Moist Bran Muffins


If I ate oatmeal every morning, I would probably sprinkle some wheat bran on top — it’s low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But, I don’t eat oatmeal every morning…because that would require 1) being hungry really early and 2) making and eating breakfast at home each day.

I am not hungry first thing in the morning (coffee…lots of coffee, then food), nor do I make or eat breakfast at home on a regular basis.

branmuffin1 When I came across this recipe for bran muffins that included that hearty, nutrient-packed wheat bran that likes to sit undisturbed in my fridge…I was immediately interested.

Then the recipe called for wheat flour, lowfat buttermilk, and dried fruit. Orange juice and canola oil, too. Muffin magic was bound to happen.

First, the wheat bran soaks in water. It softens and moistens the otherwise very, very dry wheat bran. The remaining wet ingredients only add to the flavor…freshly squeezed orange juice? Oh yes. And that canola oil? It adds omega 3 fatty acids and heart-healthy fat for some staying power.

These aren’t one of those muffins that will have you growling and on empty by 10am.

Oh no, no no.


As for that oh-so-cute-I-just-wanna-pinch-her-cheeks-rolls bulldog of mine, I had to pick around the raisins very carefully in order to share these with her. Doggies aren’t supposed to have raisins.

In all seriousness, this is one winning recipe. I haven’t talked much about National Nutrition Month yet, but this year’s theme is “Get Your Plate In Shape”. Whether for a snack or breakfast, these muffins are one nutritious choice to make in honor of nutrition!


With the quarter finishing up next week, this week is zooming by. After next Monday I will no longer be leaving my clinic mid-morning to go teach and life should get a little less hectic!

P.S. Random, but true…I just added my blog to my resume. Any thoughts on this? Kinda curious as to see what others think!

Be well,


  1. Ooo will be tweeting these muffins! I’ve never been MUCH of a muffin person but these would make a GREAT preggo snack!

    ps. my blog has been on my resume for awhile and it has helped catch eyes tremendously! As long as you keep your blog professional, I think it can only help you and show how motivated you are to eucate about nutrition!! I say, It’s a MUST!

  2. These look great- I love that there’s OJ in there! I think adding your blog to your resume is a great idea- shows that you not only know your stuff, but that you are living it and sharing it with others in a creative way! Good luck out there!

  3. I think we’re opposite when it comes to breakfast- I’m thinking about it as soon as I wake up! Something that really makes me weird- most people comment about how they never feel like eating until later on in the day!

  4. Oh, these look fantastic!!! I make bran muffins all the time and would love to try a new recipe :)

  5. I make oatmeal at work all the time. I just bring the dry oats (quick cooking, no time for the steel-cut stuff) with the mix-ins in a glass container, pour boiling water on top, then cover and let sit for a few minutes.
    It helps that we have a kettle in our lunch room.

    Also, why wouldn’t you put this killer blog on your resume? I’d hire you based on your blog alone. It shows your general awesomeness.

  6. These look wonderful!! A question…what size muffin tin did you use…normal or large?

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Stacey! I just had an epiphany — that I never answered your question. Sorry! It was a normal size muffin tin. :)

  7. we’re definitely on the same page this week

  8. I think it’s awesome that you added your blog to your resume. Good for you!

  9. These look just incredible!!!
    I think your blog is a great idea for your resume. I don’t have mine on there,but I know many companies now a days love that you have blogging experience. :)

  10. These look amazing! My almost 2 year old will love them too! I love the packability!

  11. These look awesome! What are the chances I could swap out bran flakes that have been pulsed up for the wheat bran? I have been trying to get rid of this box forever! Any thoughts?

  12. Mmmmm…I need to make these. I’m a HUGE bran muffin fan, but Ryan is not…but I’m convinced that he just hasn’t tried the right muffin!!

  13. OK, these look so awesome. I’ve been searching for an actually healthy bran muffin recipe but I wasn’t having much luck. I’m curious, by unprocessed bran, you just mean the plain bran that’s in it’s natural little flake form, right? I’m just kind of confused because most bran recipes call for some kind of bran fiber cereal, which I never have. If it’s just plain bran, I’m totally making these some time this week. I’ve been craving a good bran muffin :)

  14. Aren’t these the best?! They’re so good that I honestly consider their healthfulness just a bonus.

    My blog isn’t on my resume, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad idea. It shows commitment, writing ability, and a drive to do something well.

  15. I am just like you in that I do not like to eat as soon as I get up, I need my coffee and I need to get moving first. These look simple enough even for someone who cannot bake well like me.

  16. These look so good Nicole. And I LOVE the colored papers. Yay you for putting your blog on your resume. I think it’s perfect for you, you are professional yet approachable and you give great info and recipes that balance health and healthy indulgences. Have a great Thursday.

  17. These look nice and moist! I think adding your blog is a great idea especially because you ROCK at it! I actually mentioned my blog in my last interview and it went really well :)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Thank you, Kristen! :) I’m glad to hear you had good feedback after mentioning your blog in an interview. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t come natural to me to promote mine! Have a great weekend!

  18. Love your new logo!!!

  19. Yum! I can’t tell you how much I love a good bran muffin. This looks incredible! :D

  20. Very interesting combination with the buttermilk, dried fruit and orange juice.
    Looks good!


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