This is one of my favorite bran muffin recipes, handed down from my mom. I made a few tweaks to make it even healthier. Add some raisins for a touch of sweetness.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 dozen muffins
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.

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  • Mix together brown sugar, applesauce, canola oil, egg, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl.

  • Mix flour, bran, flax, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add bran mixture to applesauce mixture. Add milk and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 11 to 13 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For convenience, I use single-serve 4 ounce applesauce cups so I always have some on hand.

Nutrition Facts

151 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 22.1g 7% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterol 15.3mg 5% DV; sodium 287.9mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2020
Very good muffin! I'm a nutritionist so I liked the lower fat option. Added 1/2 banana, 1 tsp cinnamon and cardamom (because why not?) and put some bran cereal in the food processor instead of regular bran. Will definitely make these again! Karen Tait, D.T. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2020
Delicious! Will definitely make them again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2020
Very good muffin! I'm a nutritionist so I liked the lower fat option. Added 1/2 banana, 1 tsp cinnamon and cardamom (because why not?) and put some bran cereal in the food processor instead of regular bran. Will definitely make these again! Karen Tait, D.T. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2019
I was looking for a healthier muffin and didn t to like them as much as a less healthy version. What a nice surprise! They are moist and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2020
Delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2020
I was reading two similar recipes. Because of that I made one mistake & one sub on this one, but it was okay - the mistake. I changed directions, but also added 1c chunky oat bran (blended oats). Oops. 'Used coconut oil & sprayed the liners. Rather than wheat bran, I combined the applesauce & Fiber One; refrig'd while it softened. Why aren't these dry? I added an additional cup of dry ingredients. Mystery. These don't have a whole lot of flavor, but they are being eaten. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2020
This recipe turned out great! I made one change by adding half of a finely chopped apple to the batter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2020
These turned out great for me! Light and fluffy and soft! I didn’t have whole wheat flour, but regular flour worked just fine. I added raisins, but I minced them up with a sharp knife so you get nice little bits of raisin throughout. If you’re new to making muffins like I am, I had to go searching for some additional instructions: you fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full, and you let them cool for just a few minutes in the pan but transfer them to wire racks to finish cooling. Wonderful recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2020
Delicious, moist, and easy. I added 2/3 cup raisins with the dry ingredients and it was perfect. Made 12 generous muffins. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2020
I had to swap applesauce for the cranberry-apple butter that I had on hand and I used almond flour instead of flax but these were delicious. The half recipe helped me keep them fresh and not overeat on them! I am excited to make these again! Read More
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