Optional: 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a small mixing bowl, soak 1/2 cup bran in boiling water. Set aside—once cooled, stir in the olive oil and egg.
  • While the soaked bran is cooling, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine, then stir in the chopped prunes, breaking up any clumps.
  • Combine the buttermilk and brown sugar in a small bowl, then fold into the flour mixture. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups bran, then add the soaked bran. Cover the batter and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours).
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375° F (190C). Grease two muffin tins or line them with paper cups that have been lightly greased.
  • Give the batter a gentle stir. If you’re adding raw pistachios or chocolate, mix those in. Then scoop 1/4 cup (2 oz.) of batter into each muffin cup.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven, place the pan on a cooling rack, and garnish with toasted pistachio. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the muffins from the tin and serve!

Notes

Serving Suggestion: These morning muffins are delicious as is, but if you’re feeling extra indulgent, try slathering a warm muffin with homemade Prune Butter! Yum!
 

More family recipes from California Prunes Growers:

Once you’ve mastered the Singh family’s Old Fashioned Morning Muffins, try these recipes from our growers:

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 167mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 146IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bran muffins, Heritage Recipes, morning muffins, muffins
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