Food Fun Monday – Orange Bran Flax Muffins

Did you groan when you read the title of this recipe? Orange Bran Flax Muffins. Don’t they just sound yummy? Not! But they truly are. I realized I haven’t made these for a while and decided it would be a good Monday blog. I got this recipe out of Prevention Magazine years ago.  Not only do they taste good, but they’re filled with cancer fighting ingredients, like flaxseed. And I find all these ingredients in my local grocery store, so no special trips to the health food store are necessary. A win-win situation, in my mind. My family likes them, too, by the way.  One note: these are healthy muffins, but not really low-fat muffins.


  • 1 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup flaxseed, ground
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oranges, quartered and seeded
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups golden raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners, or coat the pans with cooking spray (I use liners). In a large bowl, combine oat bran, flour, flaxseed, wheat bran, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a blender or food processor, combine oranges, brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and baking soda. Blend well.

Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients. Mix well until blended. Stir in raisins.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Makes 24 muffins.

Specs per muffin: 186 calories, 4 g protein, 30 g carb, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 140 mg sodium, 4 g flaxseed.

posted by Laurie Ryan


4 responses to “Food Fun Monday – Orange Bran Flax Muffins

  1. Sounds yummy Laurie. And 186 calories isn’t too bad when if they fill you up and it looks like they might

  2. They do sound good. I’ve heard a lot about flaxseed and think I’ll dive in and try this one!

  3. They are good! I bring them to the family cabin weekend for the folks that want to eat and run…to the ski lifts. Yum!

  4. Sound good Laurie. I wouldn’t feel guilty eating these;-)

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