Moist Bran Muffins

5 from 27 votes

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These super moist Bran Muffins are a great way to start off the day. Hearty and filled with healthy things like bran, nuts and raisins. This Bran Muffins recipe is a copycat of the famous Mimi’s Cafe’s bran muffins, the popular US-based restaurant chain that serves French and American food with a cult following across the country!

honey dripping on muffin

Moist Bran Muffins

The secret to keeping this bran muffins recipe SUPER moist is in the use of buttermilk and apple butter.

These are great for breakfast with coffee and some fruit. Eat plain, with a dab of butter or drizzle some honey on top and you are set! If you’re thinking of going the honey route, drizzle it on after you pull them from the oven and let it melt in… so good!

basket of bran muffins

What is Bran?

Bran is the hard outer layer of whole cereal grains such as oats, wheat, rice, and corn and contains protein, iron, fiber, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and other nutrients. Many people associate it with a “healthy” muffin or “good” choice of breakfast cereal with fiber.

I buy the packaged All-Bran cereal to use in this recipe. Super easy and it’s great just on it’s own with milk and maybe some fruit for a light, healthy breakfast.

Can I Make and Freeze these?

This batch should make a dozen large muffins. These can easily be frozen for another time. Just store in an airtight bag or container and freeze.

close up of bran muffin with fork

These Super Moist Bran Muffins are just what you need. Like my Pumpkin Butter All Bran Muffins, these are satisfying and fill you up. If you like bran, try my Date Honey Bran Waffles. Just top with fruit of choice and you are good to go.

I hope you like these as much as I do and bake up a batch today. Enjoy!

honey dripping on bran muffin on white plate

This recipe first appeared here on September 2013 and now has revised photos.

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These Super Moist Buttermilk Bran Muffins are dense, great for breakfast with coffee and some fruit. Drizzle honey on top! Buttermilk and Apple Butter are the secret!

Super Moist Bran Muffins

5 from 27 votes
These Buttermilk Bran Muffins are great breakfast muffins to serve with coffee and some fruit. Drizzle honey on top! Buttermilk and Apple Butter are my secret flavor weapons not only for amazing flavor but they keep these moist and tender! A great Mimi's Cafe copycat recipe.
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • In a large mixing bowl pour boiling water over 1/2 cup bran cereal, mix in oil and set aside. In another bowl mix egg, sugar and buttermilk.
  • To the wet bran mixture add sifted flour, baking soda, salt and remaining dry cup of bran. Add the wet buttermilk mixture to bran mixture and stir.
  • Stir in apple butter, nuts and raisins. Mix thoroughly to incorporate completely.
  • Scoop into 12 muffin (paper lined), or greased muffin pan or baking stoneware and bake for 16-18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and drizzle with honey (optional) and let cool. Serve as is or with butter.


  1. I like to make my own apple butter, but feel free to buy 10 ounce jars found in the cooking and jam aisle at your local market – use 3/4 of a cup. 


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.3g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 12.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.8g | Cholesterol: 14.1mg | Sodium: 295.6mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 23.6g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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    1. Sure, it should be a little more liquid content as the apple butter is condensed, but check and if it needs more time baking, maybe a minute or two.