Best Bran Muffin Recipe for Kids

This is the best Bran Muffin recipe we have! You’ll want to bookmark it and come back again and again!

Sometimes getting young kids to sit still and eat a meal is harder than trying to convince my husband that I really do need another pair of shoes!  Sometimes I breakdown and let my kids roam with their breakfast so that they will eat something.  A lot of times, kids can’t eat a lot of food at once.  They have little tummies and get full after not eating much.  Small portions of food packed with nutrients are the answer.   This recipe is the Best Bran Muffin Recipe for kids hands down! They are full of nutrients for your busy kids plus they taste amazing.

Best Bran Muffin Recipe for Kids. High fiber ingredient in these muffins make them a great choice for breakfast!

What is bran?

Bran is the outer portion of a grain.  It’s rich in fiber, vitamins, and even omega fats!  Generally, when grains are processed, the bran is removed, leaving the grain void of many of the nutrients inherit in that food. But, we can actually grind up the part that is removed, and use it in baking!

What to serve muffins with?

Serve these bran muffins with fruit and milk or yogurt for a complete breakfast.  They are also great as snacks.  This recipe makes a lot and so I always freeze them.  Pop one in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and you have a warm and delicious little muffin that tastes as fresh as the day you made it.   They freeze really well.  Just store them in an airtight container.

Best Bran Muffin Recipe for Kids. High fiber ingredient in these muffins make them a great choice for breakfast!

These muffins are packed with fiber and for some kids, constipation can be a real problem.  You can make the recipe as is, or sometimes we like to add other things to mix it up.  Some of our favorites have been: dried apples, freeze dried mangos, dried apricots, and blueberries.  So yummy and it is fun for the kids to choose what goes in them.  You can do some with one add-in and some with another to please everyone’s preferences!

Best Bran Muffin Recipe for Kids. High fiber ingredient in these muffins make them a great choice for breakfast!

If you don’t want to make all the muffins at once, you can leave it in your fridge for up to 2 weeks and make fresh bran muffins everyday in a just a few minutes!

Best Bran Muffin Recipe for Kids. High fiber ingredient in these muffins make them a great choice for breakfast!


Best Bran Muffins

Best Bran Muffin Recipe for Kids
Serves: 48 Muffins
Prep Time: 15 m
Cook Time: 10 m


  • 1 cup – water
  • 2 cup – All-Bran cereal
  • 1/4 cup – butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup – applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 cup – sugar
  • 2 large – egg
  • 2 cup – buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tsp – baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 1 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 cup – All-Bran cereal


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water.
  3. Mix boiling water and 2 cups All Bran cereal together in a bowl.  Set aside.
  4. Mix together butter, sugar, applesauce and eggs.
  5. Add buttermilk.
  6. Then add baking soda, flours, and salt.
  7. Add the All Bran and water mixture.
  8. Lastly, add 1 cup of dry All Bran cereal.  Mix until blended.
  9. Grease a mini-muffin or regular muffin tin.
  10. Fill each tin 3/4 of the way full of batter.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes for mini muffins and 13-15 minutes for regular size muffins or until the muffins bounce back.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 59 3%
  • Fat: 1 g 2%
  • Carb: 10 g 3%
  • Fiber: 1 g 4%
  • Protein: 1 g 2%
  • Sugar: 5 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Sarah says:

I substituted 3/4 cup of maple syrup for the 1 cup sugar and I added raisins. Don’t be put off by the amount of sugar. This recipe makes a whopping 4 pans of mini muffins. Considering most recipes half this size call for the same amount of sugar, it’s very reasonable. I do not like an overly sweet muffin and I found these to be perfect. They were a big hit with my toddler too! Thanks for the great recipe!

Jessie says:

Okay this recipe was AMAZING. My toddler actually ate an entire muffin herself! More than once! Plus I normally hate bran muffins but I loved these. Great recipe.


Natalie Monson says:

This is definitely our favorite bran muffin recipe. So glad you like it too 🙂

Jennifer Hedden says:

Surprisingly good! I added a few chocolate chips to add a little bit of sweetness. Husband and kids loved them!

Joy Venegas says:

Can you substitute the sugar with another ingredient? Thank you

LJ D says:

This recipe looks lovely and I was just wondering if there is anything you could substitute for the applesauce because I want to make it even healthier

Karine says:

Delicious! Added some chocolate chips, because… kds!

Becky Martin says:

These muffins look delicious! This is not in any way a criticism (I’m just curious), but you highlight the high amount of fiber in these muffins, but when I looked at the nutritional facts, it states that it has only 1g of fiber per serving. This doesn’t sound like much. Am I missing something?

