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Fruity, Low-Fat Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

Stephanie loves dessert. She also loves to bake delicious new recipes to share with family and friends.

Try these fruity bran muffins for a low calorie, low fat breakfast! The applesauce, banana, and raisins add just the right amount of sweetness!

Try these fruity bran muffins for a low calorie, low fat breakfast! The applesauce, banana, and raisins add just the right amount of sweetness!

Fruit and Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

Looking for a healthy on-the-go breakfast or mid-morning snack? This low-fat bran muffin made with applesauce, banana, and raisins will provide a nutritious and filling substitute for cereal or toast.

With only 77 calories per muffin, feel free to grab two to have with your morning coffee or on the way to work. Although each muffin has only about two grams of fat, the applesauce and fruit make the muffins moist and rich tasting. These muffins freeze well, so extras can be popped in the freezer and thawed in the microwave for a quick, nutritious breakfast or snack. In fact, if the muffins won't be eaten within two days, freezing them will keep them fresh.

Knowing the importance of a good breakfast, I developed this recipe when I was working and never seemed to have time to eat during the morning rush of getting ready for work. I packaged the muffins in zip lock baggies and froze them so that I could grab a couple of muffins and a travel mug of coffee to have on the half-hour commute. This helped me start the day off with a healthy low-calorie breakfast and made it less tempting to grab one of the donuts or Danish that always appeared at our morning staff meetings.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

16 min

31 min

18 medium muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups bran flakes, crushed
  • 1 cup lowfat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespooms flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  1. Crush bran flakes by placing about a cup at a time into a plastic ziplock bag and rolling with a rolling pin. Measure 1 1/2 crushed flakes into a medium bowl. Note: You will need about 3 cups of whole flakes to make 1 1/2 cups crushed flakes.
  2. Add flour, dry milk, spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir dry ingredients with a fork until they are well blended.
  3. In separate bowl, mash banana with a fork. Add eggs, applesauce, and vanilla to banana and mix well with a fork.
  4. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Stir well. Stir in raisins.
  5. Line 18 muffin tins with paper liners and fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes or until done. Cool on racks.
  6. These muffins will not rise above the rim of the paper liner. They are quite dense because of the banana and applesauce but will be moist and tasty. Store in covered container or freeze. Enjoy!


You might enjoy trying these variations:

  • Cranberry Bran Muffin: Substitute dried cranberries or other dried fruit for the raisins.
  • Applesauce Raisin Bran Muffin: Omit the banana and add an extra 1/3 cup applesauce.
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts to the batter.
  • Substitute brown sugar for the white granulated sugar or use an artificial sweetener to lower the calorie count per muffin by 10 calories.
  • Before baking, sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a little sugar and cinnamon mixed with chopped walnuts.
  • Use your imagination for other tasty combinations!

Bran Muffins With Applesauce, Banana and Raisins...Mmmmm!

You can whip up these easy fruity bran muffins in a jiffy, and you'll be glad you did. If you are counting calories or fat grams, these muffins are just sweet enough to satisfy your cravings. The applesauce, banana, and raisins add sweetness to the muffin, but it only has a fraction of the sugars, fat, and calories of a Danish or regular muffin.

So enjoy! Take two; they're healthy!

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Questions & Answers

Question: Do you use dry milk in your Raisin Bran Muffin recipe? Mine didn't rise.

Answer: Yes, I use dry milk. The muffins do not rise a lot; they are pretty dense, but do have good flavor.


Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 20, 2017:

I don't see why you couldn't use Raisin Bran. It might throw off the calorie count a little, but not enough to worry about.

Ally on September 20, 2017:

Can i use raisin Bran creal in this recipe, ,

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 07, 2015:

What a clever idea, Stephanie. I do like it. If I were a baker, I would make a batch like you did, too.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 07, 2015:

Glad you like it, Kristen Howe! I often make a double batch to freeze so that I can grab a couple of these muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 07, 2015:

This is a delicious and yummy recipe. Voted up for interesting!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 28, 2013:

Great recipe looks so delicious.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on February 19, 2013:

Nancynurse - I love to make these muffins to freeze and have on hand for a quick breakfast on the go. Hope you enjoy them.

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on February 18, 2013:

Thanks for sharing I have been wanting this recipe for quite awhile

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on January 13, 2013:

Pstrauble48 -I hope you enjoy these healthy muffins. The recipe is adapted from an old bran muffin recipe I had when I belonged to Weight Watchers and I always enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping in. Happy New Year!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 12, 2013:

Hi Stephanie...I am always looking for new recipes to add to my collection. This healthy muffin looks and sounds like it would be one I will enjoy. I love the flavor combinations you have chosen.

thanks for sharing.

