Orange Walnut Oat Bran Muffins

Orange Walnut Oat Bran Muffins are a healthy and delicious way to start the day. Oat bran has lots of fiber along with vitamins and minerals. Orange juice and zest give these easy muffins great flavor, and walnuts give them crunch!

Orange Walnut Oat Bran Muffins on a cooling rack

When you feel like something warm and comfy for breakfast, but still want to eat healthy, bran muffins are the answer. Bran is simply the outer layer of a grain like wheat or oat, and it’s usually removed when the grain is milled into flour. But the bran itself is super healthy, full of vitamins and fiber, and makes fabulous muffins.

TIP: Look for bran in the specialty flour section of your supermarket, and sometimes you also find it in the bulk bins.

An Orange Walnut Oat Bran Muffins with butter and oranges
I love all types of bran muffins, but oat bran makes a particularly tender muffin, so it’s a good place to start if you’re new to the concept.

TIP: For a more pronounced orange flavor use 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract. 

Orange Oat Bran Muffins, split with butter


  • Bran muffins reheat well, just microwave them for 15-20 seconds.
  • To freeze these muffins, wrap individually in foil, then put in sturdy zip lock freezer bags.
4.67 from 6 votes

Orange Walnut Oat Bran Muffins

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk shaken
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • rolled oats and sugar for sprinkling


  • set oven to 350F
  • Spray or lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
  • Mix the oat bran with the buttermilk, sour cream, orange juice, extract and zest. Set aside.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together along with the walnuts and set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar till fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Mix in the oat bran mixture.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients and walnuts.
  • Fill 8 or 9 muffin cups and top with a sprinkle of oats and sugar.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until lightly golden, a toothpick will come out moist but not wet.
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.

Make these orange walnut oat bran muffins your own ~

  • Use any other nut you like in place of the walnuts.
  • Use tangerine juice and zest.
  • Use wheat bran and wheat flour in place of the oat bran and oat flour.
  • Add raisins if you like.


Thanks for pinning these orange walnut oat bran muffins!

Orange Walnut Oat Bran Muffins

You Might Also Like


    Leave a Reply

    Please rate this recipe!

  • Reply
    December 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    These look great for a mid-shopping treat!

  • Reply
    December 5, 2011 at 5:27 am

    These are beautiful muffins. I love the look of the oat topping and the orange is a great twist.

  • Reply
    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    December 5, 2011 at 3:58 am

    YUM! these looks so good – I’d love to wake up to a batch tomorrow morning – delish!
    Mary x

  • Reply
    December 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

    you know me a muffins….these look fab!! i need to hunt me down some oat bran here…this is the second recipe I have read today with oat bran!! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Sue, these look amazing. I love treats that actually have healthy ingredients buried in them. It lowers the guilt index :-). Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  • Reply
    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    December 4, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I love all the flavors and aromas of fall and winter. Orange and walnuts in an easy to eat muffin fit the season nicely.

  • Reply
    Heather @
    December 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    These sound awesome! I love the combination and know it would start my day off just right 😀

  • Reply
    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    December 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    These look delicious! I’ll bet they get you moving in the morning too! As for the holiday shopping . . . bah hum bug!!! I try to do it through out the year!

    Have a lovely weekend!

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!

Grab my latest e-book

for free!

Subscribe to get first dibs on all my new recipes, plus extra subscriber only benefits!


You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

You have Successfully Subscribed!