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What til You Try These No-Fail Bran Muffins

These easy recipe for bran muffins without buttermilk result in a delicious bakery style muffin with just the perfect amount of sweetness!

Before I took my first class towards earning my Baker’s Certificate, bran muffins were not on my “must bake” list!

one bowl easy bran muffins

Every Sunday afternoon my family would be waiting, mouths watering, wondering what I would be baking and bringing home from class.  To say they were not impressed when they found bran muffins among my goodies one day, is an understatement.

I told them they didn’t know what they were missing. In fact, they are one of the best muffins I have ever had!

Not wanting to disappoint me, they reluctantly gave them a try.

Suffice it to say, they were gone in a flash!

one bowl easy bran muffins

I can pretty much make them without even looking at the recipe now.  These bran muffins are made with no buttermilk, which is a bonus. I can make them whenever with ingredients I always have in my pantry.

With only a half cup of sugar in the whole recipe, eggs, natural bran, whole wheat flour and plump raisins, these muffins make a great grab and go breakfast.

easy bran muffins only one bowl needed

Warmed with a little butter….how my goodness….mouthwatering!

I never fail to get nice high “bakery shop” style muffins.  The key is to fill each muffin cup to the top!

Oh, and did I mention? You only need one mixing bowl! Easy clean up for the win!

Helpful tips when making easy bran muffins without buttermilk:

  • spray the muffin tins with non-stick spray making sure you spray the areas between each cup, as these will rise up over the edge of each one
  • soak the raisins in hot water for 10 minutes, and drain before adding to the recipe to plump them up
  • do not over mix the batter to avoid a tough texture to the finished muffins
  • double the recipe and freeze, pop one out of the freezer each morning to add to lunches
one bowl easy bran muffins

Making these bran muffins was a nice change to the rich pies and pastries we had been making in class.

And, my family quickly learned to never turn up their nose at anything I brought home again!

Looking for more scrumptious muffin recipes? Try these morning glory’s or these fun banana split muffins!

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Easy Bran Muffins Without Buttermilk

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These irresistible bran muffins made without buttermilk bake up moist and delicious just like they were made at a bakery!


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/8 cup plus 4 teaspoons molasses (50 mls)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups natural wheat bran
  • 1 & 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl beat together oil, sugar and eggs in large bowl until well blended.

Add remaining ingredients and stir just until combined (do not over mix).

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling almost to the top and bake for 15 mins, until firm to touch and a tester comes out clean.


Feel free to substitute dried cranberries, cherries or other dried fruit in replace of the raisins, and add some chopped nuts if you like! You can also easily double this recipe and 2 to 2 1/2 dozen (depending on the size). These freeze well!

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  1. Oh my, all the food posts look delicious. I am looking forward to the lavender brulee. Brulee is my all time favorite.
    I also loved the post on visiting the apple farm. Made me want to go on a field trip. Great blog and I am certainly enjoying reading it.

    1. I think that would be fine! Just increase the all purpose by 1 tbsp per cup (so about 1 & 2/3 tablespoons extra all purpose). You just lose the benefits of the whole wheat! Of you give it a try, let me know how it works out for you 🙂