Raisin Bran Muffins

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Raisin Bran Muffins are made with whole wheat flour, bran flakes and raisins for a sweet, healthy start to your day.

I’m going to be honest with you. I love raisins.  It seems like people either love raisins or hate them.  One of my favorite ways to eat these dried-by-the-sun fruit? Just by the handful.

We’ll throw a handful of raisins in oatmeal cookies, popcorn bars or even cookie dough dip. They add a natural, sweet flavor!

Raisin Bran Muffins are full of whole wheat flour, bran flakes and raisins for a sweet, healthy start to the day.

Are bran muffins good for you?

When we really need to have a special treat, we make these Raisin Bran Muffins. And they’re good for you! Here’s why we love them:

  • They are made with whole wheat white flour and bran flakes, so they are full of heart-healthy fiber.  
  • Coconut oil keeps them super moist.
  • California raisins give them just the right amount of sweetness along with extra fiber, potassium and 6% of your daily iron (per serving).  

These make a perfect breakfast as your kids head out the door for school.

What is bran made of?

Bran is the outer shell of grains such as barley, rice, oats, wheat and corn. Bran flakes is that bran crushed up, put together with other binders, nutrients and seasonings.

For this recipe we used a store brand of “bran flakes”. You can use Wheaties cereal if you’d like!

Side note: We chose to use bran flakes instead of raisin bran cereal so we could control the amount of raisins we put in. Feel free to use raisin bran cereal, we just recommend adding another handful of raisins to the batter when mixing.

Raisin Bran Muffins are full of whole wheat flour, bran flakes and raisins for a sweet, healthy start to the day.

How to Make Raisin Bran Muffins

We made some healthy substitutions in this recipe such as coconut oil and white whole wheat flour. You can use regular whole wheat flour if you’d like. And you can use a different type of oil if you prefer too (such as vegetable or canola).

  • In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Mix together the coconut oil and brown sugar. Add the egg and beat well.
  • Add in the buttermilk/soda mixture and mix.
  • Then add the molasses and bran flakes and mix until combined.
mixing bran flakes into muffin batter
  • Stir in the flour, salt and cinnamon and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Fold in the raisins.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to scoop muffin batter into paper-lined muffin cups to 2/3 full.
raisin bran muffin batter
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 375 for 12-15 minutes, until the top of the muffin bounces back when you touch it.
Raisin Bran Muffins are full of whole wheat flour, bran flakes and raisins for a sweet, healthy start to the day.

What if I don’t have buttermilk?

We love the tang and tenderness that buttermilk gives these muffins. But what if you don’t have any sitting in your fridge? Make your own homemade buttermilk!

Simply add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a measuring cup, then fill it the rest of the way with milk. Allow this to sit for 5 minutes, then gently mix. You’ll have a great substitute for buttermilk.

Do muffins freeze well?

Another thing I love about these muffins is that they are freezer-friendly. Make up a few batches of these muffins, freeze them, then pop them out of freezer and into the microwave as you need them.  They’ll stay moist, tender and full of amazing flavor.

Raisin Bran Muffins are full of whole wheat flour, bran flakes and raisins for a sweet, healthy start to the day.

How long do muffins last in the freezer?

If you wrap the muffins in a plastic wrap and an airtight container, then muffins will keep for about 2-3 months in the freezer. This makes them a great breakfast on the go!

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Raisin Bran Muffins in a baking pan
Raisin Bran Muffins in a baking pan

Raisin Bran Muffins

5 from 3 votes
Raisin Bran Muffins are made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, bran flakes and raisins for a sweet, healthy start to your day.
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 cup crushed bran flakes
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Mix together the coconut oil and brown sugar. Add the egg and beat well.
  • Add in the buttermilk/soda mixture and mix.
  • Then add the molasses and bran flakes and mix until combined.
  • Stir in the flour, salt and cinnamon and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Fold in the raisins.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to scoop muffin batter into paper-lined muffin cups to 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 375 for 12-15 minutes, until the top of the muffin bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the muffins to cool, then store in an airtight container or freeze until needed.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 muffins, with 1 serving being 1 muffins. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 224
Keyword breakfast muffins, breakfast recipe, easy muffins
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Charlotte Moore
8 years ago

Love raisins in muffins, cookies, cereal, fruit salad, chicken salad, and chocolate covered. I am not crazy about eating them alone. When do you add the buttermilk and soda???

Liz
8 years ago

I love raisins and your muffins. Thank you.

Jodee Weiland
8 years ago

What a great way to start off your day, especially when you are in a hurry! I love this muffin recipe…healthy and delicious…thanks for sharing!

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
8 years ago

I happen to love bran muffins….these look delicious!!!

Christy
8 years ago

These look amazing! Pinning now!

Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain
8 years ago

I can’t wait to try these muffins! I love bran muffins!

Cindy Eikenberg
8 years ago

I love raisins and muffins! This is a great muffin to start the day or have for a healthy, mid-morning snack. Thanks for sharing – pinning and tweeting! Happy Tuesday!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
8 years ago

Surprisingly, I’m actually on the fence with raisins — I could take ’em or leave ’em! In snacks I don’t mind them, and I actually really love them in salads! CA raisins are the best 🙂 I LOVE these bran muffins!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
8 years ago

I’m a huge fan of California raisins too! They are the perfect snack, aren’t they?! These muffins sound like a great way to start the day! 🙂

Thalia @ butter and brioche
8 years ago

how delicious do these raisin and bran muffins look! defintiely craving one right now.. i love home baked muffins!

Claudia
8 years ago

So yummy! That appears amazing.

Maralyn Woods
7 years ago

5 stars
I LOVE the fact that you use bran instead of a packaged breakfast cereal full of sodium and other unfriendly ingredients. I’m on my way to WINCO for some California raisins and bran flakes. Just ate my last raisin corn muffin (I’m actually chewing the last bite as we speak) and will make these this afternoon. My favorite raisins are the plump golden California raisins.

Joanna Jimenez
2 years ago

5 stars
Soo yummy I loved it

Karen
2 years ago

can almond flour be used instead?