Honey Oat Bran Banana Muffins/Bread

I’ve had these bananas sitting on my counter for several days:

I’ve been meaning to make banana bread but just haven’t had the time.

I’ve seen this sitting on grocery store shelves for months, but have never really looked twice at it:

I’m not sure if I was subliminally thinking of these Peanut Butter Oat Bran Muffins that Gracie posted a few days ago or what…but I swear that little box all but jumped into my cart last night while we were at the grocery store. To be honest, when I scanned that box at the checkout I really had no idea what oat bran was….I mean, I knew in a general sense, but I certainly had no intention of adding it to my dietary repertoire. Well I’ve got news for you friends… I think I may be in love.

Since I’m always looking for new banana bread recipes, I decided this would be the perfect time to do a little experiment. But first I had to do a little googling to determine exactly how you use oat bran when baking.

I saw several recipes that totally replaced flour with oat bran.
I wasn’t quite ready for that.
I decided to go halvsies.

I studied this recipe, and this one, and this one…and then I was ready to go!

I mixed my wet ingredients (plus and egg and some milk):

With my dry ingredients:

And tossed in some chocolate chips for good measure:

I stirred (but not too much!), scooped and baked….and out popped some beautiful muffins!

I purposely didn’t mash up my bananas all the way because I like the chunks.

I have to admit I was surprised by how well these came out. They were moist, but not overly moist and the oat bran adds a nice texture. The banana and cinnamon shine through, and there was just enough chocolate chips to add a bit of chocolatey goodness to each muffin!


Honey Oat Bran Banana Bread

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 20 min muffins, 45 min loaf

Keywords: bake bread snack side healthy vegetarian greek yogurt banana oat bran

Ingredients (1 loaf or 18 muffins)

  • 1 1/4 c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c oat bran
  • 1/4 c brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c skim milk
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.

3. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined. Add the chocolate chips.

4. Scoop the mixture into greased or lined muffin tins or a loaf pan and bake approximately 20 minutes for muffins or 45 minutes for a loaf.

Notes- Optional mix-ins include fresh cranberries & chopped almonds, or some chocolate chips!

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Enjoy your muffins…

Or your bread :)

So tell me, have you ever tried oat bran? What’s your favorite way to use it?


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. These muffins sound yummy! I love leaving the bananas a little chunky too. Oat bran isn’t really a common ingredient in my food, but like you, I’ll add it to muffins, or to pancakes or waffles to up the fibre content a bit. Great recipe!
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  2. Alright you are providing me with way more muffin recipes than a girl who doesn’t bake can try! I’ve never had oat bran but it looks like something I could pick up and experiment with.
    Alicia at AliGirl Cooks recently posted..Weeknight Stir Fry

  3. i love oat bran! i usually just mix in a tablespoon or two with my oatmeal to get a little extra oomph (and fiber, you know….)! i’m all out and i have instituted a rule against buying any more dry goods until i move or use up everything i have in my pantry first! so these muffins might have to wait until april… have any good suggestions for using up the couscous, millet, and quinoa i have?
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  4. These look great! I love adding healthy ingredients into things like this. Love the oat bran!

  5. I haven’t tried oat bran but I’m sure I will soon :)
    Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous. recently posted..A- B- C- Easy as 1- 2- 3

  6. I have not tried oat bran but these muffins make me want to! You think I can sub wheat germ? I just made some banana baked goods to be posted tomorrow so…great minds think alike!! :)
    Susan (Oliepants) recently posted..Pizza Cake!

    • hmmm, my gut instinct, and i have no logical reasoning behind this, is that you should use less wheatgerm? maybe because i’ve never seen a recipe for something made entirely of wheatgerm like i have with the oat bran….but i also threw a couple tablespoons into this recipe for good measure…so maybe like 1/2 a cup wheatgerm and an extra 1/2 c flour?

  7. I’ve never tried oat bran but I will now, those muffins look delish! Thx for sharing!!
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  8. Oh yum! I’ve never tried oat bran but have been interested as of late. I even tweeted about it a few days ago – asking for brands and uses. If I ever get my hands on oat bran, I’ll have to give this a try!

  9. It seems like everyone is making mini muffins, they are just the perfect size! I love oat bran, I hadn’t even thought to try it in muffins, these sound really good!!
    Amanda @ The Artsy Kitchen recently posted..in my own backyard

  10. Oh yum. I haven’t had oat bran in YEARS….but you’ve inspired me to give it another go. Thanks for a great looking recipe, have a good day.
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  11. I love the Oat Bran in the simple hot ceral recipe on the back of the box. Add a little maple syrup, cinnamon, and raisins or nuts. Great breakfast.


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