The Best Maple Bran Muffins

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It’s hard to claim something as “the best” but after multiple batches of this making this recipe I have finally perfected it for you!

These Best Maple Bran Muffins are a nutrient rich and wholesome way to start your day or to enjoy during an afternoon slumpThe Best Maple Bran Muffins -; they’re made with recognizable, healthful ingredients and are freezer friendly.

Savory muffins are some of my favorite type of muffins, but I have a sweet tooth and love a good, indulgent muffin as well like these maple bran muffins. What is your favorite kind of muffin?

What is Bran?

  • Bran is the hard, outer layer of whole cereal grains such as oats, wheat, rice, and rye to name a few.
  • Nutritionally speaking bran is rich in protein, iron, fiber, carbohydrates, fatty acids and B-vitamins.
  • You can buy pure wheat bran in the bulk section of most health food stores or online.

Get on the BRAN Wagon:

Looking to increase your fiber intake? Get on the bran wagon!

  • Introduce bran into your diet via oat bran for a boost of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber may lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • Wheat, corn, and rice bran are high in insoluble fiber, which may prevent constipation. Bran can be sprinkled into your favorite foods, from hot cereal and pancakes to muffins and cookies.
  • Sprinkle bran on your oatmeal/hot cereal or incorporate into your pancakes, cookies and muffin recipes like these maple bran muffins.

 The Best Maple Bran Muffins


  • 1 ½ cup wheat bran
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup white-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil (melted) or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. In a medium sized bowl, pour in the wheat bran with the milk and orange zest. Stir ingredients together. Let the wheat bran soak up the milk for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a muffin tin with muffin liners or spray with non-stick baking spray. In another bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. Then in the bowl with the bran add in the vanilla, egg, maple syrup and oil. Fold in the dry ingredients and you can optionally add in 1/2 cup raisins or diced dates. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the tops of the muffins spring back to the touch. Enjoy the muffins as is, with a smear of butter or make the frosting if desired (but highly recommend).

Maple frosting

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 Tbsp. butter, and 1 Tbsp. milk to a simmer – let simmer for 2 minutes while you are stirring. Remove from heat, whisk in 1 tsp. vanilla and then gradually add in 1-1.5 cups powdered sugar. Spread on top of muffins once cooled.

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Tawnie Graham, RDN, is a huge lover of cooking and baking, a healthy recipe creator and fitness enthusiast. You can catch her either blogging, instructing at Pilates or cooking in the kitchen. She blogs at and you can follow her on Instagram.