My bran muffin kick continues. While preparing a “mise en place” of muffin ingredients on Sunday evenings, I calmly consider the week ahead and before any anticipation of stress takes over, I happily remember that I will inaugurate the workweek with a healthy, warm baked good.

I found this recipe on the back of my Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran package. I was drawn to it for its list of natural ingredients and lack of processed and refined items. Together, these ingredients produced a pretty solid muffin. After my first bite, I was hesitant and worried that they were a bit too dense but both my husband and Mini Whipped showed immediate approval. The little tyke had such continued enthusiasm for these muffins that it made for a difficult photo shoot:


Molasses Bran Muffins
From Bob’s Red Mill

1 cup Wheat Bran
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Raisins (Unsulfured)
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Molasses (or Honey)
3/4 cup Applesauce
1/4 cup chopped Nuts (optional)
2 Tbsp. Oil
2 Eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine wheat bran, flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in nuts and raisins. In a separate bowl, blend applesauce, milk, molasses, oil and egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Spoon into greased muffin tin (or paper muffin cups) and bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 marvelous muffins.

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1 Muffin
Calories 180, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 180mg, Total Carbohydrates 32g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 14g, Protein 5g.

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19 Responses to “Molasses Bran Muffins”

  1. Doc Kane Says:

    Getting a bran muffin to look super-tasty is quite a task sometimes, but I think that tiny hand gettin’ “dibs” on the tasty bits does the trick!

  2. Jacqui Says:

    I second that the little wee one’s hand definitely makes for a great shot. Keep the bran muffins comin’ yum!

  3. my spatula Says:

    i have an unopened jar of molasses in the pantry just waiting for your gorgeous bran muffins.

  4. Heather @ chiknpastry Says:

    there’s that word again – molasses. i love molasses and anytime i see it in a recipe i am immediately drawn to it. that being said, i might be making these instead of my tried and true granola bars this weekend!

  5. kitchen tables Says:

    I prefer making muffins because it does not require being as beautiful as cupcakes! Nice recipe by the way! Thumbs up on this!

  6. Sweets at Vicky's Says:

    I always seem to be the one who makes taking photos of the food, difficult. It’s hard to balance a camera properly with fingers spotted with crumbs! :)

  7. molly Says:

    I love seeing that cute little hand! I recently added molasses to chocolate chip cookies and was pleasantly surprised by the result. They melted in the oven and remained chewy for the few days they lasted. It also gave them a nice rich flavor.

  8. Moltomom Says:

    Sounds good! I have a package of Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal (a wonder of fiber, lignans, and omega-3 fats! I highly recommend adding it to cereal and yogurt, but I digress) and on the back is a recipe for Bran Flax Muffins. I haven’t made them yet, but your post has inspired me to. They sound pretty good with cinnamon, carrots, raisins, nuts, and other yummy stuff. :)

  9. mav Says:

    this will be on my list for the week. thanks, lovely.

  10. Stolk Says:

    That Grand Central cookbook has a bran muffin recipe, I think. I’ve never ordered one at the bakery as I prefer less healthy items, usually.

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  12. Lauren Says:

    I love how hearty these muffins are… and with no refined sugars. Yum!

  13. smilinggreenmom Says:

    These look really yummy and healthy – which will surely make both our kids and my hubs and I happy haha! I cannot wait to make these for the kiddos for a healthy breakfast – and I will even make them with Kamut Khorasan Wheat flour for added goodness!! Thanks!!

  14. Jane Green Says:

    I made these this morning (minus the nuts) & they were SO terrific that my hubby ate TWO for breakfast! I guess that’s a two thumbs up! Gotta love Bob’s Red Mill!

  15. Sara Says:

    i love a dense bran muffin! I like to dip chunks of them into plain yogurt, so any dense parts kind of get lighten up. Cute little fingers in the picture ~

  16. Amanda Says:

    I’ve been sampling different bran muffins for weeks and these are the best I’ve found so far. The molasses really makes the muffin.

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