Oat Bran Muffins are tender, moist, and peppered with raisins, dates, and walnuts throughout. These healthy muffins are dairy free, naturally sweetened, and the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack!

Other hearty muffins we love are healthy morning glory muffins, healthy apple muffins and carrot oatmeal muffins.

Healthy oat bran muffins recipe in parchment liners.

These oat bran muffins are hearty and wholesome, yet moist and full of flavor with a delicious nutty, slightly chewy texture!

They’re made dairy free with whole wheat flour, high fiber oat bran and a touch of unsulphured molasses. Maple syrup, raisins, dates, and applesauce deliver natural sweetness and moisture.

Whip up a batch of this bakery style oat bran muffins recipe at home quickly and easily with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

They make a great mid morning or afternoon snack as well as breakfast or brunch. Or make ahead and freeze for school lunches throughout the month!

What Is Oat Bran?

Oat bran is just one layer of the entire oat grain. First off, when oat grain is harvested, the outer shell (called the hull) is removed and discarded because it’s not meant for consumption. What remains from the removal of the hull is called the oat groat. What a name!

The outer layer of this groat is what we know as oat bran. It can either be kept with the rest of the oat groat or removed and used separately. The innermost part of the oat groat is what continues to be processed whether minimally into steel cut oats or a bit more into old fashioned rolled oats.

Oat bran muffin cut in half with butter spread on it.

Why Oat Bran Muffins Are Good for You?

According to Healthline, here are a few things what makes oat bran muffins wholesome.

  • Fiber, protein, and iron: Oat bran, whole wheat flour, dates, and flaxseed provide muffins with tons of fiber, protein, and iron among other things, which our bodies need to regulate blood sugar.
  • No refined sugar: Medjool dates, raisins, maple syrup gives us loads of vitamins and antioxidants but also a sweetness without the addition of any highly processed refined sugars.
  • Dairy free: These oat bran muffins are great for those looking for a dairy free muffin when dairy causes inflammation. 
  • Walnuts: Not only provide us with great nutty texture and flavor but they also have plenty of good fats and antioxidants too.
  • Keeps us fuller longer: Just one oat bran muffin provides our bodies with what it needs to stay full and satisfied longer and maintain our blood sugar levels so we don’t find ourselves reaching for extra snacks.

Oat Bran Muffins Ingredients

To make healthy oat bran muffins, you will need just a few simple ingredients plus an oat bran itself.

Whole wheat flour, oat bran, dates, maple syrup, flaxseed, eggs, raisins, molasses, applesauce and baking essentials.
  • Wet ingredients: Eggs, applesauce, maple syrup or honey, unsulphured molasses, oil, and pure vanilla extract.
  • Dry ingredients: Oat bran, whole wheat flour or spelt flour, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Raisins and Medjool dates: Dates sometimes look like jumbo raisins but they’re not. They’re dehydrated stone fruits that have a delicious sweetness to them. They need to be pitted and chopped. Try them in savory stuffed dates!
  • Walnuts: Coarsely chopped, they add a crunchy, creamy, nutty texture to these muffins.
  • Cooking spray: I use Misto to help create a nonstick surface inside the muffin liners.

How to Make Oat Bran Muffins

Here is a detailed overview how to make oat bran muffins. You can find full recipe card below.

  • Prepare your station: Set the oven to preheat to 425 degrees F. Line the muffin cups with unbleached muffin liners and spray with cooking spray. Set that aside.
  • Mix wet ingredients: Mix eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, molasses, oil, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Combine well and set aside.
  • Combine dry ingredients: Using a medium mixing bowl this time, add oat bran, flour, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, use a spatula to mix until the flour mixture is smooth and lump free.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients: Gently pour and stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just enough to combine.
  • Allow the batter to rest: Set the oat bran muffins batter aside to allow it to thicken. This gives the leavening agents time to activate and do their thing!
  • The add-ins: Give the batter a gentle stir a few times and then add the raisins, dates, and walnuts. Fold them in a few times making sure everything is incorporated.
  • Divide the batter and bake: Evenly divide the batter between each of the 12 prepared muffin compartments. I like to use an ice cream scoop so I know I’m getting an equal amount of batter in every one. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
  • Cool before eating: Remove oat bran muffins from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool down a bit more.

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Applesauce substitute: Mash bananas and add them into the muffins if applesauce isn’t your thing.
  • Swap your sweetener: Instead of maple syrup use honey, or a liquid form of any of your favorite sweeteners. Do not use any dry sugars like dark or light brown sugar, or even coconut sugar. It will throw the dry-wet ratio off balance.
  • To make gluten free oat bran muffins: Try a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour. Coconut flour or almond flour will not work!
  • Other dried fruits: Blueberries, goji berries, mango, apricots, strawberries, and raspberries would all be delicious in this oat bran muffin recipe.
  • Nuts: Any chopped nuts would pair well with oat bran muffins. Chopped almonds, pecans, pistachios, you name it!

Tips for Best Results

Here are my top tips for the best oat bran muffins in the world!

  • Stick with oat bran: I haven’t tried wheat bran or oats instead, so I can’t guarantee those results.
  • Don’t skip the spray: Applesauce in muffins can sometimes cause the muffins to stick to liners, which is why we spray them first.
  • Unsulphured molasses means there has been no sulfur added to preserve the molasses giving it longer shelf life. It tastes better and is less processed.
  • What does overmixing do? It releases the trapped air needed to create fluffy muffins, leaving them dense and heavy.
  • How to know they’re done? Use a toothpick and insert it into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, your muffins are ready! If not, continue baking for a little while longer.