Sending more Angels to you this 12th day of our new year :) ps

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 05, 2012:

DeborahNeyens - Replacing oil with applesauce is a great way to cut fat and calories, and still keep a nice moistness to the bread or cake. It does work well in this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe on your Healthy Food Examiner page!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 05, 2012:

Sunshine - For healthy muffins, these are really good, especially if you eat them while they're still warm...sorry, gotta go make some muffins now...:)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on November 05, 2012:

I was just telling someone about how you can use applesauce in quick bread recipes as a substitute for cooking oil. I'm going to share this today on my Healthy Food Examiner page!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 04, 2012:

I gotta be honest all these healthy food hubs are making me hungry! Now I want some of these muffins. Yummilicious!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 07, 2012:

Frogyfish - Now that you've both mentioned cranberries, I think I'm going to have to make a batch with cranberries instead of raisins. I do love their tart flavor! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on September 06, 2012:

I was going to ask if I could substitute with All-Bran, so PeggyW and you got the info out. I will have to make these...and have the cranberries already, so there goes...great recipe!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 25, 2012:

Peggy W - This is an adaptation of a recipe from Weight Watchers that I used years ago. It's nutritious, but still moist and a tad sweet. I'm sure All-Bran would be a fine substitution. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

These are my kind of muffins! I use All-Bran instead of Bran Flakes and often add fruit to our muffins to cut back on the sugar. Yours sound extra nutritious with the lowfat dry milk and extra eggs. I also add the spices like you do. It is hard finding the All-Bran so will keep your recipe in mind if all we can find are the Bran Flakes in the future. Gave this 5 stars + up and useful.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 15, 2012:

Thelma Alberts - I think you'll enjoy these low calorie raisin bran muffins. They make a perfect healthy snack if you're watching fat and calorie intake. Enjoy!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 15, 2012:

I was about to go to bed when I found these inviting muffins. It´s midnight and now I have to look something to eat first before going to bed. I feel hungry looking at this low fat and healthy muffins. This looks yummy Stephanie. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 09, 2012:

Hope you enjoy them, Simone! Everybody should have a healthy muffin now and then! :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 08, 2012:

I haven't had a muffin in ages... what a tragedy! I'll have to try this recipe out and fix that problem pronto!!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 07, 2012:

Movie Master - Hope you enjoy some of these fruity raisin bran muffins soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 07, 2012:

Hi Stephanie, delicious muffins and healthy too! a great recipe thank you and voted up.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 06, 2012:

Randomcreative - Thanks for your nice comments on my Fruity Raisin Bran muffin recipe! This one was fun for me because I got to eat the goodies after writing the hub! :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 06, 2012:

Great recipe, Stephanie! I love finding muffin recipes that are both healthy and tasty. I love your photos and detailed information.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 06, 2012:

Kashmir56 - Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on my recipe for Fruity Raisin Bran Muffins. If you make them, you might want to try them plain before adding butter or jelly - you might like them that way!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 06, 2012:

Hi Stephanie great recipe, i would love these in the morning, nice and hot and put some butter or jelly on them, awesome !

Vote up and more !!!!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 06, 2012:

Hi Denise,

Since the recipe has no shortening and just a small amount of sugar, there are no high calorie ingredients added. The applesauce, banana and raisins add moisture and sweetness. There are no preservatives, so they will dry out quickly if you don't eat them right away. I like to freeze about half of them to keep them fresh. Thanks for your comments and good rating!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 05, 2012:

Are you kidding? Only 77 calories each? That is almost an impossibility when it comes to muffins! I'm definitely giving this one a try. Thanks for sharing. Rated it 5.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

RealHousewife - I think the kids would love these as they have a touch of sweetness and the raisins and bran give them a bit of texture. Do enjoy these fruity bran muffins!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 05, 2012:

BU - TE - FUL! Oh these look and sound so delicious. I really can't wait to try them! I love to cook anyway and healthy ideas like these are so welcome:)

I bet the kids will love them too!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

Cclitgirl - Hope you enjoy these fruity bran muffins! The applesauce, banana and raisins make them moist and delicious.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

Thank you Miss Olive! These little muffins are tasty, that they are also healthy and low cal are a nice bonus!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 05, 2012:

This looks so delicious AND healthy! Yum, yum! I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm going to have to bookmark it for future reference. :) Votes and more!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 05, 2012:

Low fat - check!

Low calorie - check!

Healthy - check!

Tasty? I'm sure they are!

77 calories for all these ingredients? Awesome!

Great looking recipe hub Stephanie. The pictures, ingredients and instructions are wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

Ktrapp - I just made a batch of these muffins so that I could photograph them for this article...mmmm...good! I like something sweet in the morning and these are a healthy way to satisfy my sweet craving. Hope you enjoy them!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 05, 2012:

This is a great recipe. I love healthy bran muffins like this that can be taken on the go or to have at home. I've made something similar before and have used pumpkin instead of the applesauce and added walnuts or whatever I had on hand. I can't wait to give this recipe a try.

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