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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  • 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.
Notes

Nutrition

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
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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  • 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.
Notes

Nutrition

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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Josephine
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.

Jennifer
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. 🙂

Jennifer
February 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

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

Margaret
March 22, 2021 7:46 am
Reply to  Jennifer

I’m not a connoisseur of grand muffins but these are very good. Nice crispy top and moist if I don’t cook them too long.

I notice All Bran has sugar (or it would not be palatable, ha, ha. I will try your adjustment to the brown sugar.

How much applesauce did you substitute and what elevation do you live at? Thank you.

Janice
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…

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 🙂

michaluna
April 16, 2020 6:24 am

I just put a batch of these in the oven so I’m hoping my picky eaters will like them! I just love Rachel’s great how-to videos and recipes!!! … To boost the fiber of these muffins, I added 1/2 cup golden raisins (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes first) and 1/2 cup walnuts. I also swapped out the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, which upped the fiber overall by 8 grams. To keep the muffins from being as dense because of the whole wheat flour, I boosted the baking powder and soda 1/8 tsp each.

Donna
March 19, 2020 11:45 am

Rachel – in your coconut oil bran muffin recipe what kind of coconut oil did you use. I don’t usually use coconut oil so wasn’t sure which one to get. I’m anxious to try these but want to make sure I get the right coconut oil. Really enjoy your recipes. Thank you!

Brenda Littell
April 2, 2019 3:53 pm

Did you ever eat or make muffins from Nabisco/Post 100% Bran cereal? I still have the Low Fat Bran Muffin recipe. They were so tasty & moist. I can’t find it today but have in past on line the ingredients of that cereal. I wanted to see if I can fin a cereal with same or similar ingredients. Your muffins made me want some.

April 11, 2021 6:13 pm

I’ve made this recipe multiple times and it’s delicious every time! It’s very easy too. I always share when I bake and these are a favorite. Soooo good. Just made another batch today. Yum! 😋

Nancy Sadler
April 8, 2021 1:12 pm

Absolutely the best bran muffin ever!!!!
Will they freeze well?

Kathleen Hannon
April 6, 2021 12:06 pm

5 stars
What a fantastic recipe! I will definitely use this again and again! I have had the recipe for refrigerator bran muffins as my old stand by but this was easy and delicious! I didn’t have All bran so substituted 2 cups of bran flakes, followed the directions to let them soak with the buttermilk, (which I also had to make with with skim milk and vinegar). Thrilled with the results and have already been asked to share the recipe! thank you!!

Tracey Craddock
March 24, 2021 1:37 pm

5 stars
absolutely amazing receipe!!!!! loved them, so much I had to eat 2 and stop myself from eating even more. I used 1/2 coconut flour and 1/2 all purpose, just because I needed to use up some coconut flour

Karen Richard
March 21, 2021 7:42 am

Amazing bran muffins!! My husband loved them as well! I was a little worried because the batter was so thick but they came out perfect.

Laura Raza
March 21, 2021 5:48 am

These were excellent, the coconut oil really does make a difference!

March 2, 2021 6:12 pm

These bran muffins are really good! And even better with some grated orange peel and chopped walnuts added.

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