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Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Today we have a special treat, a guest post from my dear blogging friend, Michelle, of Brown Eyed Baker. If you don’t already follow her delicious blog, check it out. You will be hooked! Thanks Michelle for being our first guest post ever and sharing your banana-nut oat bran muffin recipe. Enjoy friends!

I want to thank Maria for inviting me to do a guest post over here on Two Peas and Their Pod. Maria has become a great friend and is one of the kindest bloggers I’ve ever met. As far as food goes, I feel like we’re perfect complements –  I stuff myself full of sugar, chocolate and peanut butter and she pulls me back from the edge with awesome recipes like edamame guacamole, zucchini cookies, and bright melon salads. And she definitely cemented a place in my heart with her Fluffernutter Cookies. I love the style of her blog, the simple and mouth-watering recipes she creates, and I especially love that her and her husband have such a great time in the kitchen together!

When Maria asked me to do a post over here I asked if she had any specific type of recipe in mind. She said I could choose whatever I wanted, and so I did some brainstorming. I ended up choosing a recipe that pays homage to Maria’s healthy lifestyle and to my baking roots: Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins.

These muffins were the very first thing that I ever helped to bake in the kitchen. Back when I was in elementary school my dad was told he had slightly high cholesterol and that he could improve it through diet. My mom received this recipe from my aunt, who had been making these muffins for my uncle, who had previously suffered a heart attack. I’m not sure where the recipe originally came from, but they soon became a weekly staple at our house. Every Sunday night my mom would make a batch, and let me help with the mixing. They are so easy that after awhile I had the recipe almost memorized myself! This was also the recipe that enabled me to learn how to separate eggs. Thanks to my mom for teaching me, it has certainly come in handy with all of the egg yolks I use when making homemade ice cream!

Like almost all muffins, these are very quick to get together and get baked; we’re talking mixed, baked and out of the oven in 30 minutes. It’s hard to beat that! You’ll notice that the batter is very thin once it’s mixed together, but that’s okay – the oat bran soaks up a lot of that in the baking process and keeps the muffins nice and moist.

The original recipe calls for corn syrup, which I have substituted with agave nectar and you could also use honey. These muffins lend themselves well to a lot of adaptations – I like to add some cinnamon, you can switch up the nuts, add some dried fruit, etc. It’s a great base recipe for letting your creative juices flow. My dad, who was a faithful devotee to Snickers and ice cream (I think we all know where I got my palate from!), loved these so much that even after his cholesterol returned to normal he still requested that my mom make them. I hope you enjoy them as much as he did!

Thanks again to Maria and Josh for allowing me to share this old family recipe with you, I hope you enjoy it!

Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes


2-1/4 cups oat bran
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
2 bananas, mashed
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cups.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oat bran, baking powder and brown sugar. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the milk, mashed bananas, egg whites and agave nectar.

3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Fold in the walnuts. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake until the muffins are lightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Serve at room temperature or reheat in the microwave and top with your favorite jam, butter or even peanut butter.

If you like these banana muffins, you might also like:

Banana Cinnamon Chip Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Banana Fosters Bread from Brown Eyed Baker
Banana Nut Muffins from Simply Recipes

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68 Responses to “Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins”

  1. The Brunette Foodie — September 3, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    Delicious! I make a variation of these, but I definitely want to try this recipe. I love anything with bananas!

  2. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — September 3, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    These look great, I love how simple the ingredient list is!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 3, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    Any muffin that includes banana is my kinda muffin!

  4. Alice — September 3, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    I love banana oat muffins! Yours look so good.

  5. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 3, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    This is such a fun guest post. You gals make a great pair!! I love following both of your blogs & I can’t wait to meet you both for real. These muffins are simple & chock full of good for us ingredients. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Jenny Flake — September 3, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    I’m a huge muffin fan, these look scrumptious! Have a great weekend girl!

  7. Tracy — September 3, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    Looks delicious! I love Michelle and her blog – great guest post! :-)

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 3, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    this used to be the only way to get bananas inside of me…i think i need to revert to that again :)

  9. Jen @ How To: Simplify — September 3, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    What a lovely guest post by the Brown Eyed Baker! I love banana-flavored treats, especially muffins! Yum!

  10. Teresa — September 3, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    Love this recipe. Thanks so much to you both for sharing it.

  11. Joanne — September 3, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Great guest post! I love Michelle’s blog…all of her baked goods are fantastic! These being no exception.

  12. Sues — September 3, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    These look SO moist and delicious! And I’m always looking for something to do with those too-ripe-to-eat bananas. Yum!

  13. Katrina — September 3, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    Already love Brown Eyed Baker and LOVE banana muffins. Fun guest post.

