Banana & Chocolate Bran Muffins

I haven’t baked in a while (like a couple of weeks) and it is shows.  I got my muffin mixture all spooned out into the muffin papers and ready for the oven when I noticed my bowl of soaked sultanas was still on the bench. Oh well, my Sultana, Banana & Chocolate Bran Muffins just morphed into Banana & Chocolate Bran Muffins.

I also realized that 1 cup of wheat bran flakes does not equal 100 g and that’s probably why the last batch of bran muffins I made (when trying a new recipe) turned out like bricks.  I’ve also run out of wheat bran flakes (despite buying 2-3 bags of it not so long ago) so I can’t do a measure.  So for now, use 1 cup of wheat bran flakes – I think it is about 60 g but will add the measure in as soon as I can restock my supply.

As mentioned before, wheat bran flakes are not the cereal bran flakes, although my main source of those has been discontinued.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Healthy & Delicious Muffins by (Dame) Alison Holst & Simon Holst.  Every muffin recipe of theirs I have tried has been a success.  The original recipe (Sultana and Apple Bran Muffins) can be found on Lovely Wee Days.

My changes are:

  • add the measurements in grams & mls
  • use milk kefir instead of plain yoghurt
  • swap the apple for 2 mashed bananas
  • replace the walnuts with chocolate chips

And this recipe is my entry for the December We Should Cocoa challenge.

Banana & Chocolate Bran Muffins

Yield: Makes 12


  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 125 ml (½ cup) milk kefir
  • 125 ml (½ cup) rice bran oil
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t mixed spice
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 150 g (¾ cup) brown sugar
  • 1 cup bran
  • 150 g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 85 g (½ cup) chocolate chips


  • Heat oven to 200ºC (or 190ºC fan-bake).
  • Line a 12-cup muffin tray with muffin papers.
  • Place egg, milk kefir, oil, spices, salt and banana in a large bowl and whisk well with a fork.
  • Put the sugar and bran into a large bowl. Squish any brown sugar lumps against the side of the bowl with the back of a dessert spoon to break them up.
  • Sift flour & soda into the sugar & bran mixture, stir in chocolate chips and mix well to combine. Add wet to dry and mix only just to combine.
  • Fill muffin tins and bake 12-15 minutes or until cooked.
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  1. Oh that’s so annoying. I made my mother’s 80th birthday cake the other day and left out the almonds I’d just ground – grrrr! I’m sure the chocolate chops made up for the sultanas in these muffins of yours. They sound delicious. Kefir works wonderfully well in baking I’ve found. Thanks for joining in with We Should Cocoa and I hope you have a very Happy 2017.

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