6-Week Raisin Bran Muffins and the Big Brown Bowl

When I was a little girl, my mom would make these wonderful 6-Week Raisin Bran Muffins.

I loved them not just for the finished product but for the process.

You see, this recipe makes A LOT of batter, so my mom had this big brown bowl to mix it all.

I have the best memories of that big brown bowl.

The best memories of it being filled to the brim with buttermilk-y, bran-y, lumpy goodness.

The best memories of dipping my finger in the batter and thinking that if my mom wasn’t watching I’d probably eat the whole bowl – raw.

But the greatest memories are that when the big brown bowl came out, it meant it was an opportunity for my mom and me to spend time together in the kitchen.

When September rolls around I always get the urge to steal my mom’s big brown bowl and make these muffins – they are very Back-to-School-ish – perfect for lunch boxes or after school snacking.  They also seem to have a bit of the fall season baked into them.

So I recently stole the bowl from her – for the sake of the blog, yah know.

6-Week Raisin Bran Muffins


6 cups of Raisin Bran Cereal

5 cups flour

3 cups sugar

5 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

1 cup oil

4 eggs, beaten

1 quart buttermilk


1.  Mix all of the dry ingredients.

2.  Add the wet ingredients.

3.  Mix well and then fill muffin cups about 2/3 full.

4.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

These muffins taste so delicious fresh from the oven with a little bit of butter!

*You can put any leftover batter into a tupperware container and keep it stored in the fridge for up to 6 weeks (thus the 6-Week Raisin Bran Muffin part).  Fresh muffins any time!*

Do you have a ‘big brown bowl’ story?  A special dish that reminds you of a certain recipe or person?  I’d love to hear about it!

*I’m sorry I stole your bowl, Mom.  You’ll get it back as soon as I finish licking it clean – promise.  Thank you for the memories. :-)*

Happy Raisin Bran Muffin-ing! :-)

9 thoughts on “6-Week Raisin Bran Muffins and the Big Brown Bowl

  1. I have a big ol’ green tupperware colander. I also have several other colanders. No matter how many other colanders I have to move to find it I MUST use the green one to make mac n’ cheese for that is the proper one to use according to my childhood. :)

  2. This post makes me so so happy because I too have memories of cooking with my mother as a young child, I love love your big brown bowl…I think you should “borrow” it forever so your sons have the same memory too! I am working to create those memories with my girls too…I love those things that throw us back to childhood when we see them!

  3. When I was growing up we had a large wooden bowl that was our designated popcorn bowl. Sometimes on Sunday nights we’d have popcorn and mini hot dogs and orange juice for dinner and eat in the living room! We loved that! The popcorn was popped on top of the stove in an old beat-up blackened pan that had been my Granny’s. At some point in its history the knob on top of the pan lid had come off and had been replaced with a little wooden spool. You had to hold the lid on and shake the pan back and forth on the burner while the popcorn popped. Thanks for bringing back those memories! :o)

  4. First batch of muffins are baking as I type! You inspired this working mom to bake a special mid-week treat. Thank you!!!!! I definitely needed a big ol’ bowl! : )

  5. at my parents house there is 1) the giant green popcorn dish, which holds two bags of microwave popcorn, 2) the Art Hokkenson Memorial Macaroni and Cheese Dish, which I’m relatively sure my father’s college roommate stole from some place or another – either that or we got it for my little sister’s first birthday. You never know with that guy. and 3) small wooden bowls from the Hayward house. They look a lot like your except small – think salad bowls. Every time we went to Hayward we’d fight about who gets the bowls for cereal. Whoever got the bowls got to sit at the breakfast bar – everyone else had to sit at the table :0)

  6. My mom’s big bowl was green and she made all sorts of delicious things in it when I was growing up. Everything from cookies to pasta salad. My most precious memory is my many mental pictures of my mom’s hands working in that bowl. Great post Julie! The recipe sounds so good. I can’t imagine those yummy muffins lasting for six days around our house, let alone six weeks. lol

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