  14. Vanessa — September 3, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    You had me at banana!!! Looks delicious!!!

  15. Joe @ Eden Kitchen — September 3, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Hi haven’t made bran muffins in so long… you’ve just reminded me how much I like them!

  16. Miri @ — September 3, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    Ohhhhh… yum! I love a good banana muffin recipe. And I love the simple, yummy photo. And I’m so happy to see a guest post; I’ve been thinking about doing the same on my blog like… forever… I just need to get my rear in gear and do it! You’ve inspired me to get movin!

  17. Heather — September 4, 2010 @ 5:58 am

    Yummy, these look delicious girls! Great recipe and a must try. Banana anything is a favorite in my house.
    Have a great Labor Day weekend!

  18. Michelle — September 4, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    I should make some bran muffins for my husband, banana is one of his favorites too!

  19. Cookin' Canuck — September 4, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    Wonderful recipe, Michelle! I can see why these became a family favorite.

  20. grace — September 5, 2010 @ 3:13 am

    fluffy, filling fabulousness.

  21. Cara — September 6, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    Wow, I am surprised at how light these are! I have never cooked with oat bran and now I’m intrigued. Thanks for sharing, Michelle.

  22. Barbara @moderncomfortfood — September 6, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve never tried oat bran either but plan to get some soonest to make this excellent recipe. These look to be perfect breakfast muffins: simple, light, healthy, and presumably adaptable to other seasonal fruits and nuts also.

  23. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — September 6, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    Thank you so much for having me and letting me share an old family recipe, Maria! I hope your readers enjoy the muffins!

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  25. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 7, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    Yum, yum! This would be the perfect on-the-go breakfast for me! They look delicious, thanks for sharing!

  26. Deborah — September 7, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    I am a muffin addict and need some good healthy muffns. These look fantastic!

  27. pushkar — September 9, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    I see your comments

  28. pushkar — September 9, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    Oat Bran – your way to good health!
    Oat bran is one of the best foods available in the nature. WHY? simply beacuse it is rich in fibre and important minerals and low in carbs and fat!

    It has also got some protein so it helps to build muscles and improve strength.

  29. Becky K — September 9, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    I have a question – I have bran cereal, Do you think that I could put it in my food processor and then use it? Sorry if this is bad question.

    • twopeas replied: — September 10th, 2010 @ 6:30 am

      I think it would work. I have never tried it, but great idea! Let me know how it goes!

  30. Sherri — December 1, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    Made them today..tastes good for a healthier muffin recipe…love easy ingredient list.

    • twopeas replied: — December 2nd, 2010 @ 7:14 am

      Glad you liked the muffins!

  31. Allene — May 25, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Hi, can you give a measurement for the mashed bananas? There can be quite a difference in banana size. Esp for me, as i live in the Philippines. Thanks.

    • Two Peas replied: — May 25th, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

      You need about 1 cup of mashed banana.

  32. Allene — May 26, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Ok, thanks, that is what I used. But I have another question. Maria said above that the batter would be thin. How could it be thin? There’s very little liquid in the recipe. No milk or cooking oil. My batter was thick, and the muffins turned out kind of heavy. They weren’t smooth across the top like the picture. They were lumpy as if they didn’t rise at all.

    • Two Peas replied: — May 26th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      This is not my recipe, it was a guest post from Brown Eyed Baker, but I would guess the batter would have to be somewhat thick due to the bran.

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  35. Dylan's Mama — July 9, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    I LOVE healthy recipe’s, especially ones that replace white flour and sugar with other healthier ingredients. However, this recipe seems like it is missing an ingredient…milk or oil perhaps? I made them exactly as the recipe states and they did not turn out at all. I was so very disappointed, especially after using over 2 cups of oat bran! Brown Eyed Baker, can you look over the recipe and see if something got inadvertently omitted? Thank you! I’d love to try this again if anyone has suggestions!

  36. Diana Dalton — September 19, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    I just tried the Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins for the first time (minus the nuts), and I have to tell you these were absolutely outstanding! I was quite surprised at how tasty and moist and flavorful they were. They turned out to be a beautiful muffin as well. I will be sure to make this recipe again and again. I made it exactly as the recipe called for with the Agave and the egg whites. The only item I left out was the nuts. They were perfect! I made mine in the muffin cups to make them easy to take.

  37. Camille — October 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    I just pulled these out of the oven and couldn’t wait to try one. They are AMAZING!!
    I love how nutritious they are and that they have the perfect amount of sweetness.
    I’ll be using this recipe again and again! :-) Thank you!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 27th, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

      So happy you liked the muffins!

  38. Penny Lisowski — December 23, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Batter was very thick, like cookie dough. Followed recipe. Should there be milk? I did mix with a mixer.

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