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Blueberry Wheat Bran Muffins

I love muffins. Who doesn’t love muffins? Do you favor the top of the muffin or the bottom? I’m a fan of the top.

Does anyone prefer the bottom?

These muffins are hearty because of the whole wheat flour and wheat bran. They’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied–a great way to start the day or get you through those mid-afternoon blues. Plus they are easily adapted. Don’t have blueberries? Throw in some blackberries or raspberries. Chopped apples would be great this time of year too!

Do your thing.




Blueberry Wheat Bran Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Blueberry wheat bran muffins are a healthy and quick breakfast.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup wheat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 12 muffin cups.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. With mixer on low, alternate adding flour and buttermilk (about half of each at a time). Fold in berries.
  4. Divide into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through.

I used frozen blueberries, straight out of the freezer!

Verdict: So good! I love the subtle texture from the wheat bran and the whole wheat flour..and then the nice crunch from the sugar on the top.
Husband’s take: He swore these were the best muffins he ever tasted. Seriously! E of course scarfed them down too–they have “blue blues!” in them.
Changes I would make: None are necessary. You could easily substitute any berry you wanted, though.
Difficulty: Easy.




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40 Responses to “Blueberry Wheat Bran Muffins”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Love all of the wheat goodness in these!!

  2. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 1, 2012 at 7:41 am

    You know I’d have to split a batch of these… half blueberry and have apple. Oh yummmmm.

  3. Bree — November 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    These look great and I bet my kiddos would love them too!

  4. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — November 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    These sound so yummy!

    • Rachel — November 1st, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Love how adaptable these are! A perfect breakfast!

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I am a huge fan of any muffin – these look great. I love the wheat bran in them!

  7. amanda @ fake ginger — November 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I wish I had wheat bran so I could make these now. They look amazing!

  8. Kathryn — November 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Muffin tops are the best! (Apart from on me obviously…)

    Love how these are just bursting with blueberries and have all those healthy ingredients too.

  9. Mom — November 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    These sound really good. I may have to set aside my usual blueberry muffin recipe and give these a try. I like that they’re whole wheat, with the bran, and also with buttermilk for a little tang. Yum!

  10. Deborah — November 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love all of the good for you things in these muffins! What a great way to start the day!!

  11. Tracey — November 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

    These sound great, love all the wheat goodness!

  12. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I like the top, but the bottom is a-ok in my book, too! These look good… I <3 bran muffins!

  13. Sues — November 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Pretty sure everyone prefers the tops of muffins! I love how packed with blueberries these are πŸ™‚

  14. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I’m a muffin top girl too. They look like a great, healthy breakfast.

  15. amy @ fearless homemaker — November 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i love muffins AND i love bran (which i always feel strange saying, because it makes me sound like a fiber-loving weirdo), so these are right up my alley. YUM!

  16. angela @anotherbiteplease — November 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    perfect I have a few bags of frozen blueberries I need to use up!!

    • Rachel — November 5th, 2012 @ 7:58 am


  17. Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — November 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    These sound great! I’m definitely the biggest fan of the top of the muffin. I always overfill my liners to make sure an ample amount of batter overflows for extra toppage. Not the most attractive thing ever, but totally delicious! πŸ˜‰

  18. Dana @ Simply Romanesco — November 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Rachel! These muffins look so scrumptious! I can’t get enough of that last picture. Amazing… πŸ™‚

    • Rachel — November 5th, 2012 @ 7:44 am

      Thank you! I wish I had a couple for breakfast this morning!

  19. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I haven’t made muffins in so long! Now I am itching to make some πŸ™‚

  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 5, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Muffin tops all the way! Though, this one looks so good, I will happily eat the whole thing!

  21. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Hi Rachel!! So funny, just last weekend I was chatting with my friend about finding the perfect blueberry muffin recipe. One that is relatively healthy at that. You never cease to amaze me! i want to jump right through the screen and eat one with my morning coffee today. πŸ™‚

  22. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

    What a great looking breakfast or snack!

  23. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

    This is one goooood lookin’ muffin! Blueberry muffins are my fave and these look super delish πŸ™‚

  24. Carrian-Sweet Basil — November 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Love these! They look pretty and I totally think apple would be fantastic as well. (Yes, I know you already said that, you’re a genius.)

  25. Carrie@ Bakeaholicmama — November 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I can never have enough blueberry muffin recipes under my belt. I love this one! Pinning!

  26. Samantha — November 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    blueberry muffins are classic. Yours look lovely! I love the blue hue in the center instead of the normal purple I get.

    • Rachel — November 7th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      Thanks! You really can’t beat a good blueberry muffin πŸ™‚

  27. Geni — November 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    These look so soft and fluffy and bursting with good things! Yum! How ARE YOU?!!! Hope the little one is doing great. She’s such a cutie!

    • Rachel — November 14th, 2012 @ 8:22 am

      Hey Geni! Little one is doing well, has a little cold right now but she’s hanging in. Baby #2 is due in about 5 weeks! A boy! πŸ™‚

  28. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My girls LOVE muffins for their breakfast… totally making these! Xo

  29. Renee Lobas — January 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    any idea what the calorie content is for these yummy muffins?

    • Rachel — January 14th, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

      Nope, sorry Renee, I don’t calculate the calories for my recipes. I believe there are some online tools that you could enter the recipe into to calculate nutritional information. These muffins do have a fair amount of butter in them, so although they are good for you in the whole grains department, they aren’t necessarily low-fat.

  30. Kelleeey — March 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Made these muffins for breakfast this morning (found through google search or maybe pinterest)…They were delicious!! My husband said this is definitely a make-again recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel Gurk — March 5th, 2013 @ 8:38 am

      Thanks so much for coming back to let me know! I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed them πŸ™‚


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