Easy Bran Muffins Recipe

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Peggy Reed of Vergennes, Vermont says her granddaughter Kelsey has always loved cooking. At age 4, Kelsey entered Bran Muffins in a baking contest. “The recipe Kelsey used is great for kids. The ingredients are measured in whole amounts,” Peggy explains. “It makes a lot of batter, but it can be stored in the refrigerator so the muffins can be made in batches.” By the way, Peggy also entered muffins in the contest, competing against Kelsey. Kelsey won the blue ribbon and Grandma came in second place!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:60-72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 60-72 servings


  • 6 cups bran cereal (not flakes)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart buttermilk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 109 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Combine cereal and water; let stand 10 minutes. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in cereal mixture. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes. Yield: 5-6 dozen.
Editor's Note: Batter may be stored covered in refrigerator for 6 weeks; do not stir. Bake as directed.
Originally published as Easy Bran Muffins in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p14

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"This is my go to recipe for bran muffins. My husband thought he disliked bran muffins until I made these--but I cut the recipe in half since there's only two of us. I always add ingredients to it such as cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, instead of water I sometimes soak the bran in my fresh orange juice and include orange rind. I usually include raisins or crasins. The possibilities are endless and oh so good. I take along extra refrigerated batter on motorhome trip and feel like Betty Crocker on the road!"

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