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Bran Muffin Recipe

Talk about a recipe that lends itself to fun variation, you can customize this a fair amount. We used 1 cup wheat bran and ½ cup oat bran. All wheat bran is just fine too. This is the actual bran, a very small lightweight flake. Not to be confused with the All-Bran type cereal often seen in recipes. Like many of you, we don’t keep buttermilk at all times, so, one teaspoon vinegar at the bottom of a measuring cup, topped off with milk to one cup and allowed to rest for 10 minutes is the best substitution. This recipe we baked in a ‘standard’ size muffin/cupcake pan.
A dollop of molasses will darken the muffin and make it richer. Pick a dried fruit; from Craisins to dried cherries or blueberries, diced dry apricots, or the most common substitution, chopped dates. They all will give flavor to what is, honestly, a very mild flavored item. We like a little butter when it is time to enjoy these warm from the oven.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup Wheat bran
  • ½ Cup Oat bran
  • 2/3 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • ½ Cup light Vegetable oil
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup Raisins


  • In a bowl, add the following: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup wheat bran, ½ cup oat bran, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon soda, ½ teaspoon salt
    dry ingredients of Bran Muffins
  • Whisk together, making sure to break any brown sugar clumps that may be present. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients: 1 cup buttermilk, ½ cup light vegetable oil, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Whisk those together. Pour into dry ingredients, and add; ½ cup raisins
    Batter Bran Muffins
  • Mix all together with a few quick strokes. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Prepare your muffin pan by either oiling the cups or using paper inserts. Evenly distribute the batter between the cups.
    baked Bran Muffins
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted t the middle comes back clean. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack until ready to serve.
    cooling Bran Muffins
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