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Old 12-25-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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Hello, Trader Joe's discontinued a great, dense, high fiber blueberry bran muffin, and I'd like to bake some like those.

The recipes I've tried, make lighter color, more fluffy muffins. Trader Joe's used fruit juices to sweeten, and they weren't the cake like muffins you get at the coffee shops etc...

I don't bake much, these had a larger 'crumb' and were big and low fat. Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice. I'd even use a boxed mix if it produces those yummy muffins. Thanks!
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Old 12-25-2016, 02:56 PM
 
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Google brings up many options:
https://www.google.com/#q=dense%2C+h...ry+bran+muffin

or

https://www.google.com/#q=dense%2C+h...th+fruit+juice
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Old 12-25-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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Thanks, I've seen and tried some of these. I wonder how I would tweek the recipe; as in, what the flour to bran ratio I would use to get less 'cakey' muffins?
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Old 12-25-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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Thanks, I've seen and tried some of these. I wonder how I would tweek the recipe; as in, what the flour to bran ratio I would use to get less 'cakey' muffins?
One would have to see the recipe you are using because it is not just based on the bran to flour ratio. Many times it means changing what fat is used, if any, or the flour you are using. or white sugar vs brown sugar, or using buttermilk vs just plain milk, etc.

Try reading this and see if you can find one of the versions that may get the results you are looking for.
Ultimate Guide to Muffins - Handle the Heat
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Old 12-25-2016, 05:04 PM
 
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Thanks alot for the Ultimate guide website; really helpful, I'll see what I can do!
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Old 12-25-2016, 05:35 PM
 
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Thanks alot for the Ultimate guide website; really helpful, I'll see what I can do!
I use whole wheat flour only but in most recipes, to make them even healthier, I cut the flour back 1/4 cup and add ground flax and vegan protein powder for that other 1/4 cup. I also add 1/4 cup of flax seeds which gives that extra subtle bit of a crunch texture inside. I also use buttermilk instead of plain milk. If you don't have butttermilk on hand (I never do) then just add 1 tbsp of vinegar per cup of milk and let it stand for 15 mins minimum. You will notice it getting thicker and curdling when it is ready. I will also sometimes swap out the milk and some of the oil/butter with full fat Greek yogurt.

All of these things will make a more dense muffin that is not so crumbly or cake-like if that might be what you are going for.

Oh, and I also swap out white sugar for Stevia or xylitol (Ideal is the name brand of xylitol I use) and Stevia also has a brown sugar version which might be a bit more difficult to find in all grocery stores.

Stevia and xylitol are both 100% natural sweetener substitutes for sugar.

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Old 12-25-2016, 05:42 PM
 
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I used to make easy bran muffins from a recipes on a box of bran cereal - it may have been Fiber One. I added raisins.
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Old 12-25-2016, 09:58 PM
 
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Yes, I made the recipe on the box of All-Bran....(it was still really light?)
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Old 12-25-2016, 10:56 PM
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Lose weight & improve your health with a real food diet | Fooducate

Is this the muffin you are trying to replicate? If so, this link has the ingredients, perhaps you can play with the proportions to get a similar result?
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Old 12-26-2016, 01:02 AM
 
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Here are a couple of sites where people have tried to replicate the Trader Joe's Blueberry Bran Muffins:

Blueberry Quinoa Bran Muffins |

Low-Fat High Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins Recipe - Food.com

You could try this recipe and just add blueberries to it:
Trader Joe's Toasted Oat Bran Muffins
https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci...recipe=2959225
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