Low-Fat High Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins

"These muffins are a great low-fat moist muffin. I used 1/2 cup brown sugar instead of the 2/3 cup called for and I felt they were sweet enough. I also added chopped apples."
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease muffin cups or use paper muffin liners.
  • Mix together wheat bran and milk, and let stand for 10 minutes. (I didn't do this and muffins turned out fine.).
  • In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • Beat in bran mixture.
  • Sift together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir into bran mixture until just blended. Fold in blueberries.
  • Scoop into muffin cups.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly tapped.

Questions & Replies

  1. how much fiber do these muffins have?
  2. Can i freeze them?


  1. I don't believe in giving bad reviews if you change the recipe AT ALL. I hate when people say something bad after they completely alter a recipe. In this case, I actually did make a very very small modification, but since I'm giving it five stars, I see no harm in reviewing the basic premise of this recipe. The only real change I made was to add 1 Tbsp. of oil in place of 1 Tbsp. of applesauce to give it a little more of a traditional muffin feel. Sometimes when I use all applesauce, I don't love the texture in the end, so out of fear, I added a touch of oil. I also added about a 1/2 - 1 tsp. of cinnamon because I love cinnamon in everything. These are so yummy. I love blueberry and bran together.... really good with some apple jelly on them. Sounds wierd, but it's delicious! These were great, thanks for the recipe!!
  2. FANTASTIC recipe! I typically revise recipes to eliminate egg yolks, sugar and fat and add (powdered) protein but I may try the recipe as written first to make sure its a good candidate for the changes I have to make. This recipe had so many rave reviews I decided to just give it a shot and it turned out to be the best muffin recipe I have ever used! For anyone looking for a sugar free, low fat muffin that does not double as a hockey puck, this is it!!! Following are the changes I made which resulted in a batch of 18 muffins at approximately 90 cal each (after all adjustments to the nutritional content):<br/>1) replace whole egg with 2 egg whites, beaten (this helps with texture as well as reducing fat and cholesterol);<br/>2) replace milk with low fat "Silk" (milk is fine but this has less cholesterol)<br/>3) replace regular brown sugar with "Ideal" brand brown sugar substitute (Ideal brand sugar substitutes are the best ever--no aftertaste)<br/>4) add 1 full scoop of "Designer" Whey Protein<br/>5) add 3 tablespoons plain low fat yogurt (maintains good texture with the addition of the powdered protein and adds protein as well)<br/>6) add an extra full cup of fresh blueberries (adds moisture and flavor with limited calories)<br/>7) add 1 teaspoon cinnamon<br/><br/>I used the full 2/3 cup of the Ideal brown sugar substitute. With all of the changes I ended up with 18 muffins at about 90 calories each. They were moist, much lighter than most "healthy" muffins and very flavorful.
  3. The moistest, most flavorful low-fat, high-fiber muffins I've ever tried! I used half wheat bran and half oat bran and let it soak like the recipe said. I used all white flour but everything else was "as written". The rest of the family enjoyed them as well. This is one muffin recipe I *know* I'm making again! Thanks for sharing.
  4. I replaced the applesauce w/ frozen pumpkin (have a ton in the freezer) and added cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Yum! One point on WW, will add this as a staple to my diet.
  5. Yum! I pretty much followed the recipe, but I used 1/2 oat bran & 1/2 wheat bran and substituted Silk 35 calorie almond milk for the milk. I did let the bran soak first. My only TINY complaint is that I like a slightly sweeter muffin, but I only used 1/2 cup brown sugar because I only had regular brown sugar, not Splenda. I think next time, I'll try it with 3/4 cup Splenda BS. Otherwise, these were AWESOME. My husband ate SIX!!


  1. I don't use all purpose flour or brown sugar, so the only things that I tweaked were using a natural maple syrup/honey combo for the sweetener and used whole wheat pastry flour instead of the all purpose flour. I did toss the blueberries in a bit of that flour as well to keep the suspended throughout the muffins. I changed nothing else.
  2. My mom has diverticulosis so I made her a batch of these using pineapple tidbits, and a batch using chopped fresh ripe mango. They were really tasty and helped keep her fiber up while not introducing little seeds to exacerbate her condition. Win! I love this recipe so much!
  3. SUCH a good recipe! So delicious and super easy to make. Just finished making them with my 5-year-old for the second time. I make them dairy-free by using oat milk and I use 100% whole wheat flour instead of mixing with the all-purpose flour. I used brown sugar because I didn't want to get too crazy but then I saw that another user did it with molasses so next time, I'm definitely trying molasses!
  4. Veganized it
  5. Was craving bran muffins but had no bran. Went with this recipe because of the great reviews. With that in mind I set out to follow this the best I could. Instead of bran, found some Swiss Muesli cereal in cupboard, soaked it as directed, also had no applesauce so used 2Tbs coconut oil, and grated one large Apple. End result was moist and flavorable muffin. It did stick to the bottom of paper liner which I didn't mind. Will definitely make this again. Husband said it tasted pretty good for something healthy.


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