Lisa Faulkner’s bran muffins recipe

(90 ratings)

Bran muffins
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories205 Kcal10%
Fat11.8 g17%
Saturated Fat1.6 g8%

Ready in just four easy steps, these tasty bran muffins are so simple to make at home. A delicious brunch treat.

Made with wholewheat flour, natural oat or wheat bran and natural yogurt, these muffins are much healthier options than regular sweet muffins. The blueberries in this recipe add a natural sweetness to every bite. This recipe is by celeb chef Lisa Faulkner. "I've had this recipe for years - just mix the dry things in one bowl, the wet in another and then stir the two together. By the time you've made the coffee they are practically ready."


  • 250g (9oz) wholewheat flour
  • 200g (7oz) natural oat or wheatbran
  • 4tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 450ml (3/4 pint) natural yogurt or buttermilk
  • 180ml (6 fl oz) vegetable oil
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g (4oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 350g (12oz) blueberries




  1. Line 18 sections of two muffin tins with paper cases or grease lightly with a little oil. Mix the flour, bran, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and a little salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the yogurt or buttermilk, oil and vanilla to a second, smaller bowl then add the eggs and sugar and fork together until smooth. Add to the bowl of dry ingredients and fork together until just mixed.
  3. Add the blueberries and mix briefly, being careful not to overmix. Divide the mixture between the sections of the muffin tin.
  4. Bake at 200oC (400oF) Gas mark 6 for about 20 minutes until tops are firm when pressed. Lift out of the tin, transfer to a wire rack and serve while warm, or leave to cool completely.

Top tips for making bran muffins

You could swap the natural yogurt for buttermilk instead. You could also try this recipe with other berries instead of blueberries, like chopped strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries.

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Lisa Faulkner
Celebrity chef

Lisa Faulkner is an actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modeling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well-loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks, and EastEnders. Lisa's cooking and recipes have been inspired by her mother's love for cooking and love for making family dishes that bring everyone together.