How to Store Oat Bran Muffins

Store: No need to keep oat bran muffins in the fridge. As long as they’re covered and stored in a cool dry area, you’ll have fresh muffins to last you up to 4 days.

Freeze: Once completely cooled, transfer muffins to an airtight container or freezer friendly bag. Keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Only thaw what you intend to eat!

Storage Tip

For more helpful tips to make your leftover muffins stay fresh, check out my posts how to store muffins and how to freeze muffins.

FAQs

Are oat bran muffins gluten free?

These are not! We use whole flour or spelt flour neither of which are gluten free. You could try using all-purpose gluten free flour on 1:1 ratio.

Can I use wheat bran for the oat bran in this recipe?

You can try it and let me know how it turns out! I have never tried it, but knowing that oat bran and wheat bran can be used interchangeably in many baking recipes, I don’t see why not. Wheat bran is also higher in fiber than oat bran but lower in protein, just to keep in mind.

Can I use any other flour?

I have tried almond flour and coconut flour and both are a no-go. I think oat flour would be a better fit in this recipe but you would have to substitute it by weight. One cup of wheat flour weighs 125 grams, oat flour – 90 grams.

Can I make these oat bran muffins vegan?

This oat bran muffin recipe is already vegetarian, so to make them vegan and egg free it would be an easy swap for a flax egg or chia egg. Another tweak I haven’t tried, so you’ll have to let me know how it goes.

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Oat bran muffins baked and ready to eat.
healthy oat bran muffin recipe in parchment paper liners

Oat Bran Muffins

Oat Bran Muffins are tender, moist, and peppered with raisins, dates, and walnuts throughout. These 30 minute muffins are dairy free, naturally sweetened, and the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack!
5 from 28 votes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 278
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, line 12 muffin tin with unbleached parchment paper muffin liners and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, molasses, oil and vanilla extract; whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  • In another medium mixing bowl, add oat bran, flour, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir with spatula to mix until no lumps, transfer to a bowl with wet ingredients and stir gently just enough to combine. Do not over mix and let batter sit for a few minutes to thicken, then stir a few more times.
  • Add raisins, dates and walnuts. Stir a few times just enough to incorporate.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, divide batter evenly between 12 openings of a muffin tin and bake for 10 minutes in preheated to 425 degrees F oven. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (no need to wait for oven to cool off) and bake for another 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove muffins from the oven, let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off a bit more.

Notes

  • Store: Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: Let muffins cool completely and freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
  • Don’t skip the spray: Applesauce in muffins can sometimes cause the muffins to stick to liners, which is why we spray them first.
  • Oat bran: I have not tried to use wheat bran or oats instead of oat bran in this recipe, so can’t guarantee results.
  • Sweetener: Make sure sweetener is liquid, any will work. Also if you don’t have molasses on hand, feel free to use more honey or maple syrup.
  • Flour: Baking is a science and each flour act very differently in a recipe. I have not tried all-purpose flour (it might work) and I do know that almond flour or coconut flour will not work. Oat flour and all-purpose gluten free flour might work too.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 275mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g
Course: Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. Hi Olena, I LOVE browsing through your website recipes! I read the reviews on your oat-bran muffins and can’t wait to try them. However, I love almond flour and was wondering how I could use that instead of both other flours. Any suggestions?

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been playing around a bit with this recipe. First, I’m using bob’S Red Mill Paleo flour in place of the whole wheat flour to be gluten free. I’ve done it once with fresh blueberries (I washed them and spread them out on a towel to air dry) and they were great. Next I did them with an overripe banana instead of the applesauce and added chopped dates. Again great. This last time, I did banana again with pecans. Again great. I’m thinking about trying pumpkin and walnuts next.

  3. 5 stars
    These are so good! I am excited to explore your website. Thank you for creating recipes that are low in sugar and full of flavor. I added dried cherries instead of raisins. I also added some chia seeds. Very good. I am going to make the pumpkin muffins next time.

    Pris

    1. So happy that you are enjoying my muffin recipe 🙂 Let me know what you think of the pumpkin muffins!

  4. 5 stars
    I made a batch and it turned out ok,but I don’t understand what the 2 tbsp’s whole wheat flour is for..

    1. Muffin batter should be certain consistency. So, those 2 tbsp get it there. To be honest it is an old recipe of mine and probably should be re-tested. I am a better cook now. Just being honest. But yes, sometimes it literally a matter of tablespoons so muffins rise properly.

    2. 5 stars
      I make these every 12 days. I enjoy one almost every morning with my tea.Addinf different ingredients each time such as coconut, raisins,nuts and pineapple.??

  5. 5 stars
    These muffins are awesome! They come together quickly, are moist and yummy. As soon as we run out I make another batch, I store them in the fridge and they are the perfect breakfast.
    Thank you for another great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Baked these muffins for the first time this afternoon and I’m eating one right now – moist, delicious and such an easy recipe to follow. This one is a keeper!

  7. 5 stars
    Can you clarify whether the flax amount is 1/4 cup of the seeds before grinding into meal texture or after (so 1/4 cup of the ground seed)? Sorry if this topic is covered elsewhere but I’m a newbie baker and want to be sure I make it correctly.

    Thanks so much: the photos look amazing!

    1. 1/4 cup ground. Measured after grinding if you grind whole seeds. No worries. There are no silly questions when it comes to cooking. So happy people ask. Means they are cooking healthy. Please let me know how these come out.:)

  8. “No sugar” in description means no refined sugar. All sugar is different. These muffins are made with healthy sugar like maple syrup or honey that’s full of vitamins and minerals. Not empty calories. Just like fruit contains “a lot” of sugar but it’s good for you.

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