toasty brown, whole wheat banana bran muffin with a bite missing on a blue plate

Whole Wheat Banana Bran Muffins.

  • Author: Bet
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1-1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk (or a substitute)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana (about 2 small, very ripe bananas)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Whisk wheat bran, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla in a 2-cup measuring cup.
  4. Add wet ingredients and mashed banana to dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined.
  5. Fill muffin liners with batter and bake 17-18 minutes until lightly brown and a toothpick tester comes out with a few crumbs on it.


Adapted from Smitten Kitchen – see Deb’s post for other fruit options!