Bread | September 13, 2019

Mimi’s Copycat Molasses Bran Muffins

Sweet, moist, and dense Molasses Bran Muffins are a copycat for the delicious pastry served at Mimi’s Cafe.  These muffins will give the word Bran a brand new reputation after you taste just how mouthwatering they are.

Molasses Bran Muffins on a cooling rack.

What Is A Molasses Bran Muffin?

Some people turn their noses up when they hear the word “bran”, but I promise that you will LOVE these muffins. They are sweet, tasty, moist, and full of fiber for your belly.  Bran muffins are muffins with bran in the batter.  This particular recipe calls for brown sugar and molasses giving it a rich and deep flavor.

What is Bran?

Bran is the hard outer layer of whole cereal grains such as oats, wheat, rice, and corn. Bran is a wonderful ingredient to add to your diet. It contains protein, iron, fiber, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and other nutrients, including B-vitamins, and selenium. Selenium combats the effects of free radicals, lowering the risks of heart disease and cancer.

Molasses bran muffins stacked on a cooling rack, next to milk in bottles.

Making Bran Muffins That Taste Delicious

This muffin recipe calls for pureed raisins. You could substitute dates or prunes if you’d like. Adding this to your batter really keeps the muffins moist and delicious.  This recipe also has a delicious glaze that you put in the bottom of your muffin tin, giving them a “pineapple-upside-down-cake-quality.”  So forget that dry bran texture and dig into these tasty muffins!

Molasses Bran Muffins on a cooling rack.

The Brown Sugar Glaze

The glaze I mentioned – let’s start there.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • butter
  • dark brown sugar
  • dark Caro syrup
  • white sugar
  • water

Molasses bran muffin ingredients.

How Do I Make The Brown Sugar Glaze?

  1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients.
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Evenly divide the glaze into the bottom of your muffin tin.  You’ll use about 1/3 tbsp in each cup.

Honey glaze being made.

Molasses bran muffins stacked on a white plate.

Now Let’s Talk About The Molasses Bran Muffin Batter

For the muffin batter you’ll need:

  • raisins
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • molasses
  • honey
  • vanilla
  • buttermilk
  • orange zest
  • dark brown sugar
  • wheat flour
  • wheat bran
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt

I know the ingredient list is long, but trust me – this combo makes one killer muffin!

Molasses bran muffin ingredients.

Tell Me How To Make The Batter

  1. Combine water and raisins in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer the puree to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, eggs,  buttermilk, vegetable oil, and orange zest.
  5. Mix until well combined.
  6. Add wheat flour, bran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Mix until just combined.
  8. Fill your muffin cups with batter, topping them all the way to the top of the cup. Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

How to make molasses bran muffins.

After the muffins are baked you’ll want to:

  1. Immediately invert the muffins on a baking sheet.
  2. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  3. Serve warm.

Muffins being cooled.

Where Can I Buy Bran

Bran is readily available at most grocery stores.  It can be found in the baking aisle near the flour. Sometimes it can be found in the health food section. It is also available on amazon.

Are there different kinds of Bran?

There are two common types of Bran:

  1. Wheat Bran
  2. Oat Bran

Wheat bran has a higher quantity fiber and contains about twice as much fiber as Oat Bran. Wheat bran has less side effects associated with a high fiber diets – like bloating.  For these reasons I have chosen wheat bran for this recipe.

Rather than turning your nose up at bran – embrace it!  You’ll be so glad you did.

Molasses Bran Muffins on a cooling rack.

Looking For More Muffins?

Are you looking for more muffin recipes? Be sure to check out our:

Buttermilk Banana Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

Chocolate Muffins

Molasses bran muffins stacked on a cooling rack, next to milk in bottles.

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Molasses bran muffins stacked on a cooling rack, next to milk in bottles.
Mimi’s Copycat Molasses Bran Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Copy cat recipe for Mimi's Honey Bran Muffin. Moist bran muffins with a sweet honey glaze. Made from start to finish in about 30 minutes.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bran muffins, healthy muffins, muffins with bran
Servings: 12
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Glaze
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp dark Karo syrup
  • 3 tbsp melted salted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp water
Muffins
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
Glaze
  1. In a small bowl prepare glaze by combining 3 tbsp sugar, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 3 tbsp dark Karo syrup, 3 tbsp melted butter, and 1/2 tbsp water. Stir until well combined.
Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare muffin pan by liberally spraying each cup.
  3. Evenly distribute glaze between each muffin cup (about 1/3 tbsp in each).

  4. In your blender combine raisins and 1 cup water. Blend for 20-30 seconds until smooth.

  5. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl.

  6. Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tbsp molasses, 1 egg, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp orange zest, and 1/3 cup brown sugar to the bowl and mix until well combined.

  7. Add bran, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix until just combined.

  8. Fill each muffin cup to the top.

  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops bounce back.

  10. Immediately invert onto a baking sheet and transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Serve warm.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Where Can I Buy Bran

Bran is readily available at most grocery stores.  It can be found in the baking aisle near the flour. Sometimes it can be found in the health food section. It is also available on amazon.

Are there different kinds of Bran?

There are two common types of Bran:

  1. Wheat Bran
  2. Oat Bran

Wheat bran has a higher quantity fiber and contains about twice as much fiber as Oat Bran. Wheat bran has less side effects associated with a high fiber diets - like bloating.  For these reasons I have chosen wheat bran for this recipe.

Rather than turning your nose up at bran - embrace it!  You'll be so glad you did.

Nutrition Facts
Mimi’s Copycat Molasses Bran Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 233mg7%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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    1. 5 stars
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