Yummy Bran & Flax Muffins

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Lightly sweet and heart healthy. Uses oat bran and flax seeds which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. This recipe is an adaptation of one we found on the University of Virginia Cancer Center website. This version adds heart healthy oat bran plus a few other yummy things like vanilla and orange peel. Diabetics could substitute the brown sugar for splenda & brown sugar mix.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line muffin pan with paper liners (12) or coat the muffin tins lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. Beat the applesauce, eggs, oil, brown sugar, vanilla and orange peel with a fork until well mixed. Note: the liquid ingredients will all fit in a 2c measuring cup with enough room to mix them together.
  5. Pour into dry ingredients and mix by hand being careful not to over mix.
  6. Fold in nuts and dried fruit.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups and if desired, sprinkle with a bit of oatmeal flakes.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
  10. Freezes well if placed in a zip lock bag. Just microwave 15-30 seconds to reheat.
Most Helpful

These are amazing!! They have great flavor (with just the right amount of sweetness) and a wonderful moist texture--plus, they rise perfectly! My DH and I really enjoyed them, even though neither of us usually likes bran muffins all that much. I scaled the servings down to 6; and used whole wheat pastry flour, sodium-free baking powder, light olive oil, fresh orange zest (we have orange trees in our backyard), and golden raisins. Delicious! I've been looking for recipes that include some of the foods we'd like to eat more often (like oat bran)--and this one is a winner! I look forward to making these again! Thanks so much for a great recipe, Moogliwoogli!! (Tagged, made, and reviewed for Healthy Choices ABC Game.)

So Cal Gal February 11, 2010

So far my favorite flax muffin! I didn't have orange zest, but I added a drizzle of molasses. These had a nice springy texture and made eating flax seeds easy! Thanks for posting. Roxygirl

Roxygirl in Colorado September 15, 2009

Very good for you muffins. Love the texture of these. I ground the flax seed then measured a 1/4 cup. Also used canola oil. The orange zest gave it a nice fresh taste. I got 11 nice sized muffins using a large scoop, baked up in 17 minutes. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Calee March 10, 2008