Healthy Oat Bran Muffins

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These healthy oat bran muffins are made with oat bran cereal and whole wheat flour. They’re moist, delicious and perfect for a quick on-the-go breakfast.

I feel like most people think about bran muffins and immediately turn up their nose. They assume that bran muffins will be dry, dense and flavorless… almost like eating cardboard in muffin form. Well folks, I’m here to prove you wrong! Oat bran muffins can be healthy AND taste good and the recipe I’m sharing today proves it!

Oat bran muffin cut open. Muffin is made with carrots and raisins.

Before getting into the details of this oat bran muffin recipe, let’s discuss what oat bran is and why it’s so healthy.

What’s the Difference Between Oat Bran and Oatmeal?

Ready for a little science lesson? A grain has three parts: the germ, the endosperm and the bran. The germ is the innermost part, the endosperm wraps around that and the bran surrounds both. With the oat grain, the hull is removed and what’s left is the oat groat. With rolled oats (or oatmeal) you’re consuming the entire oat groat (including the bran), but if you purchase oat bran cereal you’re just getting the outermost part of the oat groat that has been ground into a fine powder. 

Oat bran muffin topped with walnuts.

Health Benefits of Oat Bran

According to Healthline, oat bran has similar amounts of carbs and fat as rolled oats (or oatmeal), but more protein and fiber and significantly less calories. It’s also high in beta-glucan, which is a type of soluble fiber that’s linked to improving cholesterol levels and boosting heart health. Soluble fiber may also help control blood sugar levels and help with digestion.

What Can You Make With Oat Bran?

Oat bran is so nutritious and surprisingly versatile! In my opinion, oatmeal tastes much better than oat bran cereal if you’re planning to whip up a hot bowl of grains for breakfast. Oat bran can also be used to thicken soups or stews or added to yogurt bowls and baked goods (like these muffins). The oat bran adds extra fiber and protein. 

Muffin tin with oat bran muffins topped with walnuts.

A Healthy Take on Oat Bran Muffins

Despite oat bran itself being super healthy, traditional oat bran muffins aren’t. They’re typically loaded with lots of sugar (a mix of brown sugar and white sugar) and vegetable oil. Naturally, I decided to put a healthy spin on these muffins by using better-for-you ingredients!

  • Whole wheat pastry flour – I swapped in whole wheat pastry flour for white flour for the added nutrition benefits, but also to keep the texture lighter! 
  • Bananas and maple syrup – I skipped the brown and white sugar and used a blend of mashed bananas and maple syrup to sweeten the muffins. These natural sweeteners add plenty of sweetness to the muffins and a little extra nutrition.
  • Coconut oil – Instead of vegetable oil, I upgraded for a healthier option: coconut oil. I love the slightly sweet flavor and healthy fats this oil adds to the muffins!
  • Flaxseed egg – To keep these muffins vegan, I used a flaxseed egg (a mixture of ground flaxseed and water) in place of an egg. 
  • Oat bran – As you know, oat bran packs a punch when it comes to protein and fiber. It also adds a nice mild oaty flavor. 
  • Carrots and raisins – I added shredded carrots and raisins for texture, flavor and nutrition! Veggies in muffins? Yes, please!

Muffin tin with oat bran muffins topped with walnuts.

I personally think these muffins are so tasty and can’t wait to make another batch soon. They’re great to prep on the weekend for a portable and easy breakfast on the go. You can pair one with a hard boiled egg or yogurt for a complete breakfast with protein, carbs and healthy fat!

Oat bran muffin made with shredded carrots and raisins sliced in half.

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Oat Bran Muffins

4 from 33 votes
These healthy oat bran muffins are made with a mix of oat bran cereal and whole wheat flour. They're moist and delicious and perfect for a quick on-the-go breakfast.
Oat bran muffin made with shredded carrots and raisins sliced in half.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 9 muffins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, see note
  • 3/4 cup oat bran cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 Tablespoons water, or 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Line muffin tin with paper or silicone liners or coat well with cooking spray.
  • Make flaxseed egg by whisking flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, oat bran, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Mash bananas in a bowl and add flaxseed egg, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, carrots and raisins.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Fill each muffin cup 3/4 of the way full, sprinkle chopped walnuts on top of each muffin (if using) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a muffin.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before enjoying.

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Notes

  • I've found that whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat white flour keeps the texture lighter for these muffins. You can use regular whole wheat flour, but they will be a bit more dense.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin without walnuts Calories: 137kcal Carbohydrates: 25g Protein: 2g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 3g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oat bran muffins

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    75 comments
    1. Jessica N
      July 18, 2021 AT 1:01 pm

      5 stars
      Love these so much! I was nervous because it’s hard to find a healthy muffin recipe that doesn’t come out dense. These were so light and tender not to mention delicious I added a tablespoon of wheat germ and some cranberries and they were perfect. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2021 AT 11:25 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad to hear these muffins were a hit, Jessica! I love the addition of wheat germ and cranberries, sounds delish! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    2. WendyD100721
      July 10, 2021 AT 2:43 pm

      5 stars
      This is an excellent and delicious and easy recipe. I made it today for the first time and added almonds and cranberries and they came out excellent. I didn’t make muffins though but use my 8 x 8 baking pan and after it cooled I cut them in squares.
      Thank you *EBF* for sharing this great recipe. Will pass it on.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 11:12 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Wendy! Love the addition of almond and cranberries. Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    3. WendyD.
      July 10, 2021 AT 2:37 pm

      5 stars
      Excellent and very tasty recipe! It’s so easy and delicious and I added almonds and cranberries.
      Will definitely pass it on and try it again soon. Thanks for sharing g your recipe.

    4. Brenda
      May 4, 2021 AT 12:11 pm

      Is it possible to make this gluten free?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2021 AT 12:45 pm

        Hey Brenda – I haven’t tried a flour substitute, but you could possibly try gluten-free all-purpose flour. Let me know if you try it and how these muffins turn out!

    5. Gillian McPherson
      April 13, 2021 AT 12:14 pm

      Would love to try these but have a question. Is oat bran cereal different than oat bran? What about Kellogg’s All Bran cereal?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2021 AT 3:19 pm

        Hi Gillian! Great question. So the oat bran cereal for this recipe isn’t an actual cereal. It’s basically like oatmeal. Here’s what it’s looks like: https://bit.ly/3mHfdpN

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