Wholesome Vegan Oat Bran Muffins

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Vegan Oat Bran Muffins

I haven't struggled so much to come up with a name for a recipe before. Usually I go with the title of the original recipe if it is from some source or pick something which is more apt. This oat bran muffin recipe is an exception to it because it has a big list of healthy ingredients and leaving even just one doesn't seem right to me.

So you must be wondering what is really there in this muffin! It has significant amount of oat bran, carrots, apples, zucchini, raisins and pecans. I have made it vegan as well. Now you can understand what I'm talking about right? Muffins can't get any healthier and tastier too. Yes you read it right, these oat bran muffins are damn tasty. You don't really realize the presence of oat bran because it is loaded with lot of other ingredients.

Usually when a recipe calls for a huge quantity of healthy flour like whole wheat or oat bran in this case, we usually try to mask it with a whole lot of other unhealthy ingredients but in the end term it as healthy. But this muffin recipe is a BIG exception to this. It has so much other healthy ingredients going in but it actually doesn't taste healthy at all. It tastes just like any other ordinary carrot muffin or even better I can say. I found this recipe in "250 Best Muffin Recipes" by Esther Brody. I have modified it a little bit to make it vegan and to use the stuff I had in the refrigerator. My son helped me with measuring the ingredients and when I was in doubt myself whether the muffins are going to turn out right, like a big fellow he was assuring me that it is going to be just fine. And it was very fine indeed! These oat bran muffins are good for any time of the day. It can be a very good way to start your day with a cup of milk or freshly squeezed orange juice, or to pack it in the lunch box as dessert, or an after school snack or to end your day with a guiltless indulgence.


Wholesome Vegan Oat Bran Muffins Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins16 Mins24 mini muffins & 9 regular muffins
Wholesome Vegan Oat Bran Muffins
5.0 from 14 reviews
It's difficult to believe that these delicious muffins are vegan and loaded with a lot of healthy ingredients including oat bran.
Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Oat Bran
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed (light brown)
  • 1 cup Grated Carrots
  • 1 cup Grated Apple
  • 1 cup Grated Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup Oil (I used Canola)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C for 15 minutes. Line required muffin tins with paper liners or grease it with a non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and make a well in the center.
  3. Similarly combine together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Just stir it well with a whisk.
  4. Pour the wet mixture of the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  5. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin tins.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes for the mini muffins and around 16 minutes for the regular size muffins. The time mentioned in the original recipe was about 20 minutes, but when I did the toothpick test around 15 minutes I saw that the muffins were almost done, so just left it for one more minute.
  7. Leave the pan on the wire rack for just 5 minutes and transfer the muffins directly to the cooling rack. If the muffins are left in the pan for more than 5 minutes the muffins will start to condense.
My Notes:
  1. I just washed the carrot, apple and zucchini. Did not peel it before grating.
  2. Zucchini was not used in the original recipe, instead 2 apples were used and 1/2 cup skim milk. Since I used grated zucchini it started secreting water and so used only 1/4 of liquid (water in this case to make it vegan). So if you are using all apples, you may want to use another 1/4 cup of liquid or add less or more according to the consistency of the batter.
  3. Also 2 teaspoons of cinnamon was used. Since I'm not a cinnamon fan I used 1 teaspoon of cardamom instead and actually felt that even that was more. If you are not a spice fan like me even 1/2 teaspoon should be fine.
  4. Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed together you may notice that the mixture is very tight unlike the usual muffin batter. Don't worry though because the zucchini starts secreting water and makes it right.
  5. The mini muffin cups hold roughly about a tablespoon of the batter and fill the regular size muffin to the top of the tin. Since this muffin batter is thick it does not rise a whole lot, so you don't have to worry about the muffins overflowing.
  6. The original recipe mentions that it will yield 18 regular size muffins. Since I wanted to pack it for my son's lunch I first filled a 24 mini muffin tin and the rest of the batter was just enough for 9 regular muffins. Had I spooned the batter among the 9 muffin cups I would have got even beautiful muffins with bigger tops.
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  2. kim

    Do you know the carb count for each muffin? Thanks!

    I’m sorry Kim, I don’t know it. Maybe you can google for some nutrition calculators and try to find it out entering the ingredients and measurements.

