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Whole Wheat Bran Muffins

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for Whole Wheat Bran Muffins is a great way to start your day! Filled with whole grains and sweetened with bananas and dates, these muffins are healthy, hearty and delicious!



  • 1 cup whole pitted dates (about 6 oz)
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


Combine the dates and the orange juice in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce the heat. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 16 muffin tin cups with liners. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a food processor or blender, combine the date and orange juice mixture with the buttermilk, banana, butter, vegetable oil and vanilla. Process until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine the bran, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring with a whisk to mix completely.  Add the mixture from the food processor and stir together just until combined. Stir in the eggs just until combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling evenly. Bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes.  Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from Cooking That Counts

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts.


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 123
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 702 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

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