Bran and date mini muffins #RicardoRecipes


Mornings during the week are rushed in our house. Although I always say I’m going to pack the kids backpacks the night before, I never do. So in the morning I’m gathering what everyone needs for school on that given day. Because of this my kids don’t get a June Cleaver breakfast during the week. I don’t have time to scramble eggs or make chocolate chips pancakes like my kids often request. Instead, I have discovered the power of the mini muffin. For my little kids, a few mini muffins with fruit and maybe yogurt for breakfast is a hit!


As my kids are eating these muffins for breakfast and sometimes Princess Peach will take some to school for snack, I try to find recipes that are healthy. It’s harder than you think to find recipes that taste great and are packed will healthy ingredients.

I’m so happy that I was given a chance to make one of Chef Ricardos recipes for my kids. I’m always looking for new muffin recipes to change up what I’m offering my kids for breakfast and I decided to try to make his Bran and Date Muffins. Instead of making 9 large muffins like the recipe had suggested, I was able to get 26 mini muffins out of the recipe! Awesome.


I made the muffins while the kids were at school and when they came home, they were both so excited to try them. Princess Peach refers to herself as my “taste tester” and takes her job very seriously. And she should because if they don’t like it, I won’t be making it again.  Thankfully, this recipe was approved by both of them!

Bran and date mini muffins
Yields 26
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
  1. 1 cup of milk
  2. 2 teaspoons of white vinegar
  3. 1.5 cups of wheat bran cereal (such as All-Bran)
  4. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. ¾ whole wheat flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. 1 egg
  10. 2 tablespoon of molasses
  11. 3 tablespoons of sugar
  12. ½ cup dates, pitted and diced. (note: buy pitted dates to save time)
  13. Cooking spray
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. 2. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray
  3. 3. In a medium sized bowl combine milk, vinegar, vanilla and cereal. Mix well and set aside.
  4. 4. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set asisde.
  5. 5. In a third medium sized bowl using a whisk combine egg, molasses, and sugar. Make sure mixture is well combined.
  6. 6. Add the dry ingredients into the wet bowl mixing until they are just wet. Then stir in the dates reserving some pieces to put on the tops of each muffin.
  7. 7. Divide mixture into the mini muffin tins.
  8. 8. Put into oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. 9. Let cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes, remove and let cool on a wire rack.
Adapted from from Chef Ricardos recipe
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