Chunky Cran-Apple Bran Muffins

You'll forget it's good for you when you taste this muffin. Its full of apple chunks and dried cranberries and boasts a fibre content of about 4 grams per muffin.

Makes 8 large muffins

Variety Tip: For best results, use local Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, or Northern Spy apples.


3/4 cup natural bran 175 mL
3/4 cup milk 175 mL
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 375 mL
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 7 mL
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 7 mL
3/4 tsp salt 4 mL
1/4 tsp baking soda 1 mL
1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 mL
3/4 cup brown sugar 175 mL
1/3 cup vegetable oil 75 mL
1 egg 1
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled Ontario apples 375 mL
1/2 cup dried cranberries 125 mL
2 tsp granulated sugar 10 mL
1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 mL


Before you begin: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C)

In large bowl, combine bran and milk; let rest 5 minutes.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, soda and nutmeg.

Stir brown sugar, oil and egg into bran mixture. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in apples and dried cranberries.

Spoon batter into greased muffin cups. For topping, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over muffins. Bake in a 400°F (200°C) oven for about 18 minutes or until tester comes out clean.