Heart-Smart Bran Muffins

Make the batter in advance, ladle into a sealable plastic container, and refrigerate up to two weeks. This is a great base for all sorts of add-ins. Try shredded carrot, raisins, dried cranberries or pineapple.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups All-Bran cereal
  • 2/3 cup wheat bran
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling water
  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pasteurized egg substitute
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Mix cereal and wheat bran in a large bowl. Add boiling water, stir well and set aside 1 hour.

2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

3. Preheat oven to 375F. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray.

4. Add 1 cup buttermilk to bran mixture; stir well with a whisk. Add remaining buttermilk, egg substitute, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla, stirring until smooth.

5. Add flour mixture; stir until a thick batter forms.

6. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned.

Per serving: 180 Calories, 5g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 270mg Sodium, 32g Carbohydrate, 3g Fiber, 4g Protein

This recipe is by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough and originally appeared as Heart-Smart Refrigerator Bran Muffins on relish.com with photography by Mark Boughton and styling by Teresa Blackburn.

For more muffin recipes on relish.com, check out the following:

Heart-Smart Sweet Potato Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Whole Wheat Muffins

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins


Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

Substitute applesauce for oils and sugars to taste.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

ERIKA S3 years ago

thank you for sharing

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ANA MARIJA R3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

John chapman
John chapman3 years ago

I really love bram muffins.

You just have to keep in mind, that most muffins are just another form of cake.

Barbara L.
Past Member 3 years ago

With that much sugar it would not be in my recipe book. Also, I do not buy commercial cereals like All Bran, etc.

Christine Stewart
Christine S3 years ago


Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard3 years ago

Thank you