Healthy Buttermilk Bran Muffins

buttermilk bran muffin on a rack

Healthy buttermilk bran muffins are a high fiber breakfast or snack packed with dried fruit and nuts. Healthy never tasted so good!

buttermilk bran muffin with muffin paper wrapper

healthy buttermilk bran muffins are habit forming!

I’ve been making bran muffins for as long as I can remember, and at this point, if a muffin doesn’t have bran in it it just feels like it’s missing something.

what is bran?

  • Bran is the outer husk of the grain ~ the healthiest part, full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Sadly, it’s often tossed away when grains are milled into flour.
  • You can buy wheat bran and oat bran in most supermarkets, and I recommend keeping both on hand for quick muffins like these.
  • Both brans are helpful with maintaining good digestion, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
wheat bran and oat bran

I like to use a combination of oat and wheat bran in these healthy buttermilk bran muffins

I love to mix oat and wheat bran together in recipes. The oat bran gives these muffins a tender texture and a touch of sweetness.

making homemade buttermilk

buttermilk is key, but what if you don’t have any?

No worries, you can make a good buttermilk alternative from scratch. Simply add a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice to a cup of whole milk. Stir, and let sit on the counter for 15 minutes.

buttermilk bran muffins on a cooling rack

can you freeze bran muffins?

Buttermilk bran muffins freeze beautifully, so you can put them in a zip lock baggie and pull them out anytime for a quick healthy snack. You can reheat leftover muffins in the microwavefor 15 seconds for that ‘just out of the oven’ taste.

buttermilk bran muffin with butter

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buttermilk bran muffin on a rack
4.12 from 35 votes

Buttermilk Bran Muffins

Buttermilk bran muffins are a high fiber breakfast or snack packed with dried fruit and nuts. Healthy never tasted so good!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 10 muffins
Calories 286kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1/2 cup unprocessed wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Mix the brans with the buttermilk and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time. Then the molasses and vanilla and blend it well.
  • Fold in the bran/buttermilk mixture along withthe dried fruit and nuts.
  • In another bowl sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Mix the dry into the wet until just incorporated, don’t over mix.
  • Fill 10 muffin cups and bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cook’s notes

  • Try adding chopped apple, banana, or berries to these muffins.
  • Substitute pecans or almonds for the walnuts, or leave the nuts out entirely.
*recipe adapted from Ina Garten


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Kathy Strand
    March 12, 2022 at 9:04 am

    The recipe calls for 12 tsp of vanilla! I assume this is supposed to be 1/2 tsp?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      March 12, 2022 at 9:13 am

      Correct, and corrected ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    March 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    5 stars
    These are sooo good! I didn’t have wheat bran on hand but did have some ground flax meal. I figures they were similar in consistency so I subbed it and it worked! Delicious!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      That’s great to know, I’ve always got flax seeds around, I’ll try grinding them and using in these muffins ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    December 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    “Mix the brans with the buttermilk and set aside.”
    When do you add it to what? There is no indication of what to do with the bran in the instructions

    • Reply
      December 4, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      That’s in step 5.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      5 stars
      These are sooooo good. I filled the muffin cups too much so only got 7 muffins. DEEEEEEEEELISH

  • Reply
    September 8, 2011 at 5:17 am

    5 stars
    These look and sound wonderful!

  • Reply
    Nessa Robins
    September 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    5 stars
    I hope you find your original recipe. I often spend hours in search of a particular recipe! These muffins look and sound delicious!

  • Reply
    September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    like like…love…these are perfect…and with a great rise! That Ina is pretty darn good! ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Sarah Westendorf
    September 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    5 stars
    I should make these muffins for my daughter. They look delicious with that swipe of butter. We’re going to Ireland next month…and I think I am the most excited right now about the fabled Irish breakfasts!

    BTW, you asked about cherry pitting. I just cut them in half and unhinge the seed. It did look like I used whole cherries but they were halves. I don’t have one of those cool cherry pitters!

  • Reply
    The Procrastobaker
    September 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    5 stars
    Im not a big muffin maker but may well have to change my habits for these! The look like they have the most perfect texture and so comfortingly scrummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    the gardener's cottage
    September 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    oh sue, i think i’ll be able to veganize these! they sure look yummy. on our little san diego trip it included a free breakfast too. usually i’m so disappointed in these things but this time it was a real winner. it was breakfast in bed! i know. room service through travel zoo, who knew?


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