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Grandma's Healthy Bran Muffins

Wholesome, healthy bran muffins inspired by my Grandma! These muffins are made with whole grains, blackstrap molasses and applesauce; they're the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack and are freezer friendly.
Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, Healthy, Snack
Keyword healthy bran muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 muffins
Calories 211 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Wet ingredients
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • cup melted and cooled coconut oil (or melted butter or vegan butter)
  • Optional add ins if you like:
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with only 10 liners and spray the inside of them with nonstick cooking spray -- DO NOT SKIP THIS.
  2. In a large bowl mix together brown sugar, molasses, applesauce, eggs, almond milk, apple cider vinegar until well combined, smooth and creamy.
  3. In a separate large bowl mix together dry ingredients: wheat bran, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined. Stir in melted and cooled coconut oil, mixing again until just combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly into 10 muffin liners and bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool muffins for 5 minutes then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Muffins are best served warm with a little butter on top.

Recipe Notes

TO MAKE VEGAN: Use two flax eggs instead of regular eggs (2 tablespoons flaxseed meal mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water).

TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: I have not tried to make these muffins gluten free. It kind of defeats the point of a bran muffin. However, I do think you could sub all purpose flour or chickpea flour for the whole wheat pastry flour if you are looking for a flour alternative.

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Healthy Bran Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.7g13%
Saturated Fat 6.5g41%
Carbohydrates 28.7g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8.7g10%
Protein 4.4g9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.