Banana-Bran Muffins

Winter 2004, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008), The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime—just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.

"I changed this recipe up a bit, in order to use up some canned pumpkin in my fridge. I doubled the recipe using three eggs, 2 cups of pumpkin, 1/3 cup oil, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/2 chopped dates and about 1/4 cup crushed flax...

80 Reviews for Banana-Bran Muffins


Very Good! I didn't have any wheat bran, so I used oat bran instead.


These are wonderful! With a bowl of fresh fruit, it's a perfect breakfast! This recipe is a definitely a do again!


I LOVE these muffins. I make them all the time. I eat one a day with breakfast (and freeze them so they stay fresh for a couple weeks). To me they taste delicious (I just started eating healthy and the bran doesn't bother me at all!) I add 5oz of chopped walnuts to the batter to get more healthy fat in my diet!


I really like these muffins, but I do think they need an extra something to balance the bran flavor. If you like a more earthy taste, than I think these are fine the way they are. But, personally, I prefer a stronger fruit flavor, so I add a little more banana, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. I have made these quite a few times, and I think they are a great base to toy with. I definitely think the chocolate kicks these babies up a notch. I've also tried it with Nutella (YUM!) by filling the cupcake cups half way with batter, piping a layer of Nutella, and then pouring more batter until the cup is full. I really like that version. I am making them again this weekend, but I'm going to try substituting the pumpkin for the banana. Overall, I think these are a great, fast, healthy breakfast, but don't be discouraged if they don't win you over the first time around. Play with the flavors a little bit, because the convenience of such a quick, health-conscience breakfast, makes it worth the effort.


Love these muffins. They make the perfect breakfast on the run. Especially for my husband who refuses to get up with enough time to have breakfast. I just freeze them then defrost the morning of so we have breakfast on the go. They are just the right combination of sweet and soft/moist muffins! Will make over and over again.


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