Refrigerator Bran Muffins

Friday 5 April 2019

Refrigerator Bran Muffins. I wish I had a pound coin for every time I have made these delicious muffins. I'd be a very wealthy woman! 

I don't think I have ever met a muffin that I didn't immediately fall in love with, although to be sure I have some which I like a tad bit more than others.  

Of all the muffins I have to say that Bran Muffins are my absolute favourite!

Having said that however, I would never turn a muffin down when offered, no matter the kind.  

I was going through my muffin recipes on here and I realised that this was one recipe I had not shared in all the years I have been sharing recipes!  I needed to rectify that immediately! 

This is the muffin that I had to bake for my boss every morning when I worked at the manor. The batter always had to be in the refrigerator.  

She insisted that this was the best bran muffin recipe ever, although adding raisins or using raisin bran in hers was expressly forbidden!

She was not a fan of raisins, but she was, however, a huge fan of this recipe.  

The recipe comes from my Big Blue Binder and you will find it in my self published cookbook of the same name Here.

When I baked them for her, I was instructed to bake them in mini muffin tins . . .  she did not want large muffins.  

She thought eating a regular sized muffin was too fattening . . .  so she would eat 3 mini muffins every morning, along with six prunes,  a handful of  mixed nuts, and a glass of fruit smoothie that I had to make fresh every morning also. 

The brain is a funny thing  . . .  I don't think that 3 mini muffins held any fewer calories than 1 regular sized muffin, but for some odd reason in her mind they did.

There's an old saying in the UK which goes, "There's naught so queer as folk!"  And she was certainly a queer folk!

The recipe for this batter makes about 8 cups of batter and will last a good six weeks in the refrigerator, not that you will have it around that long.

Its so good you will probably find yourself baking them several times a week.

They are so tasty that the batter will be long gone by the end of six weeks.  Long gone  . . .

They use two different types of bran cereal  . . .  raisin bran flakes and all bran  . . . 

Buttermilk helps to keep them deliciously moist  . . . 

You simply mix up the batter and keep it stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, ready to scoop out and bake as and when you want some, and as many as you want each time.   

I tend to bake them six at a time, which works for us.

They have a beautiful texture and flavour!  Most Bran Muffin recipes rely on molasses for flavouring, but this one doesn't,  nor does it have brown sugar in it.  It does use cinnamon however and some vanilla.  Very tasty!

Refrigerator Bran Muffins

Yield: Makes 8 cups batter
prep time: cook time: total time:
This mixture is really handy to have in the fridge, ready to bake up fresh muffins whenever the mood strikes you.  In truth, these muffins are so very good, that the batter never lasts as long as six weeks!


  • 1 cup boiling water (240ml)
  • 2 cups raisin bran cereal (120g)
  • 1 cup all bran cereal (40g)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 TBS vegetable shortening, melted (110g + 1 TBS)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (285g)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk (480ml)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (350g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans (Optional) (60g)
  • 1/2 cup extra raisins (or even more if you wish. I like lots of raisins in mine.) (75g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix the two Bran's in a large bowl. Pour over the boiling water. Let stand for about ten minutes before stirring in all the remaining ingredients in the order given. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to six weeks.
  2. When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 200*C/400*F. Butter whatever size muffin pan you are using generously. Scoop out the batter into the muffin cups filling them 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Let sit in the cups for about 5 minutes before loosening the muffins and tipping them out onto a wire rack. Eat warm. Delicious!
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I am not sure where I got the original recipe from, but I strongly suspect it was from either a cereal box or a newspaper clipping. I might have also gotten it from a community cookbook.  

Do note, that for the smaller family, you can cut the recipe quite successfully in half, which is what I normally do.  I hope you will give them a go!  

If they are good enough for Mrs B, then they are really VERY good full stop as she was quite picky  when it came to what she ate.

Refrigerator Bran Muffins

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  1. Good morning, Marie! Your recipe sounds familiar. I used to bake bran muffins also that had a batter stored in the fridge and would keep up to six weeks. But I used flaked bran instead of cereal. My son loved these muffins! I am going to try yours because I like raisin bran and all bran and the cereals would be easier to get than the flaked bran. My son is coming home for a visit this summer and I'm going to surprise him with bran muffins. It will be interesting to see if he remembers these muffins! Thank you for sharing the recipe and enjoy your weekend. Blessings...Sandi

    1. Thanks Sandi! These are really good. This uses two kinds of cereal and they are so yummy! I hope you bake and enjoy! xoxo

  2. I make these too!! Love your TOPS!!

    1. LOL You always like my tops! I don't know how I do it, but most of the time, I get great tops! (my favourite bit is the top!) xoxo

    2. I even have a muffin top pan!! But see below:)

  3. Why use melted shortening rather than oil and how about AP flour instead of whole wheat flour? These muffins sound delicious. I'm off to the store for some cereal.

    1. The recipe calls for shortening. I think because shortening and oil are two different things. And I have never used regular flour, but can't see why it wouldn't work Debbie. xoxo

  4. Hi Marie:
    I think this is the recipe that use to be on the All Bran Cereal box. My mother would make them every Sunday instead of rolls for dinner. I now make them but I use all All Bran and use dried cranberries or blueberries instead of the raisins. My little great nephews have become huge fans. I love your blog. It is one of the few I make time to read every morning.

    1. Oh that sounds lovely and what a beautiful memory. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! xoxo

  5. My 3 recipes are different so I just made yours but had no whole wheat flour left so used unbleached AP..Will bake tomorrow..One thing I am SO curious about..I see you used a ceramic pan..I have those:) And love them and I have regular and silicone and mini..well you get it..Is a CROWN muffin mold a GREAT thing? So $$$ here.

    1. It is a ceramic lined pan. But I also use regular ones and they work fine. Why are baking dishes so expensive! Don't they know we need them! lol I hope they work well for you! Let me know how you get on! xoxo

    2. :) Just wanted to know if you have a crwon muffin pan and if they are worth it? Do they make a difference? The crown part:)

    3. No, I don't have one. Just a normal muffin tin. I am not sure what my secret is to the crowns! xo

  6. I got my cereal and ww flour last night. I'm making my muffins this afternoon and I can't wait to try one.

  7. Made the batter and baked a dozen muffins last weekend. Extremely light and moist! Gave half away and my husband and I finished the remainder during the week. Delicious! Similar to another recipe I have, but yours are much better!
    Thank you for another great recipe, Marie!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and share your results with us Deb! I am so very pleased that you enjoyed them! I, personally, have one every morning now! xoxo

  8. I am curious what style of container the batter is kept in...a bowl? A jar? Thank you

    1. It keeps in a large batter bowl with a lid. This is like a 2 quart measuring cup with a plastic lid that fits snug. It has a pouring lip so you can pour the batter out without making a mess. Here is a link to what I am talking about:

  9. I don't like raisins, would I use all bran for the recipe or mix with something else

    1. You can simply use Bran Flakes instead of raisin bran, along with the All Bran cereal called for. MY boss didn't like raisins either so that is what I did for hers. xo

  10. No sure when and who gave to me I've had mine for , let's say moved in March 2014 now Dec2023 had it since1997 there about. When move gave alot of cook books to the lady helping me the
    rest are still packed up. Except for a
    few but they are the best bran muffin, batter keeps in the fridge. Best that I can remember these sound like the
    one I have or dam close to it.

    few and these are the one's packed, let me say bran muffins batter recipe that

    1. Thank you for your comment! They really are one of the best Bran Muffins! xo


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