These Healthy Oat Bran Muffins are a healthy way to get more fiber into your diet, plus they taste amazing!
You’ll love the richness and the flexibility of this recipe. They taste great with a little sweetener included, but they’re amazing without it as well. Either way, this recipe is a sure fire winner.
For years these have been a favorite in our home–and now they’re sure to be one in yours as well.
While I like to have my kids eat veggies for snacks as much as possible, I try to have other healthy snacks on hand as well.
And I hope you will too.
In our household, we go back and forth between making these oat bran muffins sweetened and unsweetened. Either version is delicious.
You really can’t mess up this recipe. In fact, the last time I made them I added too much liquid and added no sweetener or vanilla or cinnamon.
I had to cook them a bit longer since they were more moist, but my kids said that they tasted better than usual! And with no sweetener – imagine that!
This recipe is a revised version of one found on Whole Approach, a sadly now defunct website. That site was such a support to me when I first started dealing with what we thought was systemic candida in our household.
You can, of course, make them like real muffins, but I’m often too busy to clean out those muffin tins so I either make them with a cookie scoop as in the photo above or just spooned onto a cookie sheet or baking stone and baked free form.
Basically, they end up like homemade muffin tops done that way :-).
They’re simple but have a very pleasant heartiness that is truly very appealing and satisfying.
In fact, once I made both these and my Baked Oatmeal Cake (which I consider to be a really yummy treat) and my youngest asked for these instead of the cake pretty much every time he wanted a snack.
How to Serve
They’re also great with just butter or any kind of spread.
In order to counteract the phytates in the oat bran, I typically plan to make these a day or half a day in advance and soak the bran (see my post on soaking grains).
Recipe Notes and Substitutions
- Multiple Batches: I almost always bake multiple batches of everything. In the case of these muffins, I double or triple the recipe and mix the oat bran and liquids in a bowl (and sweeteners, if using), then add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar or about 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder to the mix and let it all soak for at least 7 – 12 hours. Then proceed with the recipe.
- Dry Ingredients: Of course, you will not have a bowl of dry ingredients, but you can just add everything to the soaked bran and bake as instructed. You can read more about how to soak grains here.
There’s lots of new info coming out on this so stay tuned.
- Baking Powder: If you would like to make your own baking powder, see my Aluminum and Corn-Free Baking Powder – Do It Yourself.
- Egg Substitute: My Powdered Egg Replacer is a great option for a homemade egg substitute.
- Sweetener Options: You may use another liquid sweetener for the vegetable glycerine. You may also use a granulated sweetener, but if using a granulated sweetener, you’ll want to subtract about 1/8 cup water from each batch. See my post on How to Substitute Sweeteners for more information on that..
I haven’t tried this low-carb maple syrup, but I think it would be amazing. Get a discount at Lakanto with code wholenewmom.
- Coconut Oil: Butter, organic ghee, or organic palm shortening may be substituted for the coconut oil.
- THM: For those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe is a crossover.
Delicious Recipe Variations
A reader commented that she made the following additions to the recipe and that they turned out amazing. She made them into mini muffins using 1 T of mix per muffin.
Add the following to 1 batch
- Pumpkin Puree (15 oz–adds 1 carb to each muffin)
- Applesauce (1.5 cups–adds 1.5 carbs to each muffin)
- Banana (1 cup–adds 2 carbs per muffin)
Other possible add ins:
More Healthy Treats to Try
Looking for other “sure to satisfy” recipes (all with special diet options)? How about:
– Baked Oatmeal Cake (mentioned above)
– Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (my boys love these!)
– Soft Pumpkin Cookies (these taste interestingly like Enjoy Life Brand)
– Super Quick Whole Grain Drop Biscuits
– Buckwheat Pancakes (great for “on the fly” sandwiches!)
Oat Bran Muffins (gluten free with sugar-free option)
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked oat bran
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-2 teaspoons salt (I use 2 teaspoons but some think that's too much. Start with 1 to see how you like it)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (omit for unsweetened version)
- 2 eggs or equivalent
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 2/3 cup vegetable glycerine (omit for unsweetened version–see Recipe Notes for other sweetener options)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (omit for unsweetened version)
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 °F.
- Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
- Let the batter soak overnight or for 24 hours if desired, for better digestibility.
- Add nuts if using.
- Put into greased muffin tins (mini or regular size) or for a simpler option (my favorite….cleaning muffin tins is one of my least favorite jobs in the kitchen :-)) simply place on a prepared cookie sheet or baking stone.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes until the middles are pretty well set.
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What is your favorite kind of muffin?