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Oat Bran-Applesauce Mini Muffins

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
Oat Bran-Applesauce Mini Muffins

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2008


  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ounces dates, pitted and chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon old-fashioned oats


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat 2 mini-muffin tins with cooking spray. Place applesauce and dates in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is reduced to 1 1/4 cups, 15 to 20 minutes. Spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and let cool completely.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in bran, buttermilk, egg, honey, ginger, and vanilla. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, flaxseed, baking soda, salt, allspice, and 1/4 cup oats. Stir into bran mixture.

  4. Spoon batter into prepared tins, filling to the brims. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon oats over muffins. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of 1 comes out clean, 21 to 23 minutes. Let cool completely in pans on wire racks.

Cook's Note

Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reviews (15)

  • ToujoursFaim4 15 Aug, 2014

    Can you substitute low fat milk for low fat buttermilk?

  • gm203504 4 Jan, 2012

    Just sub oat bran for wheat bran.

    For those concerned with calories and the amount of egg and buttermilk:

    The recipe yields 24 mini muffins. The recipe calls for 1 large egg which averages about 74 calories. That means there are only about 3 calories from that egg per muffin.

    And for the buttermilk. One cup of buttermilk is about 98 calories, which is less than the same amount of 2% milk. So that 1/2 cup of buttermilk split 24 ways is 2 calories per muffin.

    Does 5 calories really matter?

  • RandyM 2 Jun, 2011

    It should be called Wheat Bran muffins since there is much more wheat bran instead of oats.
    By the way, oat "Bran" is much better for you than just oats.
    I immediately thought the same as SmartSassy when I read the ingredients.
    I have a better and healthier recipe that I use and it doesn't need buttermilk or whole eggs and tastes delicious.

  • torlee 6 Apr, 2011

    @SmartSassy... there is a big difference, but if you re-read the recipe, you'll find they are made with old fashioned oats and wheat bran. Thus "oat bran" muffins. I made the mini muffins and plan to store the leftovers. Yum!

  • IraNYC 1 Apr, 2011

    I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour. The muffins were a bit tougher texture, but the extra fiber was worth the minor difference.

  • SmartSassy 7 Mar, 2011

    The recipe name is "Oat-Bran" but the ingredients calls for "Wheat-Bran" So which one is it? There is a BIG difference!

  • mlinderman 15 Apr, 2010

    Thanks, Amanda. Much better for me than I expected!

  • Amanda_MacMillan 15 Apr, 2010

    Each muffin has 50 calories 0.1 g saturated fat, 0 g unsaturated fat, 9 mg cholesterol, 11 g carbohydrate, 99 mg sodium, 2 g protein, and 2 g fiber. thanks!

  • metislady 10 Apr, 2010

    These are great. I doubled the recipe and it works fine, freeze the rest and I use regular size tins. Also, if I boil down the applesauce and figs too much, I top it up with buttermilk. If I don't have the exact amount of applesauce to start with I just don't boil it as much. And just cool in the pot that I cook in. Why dirty more dishes? Anyway they are terrific and very effective, if you know what I mean... but just right! I eat one a day.

  • JulieW 24 Feb, 2010

    The magazine said they are 50 calories each, .1g saturated fat, 0 g unsaturated fat. Many recipes in Living and Everyday foods now have the nutritional content.

  • EmilyMcNaughton 17 Jul, 2009

    I wish the recipes would have calorie counts per serving

  • steetoa 8 Mar, 2009

    These muffins are great! I love recipes with no processed sugars. I made 12 standard sized muffins with the batter and also substituted whole wheat flour for the regular flour listed. Not sure about calories or fat, but each standard sized muffin runs 2 weight watchers points.

  • beekpr 16 Apr, 2008

    These are great muffins! Very flavorful and easy to make. I had batter left over, so just made some additional standard sized muffins, which baked up beautifully. The nutritional information is listed in the magazine; but I agree it would be helpful to have it here, too.

  • Barbara1243 5 Apr, 2008

    I too, would like to know the calorie / fat content...actually, I'd like to see full nutritional information available for all recipes on this site.

  • activesr 4 Apr, 2008

    what is the calorie/fat content

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