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Bran Muffins With Dried Apricots

Are you looking for the perfect bran muffin? These are it. The addition of dried apricots and walnuts only add to that perfection!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bran muffins, bran muffins with dried fruits, bran muffins with oat bran
Servings: 18 muffins
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 2- muffin pans


  • 2 cups wheat or oat bran I used a combo of both
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour I used a whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½-3/4 cup chopped dried apriicots
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Spray or line 18 muffin inserts, this is 1 ½ pans. Set pans aside.
    In a small bowl, combine bran, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. mix well and set aside.
    In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
    Combine the wet and dry ingredients and fold them together. Remember to only mix to combine, do not over mix .
    Add in your apricots, walnuts, and orange zest. Again, fold to combine.
    Scoop into your prepared pan. You will want to scoop these about ¾ of the way full.
    Place in oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes. I like to check with a toothpick, but make sure it doesn't come out completely clean. You want them to be underbaked just a touch.
    These muffins are delicious right out of the oven. Or you can allow them to cool, place them in a ziplock bag or freezer-safe container. Place them in the freezer, they will hold well for up to 1 month. When you are ready to use them, pull them from the freezer and heat in the microwave, or bring to room temp.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!