These Bran Muffins take the classic bran muffin to another level. Sweetened with raisins and packed with wheat bran, these muffins are hearty and delicious!
My Favorite Bran Muffins Recipe
Today was 75º and sunny. I went for a run, read on my roof, and had my windows open all afternoon. What an ideal day. But, no. A tornado decided to pay a visit to Ann Arbor. It has been hailing for a good hour, there are flash floods all over town, and there is an official Tornado Advisory Warning on Washtenaw County right now.
Department of Public Safety sent around an email to the student body telling everyone to stay indoors. And a number of houses the next town over got destroyed by a funnel cloud. Funny to think that 5 hours ago I was basking in the sun in my bathing suit (Heck yeah, 75º is tanning weather. Don’t judge).
So naturally, I stayed inside and baked. I’m now holed up in my kitchen with flour all over my arms, still sporting bathing suit bottoms and a big tee. And I’ve got these lovely little Not Your Grandma’s Bran Muffins in the oven. I guess it’s still a perfect day. They are so moist and soft and surprisingly not dense and sweetened by raisins! I will for sure be making these again soon.
(Update: I brought these into work and my boss liked them so much he’s begging to pay me so I can make him more. Yeah. They’re THAT GOOD.)
How to Make Bran Muffins
Bran muffins are super easy to make, but there are a few extra steps in this recipe that you don’t find in most muffin recipes. Before adding the wheat bran to the muffin batter, you first have to toast it for a few minutes in the oven. While the wheat bran is toasting, heat some raisins in a pot of water and simmer until the raisins have soaked all the water up. Transfer the raisins to a high-powered blender or food processor, and mix until smooth.
Once all that’s done, you can make the muffin batter. Simply combine the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, and then mix the two together. Bran muffin batter is on the thicker side, and it requires more time in the oven than regular muffins. And because the batter is already brown in color, it’s tricky to tell when the muffins have finished baking. I usually just poke the center of the muffins after they’ve been in the oven for 20 or so minutes. If the center is firm, they’re ready to be pulled out!
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain low- or non-fat yogurt
a few swipes of fresh orange zest
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Spread the wheat bran on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for six to eight minutes, stirring a few times so it cooks evenly. Let cool.
While the bran is toasting, heat 1 cup of the raisins with 1/2 cup of the water. Simmer for ten minutes, or until the water is all absorbed. Puree the raisins in a food processor or blender until smooth.
In a large bowl, mix together the toasted bran, buttermilk or yogurt, 1 cup water, then mix in the raisin puree, orange zest, and brown sugar. Stir in the oil, and eggs.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and sift directly into the wet ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are just combined, then mix in the remaining 1/2 cup raisins.
Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, making sure the batter is mounded slightly in each one. Because muffin tins can very in size, if your tins are larger, make fewer muffins.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the muffins feel set in the center.
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I omitted the raisin purée and was worried that the batter would be too thick but they turned out great. I loved the added orange zest flavor; it really adds a nice touch!
Oh. My. God. These are amazing!
They’re so moist and flavourful, not too sweet and just lovely.
I’m wanting to try adjusting the dry ingredients to see if I can make the batter a little thicker so they’ll hopefully dome better; but all in all, I highly recommend trying these.
I liked the texture and flavor of these, although I may omit the brown sugar in the future–they’re plenty sweet because of the raisin puree. I don’t know what that would do to the volume, though. Great recipe, and plenty for the freezer.
Using your tip about using Crushed Raisin Bran in place of the wheat bran. I supposed there was the additional 1/2 cup raisins in there too so just added the 1 cup puréed raisins. In the oven, can’t wait! This is my favorite Bran Muffin recipe!
These look amazing, cant wait to make them!! May o ask where did you get your muffin liners??
I have made these several times. They taste great, however, they never look like the picture and the batter is always very runny. The muffins turn out very flat every time. I follow the recipe exactly. I’m curious if it is supposed to be a higher amount of flour? Do you let the wheat bran soak in the liquid at all? I love the taste would just love to have a sturdier thinkcier bateer and final product.
I had the same issue! Definitely might try adding more bran or more flour so it’s more of a thicker batter. I always have success with muffins rising when it’s a thick scoopable batter.