Make the best Vegan Bran Muffins recipe to add fiber to your diet in the most delicious way possible! These bran muffins are loaded with lots of healthy ingredients and yet are moist and packed with flavor. They’re also easy to make and perfect for meal prepping!
When my mom had knee replacement surgery, we discovered the recovery was not as easy as we thought it was going to be. I know, I know. It doesn’t sound that easy, but the words come out without much difficulty. Knee Replacement. No big deal, right?
After her surgery we learned that knee replacement is more painful than most joint replacement surgeries. We’ll put that in the list of things people don’t tell you until afterwards. Kind of like how you might want to wear Depends when skydiving the first time. Anyway, the problem with painkillers is that they can have troublesome side effects. I’m not going to spell it out for you, but let’s just say that these simple Vegan Bran Muffins came in handy.
Fiber and Your Diet
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. According to the Institute of Medicine, women should strive for 20 – 25 grams and men should be getting between 30 – 40 grams of fiber a day. To put that in perspective, an apple has roughly 4 grams of fiber. That means you’d have to eat 7 – 8 apples just to get on the low end of that fiber requirement.
So when you see these dietary recommendations that suggest 5 – 7 servings of fruits and veggies per day, one of the goals is to help get that fiber packed in your day.
Come to find out, dietary fiber is more important than we realized. According to the Mayo Clinic, getting enough fiber in your diet can help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, and can even help in maintaining a healthy weight.
Can Healthy Food Taste Good?
So with all these positives of a high fiber diet, why don’t we get more of it in our diet?
I can answer that with one word: flavor.
High fiber foods have become the nemesis of all things tasty. Whole wheat pasta. Brown rice. Yes, even bran muffins. Most people think of these options as a necessary evil rather than a tasty and healthy choice.
I’m a big believer that just because something is “healthy” doesn’t mean that it has to taste like cardboard.
That’s why when my mom asked for a high fiber breakfast, I came to the rescue with these little dairy-free bran muffins. She requested “plane jane” bran muffins, but that’s not really my style. I mean, the woman was doing daily rounds of physical therapy. And I felt like I owed it to her since she did go through labor to have me. That’s a mother’s trump card on everything!
Delicate hints of ginger and bursts of orange zest combine to make each bite a reason to look forward to the next one. Add some raisins and you can call these vegan raisin bran muffins!
One thing I knew is that I wanted to make these vegan bran muffins moist! I achieved that result!
How to Make Vegan Bran Muffins
It’s so easy to make vegan bran muffin recipes! I consider this a base recipe that you can add things like raisins or bananas to. You can even add 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries to make vegan blueberry bran muffins! It’s delicious and healthy (two of my favorite ingredients!).
Use these ingredients to make these vegan bran muffins:
- chopped dates
- soy milk
- apple cider vinegar
- chopped carrots
- fresh ginger
- 1 apple
- vegetable oil
- brown sugar
- Zest of one orange
- 2 cups bran cereal
- whole wheat pastry flour
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
There are so many ways you can refer to these muffins, thanks to all the healthy ingredients! You could even call these vegan carrot bran muffins!
Follow these steps to make these muffins:
In a small bowl combine the hot water and dates. Set this bowl aside to allow the dates to soak in the water.
In a food processor, combine the soy milk, vinegar, chopped carrots, ginger, apple, oil and sugar. Pulse a few times. I don’t mind leaving some of the texture of the carrots and the apple because they bake nicely in these muffins.
Note: I’m using an apple in this recipe because in a food processor it basically turns it into applesauce. Except with this version you get the peel too, which is where so many nutrients are. But, you can consider these vegan bran muffins with applesauce. However, you can substitute one banana in place of the apple. That would make this into a vegan banana bran muffins recipe!
Next add the dates (and any water they’ve been soaking in). Pulse for a few seconds and then add the orange zest and pulse one more second or two to combine. Set aside.
In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients. Stir well.
Pour the orange zest mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Pour the batter into your prepared muffin tins. Be sure not to fill any of them more than 3/4 full so they won’t overflow. This is a fairly dense muffin recipe so there’s not as much of that as with some, but it’s something to keep in mind. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the muffins get a nice, golden hue about them. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool a few minutes before serving.
Serving and Storing Vegan Bran Muffins
These muffins are delicious served warm, but they are great the day after as well.
To store the muffins, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To keep them longer, store them in a container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Or, you can even freeze muffins in a freezer bag (or other freezer container) for up to 2 months.
I love serving bran muffins with a generous dollop of this chia seed jam. It’s so delicious together!
Healthy Vegan Recipes
Looking for more healthy vegan recipes? Be sure to give these a try:
- This whole wheat banana bread is so good, you won’t realize it’s healthy
- We love these healthy whole wheat waffles
- This simple, no-knead whole wheat bread is amazing
Do you love tasty muffins? You’ll love these tasty cherry muffins!
I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Bran Muffins
- ½ cup chopped dates
- ½ cup hot water
- ½ cup soy milk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup roughly chopped carrots
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 1 medium apple cored and chopped
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Zest of one orange
- 2 cups bran flakes cereal
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare muffin tins by either spraying them with vegetable spray or use muffin tins.
- In a small bowl combine the hot water and dates. Set this bowl aside to allow the dates to soak in the water.
- In a food processor, combine the soy milk, vinegar, chopped carrots, ginger, apple, oil and sugar. Pulse a few times. Leave some of the texture of the carrots and the apple because they bake nicely in these muffins.
- Next add the dates (and any water they’ve been soaking in). Pulse for a few seconds and then add the orange zest and pulse one more second or two to combine. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients. Stir well.
- Pour the orange zest mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared muffin tins. Be sure not to fill any of them more than 3/4 full so they won’t overflow. This is a fairly dense muffin recipe so there’s not as much of that as with some, but it’s something to keep in mind. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the muffins get a nice, golden hue about them. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool a few minutes before serving. These are delicious served warm, but they are great the day after as well.
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You don’t need major surgery to try these muffins – they can be part of your regularly-consumed healthy breakfast. Enjoy!