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Bran Muffins

12 muffins
Prep info
15 min prep + 30 min bake
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
45 minutes
Time required
45 minutes
Oven preheat
American vegetarian


  • 125 g wheat bran
  • 190 g raisins (divided: 135g (1 cup) + 55g (1/2 cup))
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c buttermilk (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 c water
  • fresh orange zest (a few swipes)
  • 110 g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 65 g Flour (Plain)
  • 35 g Flour (Wholemeal)
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt


1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin (with 1/2-cup indentations) with paper liners.

2. Spread the wheat bran on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6-8 minutes, stirring a few times so it cooks evenly. Let cool.

3. While the bran is toasting, heat 1 cup (135g) of the raisins with 1/2 cup of the water. Simmer until the water is all absorbed, about 10 minutes. Puree the raisins in a food processor or blender until smooth.

4. In a large bowl, mix together the toasted bran, buttermilk or yogurt, 1 cup water. Then mix in the raisin puree, orange zest, and brown sugar.

5. Stir in the oil, egg, and egg white.

6. Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and sift directly into the wet ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are just combined, then mix in the remaining 1/2 cup (55g) raisins.

7. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, making sure the batter is mounded slightly in each one. Because muffin tins can very in size, if your tins are larger, make fewer muffins.

8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the muffins feel set in the center.


SJ Note 30 March 2010: These are really good.  But I must rewrite this recipe to be clearer.