Apple Bran Muffins Recipe

Whenever I want to ensure that my family are eating a healthier option for morning tea, I always bake a batch of these apple bran muffins. 

They aren’t too sweet, with just enough brown sugar and cinnamon to provide a beautiful flavour, complimenting the apple perfectly. You could always double the brown sugar for a sweeter end result if you prefer. 

Here is what you will need to make twelve of these healthy little lunch box treats.

Self raising flour, oat bran, milk, one pink lady apple, an egg, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, vegetable oil and apple puree.

I bought a packet of four tubs of apple puree from the tinned fruit section of my local supermarket. This recipe calls for half a cup of apple puree which is almost one little tub – that’s good enough for me! 

Mix all of the dry ingredients plus the apple together in a big bowl, then whisk the milk, egg, apple puree and oil together in a jug. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and carefully stir in the wet mix, being careful not to overmix, as this results in tougher muffins.

Spoon your batter into half-cup sized muffin holes and top with some cinnamon and brown sugar. Then bake in the oven for twenty-five minutes until cooked through and golden on top.

Leave the muffins to rest in the pan for five minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack.

These apple bran muffins make perfect lunch box treats for the whole family. They will keep in a sealed, airtight container in the pantry for up to one week.

So yummy!

Apple Bran Muffins
Yields 12
Wholesome apple and bran muffins that make perfect lunchbox treats.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
27 min
Total Time
32 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
27 min
Total Time
32 min
  1. 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
  3. 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  4. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1 large pink lady apple, grated
  7. 1 cup reduced-fat milk
  8. 1/2 cup apple puree
  9. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  10. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  12. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  13. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C fan-forced. Grease a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan.
  2. Make topping Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place flour, baking powder, bran, sugar, cinnamon and apple in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Make a well in centre.
  4. Place milk, apple puree, oil and egg in a jug. Whisk until just combined.
  5. Pour milk mixture into well. Gently stir until just combined (don’t over-mix). Spoon mixture into prepared pan holes. Sprinkle with topping. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.
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