I’m pretty sure the words that popped into your head didn’t include:  moist, flavorful, enticing…

now did they?  Well… they will now!

Healthy Raisin Bran Muffins - healthy dessert blog

In honor of my grandfather visiting to see me go off to my sophomore year of college, I made these bran muffins for him! I could sense that the store-bought bran muffins weren’t pleasurable to eat, and I just knew that he never looked forward to eating that Fiber1 Original Bran Cereal every morning.

Fiber One:  Cardboard, yes.  Delicious, no.

Raisin Bran Muffins:  Cardboard, no.  Delicious…  HECK YES!

Healthy Raisin Bran Muffins - healthy dessert blog
These would serve as a perfect breakfast.  They contain satiating protein, healthy fats, and filling fiber. Plus, they are low-glycemic! My grandpa loves how these muffins don’t leave your fingers all oily and greasy like the store-bought muffins will do. Compared to the store-bought varieties, these Raisin Bran Muffins have less fat, more fiber, more protein, and a nutritious, recognizable ingredient list.
Here are the nutrition facts for one jumbo muffin:
Healthy Raisin Bran Muffins - healthy dessert blog
Raisin Bran Muffins

Yield: 6 jumbo muffins


  • 144g (1+1/2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 120g (1 cup) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 75g (1+1/4 cup) Wheat Bran
  • 20g (1/4 cup) Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1+1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Wet:
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Soymilk
  • 246g (1 cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 105g (5 tbs) Honey
  • 42g (2 tbs) Molasses
  • 14g (2 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 14g (1 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • 7g (1 tbs) Egg Replacer (no water!)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Hazelnut Extract (or more vanilla)
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 6-muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Measure all the dry ingredients and whisk together in a large bowl
  3. Measure all the wet ingredients and pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients, fold until just mixed (don't overmix!). The mixture should look like there is too much liquid.
  4. Pour the batter evenly into each prepared tin and bake for ~40 minutes, or until the tops have browned and a toothpick comes out clean.


Store in an airtight container otherwise they will dry out!

This recipe is: low fat, high fiber, high protein!

Healthy Raisin Bran Muffins - healthy dessert blog
Happy baking!  If you weren’t “regular” before, you will be now!  😉

Labels: Agave, Applesauce, Breads-and-Muffins, Eggless, Flax, Honey, Low-Fat, Molasses, Nutrition-Label, Oats, Raisins, Wheat-Bran, Whey-Protein-Concentrate, Whole-Wheat

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Comments (11)

  1. marla {family fresh cooking}: August 11, 2011

    These bran muffins look amazing! Love the one in the little red pot :)

  2. myfudo: August 11, 2011

    We’ve been looking for a way to treat dad for a healthy delightful muffins that he adores. Yours look amazing, my pap will surely like it.

  3. Russell at Chasing Delicious: August 11, 2011

    Yum! Gorgeous shots. These muffins look scrumptious. I am a sucker for raisin and bran, as weird as that may sound. Thanks for sharing.

    I love that little red vessel. Where did you get it?

  4. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: August 11, 2011

    Np! I got it at Pier1 Imports. They have amazing baking decor there :)

  5. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free: August 12, 2011

    Awwww 😀 just have to say that these look so adorable! Makes me want to eat them UP!

  6. Pauline: October 16, 2011

    OMG! My FAVORITE muffin, although I’d add some shredded carrots to this beauty. Gotta make this.

  7. Eomniscient: December 3, 2011

    Thanks for a great healthy low fat recipe
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  8. igor: February 11, 2012

    Great recipe. I would just add that, if you also want to loose some weight, you could use other sweeteners. Kick out the sugar. Reduce both fat and carbs. In fact, you do use honey, which is great.

  9. Most definitely! (I’m just a hardcore sweet tooth, haha)
    If you were to remove the honey, I would probably increase the oil by two-three tablespoons (at least, as honey provides some moisture) and the stevia extract by 1/2 tsp. Great idea, Igor, I’ll try that soon :)

  10. Annie: September 21, 2012

    Hey I can’t find Egg replacer here where I live…can I substitute it with flaxmeal or chia seeds or something? I REALLY want to try these I’ve been craving healthy breakfast muffins for awhile now and yours look perfect. :)

  11. Jessica | Desserts with Benefits: September 22, 2012

    You can try using one whole egg OR 2T flax meal + 1 tbs water. I haven’t tried these without the egg replacer but I’m sure these substitutes will work fine. Good luck, hope you like them :)

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