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Raisin Bran Muffins {Whole Wheat Muffins}

These Raisin Bran Muffins are made with 100% stone ground whole wheat flour. All of the nutritious bran and germ still intact! Whole wheat muffins never tasted so good.

I’ve been completely wrapped up in baking lately. Without doubt, I’m blaming the sudden sweet tooth on pregnancy. Seems legit! Just last week I was raving about this walnut chocolate chip banana bread. I really did think that loaf was going to be my one oddball baked good on the blog for a long time. But then these muffins happened and I just *had* to bring them to you. These muffins outmatch any other muffins I’ve ever made. So okay, I’m not exactly the muffin man, but I do bake from time to time, and these bad boys definitely take the proverbial cake.

Sometimes it just feels good to bake.

I get why people say it’s therapeutic. There’s something pretty calm and harmonious about whisking ingredients together and filling your home with sweet and warming smells. And I’ve been really enjoying calm lately. Ever since this blog has become my business, I’ve struggled with work-life balance. Like most creatives, I’m hard on myself and I always feel like I should be doing more. Finished your work early today? Better get started on the next thing. Or you’re a slacker! But earlier this week I discovered that I’ve finally—even if accidentally—found equilibrium. I impressed myself on Tuesday: I wrote up some content, baked and photographed these gems, did yoga, started a book club, and got some reading in. And guess what! I didn’t get any less work done than days where I’d clocked in endless hours.

So friends, don’t burn yourselves out; it’s really not that productive.

Enjoy your weekend, and I hope at some point during it you find these warm muffins in your face :)

Plate full of muffins with coffee.

Raisin Bran Muffins on cooling rack.

Close up of the top of freshly baked raisin bran muffins.

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Close up of the top of freshly baked raisin bran muffins.
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Raisin Bran Muffins {Whole Wheat Muffins}

These moist Raisin Bran Muffins are made with 100% stone ground whole wheat flour. All of the nutritious bran and germ still intact! 
Servings 12 muffins
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 2 cups 100% stone ground whole wheat flour I like to use Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 cup unrefined brown sugar I use coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large peeled apple, grated (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1.5 cups raisins

Garnish (optional)

  • Sprinkle of ground flaxseed meal
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds


  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a muffin tray with paper muffin cups.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Once cohesive, gently stir in the raisins and the grated apple. (As noted in the ingredients, make sure you peel the apple. Otherwise you'll end up with bits of tough skin broken up into your muffins and it won't do favors for the texture.)
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring constantly, until everything is well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cups right up to the tops of the cups. Sprinkle the tops with ground flaxseed meal and chia seeds for an extra punch of nutrition (optional).
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.


  • Terri
    March 23, 2019 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    I can only imagine how hard it would be to balance the blog if you are doing it FT- I struggle with being completely consumed with it as a side gig! Good for you and congrats on the pregnancy !!! These look so healthy and delicious! Beautiful photography as per usual…

  • Trish Bozeman
    March 19, 2019 at 10:32 am

    5 stars
    So when I first read this I was really excited because I LOVE raisin bran! LOL! I could seriously eat a whole box of that cereal in one sitting. I’m saving this recipe in the hopes that these much healthier muffins with some coffee (and maybe a glass of milk) will be oh so much better than eating a cold bowl of cereal. Mmmmm….

  • Annemarie
    March 18, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    It’s interesting how your focus and tastes change during pregnancy! Maybe all the baking is that nesting instinct? (I remember making lots of bolognese and baked pastas. : ) ) If so, it’s a good one since this healthy muffins are sure to fuel lots of good energy. They’re a great way to get the day started!

  • JustineCelina
    March 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    These looks so hearty and nourishing, Dana! I’m so glad to hear you’re finding your groove when it comes to work/life balance. It’s so true — overworking and burning yourself out is just not productive! It’s a constant struggle for me too, but I feel like I’m in a good place these days. Hope you’re feeling great! :)

  • Craftofcookingfood
    March 15, 2019 at 9:49 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for the share! I love your blog! Such a good follow!

  • Kevin
    March 15, 2019 at 9:47 am

    5 stars
    Love these muffins! What a great recipe!

  • Debra
    March 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

    5 stars
    OH….good for you, having the energy to get it done! Maybe it was fueled by these lovely muffins? I bet the wee babe enjoyed them. I love how wholesome they look with the sprinkled flax and chia on top, and the whole wheat. I bet they’re super moist from that apple too. YUM.

  • Traci
    March 13, 2019 at 10:27 am

    5 stars
    Whoah Dana…another winner here! This gorgeous recipe ticks all the boxes for me with the healthy ingredients, simplicity, gorgeous texture, and the fact that it’s my breakfast for the week! We all need more healthy, raisin bran muffins in our lives. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Gloria
    March 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    5 stars
    I love a great muffin for breakfast. These look healthy and delicious. Warm it up and put on some butter. Sounds like a plan to me.

  • Tiffany Willoughby
    March 10, 2019 at 11:36 am

    these look incredible!


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