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Maple-raisin bran muffins

Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
These wholesome homemade bran muffins are just sweet enough, making them perfect for a satisfying breakfast or an easy snack. They take just 15 minutes to prepare before going into the oven. Oat bran is a hot cereal high in fiber, much like oatmeal, but it is made from high-protein oat groats. You can use it in other quick breads and smoothies or stir it into oatmeal to add nutty flavor. The oat bran is combined with boiling water (along with the oil and raisins) to soften it before stirring it into the muffin batter; this also plumps the raisins. Light olive oil has a neutral flavor, so it can be used in place of canola oil in this and in most other baking recipes.


Dry oat bran

1½ cup(s), (not flakes)


½ cup(s)

Olive oil

¼ cup(s)


½ cup(s), boiling

1% low-fat buttermilk

1 cup(s), lowfat 1 %

Maple syrup

¼ cup(s)


1 large egg(s)

Whole wheat flour

1 cup(s)

Baking soda

1¼ tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Chopped walnuts

½ cup(s)


  1. Toss together the cereal, raisins, and oil in a large bowl until moistened. Pour the boiling water over the cereal mixture and toss to evenly moisten; let cool slightly.
  2. Add the buttermilk, maple syrup, and egg to the cereal mixture; stir until mixed well. Whisk together the pastry flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Add the flour mixture and walnuts to the cereal mixture and stir just until the flour mixture is moistened. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap; let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  4. Fill the muffin cups evenly with the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool completely on the rack. Yields 1 muffin per serving.