Pecan Bran Muffins

This recipe comes from another member of the Unconventional Kitchen volunteer team, Kristi!  She is so inspiring because she has two day jobs: Mom and Scientist! I’m excited that she shared this yummy recipe with us.  These muffins would make the perfect breakfast for the morning after Thanksgiving.


Pecan Bran Muffins pm tnloas with text

Over the years, I’ve become tired of eating cold cereal for breakfast, and I think muffins can be a yummy and convenient alternative. This recipe combines both worlds! I adapted it from one that I found on the back of a box of Bran Flakes; a cereal I eat often. I like this recipe because the muffins are healthy, tasty, and filling, unlike many muffin recipes, which unfortunately often resemble a cupcake.


1 1/2 Cup bran flakes cereal

3/4 Cup milk (any milk will do)

1/4 Cup olive oil, butter, or coconut oil (if using coconut oil do slightly less then 1/4 C)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 Cup honey (or 1/4 Cup honey and 1/4 Cup brown sugar)

1/2 Cup chopped pecans

1 1/4 Cup flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Crush cereal a little bit with rolling pin or heavy utensil, like a potato masher or ground beef masher. Combine crushed cereal, milk, oil, vanilla, egg, and honey (and/ or brown sugar) in small bowl. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to let cereal soften. Meanwhile, combine remaining dry ingredients, including nuts, in medium mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Fill 10-12 muffin cups with batter. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. These are best if eaten within one day.

My name is Kristi.  I have a Ph.D. in biology, which means I’ve spent a lot of time doing experiments at the lab bench. I also love to conduct experiments at home with easy recipes and crafts. I started my blog while in graduate school as a fun outlet for the evenings and something I could play with on my own time. I’m currently raising two cute little monsters and couldn’t be more blessed.

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