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Big Batch Date Bran Muffins
Big Batch Date Bran Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
This recipe makes a big batch of muffins so you can eat some now and freeze some for later. Dates and orange add extra flavor to these moist muffins.
Servings: 2 dozen large muffins
Author: Mary Gillespie
  • 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups bran
  • 2 cups chopped dates or use raisins if you prefer
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease muffin trays or line with paper liners.
  3. In medium size bowl, combine buttermilk, boiling water and bran. Let sit for 10-20 minutes until bran has absorbed most of the liquid and has softened.
  4. Place chopped dates in a small bowl and pour orange juice over. Heat in microwave for 1 -2 minutes until dates are soft and they have absorbed some of the orange juice.
  5. Remove from microwave and add orange rind. Let sit a few minutes to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl, beat oil, brown sugar, molasses and eggs until thoroughly combined.
  7. Stir in softened bran and mix well.
  8. Stir together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and add to bran mixture. Stir gently to combine.
  9. Add softened dates and fold in gently. Do not overmix the batter.
  10. Spoon batter into the prepared pans. It will be somewhat runny.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.