Buttermilk Cranberry Raisin Muffins

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This is a tender bran muffin loaded with raisins, cranberries, coconut and walnuts. They are crispy on top because there are nuts on top of the muffins that roast while the muffins are cooking. You can make your own buttermilk, so these are super easy with most everything you already have in your pantry besides the bran cereal. If you have a bran cereal that already has raisins in it, you can cut the amount of raisin in recipe in 1/2. I make XL-sized muffins because these are good for you and loaded with ingredients, but you can make them whatever size you prefer.


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6 or 12 depending on what size muffin tins you use
20 Min
25 Min


  • 1 1/4 c
    buttermilk (or 1 1/4 cups milk plus 1 tbsp + 2 tsps vinegar...any kind of milk is fine skim/whole/2%)
  • 2 c
    bran cereal (i use trader joes plain bran flakes cereal)
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1/4 c
    canola oil (i use safflower)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    optional: orange oil or orange extract (in addition to the vanilla)
  • 1/4 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 c
    pecans or walnuts, chopped but not finely
  • 1/4 c
    yellow or black raisins
  • 1/4 c
    dried cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp
    flaked coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 1/4 c
    ap flour (since these are dense anyway, you could also use 3/4 c. white with 1/2 c. whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 c
    packed brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground flax seed (if you dont have it, skip it)

How to Make Buttermilk Cranberry Raisin Muffins


  1. Pour buttermilk into a large bowl and add the bran flakes. Goal is to soften them up. If you are making your own buttermilk (which I do regularly, make sure the milk sits for 10 minutes with the vinegar in it before using it.)
  2. Add the oil, the egg, baking soda, salt, vanilla, optional orange extract*. Mix by hand about 4-5 strokes. *Note: Sometimes I use a tsp of pure maple flavoring instead or 2 tbsps of pure maple syrup.
  3. Add ground flax seed, sugar and flour. Mix by hand until incorporated. No need to use an electric mixer. Then fold in the coconut, raisins, 1/2 the chopped walnuts, cranberries. Note: I just put the nuts in a sandwich bag and pound them a few times with my meat mallet to break them up.
  4. Pour into XL greased or lined muffin tins. Sprinkle the reserved 1/4 cup of nuts on top of the muffins. This makes them crunchy and roasts the nuts while cooking which enhances their flavor.
  5. Bake at 375 for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean. If muffin tops start to turn too brown, I tent with foil or place a piece of parchment paper on top of them in the last 5-10 min. When done, let cool just long enough for you to remove from muffin tins and cool the rest of the way on wire rack. Cooling in the tins drys them out. Note: If you used regular large-sized muffin tins (12) instead of XL (6), cook for 15-20 min. Since this is the whole breakfast in my family and so good for you, I make XL-sized.

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About Buttermilk Cranberry Raisin Muffins

Course/Dish: Muffins
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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