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Bran Muffins with Raisins

These moist, delicious bran muffins are nothing like the typical bran muffin. They are sweet, soft, and packed with flavor. Add your favorite dried fruit or nuts to change up the flavor and texture to your exact taste.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 cup golden or dark raisins you can also use dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey (for brushing over muffin tops)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick baking spray and then place 12 paper muffin liners in the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the wheat bran and buttermilk together. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer or with an electric hand mixer on medium speed, beat the applesauce, egg, brown sugar and vanilla. Add this to the buttermilk and bran mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, Stir the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture and mix until just blended. Add 1 cup of raisins and mix. Spoon the batter evenly into to the muffin cups and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
  5. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick or cake tester into the center of a muffin to see if it comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool. Immediately brush muffin tops lightly with honey.