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The Best Whole Wheat Bran Muffins
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Healthy Whole Wheat Bran Muffins Recipe

Bran has never tested better! These are the best whole wheat bran muffins out there! Not only are they low in fat, but they're low in sugar too. A hearty & nutritious way to start your day!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 152kcal


  • 1 cup buttermilk or homemade buttermilk*
  • 1/2 cup yogurt Greek or other
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar**
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour***
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped berries OR dried fruit OR nuts


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray or line one muffin tin, set aside.
  • In a small glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the "buttermilk", yogurt, egg, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the bran, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Gradually pour in the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Gently fold in the berries, dried fruit or nuts.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, dividing evenly between the wells. Place in the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


*I opted for making my own "low-fat buttermilk" by adding 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to 1 c. of 1% milk and allowed it to sit for 5 minutes before using it.
**If you like your muffins on the sweeter side, add an additional 1 tbsp. of brown sugar.
***You can use only whole-wheat flour, only all-purpose flour, or a 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour + 1/2 c. all-purpose flour. They taste great no matter what you use!
-Any fresh fruit is a great addition to these muffins! We've used raspberries, blueberries, apples and peaches. We also like adding in coconut and chopped pecans.


Serving: 12serving | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg