"World's Best Bran Muffins" is not a title to be taken lightly. Once you taste these All Bran muffins, you'll call them by no other name. You will want to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
These moist bran muffins are inspired by a childhood favorite. We would often have them with dinner, and leftovers would be our breakfast the next day.
Seems strange, I know, to have All Bran muffins for dinner, but as kids it was the best thing ever. Still is. Try it!
You can definitely call this a healthy breakfast (or dinner!). With 3 grams of fiber in each muffin, and low-fat yogurt mixed in (adds a little protein), you're not doing so bad.
For most people, bran muffins are a boring breakfast food. Something slightly bland that goes down in the name of fiber. Not this recipe!
In my recipe, I kept the fiber. Kept the signature bran. Added some whole wheat flour, extra brown sugar, sweet raisins, and poof! The World's Best Bran Muffins are ten times better than any muffin you've ever had.
For added moisture and flavor, I added plain yogurt and molasses to the batter. Vanilla extract and a pinch of salt round everything out!
How to Make Bran Muffins
Muffins are quick breads, so the recipe is really easy for kids to put together and bake. This was one of our dinner duties as kids, making muffins. Instead of plain bread and butter with dinner, it was something slightly sweet on the side of our main dish.
Here's a look at how the bran cereal muffins are made:
- Add half of the All Bran cereal to a food processor. Process until finely ground.
- Add the raisins to the food processor and process until finely chopped.
- Transfer the bran-raisin mixture to a bowl with the remaining cereal, flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- In another bowl, combine the butter, eggs, yogurt, molasses and vanilla.
- Stir together wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
- Line a muffin tin with baking cups; fill each just more than halfway. Sprinkle generously with sugar crystals, if desired.
- Bake until the bran muffins spring back when touched.
Oh who wouldn't want to put a little butter and honey on these gems? Best bran muffins for the win!
What Muffin Pan Should I Use?
I like using a heavier gauge muffin tin, rather than a standard pan. I find it bakes my muffins more evenly. This gold version from Calphalon (shown above) is great.
If you typically don't use muffin papers, a good non-stick muffin pan like this one from USA Pan is a necessity. You still have to grease the cups, but it just takes a little cooking spray and your muffins pop right out with a little nudge.
Can I Use Regular Wheat Bran?
No, regular wheat bran (i.e. the base grain product and not a wheat bran-based cereal) will not work for this recipe. This recipe is meant to use the cereal and needs the texture and bulk it provides.
Let me know how it went!
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Can I Use Bran Flakes Instead of All Bran?
I have not tried this bran muffin recipe with Bran Flakes. While I can’t guarantee perfection, I think the swap should work okay.
If you make this recipe using Bran Flakes, please leave me a comment below letting me know how it turns out! It looks like a few people have tried flakes with success and commented.
What can I use instead of All Bran?
All Bran is a classic cereal from the Kellogg's brand, and looks like little twigs! It's slightly sweet and has a nice whole wheat texture.
There are other brands like General Mills Fiber One cereal, or generic brands that have a similar cereal offering. Just look for the bran cereal that looks like mini twigs instead of flakes.
I haven't tested bran flakes as a swap, but several commenters below have said they used them with success.
Tips for Making the Best Bran Muffins
- Grind the raisins in the food processor with some of the All-Bran cereal. These small bits of dried fruit add sweetness, flavor, and actually absorb a bit of the liquid to help the muffins stay moist.
- I made these bran muffins with molasses. Be sure to use unsulfered molasses and NOT a bitter molasses such as blackstrap molasses.
- I recommend using a regular yogurt for this recipe, not a thicker kind like Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr. If you do use thicker yogurt, add a few tablespoons milk or buttermilk to the recipe.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes:
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World's Best Bran Muffins
- 2¼ cups All-Bran cereal (not flakes)
- ½ cup raisins (or dried currants or dried cherries)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1¾ cups plain yogurt
- ¼ cup unsulfured molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Raw sugar crystals (optional)
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- In a food processor, finely blend half the cereal until it resembles fine crumbs. Add raisins and blend until finely chopped. Transfer mixture to a bowl with remaining cereal, flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine butter, eggs, yogurt, molasses and vanilla. Stir together wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Line muffin tin with baking cups; fill each just more than halfway. Sprinkle generously with raw sugar crystals, if desired.
