These fabulous one-bowl, no-mixer Blueberry Bran Muffins are high-fiber, super moist, studded with juicy blueberries and lower in refined sugar than most muffins!
Did you ever notice that it's difficult to find muffins that are super delicious but also decently healthy? It seems that the majority of muffins are either nutritious, but taste like cardboard and have the texture of sawdust OR they're super delicious, but they're not any better from a health standpoint, than eating a piece of cake or a big chocolate donut. These Blueberry Bran Muffins offer you the best of both worlds!
Better than the average Joe!
So how do they stack up to other muffins? According to the Harvard School of Public Health, "the average coffee shop blueberry muffin is hardly what you’d call a health food: It’s got almost 470 calories and most of those calories come from refined carbohydrates, primarily white flour and sugar. Less than 2 percent of the carbohydrates in these muffins comes from fiber, offering up only a single gram."
These Honey-Glazed Blueberry Bran Muffins, on the other hand, have just 272 calories per BIG muffin, 6 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein. They're also moist, tender-crumbed, loaded with healthy blueberries and oh-so-delicious. So you see, they really are the best of both worlds.
The recipe is a take-off on our One-Bowl Buttermilk Bran Muffins that many of you have enjoyed. I tweaked the recipe just a bit and went with 12 larger muffins rather than 16 smaller portions in the original recipe.
What kind of blueberries should I use in this recipe?
I went with the tiny wild frozen blueberries that are widely available these days at just about any grocery store. They're sweet and juicy and much higher in fiber and healthy antioxidants than cultivated blueberries. The Wild Blueberries website says that wild blueberries "have 2x the antioxidants and 72% more fiber" than cultivated blueberries.
I found the reason for this higher level of healthy nutrients to be so interesting. Wild Blueberries says that the higher concentration developed as the berries adapted to the cold temperatures and harsh climate of Maine and Canada, where they grow abundantly. The hardiness needed to survive and protect themselves from the forces of nature makes them naturally richer in healthy nutrients than cultivated berries, which generally grow in milder and less rugged climates.
What is wheat bran?
This recipe calls for 2 cups of wheat bran. What is wheat bran? Healthline. com explains it pretty clearly: "A wheat kernel is made up of three parts: the bran, endosperm and germ. The bran is the hard outer layer of the wheat kernel, which is jam-packed with various nutrients and fiber. During the milling process, the bran is stripped away from the wheat kernel and becomes a byproduct." That's the part we're using in these delicious and nutritious Blueberry Bran Muffins!
Wheat bran has a nutty flavor with a touch of sweetness. It adds great texture and a full-bodied taste to these muffins. Wheat bran is really reasonable (I pay $2.18/bag) and is available at most larger grocery stores. Sometimes it's a little tricky to find though, as different grocers stock it in different areas.
At the local store where I usually shop for groceries, it's stocked in the cereal aisle, right around the oatmeal. Other stores carry it in the baking aisle and sometimes it's in a section where the natural foods are found. You can also find it online. Bob's Red Mill and Hodgson Mills are two of the major companies that produce wheat bran.
Everyone LOVES these muffins!
I brought a plate of these muffins to our son, Nick's house last night when we went to have dinner with them. As I was finishing up this post today (perfect timing!), I got a couple of text messages from them:
Lindsay: Everyone loves the muffins!
Nick: They are excellent!
Lindsay: Hayes (our 5-year old grandson) said they are dangerous 😂😂😂
Haha! A little foodie in the making! I'm not sure if it's the delicious honey glaze, the tender, moist crumb or the abundance of tiny sweet blueberries, but everyone does seem to love these muffins!
I think you'll enjoy them too! Check out the Café Tips below for some extra info that may be helpful when making a batch of these delicious Blueberry Bran Muffins. ENJOY!
Cafe Tips for these Honey-Glazed Blueberry Bran Muffins
- I use King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour. It has the same nutritional benefits as regular whole wheat flour, but it's not quite as coarse.
- If you don't have whole wheat flour, this recipe also works well with 100% all-purpose flour.
- Don't over mix the batter. Once you add the flour, stir just until it's mixed in. Over mixing muffins can make them tough.
- Keep the blueberries in the freezer until the last minute. You don't want them to thaw or the batter will be a big blue mess.
- You can also use fresh blueberries in this recipe, however, I really like the way the tiny wild frozen berries get so nicely distributed throughout the muffins. Another great thing about frozen, wild berries is that they're available all year long.
- Don't skip the honey-butter glaze. It only adds 27 calories per muffin but, in addition to being delicious, it seals in the moisture and gives the muffins a beautiful shiny presentation.
- This recipe calls for wheat bran. See the tips and facts about wheat bran above in the post.
- No buttermilk? No worries! To make your own buttermilk, place 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup. Add milk (I like to use whole milk, but use whatever you have) to measure 1½ cups. Stir the mixture and allow it to sit for 5 minutes, then add to the batter in lieu of buttermilk.
- These bran muffins freeze well. Allow the muffins to cool completely, then freeze on a sheet pan, uncovered, for 1 hour. Once frozen, place muffins in a ziplock bag or airtight freezer container. Pull out as many as you want and allow them to thaw before serving.
- This is a somewhat unusual muffin recipe in that you fill the muffin tins full rather than ⅔ or ¾ full as most muffin recipes recommend.
- You can make this batter the night before, store it in the fridge then bake up the muffins in the morning. Just wait to add the frozen blueberries until right before baking.
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or you brought forth the whole world,
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These delicious one-bowl, no-mixer Blueberry Bran Muffins are high-fiber, super moist, studded with juicy blueberries and lower in refined sugar than most muffins!
- ½ cup mild-flavored oil sunflower, safflower, avocado, canola, vegetable etc.
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups wheat bran
- 1 cup whole wheat flour I use King Arthur white wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups frozen wild blueberries (or fresh) plus a few extra, for garnish
- 1½ tablespoon butter
- 1½ tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin generously with non-stick spray, taking care to spray the areas around the top of each cup as well, so when the muffins rise up, they won’t stick to the pan
Whisk together oil, sugar and eggs in medium-large bowl until smooth. Add molasses, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
Sprinkle baking powder, baking soda and salt over the top of the egg mixture and stir to combine.
Add the flour and wheat bran and stir just until the dry ingredients are incorporated, don’t over mix.
Fold in the blueberries. Don’t stir too much or you’ll have swirls of blue rather than distinct blueberries.
Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin cups, filling almost to the top. Sprinkle a few extra blueberries over the top of each and press them just slightly into the batter.
Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375˚F and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the tops are firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to sit in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a cool rack.
While the muffins are cooling, combine butter and honey in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power for 30-40 seconds until the butter is melted. Stir until nice and smooth.
Brush the butter mixture lightly over the tops and sides of the warm muffins.