Delicious and Effective Crunchy Raisin-Bran Muffins

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

I altered a recipe from an "off-brand" bran cereal box. They were so tasty - just the right amount of sweetness and crunch - and they "worked" by that night! Using buttermilk* really made them light!

Ingredients Nutrition


  • 34 cup bran flakes (crush in ziplock bag)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 14 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg
  • 1 34 cups bran flakes
  • 1 cup buttermilk (lowfat or other)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive)
  • 1 cup flour (wheat or white or combo)
  • 13 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins (can use any dried fruit or fresh or frozen berries-drained)


  1. Makes 10- 12 muffins (2 1/2-inch) or 18 mini-muffins
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Prepare muffin tins (grease or paper-line).
  4. Mix"Topping" ingredients- set aside.
  5. In medium bowl, beat egg lightly.
  6. Stir in cereal, buttermilk*, and oil Let rest 5 minutes- stir to break up cereal flakes
  7. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon Add wet cereal mix to dry ingredients all at once Stir just to combine- batter will be thick Fold in raisins (or other fruit).
  8. Divide evenly in muffin tins (fill to brim for extra large tops).
  9. Sprinkle"topping" evenly on each muffin.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes (if using mini-muffins- cook 10-15 minutes).
  11. *1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar and enough milk to equal 1 cup may be substituted- let stand 5 minutes to"curdle".


Most Helpful

These were so good. As far as changing anythng, I just added 1 Tab. of oil and a small cup of all natural applesauce and just used Kell. raisin bran instead of bran flakes and raisins. I used less sugar all around and left out the butter on the topping just crushed the cereal with the br.sugar. I made these like brownies in a glass baking dish.Lowered the baking temp to 350. Took 18-20 mins. My 16 yr old daughter said these were the best thing I had made lately. I served mine with honey,applebutter or pumpkin butter and I will make at least once a week..5 stars wish I could give more.

howabout_that January 29, 2008

Moist and delicious. I left out the raisins (personal preference), but next time I'm going to try these with dates or frozen berries. This is my new favorite bran muffin recipe - thanks!

Aunt Cookie May 06, 2007

These muffins are SO GOOD! And this is coming from a person who does not like bran muffins. I made them yesterday. The crunchy topping makes them a real treat. I used Smart Balance instead of butter. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. I recommend these highly.

Anna Bates June 14, 2004

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