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Buttermilk Bran Muffins

With the addition of cottage Cheese...these muffins have hidden protein tucked alongside fiber for healthy lunch box ideas.
Since discovering buttermilk powder, I am always testing and tweaking old recipes to include buttermilk powder to replace liquid buttermilk. 
This one is a keeper.

  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups all-bran cereal
  •  1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda'
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk powder
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line 1 - 12 cup muffin tin with large paper liners and spray the tin and liners with cooking spray.  They will not stick to the liners this way even when warm.
  3. Pour boiling water over the all-bran in a medium bowl.  Allow to sit while measuring the remaining ingredients.
  4. Put the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, buttermilk powder and walnuts and dates or raisins in a medium bowl and stir well.  If you use dates, use your fingers to break apart the chopped dates and rub with flour to keep separated.
  5. Stir together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 
  6. Fold the bran-ceral mixture and dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.  You don't want to overstir...use a quick and gentle fold to keep the rising mixture from deflating.
  7. Use a large icecream scoop if possible to divide between the muffin cups.  They will be full.
  8. Bake 25 minutes.


  1. Looks delicious! Where do you find buttermilk powder?

  2. Those sound and look really good. I love the hints you always give (i.e. rubbing some flour onto the dates so they don't clump together). I must try this one instead of my same old same old recipe I always use.

  3. They look delicious. I just made some bran muffins, but I like the addition of buttermilk...extra flavor with no fat!

  4. Country Kitchens.
    In Canada..Thrifty Foods has it by their bulk...ask them.
    In US Fred Meyer.

  5. If we want to use liquid buttermilk how much would we use in this recipe? Thanks.


  6. To replace liquid buttermilk for the dry, replace some of the boiling water..maybe half for cold buttermilk and put the buttermilk together with the liquid ingredients.

  7. What a great photo of the muffins in the sunshine!!

  8. I agree: the muffins look especially appealing in the sunshine!

  9. I too have just discovered buttermilk powder; I now keep my own home-made buttermilk pancake mix in my cupboard. These muffins look delicious. Thanks.

  10. I just made these muffins, exactly as written, and I must say, they were positively MEMORABLE! I also liked how easily the muffin papers came off after spraying them. I will always do that from now on. Gotta go, still have some all-bran calling my name...I'm going to freeze these individually! Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. these have got to be the best for a breakfast on the go! where does one find buttermilk powder? that just sounds extremely helpful!

    as per always, love your page. thank you for keeping things interesting and sharing with us!

  12. Meaghan, You can find the buttermilk powder at some Thrifty's stores in Canada or I also have found it at Fred Meyer in the States...
    Not sure where you are located but you might also want to look online.
    All the best in your search.


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