Bran Muffins and Genetics

If you know me well, you know that I love Bran Muffins from Dunkin’ Donuts.

That’s it, though.  Dunkin’ Donuts is it.

I have met lots of Bran Muffins that I don’t like… in restaurants, in coffee shops and cafes, all over the country and even other parts of the world.  I have tried baking my own Bran Muffins from scratch, using many different recipes.  None of them cut it.

So… scientists and geneticists, take notice.  It seems that this little pleasure is a genetic thing.   You see, I can’t walk into Audrey’s home with a Dunkin’ Donuts bag without little voices begging, “Grandma, is that a Bran Muffin?”  This question is obviously rhetorical, because what else could possible be in the bag?

I do not have to answer this rhetorical question, of course.  And next comes, “Can I have some?”

Another rhetorical question.  After all, I am a Grandma, and everything that is mine is theirs.

William has been known to devour my entire Bran Muffin.  Alex has been known to devour my entire Bran Muffin.  And today, Benjamin followed suit.  Both of his older brothers were at pre-school (this is Alex’s first day, now that he’s 3!)… and Benjamin took this opportunity to grab my Dunkin’ Donuts bag, open it, unwrap the muffin, lay it on a napkin, break it into small pieces, and eat the entire thing.

Now, you may be asking, why don’t I just buy 2 or 3 Bran Muffins so everyone can have his own.  Well, them being bran and all… Audrey has always been a little, shall we say,  concerned about the possible explosive effects on her little guys’ digestive systems.

Not to worry.  These guys’ little tummies are made of steel.  Just like their Grandma’s!

Ah… genetics!  Aren’t they, and Dunkin’ Donuts Bran Muffins,  just the best!  (By the way, Henry is 14 weeks old now.  I wonder when his little guilty pleasure will kick in!?)

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  1. Mmm! Muffins sound good. There is nothing quite like Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and baked goods. So good, but not necessarily good for you.

  2. I love bran muffins. Give these a try, they are my favorite …very moist and flavorful. I also add some raisins to the mix

    Buttermilk Bran Muffins

    10-12 servings

    1 cup wheat bran
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 1/4 cups white flour or whole wheat flour
    1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup oil
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 egg, beaten
    1 tablespoons molasses

    Mix first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl.
    Stir in remaining ingredients.
    Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
    Bake at 350°F for 16-18 minutes.
    Check for doneness with a toothpick.
    Serve with or without butter

  3. Dunkin Donuts does have delicious muffins! I’ve never tried the bran though – maybe that will be next on my list. I’m excited that it’s pumpkin muffin time now. I wonder if the genetic predisposition for only Dunkin Donuts bran muffins will be true for the boys too. 🙂

  4. FYI, Dawg’s drink of choice is a large Dunkin’ Donuts French vanilla iced coffee, light with cream and 4 Splendas.

    He hates healthy stuff… for the most part, but I would LOVE to try these! He might need to suffer for me. 😉