Raisin Bran Muffins That Work

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

I have always been disappointed when I've baked homemade bran muffins, but not anymore. These are moist and flavourful. I think the trick with the moistness is combining the bran with the wet ingredients, as no other bran muffin recipe I've tried had this step. I often cut this recipe in half and bake just 6 in my toaster oven. These freeze well, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400F; prepare muffin pans by lining cups with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, oil, molasses, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Stir in bran; let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to egg mixture, stirring just until combined.
  5. Carefully stir in raisins, being careful not to overmix.
  6. Fresh blueberries, or unthawed frozen ones, can be substituted for raisins, by the way.
  7. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups, filling right to the top.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until muffins are firm to the touch; do not overbake or muffins will be dry and tough.
  9. As mentioned in the description, I like to cut this recipe in half (half of 3/4 cup brown sugar is 1/4 cup+ 2 tbsp) and bake the 6 in my toaster oven; after 20 minutes they are always done to perfection and I don't heat up my kitchen.
  10. Remove muffins from pan and cool on rack.


Most Helpful

Yummy! I accidentally forgot mine in the oven, baking them for 25 minutes instead of 20, and they were still very moist. One trick when baking raisin muffins-soak your raisins in hot water for 30 minutes in advance, and they will plump up and get very moist.

cookin' from scratch June 22, 2006

Very moist and delicious. DH said this is a definite five star and if you only had used golden raisins they would be a ten. They are very moist and extremely tasty.

Darlene10 January 30, 2004

WOW! This recipe is outstanding! I'm a baker in a family-run bakery, and these blow the bran muffins we make out of the water! I will be sharing this recipe with my employer, for sure. I didn't have any raisins on hand at home, so I added the zest of one orange, along with a big handful of frozen cranberries. I'm very impressed, thanks so much for sharing!

Megohm April 17, 2011

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