Another Low-Calorie Bran Muffin Recipe

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 17 mins

I was looking for a low calorie healthy bran muffin recipe that tasted like a traditional bran muffin, and finally came up with a sort of "Frankenstein monster" conglomeration of a basic recipe with several substitutions. They turned out great and at around 100 calories per muffin they have become my favorite. NOTE: You can use any combination of oat bran and wheat bran to make the 1 1/2 cups bran. Oat bran has its own benefits, but adds more calories.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray muffin cups with Pam (or equivalent).
  2. Add skim milk to vinegar to make 1 cup soured milk and set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Add soured milk to bran; let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix together applesauce, egg, Splenda, molasses and vanilla and then add to milk/bran mixture.
  5. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add flour mixture to bran/milk mixture, and stir just until blended.
  7. Fold in raisins (if desired) and spoon batter into muffin tins.
  8. Bake for 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan and enjoy!
Most Helpful

You are the muffin master - these are awesome and so adaptable. I know, because I needed to make some substitutions: almond milk instead of regular milk, honey instead of molasses (we were out of molasses) and more Splenda than the "real" sweetener. I also added 4 oz of applesauce and just bumped the flour up a bit. I added chopped apple, some chopped nuts, some raisins and, because I had them, some dried cranberries and a couple of dashes of cinnamon. They came out just fine. So fine, in fact, I made another batch immediately and froze it. This one's a keeper, for sure. Thank you so much!!

One Happy Woman July 08, 2015

I really enjoyed these bran muffins! I originally made them for my mother, but ended up keeping the first batch for myself so I had to make her some more. I used 1 cup grape nuts cereal (didn't have bran flakes on hand), did not sour the milk, used 1/2 cup brown sugar instead of Splenda, and substituted the molasses for honey. They were wonderful :) The muffins I made are 4 points plus values if you follow Weight Watchers :)

virgolady83 March 23, 2014

A very good recipe. Moist, a good flavor and texture. I added 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup golden raisins. Made 14 muffins. I made them in muffin cups and they did stick to the paper a little just FYI. Thank you for the recipe! I will be making these again.

Lesley M. August 28, 2013