Grandpa’s Raisin Bran Muffins

{Dedicated with love to my Grandpa}


Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

Recently my mom had a genius idea to start posting all of our favorite family recipes to a group board on Pinterest so that we can keep them all in one place. One of the recipes that I had been trying to replicate for years was my Grandpa’s raisin bran muffins. These were a favorite treat growing up.

I knew that it was one of those recipes cut from the side of the cereal box. I thought for sure the recipe came from maybe Post or Total raisin bran… All that I came across when searching for these recipes was the “six week refrigerator muffins”. I tried making these and ended up with SO many muffins; and they weren’t quite like my Grandpa’s. I finally asked my mom if she knew and she said that it was from Kellogg’s Raisin Bran. To me as a young girl, they were just Grandpa’s muffins.

With tears in my eyes I share that just a few days ago on February 18th, our family lost this beloved man. My Grandpa was blessed to live a long and happy life. He was one of those people who was loved by all who knew him. He was charismatic, generous, adventurous, and hard working. He loved his family above all. He was a happy morning person and always walked around the house singing silly songs. I was very fortunate to spend a lot of time with him in my life and we had a very close relationship. He is one of the best men I have ever known.

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

I will always remember him with a big smile just like this.

I spent the day that I found out about Grandpa looking through old pictures and wanting to relive memories. I asked my husband to make me “hotcakes” for breakfast because that was another favorite from Grandpa. I ate them just the way he would have fixed them for me, complete with my “Grandma’s Secret Recipe” strawberry freezer jam spooned over the top. Then yesterday morning when I was going to go spend some time with my siblings, I knew that I needed to make these muffins as a tribute to him.

He was such a goofball.

Although these still don’t taste right to me, maybe they never will. As my aunt said to me, “some things just taste better when someone else makes them.” But when I took that first bite after pulling them out of the oven, I was transported back to Grandma & Grandpa’s kitchen table, surrounded by family.

 

Grandpa’s Raisin Bran Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Grandpa’s Raisin Bran Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 3 C Kellogg's Raisin Bran
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 C soft shortening or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Measure Raisin Bran and milk into mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cereal is softened. Add egg and shortening (I used oil). Beat well.
  3. Add dry ingredients to cereal mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion batter evenly into 12 muffin cups.
  4. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.
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What a cutie!

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

From truck driver…

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

to real estate agent…

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

to rancher…

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

So many pictures with kiddos on his lap.

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

More kiddos…

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

Taking a selfie with Grandpa.

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

I knew my grandparents wouldn’t be able to travel to my wedding. So I took my dress to Idaho so they could see me as a bride.

Grandpa's Raisin Bran Muffins {Tea & Top Knot}

Forever a cowboy.

Rest in peace Grandpa. We will dearly miss you.

 

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