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These Banana Bran Muffins with blueberries are so moist they melt in your mouth and are packed with healthy ingredients like wheat bran, oat bran and flax seed meal!

The Best Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

Do you have a favorite healthy recipe masquerading as something indulgent? I have plenty of indulgent treats masquerading as healthy but very few that taste decadent but won’t wreck your diet. These Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins are just that: crazy delicious but packed with fruit and fiber. I am really into faux-indulgent these days.

The Best Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins
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Good bran muffin recipes come and go but these Banana Blueberry Bran Muffins have stood the test of time. I have been making and improving upon them for the past four years. Very seldom does one try a bran muffin and say, “Holy cow that is ridiculously delicious!”

The Best Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

These muffins are packed with healthy wheat bran, oat bran, whole wheat flour, flax seed meal, bananas, and blueberries! They are so moist they melt in your mouth. Every time I make them my fiancé asks, with a mouthful of crumbs, “Are these bad for us?” Because they are that good!

The Best Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

I put them in the freezer to thaw as needed so that they last longer, but it’s hardly necessary because they stay moist for days in a plastic, zip top bag and they honestly don’t last that long.

You know those muffins and breads that only get better the blacker and riper your bananas? This isn’t one of those recipes. I think it is best when the bananas have just started to spot brown and the skin is thin and they are fragrant but not pungent. You know what I mean!

The Best Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

So grab that left over buttermilk and whip up a double batch of these Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins right now. After one bite you are going to wonder where these have been all your life, and why every other bran muffin now tastes dry and unsatisfying.

The best blueberry banana bran muffin recipe
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The Best Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins EVER

These Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins are so moist they melt in your mouth and are packed with healthy ingredients like wheat and oat bran and flax seed meal!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 people



  • Preheat the oven to 400° and either grease 12 muffin cups or line with liners. They are even more moist when you use muffin liners.
  • Mix buttermilk and wheat bran and set aside to soak. In another medium bowl mix together all the remaining dry ingredients.
  • In a large bowl add egg, sugar, oil, banana and vanilla and mix until well combined. Gently stir the dry mixture and buttermilk mixture into the egg mixture and mix until just combine and a few lumps remain. Fold in the blueberries being careful not to over mix.
  • Pour into prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool 5 minutes in tins and then turn out onto rack to cool completely.


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Yield: 12 muffins


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, British
Calories: 206
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  1. These are the MOST AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS MUFFINS! The best high fiber muffins hands down. Really the BEST EVER muffins, as you proudly proclaim. I concur. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

    1. Thank you, Becky!!! I still make these muffins to this day! I’ve adjusted the recipe a bit to add protein powder, but they are still my favorites. I make a huge batch and then keep them in the freezer!

    1. I’m so glad you liked them! I’ve been working on an updated version with protein powder and agave!

  2. Thanks for the base recipe. I changed this to make them gluten free: So here is the amended recipe I used:

    1 egg
    2/3 cup packed brown sugar – I used Sucanat sugar
    1/3 cup canola oil – I used coconut oil
    1 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk – I used coconut milk and 2 T apple cider vinegar
    2 ripe large bananas, mashed
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup teff flour
    1/4 cup gf all purpose flour
    1 ½ cups oat bran
    ½ cup hemp hearts
    2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries – I used frozen blueberries and chopped up a banana into small pieces and added them also at the end with the blueberries.

  3. I have been making bran muffins for over 50 years — from an absolute plethora of recipes, but none matches this. I cut the sugar by 50% and the oil by almost 30% and they were still scrumptious, moist, sweet — perfect. I don’t think i’ll Ever google the words “bran muffins” again. I even snuck in 1/4 c of the hideous hemp protein I bought for smoothies but can’t gag down, and it disappeared anonymously into these wonderful muffins. I hope you are enjoying married life after almost five years! We celebrate #46 this summer, still loving each other like crazy.

    1. And bran muffin recipe that can hide hemp protein is a keeper in my book! lol! I am so glad you finally found your “go-to” recipe! Many blessings to you and your husband! 46 years is quite the triumph! Happy baking!

  4. Wow, these really *are* the best bran muffins ever – just baked a batch and they are wonderful.
    I have to admit I was dubious when the bran soaked in the milk turned into a thick sludge but they came together perfectly and 20 mins at 200c (395f Ithink) gave me a batch of really excellent muffins – they’re so light and fluffy but moist at the same time and you can actually taste the bran. I only used 1/2 cup sugar as I find most American recipes have far too much sugar for my taste and I’m glad I did because they are just perfect, not sickly sweet but certainly not bitter. They really couldn’t be better – so thanks for the recipe, this will become my “go to” recipe for these muffins now.

    1. Thanks, Mike! You’ve reminded me that I need to make these again! They really are, aren’t they!?!? I wouldn’t dare lead you astray! Happy baking!

  5. These turned out so good! I used 2/3 coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar and they were amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. I just wanted to say thank you for the recipe! I’ve made these muffins many times now and they always turn out great. Now that berries are back in season, I make them weekly and they always all disappear. It’s so easy and soooo good and even good for you.

    My husband is lactose intolerant so I use lactose-free milk (just 1 cup) instead of buttermilk and it still turns out great.

    1. Thank you so much, Emily for stopping back by to tell me! Aren’t they so easy and they come out perfectly every time! I have some blueberries in my fridge, which I bought on impulse, and now I know exactly what I should make with them. That is great to know they still work with lactose-free milk! Your comment made my day!

  7. Great recipe – blue berries and bananas provide the perfect texture and moisture – will make again!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