Meredith Hinton says:

Taste like my great grandmothers recipe I’ve made for years. These are just as good. ??

A says:

I absolutely love this recipe!!! I add fruit to the recipe and it really adds a lot to these awesome muffins!

I was so happy to see the nutritional value with it as well. Would you be able to tell me what the saturated fat amount is please?

Luan37 says:

I cut down the sugar by half. I felt like one cup was too much. They turned out great. And I added a handful of raisins too.
Thank you!

AnnaD says:

No recipe with 1 CUP SUGAR is healthy. Sugar is addictive and bad for the gut. Especially children shouldn’t have ANY in their diet. Can’t you use dates/rasins paste? You just can’t advertise it as “healthy breakfast choice”!!!!

Natalie Monson says:

We are a very moderate site and believe that small amounts of sugar in children’s diets are ok. We try to be very balanced in our approach with children. Our goal is to get kids to develop healthy habits by focusing on the things they should be eating, rather than focusing on what they should not be eating. This recipe makes A LOT of muffins and so the amount in each muffin is very small.

Shannon Richards says:

These are amazing!! Thanks for sharing this! My whole family loves them! They are so yummy hot out of the oven with melted butter on top. Mmmmm….

Natalie Monson says:

Yay! So glad you like them!

Ken says:

What is the nutritional information on one of these great muffins?

Natalie Monson says:

Hi Ken!

All the recipes we add to our membership site has the calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and sugar. You can see more details here:
The other recipes we post for our blog can be calculated at

Andrea says:

Great recipe, thank you! I used All Bran Buds as that’s all I had on hand, and they turned out great. Added a bit of banana too.
I’m sure this will help keep things moving for my 2 year old!

AJ says:

Is there any particular brand of organic cereal you would recommend to substitute the All Bran? Thank you! AJ

Natalie Monson says:

I like this brand. Not sure how it would turn out in this recipe, but it might be worth a try!

Jamie says:

Can you use oat bran instead of allbran?

Natalie Monson says:

I’ve never tried it, but if you do let us know how it turns out!

Crystal says:

Hi, how much salt should we use? The ingredient list only states “1/2.” Is that half a tablespoon, teaspoon or cup? Thanks!

Natalie Monson says:

Sorry about that – it is fixed on the recipe now!

Natasha says:

Hi Natalie, I’m allergic to apples so what could I replace the applesauce with? I have many kids in the school run so these will be great to grab and go xx

Natalie Monson says:

The applesauce is to replace the butter in the recipe. You can exchange applesauce for butter 1:1 ratio.

christina says:

what would the recipe be for a gluten free muffin?

Natalie Monson says:

We have a gluten free meal plan with other great recipes, or we have a gluten free category with lots of great recipes.

If you want to try substituting gluten free flours, check out our allergy substitution guide:

Melissa says:

My son can’t havr dairy. Is there a substitute for the buttermilk?

Natalie H. says:

Can you substitute honey for the sugar? Or even brown sugar?

Natalie Monson says:

You can substitute honey, but it will make your muffin a little darker and give it a different flavor. Yes you can substitute brown sugar without really any difference except a slight flavor change.

Natalie says:

We have a gluten free category, and also a gluten free meal plan that may be a good option for you. I’m not sure tweaking this recipe to be gluten free would turn out very good.

farah says:

can you give me a gluten free version of this recipe? I’m new into the world of being gluten free and all my “experiments” with gf options have been a disaster so far 🙁

Amy says:

If you replace with honey, just turn the temp down by about 25 degrees, as honey browns faster than regular sugar. You can also cut the sugar in half and see how your family likes it!

Rena says:

I am a little weary to add a full cup of sugar into the mix, is there possibly a healthier alternative to the sugar that could still give them a delicious taste? Honey maybe?

Natalie says:

You can definitely try it! There will definitely be a change in the texture and flavor of the original recipe, but they would probably still be delicious! And your daughter will never know the difference 🙂

MinAi says:

My 10 month old daughter loves her finger food and I’m thinking of making these for her but would I be able to omit the sugar and applesauce and substitute with mashed bananas?

Zoe says:

These sound perfect for my 2 year old! I just have a question, it might be a silly one. I live in Australia so apple sauce isn’t a common ingredient here, I’ve never bought it before. Could I make apple sauce simply by stewing some apples and blending them to use in this recipe? Or would that not work and I need to track some down in the supermarket? Thanks 🙂

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let you know. The design and style look great though!
Hope you get the problem solved soon. Thanks

Mili Miller says:

Patty, how did they turn after those extra 7 more minutes?? Soft, crunchy on top??

