Pumpkin Bran Muffins

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Filled with fall flavor, these hearty pumpkin bran muffins are easy to whip up and provide a good source of fiber and protein. Only 160 calories per muffin!

If you’re looking for a healthy, hearty, nutrient dense pumpkin muffin, these pumpkin oat bran muffins are for you! I’ve been enjoying them with a spread of almond butter for breakfast and they’ve been perfect for these chilly fall mornings.

Pumpkin bran muffins stuffed with pumpkin seeds and raisins on a cooling rack.

Are Bran Muffins Healthy?

I used to think that all bran muffins were healthy. Did you as well? They look healthy with their dark color and oaty texture. Plus, they’re really filling and they have the word “bran” in them – they must be healthy, right?!

The fact of the matter is, a typical store-bought bran muffin can have over 400 calories and 40 grams of sugar?! And bakery bran muffins often have more than that! 😱 Has there ever been a more fitting emoji? So no, all bran muffins aren’t created equal and some aren’t so healthy. 

That said, these homemade pumpkin bran muffins are indeed healthy! They have only 160 calories and 16 grams of sugar per serving. PLUS the ingredients are better for you. They totally get the EBF stamp of approval. Check out my oat bran muffins if you are interested!

Six pumpkin bran muffins on a cooling rack.

Healthy Pumpkin Bran Muffin Ingredients

  • oat bran – you can’t have bran muffins without oat bran! Oat bran packs a punch when it comes to protein and fiber. It also adds a nice mild oaty flavor. I like using Bob’s Red Mill oat bran.
  • all-purpose flour – combined with the oat bran to create the base of these muffins.
  • coconut sugar – I love using coconut sugar in place of traditional white sugar. It’s natural and has a delicious carmel-y flavor.
  • baking powder – a levening agent that helps these muffins rise.
  • pumpkin pie spice – make your own pumpkin pie spice or use store-bought.
  • nutmeg and sea salt – seasonings that round out the flavors in these muffins.
  • flaxseed – we’re making eggless bran muffins with flaxseed eggs. It’s an easy way to boost nutrients and keep them vegan. You can use 2 eggs if you prefer.
  • pumpkin – slightly sweet and earthy, pumpkin is chock full of nutrients! Make sure you grab pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling, as it as additional sugars added. You can also make your own pumpkin puree!
  • almond milk adds moisture to the muffins. You can make your own almond milk or use your favorite store brand. Any non-dairy milk will work.
  • coconut oil – keeps these muffins moist and adds some healthy fats. You can also use avocado oil if you prefer.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • raisins – adds a naturally sweet component. Dried cranberries would work nicely as well.
  • pepitas aka pumpkin seeds! Boost the heart-healthy fats and protein of your bran muffins by topping them with pepitas.
Pumpkin bran muffins on a cooling rack next to a bowl of pumpkin seeds.

Can I Meal Prep Muffins?

As I’m sure you know, I love making healthy muffins as part of my meal prep and these muffins actually work great for meal prepping because they keep well in the fridge or freezer – just make sure you store them in an airtight container! If I freeze them, I like to take them out the night before and let them thaw in the fridge. Then in the morning I pop them into the toaster oven to heat them up.

Perfect for breakfast, a snack or honestly even dessert. I hope these muffins become a family favorite in your home!

Pumpkin bran muffin with a bite taken out of it.

More Healthy Muffin Recipes to Try

Pumpkin Bran Muffins

5 from 4 votes
Filled with fall flavor, these hearty pumpkin bran muffins are easy to whip up and provide a good source of fiber and protein. Only 160 calories per muffin!
Pumpkin bran muffins stuffed with pumpkin seeds and raisins on a cooling rack.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups oat bran
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water*
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries + more for topping
  • pepitas, optional

Instructions
 

  • Make flaxseed eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed and water. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine oat bran, flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, sea salt and nutmeg.
  • In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: flaxseed egg, pumpkin, almond milk, oil and vanilla until well blended.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened. Gently stir in raisins.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper or silicone liners and fill 10 cups with muffin batter. Top each with a few raisins and pepits, if using.
  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before moving muffins from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy warm. For storage, let muffins cool completely and place in a sealed airtight storage container. Muffins will last at room temperature for 1-2 days, 4-5 days in the fridge and 1-3 months in the freezer.

Notes

  • You can use 2 eggs in place of the flax eggs if you’re not worried about the muffins being vegan or egg-free.
  • Adapted from Taste of Home.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin Calories: 164kcal Carbohydrates: 33g Protein: 4g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 228mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 16g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bran muffins

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    23 comments
    1. Rachel Walkin
      June 16, 2021 AT 8:07 pm

      5 stars
      I love these muffins! I substitute regular eggs and always add a little extra spice and pumpkin purée for more flavor and moistness. I made these twice and the second time I only had half the amount of bran that I needed so I substituted the rest with rolled oats and they came out so good, I actually liked them a little bit better like that! Would recommend these to everyone!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2021 AT 10:38 am

        Woo!! This makes me so happy to hear, Rachel!! So glad these muffins have been such a hit. Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Pugetsound
      March 1, 2021 AT 11:50 am

      5 stars
      These muffins are really tasty.I substituted eggs, regular sugar and regular milk and got excellent results. The only thing to note is they have lots of bran. So if you eat a bunch of them, which you might because they are so yummy, expect your digestive system to react accordingly. I’m just sayin (-;

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2021 AT 8:45 pm

        So glad these muffins turned out for you with the subs you made!! Thanks for coming back to share and for leaving a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Cat
      November 22, 2019 AT 3:06 pm

      5 stars
      Absolutely scrumptious! I went with the egg version and cane out with 11 beauties that are so warm and comforting! Thanks for all that prep you did to be able to send this out with everything you have going on in your life. All the best you and your family: much health and happiness ❣️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2019 AT 6:33 pm

        Thank you so much for the sweet note and for trying my recipe, Cat. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these muffins. I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating. The ratings are super helpful to other readers! <3

    4. Melissa
      November 22, 2019 AT 10:32 am

      These muffins sound great! I’ve always been a fan of bran muffins, but the addition of pumpkin makes it even better!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2019 AT 6:29 pm

        They are so delicious! Definitely let me know if you end up trying these and what you think, Melissa! 🙂

    5. cathylynn
      November 1, 2013 AT 9:55 pm

      I recently bought 12 cans of pumpkin when they went on sale for a ridiculously low price. Now that the weather is cooler, I wanted to start baking bread that contained pumpkin, oat bran and raisins. So, I Googled “pumpkin, oat bran, raisin bread” and found the above recipe. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks…I’ll be back to let you know how it turned out.

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