A better bran muffin recipe

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Bran muffin recipe with flax, dried cranberries and orange zest


Who doesn’t love a good bran muffin?

That’s a bit of a joke — I know loads of people who won’t go near them. I’m convinced it’s because there are too many flavourless, leaden bran muffins out there.

Bran muffin recipe with flax, dried cranberries and orange zest

Commercial muffins are the worst. (Have you noticed that when a variety of muffins are placed on a tray together the bran muffins are always last to go?)

I happen to love bran muffins because they’re filling and (usually) have lots of good stuff in them. My mom’s bran muffins were the best, the kind that you’d mix up and leave in the fridge so you could bake them on a whim. I used to dip into the batter because I loved the texture and the tanginess from the buttermilk and I was usually too rushed or impatient to wait for them to come out of the oven.

As muffins go, bran muffin recipes have great potential, which is why this recipe caught my eye. It includes whole wheat  flour, flax seeds for texture, a bit of nutmeg for flavour  and dried cranberries instead of raisins. I add the zest of an orange to give them a bit more zip.

Bran muffin recipe with flax, dried cranberries and orange zest


Bran muffin recipe with flaxseed, cranberries and orange zest

From the Canadian Living cookbook:  150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes

Makes 12 generous muffins

  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • ¾ cup All-Bran-style cereal
  • ½ cup natural bran (aka baker’s bran)
  • 2/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
  1. In a bowl stir together the buttermilk, bran cereal and natural bran. Let stand 10 minutes then stir in the molasses, oil and egg.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and orange zest.
  3. Pour over the buttermilk mixture and the cranberries and stir gently, just until combined.
  4. Spoon into greased muffin tins.
  5. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

Nutritional info, per muffin:

better bran muffin nutritionals Better bran nutritionals - extra


Do you prefer your bran muffins plain? Try my mom’s low fat bran muffin recipe:

Classic bran muffin recipe that's low calorie and delicious



9 thoughts on “A better bran muffin recipe

  1. Doris says:

    Would you happen to have the nutritional advice on these muffins and also the cookies (posted as well)? I could figure out how many weight watcher points each one would have. Thanks

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Doris, I’ll figure out the nutritional info and get back to you with it. Hang tight…

    2. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Doris, I have posted the nutritional values for the Goodness cookies and am just finishing up the bran muffins…

  2. Edie says:

    These sound excellent but the best recipe I have ever found for bran muffins is on RobinHood.ca. They lend themselves to all kinds of variations and you can substitute half whole wheat flour, add flax or bananas etc. I always get compliments when I provide them for brunches. I always thought that the secret was the molasses that is in them. Grandma Molasses should check it out.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Edie, Thanks for the tip. I took a look at the Robin Hood site and copied a couple of their muffin recipes to try. You’re right, they have a nice variety.

  3. Delores Beattie says:

    Love them ! Love Them! Love Them! Thank you

  4. Joyce says:

    Sound’s good and I love cranberries so will definitely try these.
    Thank you

  5. Helen says:

    Would you happen to know the calorie count?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Helen,
      There are about 475 calories in each muffin when you make 12. But with this recipe I get 16 to 18 muffins because I don’t make them really big.

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