Jumbo Bran Muffins

Jumbo Bran Muffins
Makes 6 Servings

2 tablespoons + ¼ c all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, cut in small pieces
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 ½ cups unprocessed bran
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 egg whites
⅓ cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup fat free buttermilk
⅔ cup golden raisins


1.)    Preheat the oven to 375°F, Spray a jumbo 6-cup nonstick muffin pan with non-stick spray (or line with foil or paper liners.)
2.)    To make the crumb topping, in a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the all-purpose flour and the brown sugar.  With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.  Stir in the walnuts.
3.)    In a large bowl, combine the bran, whole-wheat flour, the remaining ¼ cup all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the egg, egg whites, sugar, and molasses until blended. Gradually beat in the buttermilk. Gradually add the bran mixture, mixing on low speed until just blended. Stir in the raisins.
4.)    Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each about half full. Sprinkle with the crumb topping. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.  Cool in the pan on a rack 5 minutes; remove from the pan and cool completely on the rack.

PER SERVING (1 Jumbo Muffin): 329 Cal, 6g Fat, 2g Sat Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 42mg Chol, 481mg Sod, 64g Carb, 8g Fib, 10g Protein, 111mg Calc. Points Value: 6p.

These muffins are from before points became points+ on Weight Watchers, so forgive me for not having the current values.  I did provide the other nutrition information so you are able to calculate the points for yourself.
I am not on Weight Watchers, but I do make WW recipes frequently. This recipe is out of the 2006 Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, my absolute favorite source for WW recipes. I have not come across a bad recipe in here yet.
I personally LOVE bran muffins, so these were outstanding in my opinion.  They are delicious, but don't think they'll make you like bran muffins if you don't like them to start with! They are a dense muffin because of the bran, making one muffin a sufficient breakfast with fruit. I did put about a teaspoon of butter on my muffin and added some organic mixed berry jelly.
I don't know if I am alone on this, but I eat muffins and cupcakes the same way- I separate the muffin top from the bottom and save it for last...it is the best part, you know. I then butter and jelly the bottom part, leaving the streusel-topped muffin top for last. Yumm.
My husband doesn't enjoy baked goods like I do, so out of the 6 muffins, I ate one the first day, one two days later, gave 2 to my in-laws, and froze the remaining two for quick breakfasts in the future.
*Note- I used pecans in place of walnuts, as that is what I had available. Plus I'm kinda in love with pecans. P-cons. That's how I say it...
 I will say, although these muffins were absolutely delicious, they did remind me of the scene in Charlie's Angels when I believe Drew Barrymore throws one and it almost breaks through a door. Ha! I did have a chuckle at my bran muffins' expense!
Do you like bran muffins?


  1. These look amazing!! The pictures turned out great ;)

  2. oooh yum! can't wait to make these. I'm a huge fan of grab and go breakfasts