Bran Muffins

Homemade Bran Muffins are healthy, delicious, and whip up in under 20 minutes! Make them your own with your favorite mix ins.

Bran Muffins make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Round it out with a plate of scrambled eggs and a kale smoothie.

2 bran muffins on a plate served with butter.

a healthy choice

Are Bran Muffins Healthy? While bran muffins aren’t necessarily considered a health food due to their sugar content, they are low in fat, and high in protein and fiber. This makes them a healthy choice for filling you up and giving you some extra energy!

We love a good muffin. These best Bran Muffins get their goodness from bran cereal. They are not only easy to make, but they store extremely well. Make an extra batch and keep them in the freezer for an easy breakfast or afternoon snack.

Take these up a notch by mixing in some nuts or even a handful or two of chocolate chips! But don’t feel like you need to jazz these up, even as is, this Bran Muffin recipe is crazy delicious.

Ingredients for wheat bran muffins in a white bowl.

How to make bran muffins

PREP. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tray or line with muffin liners. 

WET INGREDIENTS. In a medium bowl, mix together wheat bran and buttermilk and let stand for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla. Add to the bran and buttermilk mixture and stir until combined.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a third bowl, sift together the  flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir this into the wet mixture and mix until just blended.

BAKE. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins to about ¾ full and bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy plain, with some butter, or even Honey Butter!

Combining ingredients for healthy bran muffins.

Variations

Add in some of your favorites before baking up your muffins:

  • Fruit: Raisins, Diced Apples, Craisins, Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Fill muffin cups halfway and then add in a small dollop of cream cheese or jam before remaining batter for filled muffins.
  • Sprinkle some sugar or cinnamon sugar on the top of your muffins before baking! There are so many possibilities!
Bran muffin batter in a teal mixing bowl.

Recipe Tips

Why do we mix our ingredients in so many bowls when making bran muffins?

You may come across some “one bowl” bran muffin recipes out there, but it is really best to mix your wet and dry ingredients separately before combining them together.

The main reason for this is so your leavening agents (which in this case are baking soda and baking powder) will be mixed evenly in your batter. It’s also helpful of course to make sure all of your other dry ingredients like your cinnamon and brown sugar are distributed well.

Have you ever bitten into a baked good and found a small patch of dry flour? That is one thing that can happen when you try to combine everything at once.

You will also have to stir harder to make sure you combine everything well if you are using one bowl, which could lead to overmixing. This could then lead to muffins that are more dense and dry because the gluten in the flour has become overdeveloped. So that extra bowl for mixing can really make a big difference!

Make your own buttermilk: Follow one of these easy steps in our How To Make Buttermilk tutorial that are sure to include ingredients you already have on hand.

Bran muffin recipe baked in a muffin tin.

Storing Info

Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and store overnight at room temperature if you are planning to eat them within 24 hours.

Let muffins cool completely, then STORE in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Place a paper towel between layers of muffins if you are stacking them on top of each other to avoid sticking & sogginess.

FREEZE in a ziploc bag squeezing out as much excess air as possible and store for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature for about an hour or warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

A bran muffin split in halg and topped with butter.

For More Of Our Favorite Muffin Recipes, check out:

Bran Muffins Recipe

5 from 14 votes
Homemade Bran Muffins are healthy, delicious, and whip up in under 30 minutes! Make them your own with your favorite mix ins.
Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 119 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Equipment

  • muffin pan

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • cup brown suagr
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tray or line with muffin liners. 
  • In a medium bowl, mix together wheat bran and buttermilk and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • In another bowl, beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla. Add to the bran and buttermilk mixture and stir until combined.
  • In a third bowl, sift together the  flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir this into the wet mixture and mix until just blended.
  • Pour batter into prepared muffin tins to about ¾ full and bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    These muffins are perfect for those busy mornings when my kids are rushing out the door to school. I make them the day/night before and they just “grab and go” in the morning!

  2. 5 stars
    surprisingly delicious for a muffin with bran in it! Although, all your recipes I’ve tried are yummy so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.

  3. 5 stars
    I always thought bran muffins were bland, but I was surprised by how flavorful these were! So So GOOD! Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    I love the idea that bran muffins are considered healthy. It’s a great way to enjoy a satisfying breakfast that taste good.

  5. 5 stars
    Nothing better than warm muffins right from the oven. So good & soft. I want to try adding some nuts or berries next time.

  6. 5 stars
    These Bran Muffins are highly recommended! Very delicious and healthy at the same time, definitely something worth trying!

  7. 5 stars
    I underestimated how tasty these would be! I love to eat them straight out of the oven with lots of honey drizzled on top. 😉