by Olena

Healthy Oat Bran Muffins

by Olena

Healthy Oat Bran Muffins Recipe made with applesauce, whole wheat flour, oat bran, raisins and no sugar. |

Last week a reader asked me if I have a healthy oat bran muffins recipe. Her grandma used to make one with chopped dates. After a few tries I came up with my preferred version: whole wheat flour, organic high fibre oat bran, a touch of unsulphured molasses, mainly moistened with applesauce from my garden and bursting with raisins and walnut pieces. You can also use wheat bran or chopped dates.

These oat bran muffins with applesauce and no sugar came out moist, with a coarse nutty texture of oat bran and running only 229 calories each versus 500 calorie bakery muffin.


Healthy Oat Bran Muffins Recipe made with applesauce, whole wheat flour, oat bran, raisins and no sugar. |

What a great idea to add these muffins to a snack rotation! More likely you will have all the ingredients on hand at any time, so no special grocery trip (I dread those with 2 kids in tow to grab a lime or a bunch of cilantro). Perfect for breakfast or school/work lunches. These bran muffins are super filling because of fibre and nuts.

Enjoy and if you are looking for more healthy muffins recipes, try my carrot oatmeal muffins, almond muffins or pumpkin granola muffins.

Healthy Oat Bran Muffins Recipe made with applesauce, whole wheat flour, oat bran, raisins and no sugar. |


Healthy Oat Bran Muffins

Healthy Oat Bran Muffins Recipe made with applesauce, whole wheat flour, oat bran, raisins and no sugar.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffis


Wet Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

Add Ins:

  • 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates (not packed)
  • 1/3 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (walnuts (I used cheaper pieces rather than whole), pecans, hazelnuts)
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine Wet Ingredients. In another large mixing bowl, stir to combine Dry Ingredients. Add Wet Ingredients to a bowl with Dry Ingredients, gently mix just enough to combine. Do not over mix otherwise muffins won’t rise properly.
  3. Add Add Ins and stir a few times. Distribute batter evenly between 12 openings of a tin (I used regular ice cream scoop) and bake for 17 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for a few minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely. Do not leave muffins in a tin as they will over bake and become dry.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.

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    1. I can tell you are enjoying cooking a storm, I am glad! 🙂 I won’t lie but I had to Google “three for three” and still would like a light shed on its meaning. 🙂

      1. Oh! Hahaha… no worries! It just means that I’ve cooked three things and each one was a winner! Say if one turned out not soo good… I would write two for three!

  1. Made these muffins today and they are sooooo delicious, really moist for bran muffins! I’m going to add more dates next time though. Thanks!

  2. thank you for putting the nutrition info. Including sodium. my doc made us cut out sodium and this helps me even know if i can look at your recipes. made a batch With pumpkin and walnuts and they were delicious am making a 2nd batch now.

    1. Thankfully you can control sodium in many recipes to your taste. Just know that 1 tsp salt equals 2300 mg sodium and go from there. Overall, processed foods are the major cause for sodium overload. Glad you enjoyed my muffins.:)

  3. I know, bakery muffins have at least 500 calories and if there’s a butter top/crumb frosting, you are done!! I love how there’s only 229 in these. Now that’s something to pat yourself on the back before. And you take reader ideas….hmmm, might have some of my own to send you, ha.

    1. Spill the beans! I wanted to ask you, what is a good way to clean non-organic vegetables? I have heard of something about soaking in vinegar solution.

  4. Oh my goodness….these look perfect! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you….just what I was looking for…I cannot wait to make these. I have been buying them from a nutritional dietician and have been hating the fact that I could not find a good clean eating recipe I can make (for half the cost) on my own. These Olena will be perfect for my breakfast rotation! I cannot thank you enough for researching and coming up with this recipe! I, by the way, made your banana muffins over the weekend and they were amazing!!! My whole family loved them! I turned around and made a second batch to freeze. They are yummy! Now it looks like I will be making bran muffins tonight!!!! Hugs!

    1. I made these muffins because of you.:) That was a great idea! What other recipes “to clean up” do you have in mind?:) Oh, you are paying for muffins?! You are a true clean eating fan LOL. Glad you liked banana muffins. You might also like my chocolate muffins. Do you know of The Gracious Pantry? Another clean eating recipe blog. I haven’t made a single recipe though but Tiffany has lots of recipes!