Breakfast Healthy Muffins

Cherry Almond Bran Muffins

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Cherry Almond Bran Muffins are a healthy, high fiber, and delicious way to start the day.

Re-stocking the kitchen after being away can be a chore or a joy, depending on your attitude.  It also depends on whether you had the foresight to clear out those already-past-their-prime scallions and their other dubious bin mates before you left.  Liquefied veggies are not conducive to fresh starts.

A fresh batch of muffins is the first order of business when it comes to getting my kitchen back to normalcy.   I’ll leave a few out and freeze the rest in packs of 2.  I can pull them out as we need them and give them 20 seconds in the microwave.  If you haven’t made these yet this season you really should.  They’ll change your mind about bran muffins, unless you already thought they were sweet, fluffy and satisfying. This cherry almond muffin is just one of the endless variations you can make with the basic recipe.

These freeze very well, just wrap the cooled muffins in foil and then plastic, or a double layer of plastic.  Take them out as needed; they’ll defrost quickly.

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Cherry Almond Bran Muffins


  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • add ins:
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Spray a muffin tin with non stick spray or use muffins liners.
  • Mix the brans together with the buttermilk and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the egg, oil, sugar and vanilla together and add it to the buttermilk mixture.
  • Stir together the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
  • Fold in the almonds and cherries and spoon into 10 muffin cups.
  • Bake for about 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.


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    January 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    you most definitely must add something to bran muffins, and the cherry-almond combination is a winner every time!

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    January 27, 2012 at 6:09 am

    When bran muffins look that tasty, I’ll take one any day of the week!

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    January 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I love almond and cherry together and the idea of them rolled into a muffin – a healthy bran muffin- sounds like a mid-morning coffee break is in order!
    Pretty napkins… great photography!

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    January 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    You waste no time at all getting back in the kitchen! They look beautiful. I have also done the same thing with the liquified herbs. I need to be better about this. They hide in the drawer and then I think of all the ways I should have incorporated them into my meals. Hope you had a nice trip.

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    January 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Really delicious – beautifully photographed – loved your ingredients – no liquified veggies!
    Mary x

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    January 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Ewww, liquified veggies almost killed my appetite. Luckily, your recipe restored it. This looks like a great variation.

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    Rolling Pin Claire
    January 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Ooooh, I’m loving these. So healthy too. Definitely going to make these over the weekend.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    January 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    These sound magic:- healthy and tasty, and I love the fact that they freeze well, less temptation to eat all in one go!