  3. NSG

    Madhu, muffins look awesome. Cant wait to try them.
    Can you specify how much grated apple, carrot and zucchini to use, in metric/cup measurement? I dont want to ruin them by my guesswork.

    Thanks NSG. I would say a cup of each should be fine. From the next time on, I will be sure to note this one too.

  4. Jen

    These are wonderful!! I just found your website today and have already gotten some wonderful ideas and recipes. I made these tonight to go along side white bean salad and tomatoes with fresh mozzarella. All, including my picky child, enjoyed it. I used white wheat flour and dried cranberries instead of raisins. Thanks for posting.

    Thank you very much for trying the recipe Jen.

  5. Amrita Sagu

    Yesterday I tried Wholesome Vegan Oat Bran Muffins. They came out sooo good. Thank you for such a wonderful healthy recipe….

    You’re welcome Amrita. I’m very glad that you liked it.

  6. ammu

    Hey nice to see a blog full of mouthwatering recipes:)

  7. Geetha

    Hi Madhuram,
    I made these a while ago and they were absolutely delicious.I only had green apple,so I used it but also added dates hoping to balance out the tartness.I also replaced part of APF with whole wheat pastry flour.My kids could hardly wait for the muffins to cool before digging into them.Thanks to you,I have discoovered a new passion-baking…Right now,I am making strawberry cupcakes for my husband’s birthday..I woke up at 4 a.m. coz I was so excited about it..now I can’t remember when I was ever excited enough to do that!
    Keep the recipes coming..

    You’re welcome Geetha. Your excitement is rubbing on me too! Thanks a lot.

  8. deepti

    Dear Madhuram
    Thanks 4 visiting Panchamrutham & 4 ur sweet words !!
    Im really honored by ur visit…Shud say ive missed adding such a wonderful blog 2 my blogroll !!
    Keep Going with the Good Work !!
    btw muffins r too tempting & healthy !!

    Thank you very much for your compliments Deepti.

  9. SathyaSridhar

    Vanakkam Madhuram madam,,epdi irukkenga unga blog la ella recipe um nalla irukku rombha health concious oeda ellam seithurukkeenga paa… inga neenga seitha muffins nalla perfect ah vanthurukku athuvum zuchchini,cardamom super,,,

    Thanks Sathya.

  10. nags

    i am yet to try savory muffins 🙂

    These are sweet muffins Nags.

  11. karthik

    nalla iruku madam. but koncham tamilla podalame 🙂

    Thanks Karthik.

  12. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    Hi Madhuram, it was nice visiting your blog for the first time. You got a wonderful collection and very good for me as all are eggless. Thanks for these. I am following you now. Please do visit my blog if you get time 🙂

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  13. Gayatri

    Excellent Recipe Madhuram. I made a few changes and the muffin turned out very tasty. Have to see if my toddler likes this. I grinded old fashioned oats instead of oat bran as I did not have oat bran. Will definetely do this again.

    That was very quick Gayatri. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  14. Jayasri

    They look lovely Madhu!!, one more thing I sent a link to your quinoa event!!, I would like to know if you got it.

    Thanks Jayasri. I have been busy for the past couple of days. So will check the mail and get back to you.

  15. Sweatha

    Wow,Love the muffins and nice that you added zucchini to it.Love the cardamom flavour you have made as well.

  16. thakkudu

    Nice muffins Madhuram akka! appudiyee oru dozen parcel anuppi vaikkavum… 🙂

    Welcome Thakkudu. Address kudunga, pack pannidalaam.

  17. Priya

    Cute and healthy muffins..

  18. Kalyani

    looks delicious ………

  19. Swathi


    I love this muffins, they are really healthy .you are right adding some all purpose flour won’t hurt.

  20. harini-jaya

    i like the idea of zucchini..i was thinking of sweet potato..any idea how that wld be?

    No idea Harini. I have not used it while baking.

  21. Swathi


    Nice muffins, i like when it healthy, you are right, adding all purpose flour makes it right.

  22. Kiran

    Very delicious and healthy muffins.Thanks for sharing.

  23. Soumya

    Hmmm….sounds and looks so yummy….I have been thinking of making a zucchini cake/muffin from a long time but this sounds perfect.Will try out soon.

  24. notyet100

    delicious this looks,..