Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Classic Bran Muffin

Growing up I remember my mom making delicious bran muffins. One of my favorite breakfasts actually. BUT when I called her for the recipe she said she just used the recipe off the back of the bran box.
After trying several versions of a few different bran-box recipes (and all of them NOT turning out like the yummy ones my mom used to make- could be the humidity, the altitude...) anyway,  I went on a hunt for that
perfect bran muffin
and I found it.

and then of course I changed it.
But if you ask me, it's still perfect and healthier.
And let me tell you, when you pull these bad boys out of the oven it smells like
warm brown sugar heaven!

So here's the original recipe
and here's my healthier version. Like I said, BOTH are delicious!

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup milk plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup applesause (or oil)
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

2. Combine milk and lemon juice. Mix with wheat bran; let stand for 10 minutes.
*the bran softens a lot quicker and better if the milk is warm!*
also, sometimes I add a bit more milk if it seems a little dry.

3.Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to milk/bran mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into milk mixture, until just blended. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.

4.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!


  1. Bran muffins are a hard one- I am sending this to my mother-in-law, she is the bran mffin queen!

  2. yea! so glad you found a good recipe. I've had sketchy luck with mine, so I'm glad I can always trust your recipes. :) We'll be trying these this weekend!

  3. I'm glad to see you did all my work for me trying to hunt down a good bran muffin recipe. Thanks. My mom always used the one on the back of the box too so I thought that was all I needed, but they were gross. Come to find out my mom DOUBLED the sugar to make them taste good. Well, that is just not going to work as a "healthy" treat for my kids so I'm giving yours a try!

  4. Muffins are my favorite breakfast. Your recipe sounds good, I'll try it.

  5. Yummy! I love bran muffins for breakfast!

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  7. Hi Emily,
    This does look like a great classic Bran Muffin, it looks delicious.Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  8. Mmmm! These sound delicious. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your bran muffins. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  9. YUMMY ! I was just thinking about making some to freeze for breakfasts! Thanks for the recipe! Kristy from www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com


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