Apple and Walnut Bran Muffins

Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
36 min
13 min
23 min
Tired of oversized, high-fat deli muffins? These delicious, nutritious muffins are your answer.


packed light brown sugar

5 Tbsp

chopped walnuts

3 Tbsp, very fine


2 large

ready to eat bran flakes

1¼ cup(s), (or bran sticks)

fat free skim milk

1 cup(s), or fat-free buttermilk

canola oil

2 Tbsp


2 Tbsp

all-purpose flour

1 cup(s)

toasted wheat germ

¼ cup(s)

baking powder

2 tsp

ground cinnamon

1 tsp

baking soda

½ tsp

table salt

¼ tsp

fresh apple(s)

1 large, peeled, cored, and shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a nonstick 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar with 1 tablespoon of the walnuts in a small bowl; set aside for the topping.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add remaining 4 tablespoons brown sugar, the bran cereal, buttermilk, oil, and molasses; let soak 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the cereal mixture just until blended. Stir in the apple and the remaining 2 tablespoons walnuts.
  5. Spoon the batter into the cups. Sprinkle the brown sugar and walnut topping evenly over the muffins. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean, 20–23 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on the rack. Yields 1 muffin per serving.


Simply place the muffins in individual zip-close freezer bags and freeze for up to three months, ready to grab one in the morning as you leave for work for an on-the-go lunch or breakfast. To warm, simply remove the frozen muffin from its bag and microwave on High for 30 seconds. Or eat at room temperature.

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