- Bake until muffins spring back when touched, 15 to 18 min. Remove from the tin and allow to cool slightly.
- You can store remaining batter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and bake when ready.
- If using Greek yogurt or another thick, strained yogurt, you may need to add two to three tablespoons milk or buttermilk to the batter.
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Thomas Craney says
Really excellent: I did them with bran flakes, baked at 350 (25-30min). Hydrated the raisins in water before blending, used 70/30 greek/buttermilk and used all wheat flour.
I like that they are not overly sweet and I added crushed hazelnuts which worked a treat.
Fantastic! I’m glad you made your own adjustments!
Mary Bench says
Truly the best muffin ever!
anna belle emery says
I've made these twice now and this recipe is a keeper for sure. Very tasty and moist.
The only thing I added were some prunes mixed with the bran and raisins minced.
They add a depth of flavour.
Thanks for the great recipe.
What a great addition! I'm so happy you've like this recipe. It's one of my favorites!
Any idea on how to lower the salt. I am looking for low salt and low sugar. Thanks.
You can simply reduce or omit the salt. Salt brings out the flavor of other ingredients. So in baked goods a little salt balances everything out. If your diet can handle it, I'd also suggest trying a salt substitute that you can find at the health food store. You can also try substituting coconut sugar or a sugar substitute. I have not test this, so the result may be slightly different, but that is my suggestion!
Cannot wait to try these.
Can I add passion fruit pulp. Or other fruit to the batter instead of sultanas?
I followed the recipe and I thought they were to dry?
Oh I'm so sorry. I haven't ever been given that feedback. It's one of my most popular recipes. Some things you can do are make sure you are measuring your liquids in a liquid measuring cup as well as have an oven thermometer to make sure your oven isn't running high. Thanks for leaving a comment! I hope you can enjoy some other Tara Teaspoon recipes.
Jill Ouellette says
I, too, improvised...sour cream in place of the yogrt simply becuase I was out at the time; regular flour for the entire receipe; added flax seeds. They turned out great! I think the molasses is a terrific touch. And not a lot of extra sweetness. I drizzle them with honey or pair them with fresh fruit if I desire a tad more sweet. Well done! Thank you for posting.
These look YUMMY! I want to use wheat bran (not cereal but the flakes from the health food store) in place of the cereal in this recipe. Would you suggest I use the same amount as the cereal or what amount?
I also want to add another 1/4 c. (By weight) molasses. Can I just add it or should I remove liquid from somewhere else?
Thanks for the recipe and your help.
Sarah Alderman says
I am making these today and the mix is really, really stiff! Is is supposed to be this way? I measured everything precisely and I am a pretty experienced baker. Guess I will know after they are baked!
I am super picky about my bran muffins and typically don't eat them if they have raisins BUT these are perfect. I still get the benefits of fruit but I'm not biting into it. These are delicious! Thank you.
These muffins lived up to the hype. They are delish.
Delicious! I’ve been making them since I first discovered this recipe about a year ago . I make sure my freezer is always stocked. I double the recipe. My 5 yr old grandson loves them so I stock up for his house as well. Thank you so much! P.S. I have followed Martha since she came out with her Entertaining book
(She autographed it for me) and my sister in law and I bonded big time because of Martha. We’d travel to antique shows all over and get excited over all kinds of finds. They were such happy days, wish we could do it all over again. 🥰
Beth Pierce says
I baked these for the family even the kids liked them. They are healthy and delicious!
Betty Schiavone says
I am using wheat bran, is it still the same measurement as cereal? It seems like a lot.
Betty do you mean wheat bran cereal? Or wheat bran itself? If it is just wheat bran then definitely not the same measurement as the cereal. This recipe is meant to use the cereal and needs the texture and bulk.
Dorothy Reinhold says
I would have never thought to use the cereal. I can't wait to try these!
MY kids and I will be making this next weekend, I cannot wait!
These muffins are fluffy and delicious! I had two for breakfast today!
Mmmm... how can I resist to these delicious muffins? They look fabulous?
Such a delicious day starter!! We love these muffins!
Oh good! So happy to hear.
Bran muffins are so underrated... these were awesome!
Haha! One bite of these and you know they shouldn't be underrated!
Brenda K says
Made these and they are fabulous! I followed the recipe exactly. Delicious- can’t even believe they’re healthy, except I know what went in them!
