All-Time Favorite Bran Muffins

These bran muffins were almost always around on weekends when I was growing up.

My mom would make a fresh batch on Saturday morning and we would snack on them all weekend.

I made a few modifications to make them vegan, but they are just as tasty as the originals.

With a good dose of bran and raisins, this is a healthy muffin choice as well as being an all-time kid favorite!


  • 1 cup vegan butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 2 cups bran
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups raisins


In a blender, mix the margarine, brown sugar, molasses, yogurt, vanilla, and soy milk.

In a large bowl, mix the bran, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and raisins.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix just until combined.

Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper or silicone muffin cups – you will need two tins or the same tin for two batches, since this recipe makes 18 muffins.

Bake at 375F for 20 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy warm or at room temperature, plain or topped with butter, honey, or jam.

They freeze well too and are ready to eat from frozen after 30 seconds in the microwave.


“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort.

A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
– E.B. White

Maybe this is why I love spending time at the library!

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

4 responses to “All-Time Favorite Bran Muffins”

  1. Sustainable Living Dojo Avatar

    Instagram comment! says: Looks so so delicious 🙂 <3

  2. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Such a comforting treat!

  3. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Rebecca: Looks amazing..
    I’m going to bake these for me this weekend…
    Love bran muffins.
    Never baked from scratch before.
    I’m looking forward to baking these .
    Yum! ❤️

    1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

      @Rebecca You can totally do it! So easy and delicious. I hope you love them as much as I do!! ❤🥰😍

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