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  • 3 Heaping Cups Sugar
  • 1 Heaping Cup Shortening
  • 4, Well Beaten, Room Temperature Eggs
  • 1 Quart Buttermilk
  • 5 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 5 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 2 Cups 100% Bran Flakes
  • 3 Cups All Bran
  • 1 Box White (Golden) Raisins

Bran Muffins

A sweet morning treat!

2 1/2 Hours

Serves: 60


A delicious start to any morning, these bran muffins have the right amount of sweetness and golden raisins add a little something extra.

Bran Muffin Ingredients

This is my grandma’s classic bran muffin recipe and it is a WINNER! I can’t recommend it enough. It’s fairly easy to put together and bake. It makes a huge batch so you can make one batch and enjoy them for quite a while.

A couple of notes on ingredients: In the photo above you see a container of baking powder – that’s incorrect. It should be baking soda. I realized it before I added anything to the batter, but unfortunately not before I took the picture. LOL. Also, make sure you have golden raisins, they are much better and plumper in this recipe than regular raisins. Some people also swear you need to have name brand bran flakes, too. I made this in the time of COVID so you take what you can get in the grocery store. I used Publix brand bran flakes and the muffins still turned out great.

Making the batter is fairly easy if you follow in the instructions below. You should always make sure your eggs are room temperature when baking. Room temp eggs are easy to combine with other ingredients and just behave better. A good idea is to just set your eggs out on your counter the night before you make the dough. If you forget to do that, simply put the eggs in a bowl of warm water for 15 minutes or so. I also started in a stand mixer, but after adding the buttermilk, I needed a bigger bowl. This worked out well as it is at that stage that you add the flour. I suggest adding the flour in 1 cup increments. Between each addition you’ll want to just gently fold the flour into the wet mixture just until is all moistened. This will keep your muffins light and fluffy!

These bran muffins make about 5 dozen muffins so it’s a perfect recipe to make with enough to give away to friends or neighbors and still have plenty for yourself. They also freeze really well,  just pull them out of the freezer a night at they’ll be perfect in the morning. Alternatively, you don’t have to make all the muffins at once. Grandma notes in her recipe that the batter with keep for 6-8 weeks in the fridge. If you have the room, a great idea is to just keep the batter in the fridge and just make a dozen fresh muffins when you’re out.

If you give this recipe a try, please let me know what you think in the comments below or share a picture with us on Instagram (@bdhbakes).

Bran Muffin Recipe Card


  • Preheat Oven to 350º 
    Bran Muffins Sugar and Shortening
    Bran Muffins Cream Sugar and Shortening
  • Cream Shortening and Sugar 

    Combine the sugar and the shortening in a large bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer (if using). Mix together until well combined and light and fluffy.

    Bran Muffins Sugar and Shortening
    Bran Muffins Cream Sugar and Shortening
  • Beat Eggs and Add 

    Crack eggs into a separate bowl and beat lightly. Add them to the bowl with sugar and shortening and mix on low until just combined.

    Bran Muffins Eggs Cracked
    Bran Muffins Beat Eggs
    Bran Muffins Add Eggs
    Bran Muffins Eggs Combined
  • Add Buttermilk 

    Add the quart of buttermilk and mix on low until combined. At this point, I needed to put the batter into a separate, larger bowl.

    Bran Muffins Add Buttermilk
    Bran Muffins Into New Bowl
  • Add Flour 

    Add the flour to the batter one cup at a time. After the addition of each cup gently fold the flour into the wet batter with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until all the flour is moistened.

    Bran Muffins Add Flour
  • Pour Boiling Water Over Bran Flakes 

    To a separate, large bowl, add your bran flakes. Pour the 2 cups boiling water on top and let stand for 5 minutes.

    Bran Muffins Bran Flakes
    Bran Muffins Add Boiling Water
    Bran Muffins Bran Flakes Rested
  • Add All Bran and Raisins 

    After five minutes, add your All Bran and golden raisins. Stir to combine.

    Bran Muffins Add All Bran and Raisins
    Bran Muffins Bran Mixture
  • Combine Both Mixtures 

    Now pour the brand and raisin mixture into the batter and stir to combine.

    Bran Muffins Combine with Dough
    Bran Muffins Dough All Combined
  • Pour Into Muffin Tins and Bake 

    Using a measuring cup or ice cream scoop, fill your muffins tins with the batter. You'll want to fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full. Bake in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes.

    Bran Muffins In Muffin Cups



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