Bran Muffins with Applesauce


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.

close up view of a pile of Bran Muffins with Applesauce on a paper plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 dozen muffins


  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup natural wheat bran

  • 3 tablespoons ground flax

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup milk


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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

151 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 288mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 168mg 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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