Rose Cafe Bran Muffins

"These popular muffins have been served at the Rose Cafe, in the Venice community of Los Angeles, Calif, since the cafe first opened in 1979. They are healthy as well as delicious. The bran used is wheat bran which can be purchased in bulk from Whole Foods Market and other health food stores."
photo by averybird photo by averybird
photo by averybird
photo by MasakoHI photo by MasakoHI
photo by MasakoHI photo by MasakoHI
photo by MasakoHI photo by MasakoHI
photo by MasakoHI photo by MasakoHI
Ready In:
9 muffins




  • Combine bran, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda in a 1 1/2 quart bowl, and mix well.
  • In another bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk,oil, honey and molasses. Stir into the flour mixture.
  • Add optional ingredients, if using.
  • Pour batter into 9 buttered muffin cups, and bake at 350 degrees for 23 to 25 minutes or until a wood pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Roxygirl in Colorado
    These are excellent bran muffins- There's a bit more bran to flour ratio than I am used to, but it turns out I like that. It makes for a chewier texture (not as cake-like). I was glad I had buttermilk on hand because I think it keeps the texture good, without being too brittle.My favorite ingred. in bran muffins is molasses so I knew I'd like the flavor. I did think they were a bit faster to stir together than other recipes, too. Thanks Lynn, for posting. Roxygirl
  2. MasakoHI
    It is so good! I did exactly as the recipe stated and I go 24 mini muffins (17 minutes). The raisins and the nuts (pecans) just added to the muffin, also, I loved the flavor of molasses. By the way, my batter was not thin at all, nice and thick.
  3. KLHquilts
    I had to try these -- I'm in Boston, it's snowing outside, and I'm so homesick for L.A. I can't stand it! I loved the Rose Cafe, and spent many an hour there in the early 1980s. These muffins didn't disappoint. I was very skeptical that they'd turn out OK; the batter was very thin. But the flavor and texture turned out great. I made 'em as mini-muffins and am very pleased with them. Thanks for reminding me about the Rose Cafe, and thanks for a great muffin recipe!
  4. averybird
    Mmmmm I'm munching on one with my morning coffee as I type. Love the hint of flavor present from the molasses and honey. Very tasty, thank you! :)


I live in a wooded hillside area of Los Angeles where it feels like being out in the country. I grew up in Rhode Island, and came to LA after graduating from URI. I recently retired from my job as an environmental specialist. So now I have time to collect internet recipes. My hobbies & interests are aquatics, shell collecting, my cats, feeding stray cats, home improvement projects and cooking. I love to travel and, years ago, lived in Mexico for several months. My favorite cookbooks are the ones written by Diana Kennedy; they are all great; and I have them all, some signed by her when I was enrolled in her cooking classes. I have a lot of cookbooks; some of my other fave authors and their books are: Madhur Jaffrey (especially World Vegetarian, World of East Vegetarian Cooking and A Taste of the Far East), Faye Levy, Martha Rose Shulman (especially Mediterranean Light, Provencal Light and Mexican Light) and Paula Wolfert.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes