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Low Sugar Buttermilk Bran Muffins

These low sugar buttermilk bran muffins are light and mildly sweet with the goodness of bran.

These muffins are great to bring to work and enjoy as a healthy snack with a mid-morning cup of tea or coffee. Having these on hand will help you avoid the sugar-laden coffee shop muffins.

This recipe came from one of my all-time favourite cookbooks, Muffins & More from Jean Pare's Company's Coming series. I have probably made almost every recipe in this book, and they are all excellent.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 small muffins

Mildly Sweet Recipe


Low Sugar Buttermilk Bran Muffins 1 cup buttermilk
1 cup natural bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

  2. Pour the buttermilk into a medium bowl. Add the bran and stir to mix. Let stand 5 minutes.

  3. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  4. Add the vegetable oil, applesauce, egg and vanilla extract to the buttermilk mixture and stir until blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir just to moisten.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

  6. Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove and cool completely on wire rack.

Low Sugar buttermilk bran muffins nutrition

Sweeter Option

For a sweeter muffin, replace the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Stir the sugar into the buttermilk mixture along with the oil, egg and vanilla in step 4. Omit the unsweetened applesauce.

If you would like to experiment with other sweeteners, see About Sweeteners for more information and nutrition facts on honey, maple syrup, stevia and other sweeteners.

Low Sugar buttermilk bran muffins nutrition

Most of the recipes on Sweet Smart are adapted from my favourite cookbooks and websites. The Sweeter Option usually calls for about 1/4 to 1/2 of the sugar used in the original recipe.

Adapted from: Bran Muffins from Muffins and More (Company's Coming).

Recipe Sweetness

Sweet Smart recipes offer 2 sweetness levels:

1. Mildly Sweet
For those looking to enjoy baked treats with low sugar content. Recipes are designed to:
  • Minimize potential blood sugar spikes
  • Reduce cravings for sweets

2. Sweeter Option
For those who want a bit more sweetness in their baked goods, but are still looking for a lower sugar option.

These recipes are not meant to replicate traditional recipes, they are meant to provide a less sweet alternative.

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