Skip to content

    Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

      This content is selected and controlled by WebMD's editorial staff in collaboration with Sanford Health Systems.
    Font Size

    Banana-Bran Muffins

    WebMD Recipe from

    Banana-Bran Muffins

    By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime—just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.

    This Recipe Is:
    Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour
    • 2   large
    • 2/3   cup
      packed light brown sugar
    • 1   cup
      mashed ripe bananas, (2 medium)
    • 1   cup
      buttermilk, (see Ingredient notes)
    • 1   cup
      unprocessed wheat bran, (see Ingredient notes)
    • 1/4   cup
      canola oil
    • 1   teaspoon
      vanilla extract
    • 1   cup
      whole-wheat flour
    • 3/4   cup
      all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2   teaspoons
      baking powder
    • 1/2   teaspoon
      baking soda
    • 1/2   teaspoon
      ground cinnamon
    • 1/4   teaspoon
    • 1/2   cup
      chocolate chips, (optional)
    • 1/3   cup
      chopped walnuts, (optional)
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
    2. Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, oil and vanilla.
    3. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, if using. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they’ll be quite full). Sprinkle with walnuts, if using.
    4. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.
    Ingredient Notes: You can use buttermilk powder in place of fresh buttermilk. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk. Unprocessed wheat bran is the outer layer of the wheat kernel, removed during milling. Also known as miller’s bran, it can be found in the baking section. Do not substitute bran cereal in this recipe.
    Nutritional Information

    Makes: 1 dozen muffins
    • Calories200
    • Fat6 g
      • Saturated fat1 g
    • Cholesterol36 mg
    • Carbohydrates34 g
      • Dietary fiber4 g
    • Protein6 g
    • Sodium184 mg
    * Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


    Kids Healthy Weight & BMI Calculator

    Enter your child's information:
    Get Started