Classic Bran Muffins


These bran muffins are a delicious source of fiber! My family has them almost every morning. They're great! You may substitute dates for the raisins if you wish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 muffins

These healthy bran muffins are not only great for digestion, they're a delicious way to start your day.

Bran Muffins Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this top-rated bran muffin recipe:

· Wheat bran: You'll usually find wheat bran in the grain section of the grocery store, near the flour.
· Buttermilk: Buttermilk lends moisture, flavor, and contributes to the light and fluffy texture.
· Brown sugar: This bran muffin recipe calls for brown sugar instead of white sugar, which gives it a warm sweetness.
· Vegetable oil: A neutral oil, such as vegetable oil, adds moisture without imparting flavor.
· Egg: An egg lends even more moisture and helps bind the muffin batter together.
· Vanilla: A dash of vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor of the muffins.
· Flour: All-purpose flour creates structure and helps bring the batter together.
· Leaveners: Baking soda and baking powder act as leaveners, which means they help the muffins rise.
· Salt: Salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, but they won't make the muffins taste salty.
· Raisins: Raisins add bursts of sweet flavor, but you can leave them out if you like.

How to Make Bran Muffins

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make bran muffins at home:

1. Mix the wheat bran and buttermilk. Let the mixture stand.
2. Beat the remaining wet ingredients together, then stir them into the buttermilk mixture.
3. Add the dry ingredients. Fold in the raisins.
4. Spoon the batter into a prepared muffin tin.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly touched.

How to Store Bran Muffins

Store the muffins in an airtight container (lined on the top and bottom with paper towels to absorb excess moisture) at room temperature for up to four days.

Can You Freeze Bran Muffins?

Yes, you can freeze bran muffins for up to three months. Flash freeze the cooled muffins on a baking sheet for a few hours or up to overnight, then transfer the frozen muffins to a freezer-safe container. Thaw at room temperature or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I'd give it six stars if I could," raves Rolande. "I didn't have buttermilk and used sour cream instead. Didn't hurt it at all, so it's good to know you can substitute and still get decent results. Best bran muffin I've ever had!"

"This recipe turned out some delicious muffins," according to Helene L. "Everything I had hoped they would be. I added pecans as well as raisins and they are magical."

"This will be my go to whenever I have the craving for bran muffins," says Marquita Winkfield. "The only thing I changed was using coconut oil for vegetable oil and it gave these muffins a light hint of coconut."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ½ cups wheat bran

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • cup brown sugar

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

  2. Mix wheat bran and buttermilk together in a large bowl; let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, beat brown sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla together in a separate bowl until light and fluffy; stir into buttermilk mixture.

  4. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together; stir into buttermilk mixture until just blended. Fold in raisins; spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the tin briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    freshly baked bran muffins in a muffin pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
7g Fat
26g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 166mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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