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Actually Healthy Bran Muffins

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4.86 from 21 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Yield 12 standard muffins
Category Breakfast
Cuisine American


Naturally sweetened with dates, these 100% whole grain bran muffins are light, fluffy and absolutely delicious. Enhanced with vanilla and orange, this recipe is flavorful and flexible—stir in nuts, fresh blueberries, dried raisins, or dried cherries for different variations.


  • ½ cup bran flakes, such as wheat bran
  • 1 cup pitted and chopped dates (8–9 dates)
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups (3 ½ ounces) original bran cereal, such as All-Bran
  • ¾ cup (3 ½ ounces) whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh orange zest
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (176ºC). Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Spread bran flakes on a baking sheet in an even layer and toast in oven for 6 minutes, stirring halfway through; let cool.
  • Bring dates and orange juice to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat, reduce to medium-low and cook until juice has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, process bran cereal in a food processor until finely ground into a flour. Add toasted bran flakes, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Process bran mixture to combine; transfer to a bowl.
  • Add cooked dates and coconut oil to now empty food processor and puree. Add buttermilk, eggs, molasses, vanilla, and zest and pulse until combined, about 10 pulses.
  • Pour date mixture over bran-flour mixture and stir just until combined; fold in walnuts. Divide batter between paper-lined wells.
  • Bake muffins until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool muffins in pan 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.



If you are watching your fat/oil intake, feel free to sub part (no more than half) or the oil with applesauce.


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 165mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10g
Keywords Bran Muffins, Healthy Bran Muffins
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