Monday, November 23, 2009

No-Bake Mondays: Microwave Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins

Microwave Muffins in 15 minutes-including prep time 

I cheated. 

This insanely easy Chocolate Chip Bran Muffin recipe is not entirely no-bake; you need a microwave to make them. Still. Sticking them in a microwave for one and a half minutes beats waiting half an hour to bake them in the oven, don't you think? So if you're anything like me and you have the patience of a five-year-old when it comes to desserts, this recipe is for YOU.

I made these for Jen of Fresh Cracked Pepper's Muffin Mondays series (thanks Jen!) and it turned out great! I've never made muffins before, let alone microwave muffins. Nervous, I stood watching the muffin tray turn in the microwave with my fingers crossed saying, "please rise, please rise, please, please." And they did! More than that, the muffins came out ridiculously moist, dense, and not the least bit airy. They're made with bran so they have a light, whole grain taste to them that's awesome with chocolate. I topped the muffins with chocolate chips right out of the microwave so the chocolate was melting as I ate them---ayayay. YUM.

Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins
Makes 18

1 cup boiling water
2 cups All Bran cereal
1 cup Bran Flakes cereal
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
walnuts (optional)



1. In a large bowl, pour boiling water over cereal. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well (leave some chocolate chips to top with).
2. Line a plastic muffin tray with paper liners. Spoon batter in 4/5 of the way.
3. Bake in microwave for one minute and a half. Garnish with chocolate chips and walnuts.

Few tips:
You can also make this in a regular oven. Preheat at 350 and bake for 25-30 minutes and do the whole toothpick test.
I made a bunch with white chocolate chips and dried cranberry. They were awesome!
If you don't use up all the batter, you can keep it in the freezer for up to four weeks. 

Ta-dah! Muffins in 15 minutes--including prep time. Enjoy!

- Kris Alcantara


  1. Kris, I don't think there's buttermilk here in the Philippines--well not in the groceries (even Rustan's) and some of the baking stores I've gone to :( would you know what I can use as substitute?

  2. Hi Mabes,
    They say you can substitute yogurt or sour cream for buttermilk but I haven't tried either yet.. Check out this thread on America's Test Kitchen