Raisin Bran Muffins

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Start the day with one of these fiber-rich muffins.

NotesDecorating the Jar:

To add the finishing touches to your jarred mix, simply center the chosen fabric square on the lid of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Then wrap your chosen tie around the rubber band twice, covering the band, and knot the tie to hold it in place.

Using a hole punch, make a hole in the tag and slide the tie through the hole, threading it through once or twice and tying it off with a bow. If you’ve chosen to photocopy the boxed tag provided with each recipe, you may want to fold the left side of the tag over the right before punching a hole in the top left-hand comer. This will allow you to thread the tie through two layers of paper, attaching your tag securely to the jar.

Finally, to make your Mason gift jar even more special, you may want to use the same ribbon or twine to attach an item that can be used when preparing the particular recipe. Wooden spoons, wire whisks, and cookie cutters are possible choices. Your beautiful Mason jar mix is now done, ready for its lucky recipient!

Serves4 muffins

Cooking MethodBaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

MealBreakfast, Brunch

Type of DishBread, Muffins, Quickbreads


  • ½ cups bran flakes
  • 1¼ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten


  1. Creating the Jar:

  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-quart wide-mouth canning.

  3. Layer the ingredients in the jar, pressing firmly with a flat-bottomed object, such as a tart tamper or the bottom of a narrow glass, after each addition. Make the layers as level as possible.

  4. Secure the lid, and decorate as desired (see Notes). Attach the following instructions for making the muffins:


  6. Yield: 12 muffins

  7. In addition to the contents of the jar, you will need to add the following ingredients:

  8. ½ cup milk

  9. ½ cup melted butter, slightly cooled

  10. 1 egg, slightly beaten

  11. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, cream the milk, butter, and egg. Add the contents of the Jar, and stir until just mixed. Do not over stir. Spoon the batter into greased or papered muffin tins, filling each cup two-thirds full, Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the tin, remove, and cool completely. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


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