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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 enhance this fiber-rich treat.

EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins

How to Store Banana-Bran Muffins

Wrap each muffin in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze in freezer bags for up to 1 month. To defrost and heat frozen muffins, remove plastic wrap, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, oil and vanilla.

  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, if using. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be quite full). Sprinkle with walnuts, if using.

  • Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.


12-cup muffin pan, wire rack

Ingredient Notes

You can use buttermilk powder in place of fresh buttermilk. Or make "sour milk": mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Unprocessed wheat bran is the outer layer of the wheat kernel, removed during milling. Also known as miller's bran, it can be found in the baking section. Do not substitute bran cereal in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

1 muffin
200 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 34.1g; dietary fiber 3.9g; sugars 15.4g; fat 6.2g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 31.8mg; vitamin a iu 69IU; vitamin c 1.9mg; folate 40mcg; calcium 82.6mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 54.9mg; potassium 232mg; sodium 216.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 11g.

2 starch, 1 fat