Small Batch Bran Muffins

Sunday 16 February 2020

In my quest to create more small batch recipes today I decided to make a small batch Bran Muffin Recipe.  I think of all the muffins I make, Bran Muffins are my absolute favourite.  I think any muffin is pretty wonderful when you think about it.  Small bakes perfectly sized for one.  Breakfast in the hand.  Treats you can carry.

When I used to run my own Coffee Shop oh so many moons ago Bran Muffins were also a favourite muffin of my clientelle.  I used to bake Bran, Carrot and Banana, sometimes Blueberry. I would buy it from my supplier in huge buckets of frozen mix. All you did was scoop and bake. They were actually very good.  The Bran always sold out first.

Of course homemade from scratch is always better. We humans are funny creatures, aren't we?? When someone tells us that something is good for us or healthy, we automatically think that it can therefore not be very tasty.  That is not true of these muffins.  Nothing could be tastier.

There is only 1/2 TBS of fat in the whole recipe. You can use olive oil if you wish or canola oil.  But 1/2 TBS of fat divided between 6 muffins is almost neglible I think!

There is also very little sugar.  Only 1/4 cup of soft light brown sugar, packed.  Divide that between six and you come up with not an awful lot!

There is 2 TBS of molasses, but again an unrefined sugar and divided between six muffins, not a lot per serving . . .

The whole wheat flour and use of natural wheat bran ensures that there is plenty of fibre, which is so good for us and low GI.  We are told to eat more whole grains. These are definitly very highly whole grained.

Another nice thing is that you can use skim milk if you wish with no real difference in texture or flavour.  A bonus!

They have a beautiful texture as you can see.  I like raisins in my bran muffins and so I do add some to these, but its entirely up to you if you choose to or not.

They are lovely warm from the oven . . . .

I enjoyed one with a hot cup of apple spiced tea for my elevensies  . . .  which is a British fancy name for coffee break.

Of course I very naughtily added some butter to mine.  Oh boy . . . They are absolutely gorgeous warm with some butter  . . .

I am not sure what it is about quick breads and butter, but the two go together really well.  Just think of lemon nut loaf, or date nut loaf, banana bread  . . .  you can keep the icing, but sliced and spread with butter . . .  you can't beat em!

Oh boy but this went down a real treat.  Todd really enjoyed them as well and I am really looking forward to having one for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Yield: makes 6 muffins

Small Batch Bran Muffins

Small Batch Bran Muffins

Every bit as delicious and moist as a full sized batch, but perfectly sized for the smaller family. Not too sweet and filled with fibre.


  • 1/2 TBS oil
  • 50g soft light brown sugar (1/4 cup packed)
  • 2 TBS molasses
  • 1 large free range egg, lightly beaten
  • 120ml milk (1/2 cup)
  • 40g wheat bran, unsifted (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 70g whole wheat flour (1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 75g raisins (1/2 cup) (optional)


How to cook Small Batch Bran Muffins

  1. Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Butter a six cup muffin tin and line with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Whisk togethr the oil, brown sugar, molasses, egg, milk, wheat bran and vanilla. Stir together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just to combine. Stir in the raisins if using. Divide between the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Tip out of the tin onto a wire rack to cool.

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  1. I'm curious on the preparations of the muffin tin for these bran muffins. I see where it states to butter the tin and then line with paper cases. I've not heard of doing this before. It's only been either one or the other. I'm curious why butter the tin and then use cases. Thanks

    1. I just always have. Sometimes muffin batter can rise above the papers and stick to the tins. I am from the better safe than sorry crowd. xo

  2. Could buttermilk be used instead of milk?

    1. I cannot say yes with assurity as I have never done so, but I don't see why you couldn't. xo

  3. If I wanted to double this batch, is it just a straight double the ingredients? I've come across recipes a few times where when this is done, it doesn't turn out well. It has to do with the smaller ingredients such as baking soda, baking powder, etc. Have you ever tried doing a double batch with these? When I bake nongluten items, I'm using baking for more than two people and would certainly need more than 6, although, I might do a batch of six for my dad, he would like these. One thing we've learned with his diabetes is whole wheat does not raise his levels nearly as much as regular all-purpose flour or wheat. That's why I use whole wheat pasta if I do that for them. But he rarely eats pasta or items like this. And by the way, he would LOVE the raisins in these. It's as if these are made for him, whole wheat AND raisins, just perfect. Now for my nephew and a few others, I would substitute dried cranberries or dried blueberries or even dried strawberries (every so often I run across these in shops) or maybe even currents. He's no raisin lover. To be honest, I was sort of glad when he said that, FINALLY, someone else in the family besides me who doesn't like them. And I tried, I REALLY tried. I wanted to be able to have those cute little red boxes of them in my lunchbox like some of the kids in elementary school and I tried SO HARD and I just couldn't learn to like them. Same thing with beer. I have NO understanding of the attraction of this beverage. I enjoy baking with it, but to drink it, tastes like what some sort of rotten spoiled item left in the refrigerator for 9 months might taste like. But, to each their own.

    1. I am not sure how these would work gluten free Pam, but you can double this recipe very successfully! I cut it in half from a full recipe, so go for it! xoxo

  4. I am not sure how these would work gluten free Pam, but you can double this recipe very successfully! I cut it in half from a full recipe, so go for it! xoxo

  5. Made these with bluet de lac st jean (Quebec wild blueberries) instead of raisins. Delish!!!

    1. Sounds fabulous Myrna. Its been a long time since I have eaten blueberries from that area. My father is from Bagotville/Ville de la Baie. xoxo

  6. These are delicious and low in calories!
    Now my favorite bran muffin recipe!
    Thank you!

    1. Yay that makes me happy! So pleased you enjoy this recipe! xoxo

    2. From Girl Running:
      add 1/2 steamed diced apple,
      1/2 grated carrot, no raisins,
      pecans after filling cups.
      Bake at 350

    3. Thanks for your suggestion. xo

  7. This is my favorite muffin recipe. I love that it is small batch and uses very little oil.

    1. I am so pleased that you enjoy these. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback! It is very much appreciated!


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