I think I followed the recipe with the exception of adding some fresh grated lemon zest. But with that little butter(fat component) they were, as I feared so dry! Not really edible without something to sip along with each bite. I have read the comments and see I am in the minority, what on earth could I have done wrong?
Hi Mimi. Sorry they didn't turn out as you had hoped. Yes, so many people have had success, but always with cooking and baking there are factors that will be different for every cook. This recipe is resiliant, so if you want to try it again, it holds up to adding more liquid or fat. Try adding a few tablespoons of vegetable or avocado oil, or 1/4 cup extra yogurt or buttermilk. As far as troubleshooting, I have found that the way folks measure flour can attribute to dryness. Make sure your flour isn't tapped or packed into your cups (you can sift it or lightly spoon it into your measuring cups to prevent over measuring. Another factor could be the yogurt. Greek style yogurt will be thicker than the yogurt I call for, so don't use Greek style. If you can't find a nice traditional thin yogurt, feel free to use straigh up buttermilk here. And lastly, I always suggest adjusting baking time, as most ovens are at least 25º off, perhaps yours runs hot. Mine does! I keep an oven thermometer in my oven to adjust my dial. You can try baking them just a minute or two less if your oven is hot. I hope these things help! Thanks for writing in.
I have a big box of bran flakes cereal. I was wondering if I can use bran flakes cereal instead of the All Bran cereal.
Tara Teaspoon says
I have not tried this recipe with bran flakes. While I can't guarantee perfection, I think the swap should work ok.
30 years ago there was a bakery i would stop at that made the best bran muffins. I have never found anything close to them until now. I followed your recipe exactly, almost. The muffins i remembered had a sweet crust. I made my muffins in a mini muffin tin and i dropped 1/2 tsp of maple syrup in before i dropped in the batter..... OMG they were wonderful. Thanktou for posting the recipe.
Tara Teaspoon says
I'm so happy to hear it! What a fun addition of the maple syrup. Sounds delicious!!
Third time making these DELICIOUS muffins. They are so tasty, nutritious and moist. Found “The Winner” after all these years!! Thank you
Tara Teaspoon says
Oh I'm so glad! They are a staple at my house!
Carol Plymire says
I made these on a cold, snowy Sunday morning. I was actually looking for a recipe that included blueberries but came upon your recipe and wanted to try it. I didn't have any yogurt or buttermilk but used a substitute of 2% milk with white vinegar to substitute for the yogurt. I also used a white whole wheat instead of regular all-purpose--I'm a great believer in fiber so the more the merrier! Also, loved the addition of the molasses. The addition of blueberries was not a problem at all and they turned out heavenly! The sprinkle of sugar atop the muffin is something I learned from my mother and Irish grandmother so that is a grand addition. A dollop of butter on one of these and a cup of hot coffee made the morning! Great recipe! Thanks Tara!
Tara Teaspoon says
I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing all your substitutions as well. This is what cooking & baking is all about and I'm thrilled my recipe was the inspiration for your version of my muffins! Tara
Delicious delicious muffins. I used bran flakes since that was what I had. Really liked having the raisins chopped so they were so dispersed in the batter. These will definitely be my go to bran muffins!!
Tara Teaspoon says
So glad you enjoyed the muffins, they are my favorite too! Tara
anna belle says
I’ve made these too for the third time now. Always delicious.
I add some chopped dates, and chopped pecans as well as the raisins.
This time I forgot to process half the cereal in the processor. Still turned out okay but I know they are better when 1/2 cereal is processed and absorbs liquid better. Great recipe !!!
Tara Teaspoon says
Thank you for letting me know this is a repeat recipe for you! Tara
Hi there. I have 2 questions for you please........
Can l substitute the butter for oil?
Are you baking in a regular setting oven or convection oven?
Thank you in advance.
Tara Teaspoon says
I have not tried substituting oil for butter. My educated guess would be that it would work well.
I never use convection oven settings in my recipes because it is not standard. The regular bake setting is appropriate.
Very hard to fine bran muffin recipe!!
And they are easy to make and turned out excellent! Did not change ingredients . And did preheat my oven at 425 cause of my oven. Then lowered to 400 and cooked for 18mins and 5mins more at 350. Excellent will be a favourite!! Will try with blueberry next time too.
Barbara P says
These muffins are light and very tasty! I did have to bake 26 minutes. Next time I will add chopped nuts. I may try to substitute oil and applesauce for the butter, as I often do, and hope that works!