There is a small bakery in Seattle called the Dahlia Bakery, that claim to have the best bran muffin recipe. This is quite a claim, and while I have never tasted any of their products because they are full of gluten, I did purchase their cookbook in hopes of converting some of their deliciously tempting recipes to gluten-free. Could I actually create the best gluten-free bran muffin around by making some necessary tweaks to this recipe? My first attempt proved to be profitable. While I don’t have the Dahlia Bran Muffin to compare, I can verify that these are unequivocally the best gluten-free bran muffins I have ever tasted. They are moist, have a good rise, and taste perfect for a hearty morning muffin. They must be made 24 hours in advance though, so please plan accordingly!
Where to Buy Ingredients
These gluten-free bran muffins have two to one the amount of bran compared to the GF flour blend, so you truly are getting a full gluten-free bran muffin. I used Bob’s Red Mill certified gluten-free oat bran, Sun-Maid Dried Currants, and Bob’s One to One flour blend. If you have Amazon prime, you can purchase here and receive your ingredients in 2 days.
Why Bring Eggs to Room Temperature?
Also make sure the eggs you use are at room temperature. This will allow your batter to have the best aeration, causing your muffins to trap and hold the air, which in turn creates a light, fluffy muffin. In the world of gluten-free, that’s a big deal!
After your batter has rested for 24 hours, spray your muffin tray with a non-stick spray and fill each cup full. It is a little hard to tell from this image, but the gluten-free bran muffin mix is about a 1/2 inch rising above the tin. Sprinkle a lite amount of GF oat bran on the top before placing in the oven.
After the muffins bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, you will want to place them on a cooling rack to keep them from baking any longer in the hot muffin tin. You can freeze them, but certainly a warm muffin straight from the oven is preferred. I hope ‘the best gluten-free bran muffin around’, does become one of your favorites. Please let me know what you think!