Lightly sweetened, these small-batch vegan bran muffins are made extra flavourful with the addition of orange juice

Whole wheat flour and fibre-rich bran and flax make them a satiating grab-and-go breakfast.

Vegan Bran Muffins

Lightly scented with orange and cinnamon, this is the healthy-ish recipe you want to bake this week! Bran muffins have a bit of a bad reputation and we know why – the grocery store ones are awful. Homemade, blueberry-packed, vegan bran muffins, on the other hand, are moist, chock full of flavour, and rich with fibre.

This is a small batch of muffins–it makes five–which is just right if you’re on your own and don’t want to freeze a load of muffins or want one muffin for breakfast from Monday-Friday! The recipe can easily be doubled if you prefer a larger batch or have a lot of mouths to feed.


Whole wheat flour
Wheat bran
Baking soda
Baking powder
Brown sugar
Flax egg
Light oil
An orange
Blueberries or raisins


It’s pretty standard for any muffin recipe! Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet in another, then mix them together. Don’t over mix! This is key for any quick bread (muffins, banana bread, anything using baking powder) so you don’t overwork the gluten and make a tough, chewy dough.

Fold in the blueberries or other add-ins, then scoop the batter into five lined or greased muffin cups and bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 25 minutes. Cool, then eat!


We’ve added blueberries to the muffins pictured, but you can any number of fresh, frozen, or dried fruits. Try raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dates.

The weights are listed in the notes below the recipe if you’d like to use them in place of blueberries–it stays at 2/3 cup no matter which you’re using, just the metric number changes. You could add some seeds or chopped nuts, too.

Tell me about bran

Bran is the hard outer layer present on grains–it’s what gets sifted out of white flour to make it softer. Along with the germ, the part that sprouts, bran is part of what makes grains ‘whole grain’. (Try our sprouted sourdough bread if you love sprouted grains!)

In flour mills, bran’s often considered a byproduct and discarded, but you can get it on its own too. It can usually be found in the flour or cereal aisle of grocery stores and is often sold in bulk food shops. All whole grain flours contain bran!

It’s high in fibre, iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium, so it’s a good thing to have around. Some people add bran to their porridge or cereal but we prefer it in muffin form.

What Makes a Bran Muffin?

Typically it’s a healthier kind of breakfast muffin that includes both bran and whole grain flour (as seen here) along with some fruit and spices. Sometimes you’ll find molasses in the ingredient list, too.

It’s an old recipe; the earliest recipe for bran muffins comes from a cookbook dating from 1857! These vegan bran muffins make a really great speedy breakfast or snack, and are nice to pack in a child’s lunchbox. Try serving them with jam or (vegan) butter for a little something extra.


Feel free to sub in whole grain spelt flour for the whole wheat, and spelt bran if you’d like. All-purpose will work too but take away some of the graininess and healthier aspects of these muffins.

Since these aren’t particularly sweet, you can replace 1-2 tablespoons of the orange juice with maple syrup if you like a sweeter muffin. Or, try topping them off with a bit of coarse sugar before baking for a crunchy sweet topping.

To make these a bit spicier, add a touch (maybe 1/4 tsp) of nutmeg to the dry mix. You can also try adding 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon, too.

Light oil means anything from (organic) canola oil, avocado oil, or a light-tasting olive oil. You can probably do a melted coconut oil or vegan butter for this recipe but we haven’t tried that and they might be dense after cooling.

More Muffin Recipes

Morning Glory Sourdough Muffins
Gluten-free Coconut Berry Muffins
Buttermilk Raspberry Muffins
Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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Yield: 5 Muffins

Vegan Bran Muffins


Whole wheat flour and fibre-rich bran and flax make them a satiating grab-and-go breakfast. The recipe makes just 5 (perfect for the M-F breakfast/snack plan), but can be easily doubled if you prefer a larger batch or have more mouths to feed.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Total Time
35 minutes


¾ cup (95 g) whole wheat flour

½ cup (40 g) wheat bran

⅓ cup (50 g) lightly packed light brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp sea salt

Zest of 1 orange

½ cup (125 ml) orange juice (about 1 orange)

¼ cup (60 ml) light oil (canola, avocado, light olive oil)

1 [flax egg] ({nofollow="false"}

½ tsp vanilla extract

⅔ cup (65 g) frozen blueberries*


Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line or grease 5 cups in a muffin tin.
In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, wheat bran, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, oil, flax egg, and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Don't over mix.
Add frozen blueberries to the muffin batter and gently fold them in until evenly incorporated.
Scoop the batter into the 5 muffin cups as evenly as possible. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of a muffin springs back when lightly touched.
Cool the muffins for 5 minutes before removing from the tin and cooling fully on a rack. They'll last a few days in an airtight container at room temperature and freeze well.


* If you prefer, you can sub in 2/3 cup of raisins (100g), dried cranberries (90g), or chopped dates (115g) in place of the blueberries.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 144Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 245mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

This is an approximation of the nutrition offered in this recipe, and is created using a nutrition calculator.

© Sophie Mackenzie



Category: Quick Bread

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