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This is the bran muffin recipe that actually tastes good! The secret is to use coconut oil. Not only does it make these bran muffins healthier, it also brings the most delicious flavor. 

Freshly baked bran muffins on a cutting board. One has a bite taken out of it.

Bran muffins that actually taste good! These muffins are made with coconut oil to bring extra goodness to the usually dull bran muffin.

Fiber! Fiber! Get your fiber! These muffins are full of fiber, but even better they are full of flavor. My doctor handed me a recipe for bran muffins when I was pregnant with my first child.  I like bran cereal so I thought the muffins tasted okay, but it wasn’t the best and my husband definitely wouldn’t eat them. Over the years the recipe has evolved. This recipe is a bran muffin that actually tastes good! The key is the coconut oil. It provides a subtle coconut flavor to the muffins that gives it a new and improved taste. Who knew bran muffins could be so delicious?

  • What kind of bran cereal do I need to use for this recipe?

    There are three main kinds of bran: wheat bran, rice bran and oat bran. We recommend wheat bran strands (whole bran) for this recipe to ensure optimal flavor and texture. In a pinch and only have flakes? Food allergies or Celiac? Give oat or rice bran a try, but always try to stick with whole bran where possible. 

  • What if I don’t have buttermilk?

    Pro tip: You can actually make a buttermilk substitute at home with just milk and white vinegar. Add 1 Tablespoon vinegar (or lemon juice) to 1 cup of milk and let sit for 10 minutes. That’s it. It seriously doesn’t get any easier than this. Whatever milk you have on hand will do, even almond milk if you are dairy free. 

  • What can I use instead of coconut oil?

    We highly recommend using coconut oil for the added pack of flavor it gives. However, melted butter or vegetable oil can be used when necessary. 

Bran muffins in a basket with a blue cloth.

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Bran muffins in a basket with a blue cloth
This is the bran muffin recipe that actually tastes good! The secret is to use coconut oil. Not only does it make these bran muffins healthier, it also brings the most delicious flavor. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups 100% all bran cereal
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with paper cups.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl soak bran cereal and buttermilk for about 10 minutes until it gets all soggy.
  • Add in melted coconut oil, egg, brown sugar, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir thoroughly. This mixture will be very thick.
  • Divide the batter equally among the 12 muffin cups, filling almost all the way full.
  • Bake in the preheated 450 degree oven for 5 minutes. Without opening the door, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and let the muffins continue baking another 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bran Muffins
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July 4, 2020 11:17 am

I made these after watching your video, I’m 84 yrs young and I have been making bran muffins since I can remember. Without a doubt these are the BEST that I have ever made. I can’t stop eating them. My husband and I have one every night with a hot drink. Thank you for the new joy in our lives.

April 16, 2020 12:47 pm

These Bran Muffins are amazing! So light and tasty. There’s a bit of sweetness to them, too and crunchy tops.
I followed the recipe to a “tee”. But, I used my large muffin pan and made six. They will not last….Thank you, Rachel. I enjoy trying all of your recipes…

August 28, 2018 8:59 am

5 stars
Just made these last night with a couple of modifications, and they turned out great! I used a little less sugar (1/2 cup instead of 2/3), and I added a chopped apple. I also used applesauce instead of coconut oil. They’re very moist, and perfect with a cup of coffee. 🙂

February 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

5 stars
Just made these muffins and they are excellent! So moist and delicious!

Susan M
December 21, 2020 10:05 am

So good! Added some dried cranberries for Christmas cheer. Even my picky husband loves them!

Amy S
December 20, 2020 12:11 pm

5 stars
These are excellent muffins! I added raisins 🙂

K. Haile
October 26, 2020 7:46 am

These are delicious. I made a batch last night and added fresh blueberries and raspberries to it, which I recommend. I never made bran muffins before but the coconut oil flavor is really nice. I will use this recipe again. (I think i will mix wet and dry separately next time because i ended up with some chunks of baking powder.) Thank you!

September 28, 2020 9:38 pm

5 stars
I can’t tell that this is going to be wonderful. I would like to put chopped walnuts in the batter. I like lots of walnuts but I don’t want it to get too dry or fall apart because of the walnuts. What’s the highest amount of walnuts I can put in?

Sue Cheek
September 26, 2020 9:31 am

5 stars
This recipe is fantastic! I only had raisin bran on hand, and I made my own buttermilk with the vinegar….other than that I followed the recipe. I made 10 muffins instead of 12, as I like a nice size muffin. I was pleasantly surprised that I could not taste the coconut oil. Super recipe!!!!!

Kathy Kilen
September 25, 2020 1:59 pm

5 stars
I have been looking for a better bran muffin recipe and finally found it. We LOVED these….similar to Dose Coffee Shop in Nashville Bran Muffins. The coconut oil makes a difference! I may play with this a little to replace some white flour with wheat but almost hate to change a great thing!

kellie redding
August 26, 2020 9:32 am

5 stars
Add a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and even better 8)

Anna Thomas
August 12, 2020 12:49 pm

5 stars
These were so delish !! I only had jumbo tins so had to adjust the bake times, but they came out so nice, just a little crumbly, but that might be due to my cook times. Will definitely bake these again.

August 10, 2020 6:08 am

4 stars
Modified the recipe: 2/3 cup pure maple syrup for brown sugar. 2 eggs, 1 container vanilla yogurt, Flour increased To 1.5 cups, and added chocolate chips! Excellent

Linda Norris
August 2, 2020 5:40 pm

5 stars
These muffins were delicious. I made a couple changes; all I had was Raisin Bran but the few added raisins just added to the great flavor. I added cinnamon and a few chopped walnuts , and I’m not crazy about coconut oil so I used peanut oil instead . They had a great flavor and the texture was great. Will definitely make again!

July 22, 2020 5:28 am

BEST Bran Muffins ever! I LOVE these! Easy to make and delicious! I sometimes add one Banana to the mixture and they are delicious, but these muffins are delicious without a banana in them. Thank you so much!!

June 13, 2020 9:49 am

5 stars
These muffins were great! My kids loved them, but my toddler has a hard time eating them without a substantial mess, so I was hoping to make some as mini muffins, but am hesitant on how to go about doing so because of the oven temperature change part-way through… Do you have any suggestions on how to adjust the time with this recipe as mini muffins? Thank you for the great recipe!

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