Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 18 mins

This is my alternate bran muffin recipe when I don't have sour cream on hand for Sour Cream Bran Muffins. This is also very delicious and easy to make. Found on the box of Quaker's Natural Wheat Bran.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400*F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  3. Add molasses and eggs, beating well.
  4. Add milk and bran.
  5. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet mixture.
  6. Stir in raisins, if using.
  7. Divide among the muffin tins and bake for 18 - 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

I too have used this recipe since the early 80s and it is failproof. I mistakenly left the brown sugar out one time and they turned out fine. I never used the brown sugar again. I tend to use canola rather than shortening and that too lends itself to a nice muffin.

Another nice variation is to omit the molasses, and make the bran mixture a half and half concoction of wheat bran and wheat germ. Also very good. The variations are endless.

Chiquita1957 December 02, 2012

I've used this recipe since the 70's. It is absolutely delicious: sweet enough, tasty, moist. I'm glad to see it included on

SCW gal November 29, 2011

I really loved these muffins! I liked the substantial texture/nice top and the molasses flavor. I sprinkled some cinnamon in the batter and used a combo of dates/dried cranberries. I really like your Sour Cream Bran Muffins, too. Thanks Diana- Roxygirl

Roxygirl in Colorado February 09, 2010