Spiced Bran Muffins Recipe

If we're being honest, we've never met a muffin we didn't like! The wonderful part about muffins is that there are many different ways to make them, but most of the time, they include a fruit or vegetable. While additions are great to a muffin mix, sometimes it's just nice to go back to basics. If you are looking for something a little bit different than your run-of-the-mill muffin, this spiced bran muffin recipe will totally the spot. One of the best parts about this recipe is the taste, and recipe developer Catherine Brookes of Blue Sky Eating explains it the best: "They have a sweet, slightly nutty taste along with some warmth from the spices."

Brookes also shares her favorite part about these flavorful muffins, which would be great for breakfast or a snack anytime during the day. "These bran muffins are super moist, fluffy and full of healthy fiber," she raves. "I wanted to add a little spice to a traditional recipe to add more flavor." 

Gather the ingredients for these spiced bran muffins

To make this recipe, you'll need wheat bran (Brookes uses bran sticks, but you can also use powder), milk, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, egg, sugar, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil.

Preheat the oven and mix the wheat bran and milk

Before you do anything else, preheat your oven to 375 F. Next, grab a muffin tin and prep it with 12 muffin liners.

Then, add the wheat bran and milk to a mixing bowl. Let the mixing bowl sit for about 5 minutes so the milk soaks into the wheat bran.

Mix the dry ingredients and add more to the wheat bran mixture

While the wheat bran and bread soak together, go ahead and take out another bowl. You will need to mix the dry ingredients separately at first, so toss in the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Use a whisk to combine everything together. This spice combo is the secret ingredient. "Adding a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger gives the muffins a lovely spicy, sweet flavor that's perfect for the fall or winter season," Brookes shares. 

In the other bowl, once the bran has soaked with the milk, you can continue adding other ingredients. This includes egg, sugar, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil. Once again, you will want to mix everything together to combine.

Combine the two mixtures

Now, it's time to bring the two mixes together. Just fold in the flour mixture with the wet mixture and continue to mix until everything is well combined. This shouldn't take more than a few seconds. If you'd like to add a little more, Brookes says you can toss in chocolate chips or raisins. 

Add batter to liners and bake

The batter is good to go! Pretty easy, right? Transfer the mixture to a muffin pan and pop it into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. You can check for doneness by poking a skewer into the center of one of the muffins to see if it comes out clean. If it does, you can take them out.

Serve your spiced bran muffins

Once you remove the muffins from the oven, you can serve and enjoy. These are tasty on their own but Brookes also suggests serving them "with a cup of tea or coffee." 

And, if you have leftovers, be sure to keep them! "They should keep well at room temp in an airtight container for 3 days," Brookes notes. 

Spiced Bran Muffins Recipe
5 from 41 ratings
This spiced bran muffins are loaded with flavor and nutrition.
Prep Time
Cook Time
spiced bran muffins on tray
Total time: 30 minutes
  • 1 ¾ cups wheat bran
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and prep a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners.
  2. Add the wheat bran and milk to a mixing bowl and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. While the bran soaks, add the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to a bowl and whisk together to combine.
  4. Once the bran has soaked, add the egg, sugar, vanilla extract and vegetable oil to the bowl. Whisk everything together to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet one and gently fold together until just combined.
  6. Transfer the batter to your prepared muffin pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer poked into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Calories per Serving 173
Total Fat 6.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 18.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 28.1 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Total Sugars 12.5 g
Sodium 152.6 mg
Protein 4.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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