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Date Nut Bran Muffins

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Date Nut Bran Muffins ~ I’ve been making deliciously healthy whole grain bran muffins for years, and this is just one of the many variations you can make from my base recipe.

I can’t believe it.  When I opened up my tax files out popped my long lost bran muffin recipe.  These bran muffins are the best.  They’re actually moist and fluffy. You can tweak them with all kinds of additions, like a mashed banana, chopped apple, or any kind of dried fruit or nuts.

Today I decided to add some walnuts and chopped dates.

If you think you don’t like bran muffins, try these. Just plain old wheat bran is available at Whole Foods, and health food stores.  Every fall I buy a bag of it (only 75 cents!) and it lasts me through til spring.  Oat Bran can be found near the oatmeal in any supermarket.  We love to make cereal out of oat bran, and actually prefer it to oatmeal.  Check out my Oat Bran Power Bowl recipe if you’re interested.

If you’re only baking for one or two, these date nut bran muffins freeze perfectly, just wrap them in foil and then plastic.  Take them out  in the morning while you make your coffee and zap them briefly in the microwave.

Even if you don’t open up your tax files, bake these muffins and I guarantee you’ll feel virtuous.

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Date Nut Bran Muffins

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 3/4 cup wheat bran
  • 3/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar I like to use dark
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped waluts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease muffin tins or line them with muffin papers
  • Mix together the brans and buttermilk and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Beat the egg with the oil, sugar and vanilla and add to the bran mixture.
  • Stir together the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.  Add in the dates, making sure the pieces do not clump together.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture until just blended. Fold in the walnuts.
  • Mound batter into the muffin cups and bake for about 18 minutes until a toothpick just comes out clean.  I use my 1 1/2 inch scoop and make 10 muffins.

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    hobby baker
    January 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Sent this recipe to my folks – knew they’d love it. Yep. They did!

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    January 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    i’ve only recently discovered the wonder that is the date, and i’ve really been enjoying them! my favorite use is in sweets, obviously, but these look terrific!

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    January 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ha! What a strange place to find your bran muffin recipe!

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    January 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    i need one of these right now! perfect for my dark dreary winter mornings! Happy new Year xx

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    January 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Sue! You just made my day. I’ve had my eye out for a great BASIC bran muffin recipe for over a year now. I’m going to try these soon. Thanks!

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    January 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    January 6, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I will have to try these. I have never had a home made bran muffin and I bet these are delicious.

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    January 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    oh these look fabulous, I love date nut items! I will have to give these a try 🙂

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    January 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    What a beautiful healthy looking muffin. I just love dates and walnuts too! Good stuff going on in this one Sue.

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    Umm Mymoonah
    January 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Lovely healthy muffins, perfect for breakfast.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    January 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Yum – love the date addition. I love to break them up in Greek yogurt. Thanks!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    January 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Love these ingredients – dates and walnuts – delicious –
    mary x

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    Marina {Yummy Mummy)
    January 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Why don’t I ever cook with dates?! These look delicious. Wish I had one right now!