Natalie says:

If they are in an air-tight container they will last up to 3 months. You could try raisin bran cereal, but I think they will have a slightly different flavor and definitely a different texture.

Natalie says:

If they are in an air-tight container they will last up to 3 months.

Uma Mahajan says:

I love your recipes and tried quite a few. I will try these over the weekend. I also wanted to know how long they would last in the freezer and do you think I can use the raisin bran cereal to make it?


Natalie says:

If they are in an air-tight container they will last up to 3 months.

Olivia says:

Hi same question as above. I have just made a batch this morning. How long do they last in the freezer? Thank you

nouran yasen says:

thank u very much but is suger is good for 14 months old?

allison says:

How long do the muffins last in the freezer?

Amy says:

Hi Cheryl! It’s true. We’ve cycled through about 5 different blogging platforms since starting this blog, so some of our posts have different formats. Recipes like this one, I just have to highlight the text and choose to print selection only. Hope that helps!

Cheryl says:

These look lovely – I do have a question. Some of your recipes have a PRINT button that lets me print a tidy copy of the recipe. Some dont. Is there some way to print just the recipe and not the entire post?

Natalie says:

Yep that is right! If you look at the bottom of the recipe, there is an additional 1 cup of all-bran in the ingredients. The reason you add the other in later is it enhances the texture.

Leah says:

Please clarify… The recipe calls for 2 cups of All Bran, which you mix with water in step 2. Then in step 7, you say to add 1 cup of All Bran. Is that an additional 1 cup (3 cups total)?
Can’t wait to try this!

Natalie says:

The All Bran actually almost ‘melts’ into the batter. It really isn’t chunky at all. If you are worried about it, then add all of the All-Bran together in step 2 instead of leaving some of it out to add at the end. The boiling water almost dissolves it into a paste. Sounds gross – ha. But these muffins are SO good!

Amy PEndley says:

How do you think these would turn out if you crushed the All Bran? My kids have issues with “chunky” stuff!

Amy says:

That sounds great Sian. We’d love it!

Sian says:

Thanks! will be trying them asap as I love any ideas to get some healthy snacks into my son to fill the gaps.

I also have a superb recipe for a moist , sweet banana loaf that uses no sugar and contains nuts, fruit and whole grain – more than happy to share if your interested 🙂

Amy says:

Hi Sian,
there is definitely nothing wrong with your toddler eating these! They will be filling enough, so over-eating usually isn’t an issue.
Good luck!

Sian says:

hi there, was just wondering whether this recipe, in your opinion, is too high fibre for a 18 month old? thanks, 🙂

Natalie says:

No worries! We love the feedback!

Marcy says:

Thanks : ) sorry for reply many times.. I am getting familiar to this blog..

Natalie says:

Marcy –

You can use either. I have used both and you can’t tell a difference.

Marcy says:

Thanks : ) i will try it this weekend, and is it salted or unsalted butter?

Marcy says:

Ok!! Thank you, I will try it this weekend.. And should I use salted butter or unsalted butter? is it the same?

Marcy says:

Ok!! : ) thank you very much! I will try it this weekend !

Natalie says:

Marcy –
Liquid buttermilk. You can use dried, but you will want to reconstitute it before adding to the recipe

Marcy says:

Thank you : ) sounds delicious! I was wondering.. Buttermilk liquid? Or dried?

Liz says:

Thank you! I did the first batch at 350 and it just took twice as long but they still came out great! Love your recipes. The bean soup is on the menu for this week and I’m making the chicken nuggets right now!

Natalie says:

400 degrees. Sorry I didn’t include that – kind of important!

Liz says:

What do you bake it at? 350?

sallyjrw says:

I make Bob’s Red Mil High Fiber Cereal muffins with lemons instead of bananas. I will have to try these.

Patty says:

Love it, my kids eat those for lunch too:-) but because I live in Utah i have to live them in the oven 7 more minutes.

Natalie says:

You could try it, but the consistency will likely not be the same. The FiberOne cereal I have had is more solid – less mushy – if you will. I think it would make your muffins more gummy. The All Bran dissolves really well and makes the consistency of the muffin more smooth. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

Kas says:

Why not use bran flakes?

I’m surprised you use a microwave.
Microwaves are bad, we use a toaster oven to heat things up….

Do you think FiberOne cereal could be subbed for All Bran?

Chantell says:

I will definitely have to try these, I have a 3 year old daughter that sounds like Sophie. She is constantly on the move and does not like to sit and eat a large portion. I have been trying to set out lots of healthy snacks during the day and evening so I love your ideas.

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