Easy Banana Bran Muffins


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Banana Bran Muffins are soft and moist and they’re full of flavor making them the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack!

Served warm with a bit of honey butter, these are going to be the breakfast your family requests over and over again!

Banana bran muffins in muffin tin

I am so excited to have partnered with Alberta Wheat to bring you this belly-warming banana bran muffin recipe.  

An Easy Staple

Muffins are kind of a staple around here, they’re easy to make, freeze well and are the perfect grab and go snack! As much as I love a traditional Banana Muffin, I also love the wholesome almost nutty flavor of a bran muffin.

Great Way to Use Those Ripe Bananas

When we think ripe bananas, we often turn to our favorite Easy Banana Bread Recipe but of course there are so many other great uses! These easy banana bran muffins are the perfect way to combine ripe bananas along with the goodness of whole wheat and bran!

Bananas not only add sweetness, but they add enough moisture so the butter in this recipe is kept to a minimum.

So, what is Bran? Bran is the outer layer of grains like wheat, oats and even rice.  In most bran muffin recipes (like this one) wheat bran is used. Wheat bran has lots of fiber along with vitamins and minerals. When we eat bran, we don’t actually digest it but it does help us feel full and studies show it helps prevent colon cancer and aid in weight loss among many other benefits.

banana bran muffin with honey and banana slices on top

Moist Banana Bran Muffins

To make moist muffins I add in mashed bananas. These banana bran muffins are pretty fail-proof and turn out perfectly fluffy every time!  A couple of easy tips to keep in mind:

  • Ensure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning.
  • Be sure to toss the raisins with the flour mixture, this helps keep them from sinking to the bottom of the batter.
  • This recipe calls for wheat bran which is found near the flour in the grocery store.  This recipe doesn’t use bran cereal.
  • Nuts or chocolate chips can be added in (or dried cranberries can be substituted for raisins).
  • Do not overmix your batter, overmixing will cause your muffins to be dense and chewy.
  • Store at room temperature in a sealed container. Heat before serving (we microwave 30 seconds) to keep them soft.

Inside of a banana bran muffin on plate with fruit

You can find more delicious wheat recipes as a part of Alberta Wheat Commission’s Life’s Simple Ingredient campaign (including whole wheat like I’ve used in this recipe)!  Whole wheat flour is a source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and is also a plant based protein.

How to Incorporate Whole Wheat Flour Into A Recipe

You can add whole wheat flour into your recipes without compromising texture and flavor. Here are a few tips to make sure your recipes are successful:

  1. Start Slowly – Whole wheat flour has an almost nutty flavor. When adding whole wheat flour to a recipe you have previously made with all purpose flour, try substituting just a small portion at first (half all purpose and half whole wheat for example). Once you know how the recipe tastes with the addition you can decide if you would like to incorporate a bigger portion of whole wheat flour.
  2. Ratio of Substitution – Whole wheat flour is more dense than all purpose flour.  When swapping out whole wheat for regular flour, you will need to use less than you would all purpose flour. Try a ratio of 3:4 for whole wheat flour to white flour.
  3. Add a bit more liquid – Whole wheat flour can tend to absorb more moisture, you might like to add an extra tablespoon or two of liquid to keep your recipe from becoming dry.

I personally love the nutty flavor bran adds to baked goods, cereal and of course these easy banana bran muffins!

banana bran muffin in muffin tin with raisins on top

More Easy Muffin Recipes

Bran muffin drizzled with honey and topped with banana slices
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Review Recipe

Banana Bran Muffins

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 MUFFINS
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Tender sweet banana bran muffins with raisins for the perfect breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (3 small)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon & salt. Whisk together. Stir in raisins.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, bananas, buttermilk, butter and vanilla.
  4. Create a well in the dry ingredients. Add egg mixture and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

Buttermilk can be replaced with soured milk. Place 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup. Top to 1 cup with milk. Let sit 5 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 243, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 176mg, Potassium: 373mg, Carbohydrates: 43g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 22g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 4.8%, Vitamin C: 2.4%, Calcium: 8.3%, Iron: 10%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This recipe has been sponsored by the Alberta Wheat Commission’s Life’s Simple Ingredient campaign. While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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