Refrigerator Bran Muffins

We have been searching for this Refrigerator Bran Muffin recipe for a while now. Make ahead of time and store in measured  ziploc bags (just enough batter to fill 12 muffin cups) for up to 30 days in the refrigerator.  Bringing breakfast together in the morning was easy, and only a muffin pan to wash is even better! Surprisingly, these Bran Muffins are sweet and delicious and the kids ask for them all the time. 

Refrigerator Bran Muffins

Makes 48 muffins 

4 cups wheat bran flakes 
2 cups bran buds
2 cups boiling water 
4 cups buttermilk 
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups freshly ground wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt 

In a large bowl pour boiling water over wheat bran flakes and bran buds, and mix well. Stir every few minutes while the mixture cools to room temperature. Add buttermilk, melted butter, applesauce, sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add wheat flour, baking soda and salt. mix well to combine all the ingredients.  

The batter can be covered and kept in the refrigerator (or divid out into serving sized ziploc bags).  To bake, scoop the batter into greased muffin tins, Fill 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees F for 14-16 minutes. 

Word of caution: unless you regularly eat bran and freshly ground wheat flour one muffin is PLENTY, or you might spend a lot of time in the restroom.  They are so yummy so it might be hard to resist! 


  1. Very similar to my recipe and now I'm craving them. I may need to make up a batch tonight. I always add a handful (or two) of raisins to mine.

    1. That sounds delicious Julie, I'll have to try it in my next batch.

  2. I'm assuming u can make these w regular flour right?

    1. Tam- I have never tried it with white flour, if you do let us know how it turned out.