Glazed Pumpkin Bran Muffins

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These glazed pumpkin bran muffins will knock your socks off! They are moist, tender, sweet and on the healthy side! Make them in 1-bowl and have them baked and ready to go in 1 hour.


My husband and I have been making progress on our latest Gilmore Girls obsession. This weekend, I think we watched 5 episodes. Holla! Feel free to not tell his man friends. This little nugget of information is supposed to be hush hush.

Also, DIDYAHEAR? Friends is coming to Netflix too!!

My life is now complete.

That show is probably my favorite sitcom of all time. I was going to buy the entire series on DVD but then I heard that they were going to be coming to Netflix and I forgot all about it.

My weekends are pretty much my only TV watching times, so I stay up late and make it count. #livingthedream

Sometimes I wonder if I’m really an adult. Then I wake up at 6:30am to a hungry husband, two kids and a messy house. Um, yeah. There’s THAT answer. Yikes! Gone are the days I will sleep in. It’s a nice thought though, isn’t it?

In other news, I stuffed bran into a muffin and it was good. I thought about contacting some news media outlets but then realized they aren’t as food obsessed as I am, so I didn’t. But you all are welcome to try this recipe out and shout my name from the rooftops because you will also be in disbelief.

BRAN TASTES GOOD, PEOPLE. Who woulda thunk it?

I did pair it with pumpkin to reduce the fat content and keep these muffins moist.

Aaaaand I threw in some spices to throw off your tastebuds.

Aaaaand I did happen to cover all these little dudes with glaze too to really keep you guessing.

I’m such a thinker. The moral of the story is I have a weekend TV addiction these are delightful and you should make them immediately.

Here’s how to make them:


Start by pouring some milk over some bran cereal. I know this looks REALLY appetizing, but just go with it for a hot second.


In a separate bowl, measure out all the dry ingredients necessary. Flour, brown sugar, leavenings and spices. Easy peasy.


Stir the dry ingredients together, create a well and drop in the wet.


Incorporate those wet ingredients first {mainly to just get that egg cracked and mixed in} and then…


…plop in the milk-soaked bran flakes.


Incorporate all those ingredients together until combined.


Scoop batter evenly into paper lined muffin tins and bake about 20 minutes until puffed.


Like so! Hello gorgeous 🙂


Pop these out of the hot muffin tins to cool while we make some glaze.


All the glaze is is powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. My daughter is old enough to work at the counter WITH NO STOOL. What is the world coming to? STOP GROWING!



Stir the glaze together until it takes a second or two to fall back onto itself when you drizzle it back into the bowl. If its too runny, add in more powdered sugar. If its too thick, add in more milk. Not rocket science, people.


Now comes the fun part! Take a muffin and dip the top straight into that glaze.


Let it drip for a few seconds and place it back onto the cooling rack.


I love a good glaze.


Incase you missed those directions the first time, let me recap: take a muffin…


Plunge it head first into the bowl of glaze.


Then consume.

Orrrr, put it back on the cooling rack to finish drip drying.


You can eat these with the wet glaze {which is the route we chose} but it’s totally acceptable to let these dry before eating. Either way, they are divine. No one will even know there’s bran in here!


You could even go crazy and double dip the muffins so you have double the glaze….just a thought.


My family of four consumed these in under 24 hours they were THAT good!

Also, this is a one bowl, super simple muffin batter to put together. Make a double batch and keep them in your freezer to take as fast breakfasts on busy mornings.

They really are the perfect muffin.

Print this recipe off and enjoy! Have a great day, friends!

Glazed Pumpkin Bran Muffins

These glazed pumpkin bran muffins will knock your socks off! They are moist, tender, sweet and on the healthy side! Make them in 1-bowl and have them baked and ready to go in 1 hour.
servings 12
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins


  • 1 cup bran flakes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

for the glaze-

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  • Measure bran flakes into a liquid measuring cup. Pour milk over top and stir to soak all evenly. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, measure flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir together to combine. Create well in the center of the dry ingredients and measure out the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir the wet ingredients together to break up the egg. Then add in the milk soaked bran flakes.
  • Slowly incorporate the wet into the dry until the batter comes together. Scoop into prepared muffin tins and bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted.
  • Remove to cooling rack and make the glaze.
  • For the glaze, stir all ingredients together until runny and smooth. Dip each top of the muffin into the glaze and set back on the cooling rack to let the excess drip down.
  • Serve immediately or let the glaze set and store for later. Good for up to two days in an airtight container.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 531IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bran muffins
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11 Responses
  1. Karen

    I have recently discovered that bran buds taste pretty good mixed with yogurt…these muffins look good. Thank you. Love your daughter’s little hand and pretty fingernail polish dipping the muffin. Adorable.

  2. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    I am in love with this post for too many reasons.
    1. I loved bran as a kid, which is totally weird, but I’m so excited to try these.
    2. I’m obsessed with Gilmore Girls, and totally got my husband sucked in, too.
    3. Heck yes, Friends is coming to Netflix!
    Thanks for posting! I always enjoy reading your blog, but this one in particular really spoke to me 🙂

  3. Diana

    Friends coming to Netflix is very exciting! I bought the DVD box set shortly after it was released but I’m still excited for other people to watch it!

  4. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I love these! Why have I never thought of pumpkin bran muffins before? I generally don’t like bran, but in a pumpkin muffin with all the spices, it probably is really good! These look great!

  5. Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    I have some Raisin Bran cereal that tastes way grosser on its own than I anticipated – these muffins will be the perfect use for it. Thank you!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’m flying this weekend and I think I know what I’m buying to download: GG!!!!

    I love bran muffins, they’re actually my favorite. These are perfect!