Better Than Gramma’s Branana Muffins

Call me an old lady – but I love bran muffins. Seriously! And lets be honest – everyone should enjoy them every so often because made right, they’re packed with plenty of goodies. This recipe has plenty of:

  • Wheat Bran which is actually a probiotic food, with antibacterial fighting properties, and daily bran intake actually helps to reduce cholesterol and combat heart disease.
  • oats which help stabilize your blood sugar levels all the while helping you to reach your daily intakes for selenium, dietary fiber, manganese, and magnesium.
  • flax which are packed with omega-3 fatty acids – the good fat! Like bran, this is proven to be heart healthy!
  • bananas which are a great source of potassium and b6. Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure, helping to reduce the risks of high blood pressure and stroke. b6 deficiencies are known to cause weakness, irritability, and insomnia!
  • peanut butter like bran helps combat high ldl (bad) cholesterol. it’s a good source for healthy fats and protein, too!

Lets get started, non?

I adapted this recipe to be a mish-mosh ofย Amanda’s recipes for bran muffins (whom she adapted from Tat) and her blissful banana bread. Her banana bread sure is blissful, and the bran recipe looks spectacular, too. How many times have you found a recipe that looks great – – until you see the recipe and discover it wants you to use bran flake cereal?! I wanted real wheat bran – the good stuff!!

Branana Bread

to yield 8 mini loaves/12 “regular” muffins

Firstly, combine:

  • 1 c. wheat bran (if you don’t love wheat bran, you could likely use oat bran. just don’t tell me because i’ll be disappointed.)
  • 1/2 c. almond milk
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 T. vanilla chobani

Set this aside.

In a separate, large bowl, combine:

  • 3/4 c. WW flour
  • 1/2 c. quick oats
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon (heaping)
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg

And in still another bowl, combine:

  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter (microwaved for a few seconds to thin)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 “flax egg” (1 T. milled flax, stirred with 3 T. water, and allowed to thicken for a couple of minutes)

Add the liquid mixture to the bran mixture, and stir to combine. Pour this into your dry mixture, and fold until just combined.

Fold in:

  • 1/4 c. chopped figs
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans

and then pour into muffin tins/mini loaf pans that have been lightly coated with non-stick spray.

Bake in a (preheated) 350* oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

These are wonderfully moist and branny.

I can only imagine the variations I will continue to concoct. For instance:

replace the bananas with canned pumpkin, and the figs with raisins

replace the bananas with applesauce and the figs with fresh chopped apples and raisins

How do you like your bran muffins?


Filed under breakfast, cooking, health

24 responses to “Better Than Gramma’s Branana Muffins

  1. ohmy.
    i get SO excited when i’m first to comment on your posts!! ๐Ÿ˜›
    but anyway – the muffins sound fabulous! like proper fabulous, not just regular so. i’m a big bran fan myself (i’m an all-bran cereal addict), andi love bananas, and i love peanut butter, and i love maple just wrote out my dream recipe right there. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Oh bran muffin…how I love thee! I made banana muffins yesterday! Gluten free from my brown sugar banana bread recipe. The boys went nuts over them…I was so happy. I LOVE bran muffins too. However, you know I don’t keep as much wheat in the house as I used to. I feel so guilty baking anything Tony can’t have, so unless I am making 2 separate batches, I just don’t do wheat that much. Yours looks delicious! Oh, I don’t know if I have posted it or not, but buckwheat makes a really great dense muffin…very much like bran. I can’t wait for pumpkin season!

  3. Michelle

    I have never had a bran muffin. It should be a crime because they look absolutely wonderful.

  4. I have the same box of wheat bran in my cupboard and after seeing this (I was praying you wouldn’t wait until tonight to post this) I hopped right into making my banana bread. 39 minutes to go in the oven haha. I used a combination of your recipe and Amanda’s banana bread recipe to make a branana loaf. I’m thinking if I can cut back on the maple syrup enough I can eventually make this an extremely healthy breakfast staple. ๐Ÿ˜› (Don’t worry, I still used 1/4 cup for the initial trial run as I’m not the greatest baker in the world.)

  5. Janene

    I just stumbled across your blog, and I’m so exited to read more! I competed in equestrian events for about 6 years (middle school/ high school years) in everything form dressage to hunter jumper to eventing (hmm, can we say “jane of all trades, master of none??”). I miss horses tremendously, and love all of your pictures and stories – and the food, of course! Thanks for a great post!


  6. is it bad i’ve never tried bran muffins!? I think so because they look so yummy, i’ve been missing out, im going to try this recipe ๐Ÿ˜€
    Hope your having a fab day.
    Love Jess xxx

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  8. Oh THANKYOU so much Jess!! I love bran muffins of any kind. I just love the bran flavour y’know?! I think I’d make this either with banana and mango/cherries because I’m not much of a figgy person or with pumpkin and raisins!
    Yayy more baking for me to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Argh! Aaaaaargh! I wish I hadn’t read that, oh my GOSH that looks/sounds so great and I have to stop myself right now cause I’ll keep raving like this…I have regressed quite a bit with my tummy troubles and I have now for two days eaten only boiled chicken and pureed carrots and today I have only had liquids since I am going to swallow a camera the size of a pill tomorrow! Holy something am I lightheaded – oh yum, the world of foods that awaits, hahaha!

    Ohno, just went back and read your suggestions for replacements…this is genius. I have to get to bed now. Will dream of your bran muffins ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This recipe looks fantastic! My problem is I usually eat my bananas too quickly to be able to make them into baked goods. But I do have some canned pumpkin and raisins! I think I might have to make these tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. I much prefer bran muffins to any other muffin. And I LOVE oatmeal cookies!
    My family aren’t such fans though. If my younger sister hears I’m going to be baking I get asked the same questions every time – “Will it be healthy?”, “Will it have oats in it?”, “Will you please put butter in it?!”

  12. Mmm! I think this is the first time that an adapted recipe of mine has been adapted.. haha!

    Confession: Raisin-bran muffin are my favorite type of muffin, hands down! My recipe is my absolute favourite with lots of raisins. I can’t really describe it, but I love that ‘milky’ sweet flavor that you get when you use real wheat bran as opposed to bran cereal.

    I’ve never tried a bana-bran combo before though… and if it tastes even a fraction of how good it looks I’m sure it’s a winner ๐Ÿ™‚
    โค Tat

  13. My husband loves anything bran, I should definitely make these for him! I’m going to love the banana part. The world branana totally cracked me up!

  14. I love that recipe and the mini loafs. I have never had wheat bran only oat bran. So now I must find it.

  15. Looovee bran muffins! My grandma sent me a bran muffin recipe and I tweeked it a bit for my site but plan on trying to original sometime, too. These sound freaking incredible. You had me at maple syrup, peanut butter, and oats. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. just bought wheat bran today! definatly will give these a try! sounds amazing ive been dying for good muffins! ill make these tomorrow! โค

  17. You ROCK!!!! I’m so going to make it sooooon!!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!!

  18. I also love bran muffins (always have and always will) I think that the pumpkin idea sounds great. I would probably still keep on banana though for the added sweetness (I just love them!) You could experiment with adding all different types of nuts too. Great recipe love!

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  20. Nathalie

    Awesome recipe! I just made your Branana Muffins and they are sooo tasty! Thanks!

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