Walnut Banana Bran Muffin

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The year 2007 was an eventful year. It was the year I finished my fourth year thesis film in film school. It was the year I waited tables for the very last time. It was the time I saw a woman jump out of her moving car, leaving her baby in it, to chase George Clooney down the street.

And it was the year I tried a juice cleanse (The Master Cleanse, to be exact), which resulted in 2007 also being the year I almost fainted. To ward off said faint spell, I then proceeded to successfully eat two burritos from Chipotle back-to-back. It was a successful year!

That year taught me a lot of things, the main one being that I’m not a cleanse person. I don’t succeed at doing cleanses. They don’t make me feel “refreshed and energetic and happy.” They make me a crazy ANGRY person. And since I’m what you call an emotional cutter, I’ll turn on the Food Network and ooo and ahhh at all the food–it’s torture. And I like it. Sick.

Instead of going on crazy cleanses, I make bran muffins. That’s my move.


There’s nothing sexy about the word bran, is there? No.

But OMG do I love it. It has a really hearty, earthy and nutty flavor to it. The texture is dreamy.

Have you ever had a bad bran muffin before? When a bran muffin is bad, it’s usually dry and hard as a rock. Paper weight material!

This recipe is the opposite of dry (will not say the m-word!) and it’s as light as can be.

The banana helps oh so much with the hydrated levels in this muffin, and the tender crumb can be attributed to the use of cake flour.

The crunchy walnuts and nutty bran give this muffin some awesome texture.

I’m all about this healthy muffin right here. It’s so legit. It makes me feel all healthy and cute.

I made these, brewed a cup of coffee and then headed out the door to walk Amelia.

Please! Please…whatever you do, don’t try to walk a puppy while holding a cup of coffee. You will burn your hand. You will say bad words out loud. And you might even drop your baked treat in dewy green grass.


Luckily, if you do this, you’ll have eleven muffins waiting for you when you return. Life is cool.

Walnut Banana Bran Muffin

Yield: 12 large muffins

Walnut Banana Bran Muffin


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 5 medium-size ripe bananas (to make 2 1/4 cups purée)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups bran, plus a handful extra for topping
  • 3/4 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, plus a handful extra for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place liners inside the wells of a muffin pan.
  2. Put the butter in large bowl and beat until creamy. Add the sugar and blend well. Stir in the banana purée and eggs, and beat until the batter is light and smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour, bran, salt and baking soda to a large bowl and mix until combined. All at once, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined; being sure not to over mix. Next, gently fold in the walnuts. Spoon the batter into muffin pans, almost filling them. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.
  4. Recipe adapted from Marion Cunningham

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess January 7, 2013 at 12:20 am

Love this post – 2007 was a banner year for you! I respond to cleanses in precisely the same way – I never feel renewed, just grouchy, and would definitely cave pretty easily to the siren’s call of Chipotle.


Margherita January 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

During my cleansing day for some reasons I spend half of the day staring at all possible cooking shows on TV. Including those that I don’t normally care for. For the whole time I do suffer but for some weird reasons it helps me make it through and not succumb to it!


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 7, 2013 at 5:42 am

Bad bran muffin: one that is baked in a microwave, yes in a microwave! Don’t do it, they come out as regulation NHL hockey pucks.

On the other hand, these look divine!


Adrianna January 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Microwave and baked goods never like each other. SAD!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

Love this simple muffin! Yum!


DessertForTwo January 7, 2013 at 7:33 am

Yum! I bet these are moi**. Love it :)


Natalie January 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

Ooh these look heavenly! Trying them this weekend! And yes, I’m the same way with cleanses. My evil side comes out when I’m hungry. Not cute.


Emily @ She Makes and Bakes January 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

I get super angry when I’m hungry, so a juice cleanse would kill me…or kill others around me. Love these muffins!


Michelle January 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

Muffins will always trump a juice cleanse — but I do like the juice, so I’d totally supplement these with it. Just to spite the cleanse.


Leisa January 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

Ditto on the cleanses–it’s just not pretty. These look so good…. definitely must try them! Thank you!


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

This muffin looks so delish that I wouldn’t feel like I was cheating myself. Super healthy and a nice lovely muffin.


a farmer in the dell January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

I’m with ya. Less cleanses and more bran muffins! these look delicious!


Let Me Eat Cake January 7, 2013 at 11:54 am

not a detox person but totally a bran person! especially where there is cake flour involved 😉


Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I love how adding banana to any muffin sweetens it up! I’ve only had bad bran muffins (sad face)…but I could get into one that isn’t paper weight material! :)


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I’m with you on the cleanse/diet thing. Hunger makes me a crazy person that no one wants to be around. Also, I once tried to eat a piece of pizza while walking my dog. Let’s just say that the ground was slippery and that she pulled me right on my butt in the middle of the street and my pizza went flying. She ate it. I think that was her plan all along.
PS. I totally dig bran muffins.


Kaitlin Welch January 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

These look incredible! I am one of those ‘cleansers’ but I can’t do over three days- at four i’m grumpy and try to eat everything. But these look sooo much better than juice!

xx Kait


Louisa [Living Lou] January 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I always loved reading your blog but somehow missed the part where you went to film school…I’m in film school right now, it’s nice to see someone who’s come out the other side alive haha!


Adrianna January 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Oh yea! I’m on the other side living well. Have fun! I loved that time of my life.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Love these!!


Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I think clenses make everyone angry. Food = happy. :-) Bran is amazing. I love a good bran muffin and I also hate the “m word”.


Jayne January 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Woman, bran is a good word. :-) Anything with bran, bananas and walnuts are as healthy as cleanses. No fear.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking January 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Bahhh! I just ate a bran muffin for breakfast today and was seriously thinking “Why haven’t I made anything with bran before…ever?” Thanks for this great recipe. Sorry that sweet puppy caused you to burn your hand!!!


Felyn January 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Would definitely try this recipe! Love you blog by the way!


Natasja - Watzijzegt.com January 8, 2013 at 1:14 am

I’m not much of a cleanse person at all (would probably faint within a day) but do digg bran, walnuts and muffins. Great recipe!


Barea Carlos January 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

Parece un postre delicioso. Estoy deseando probarlo. Sory but i don’t speak english.


GIGI January 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

yum! love the summary of your year. seems like it was fantastic! hope you have another great year! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com


Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Not being able to do a cleanse makes me want to do one that much more. I haven’t heard good things about the Master Cleanse though. Maybe another one would work better?

Love a bran muffin. When I was younger, my mom would make raisin bran muffins semi-frequently.


Katie January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I’m currently doing the Jason Vale 7 day plan. I’m on day three at the moment, and it’s not too bad. Yesterday was awful, I had so many cravings. I did end up making these muffins for my roommates today, they smelled yum, so it was torture!


Adrianna January 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I love this!


Matt January 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

These are big and beautiful muffins! A great recipe. One question about the recipe: my 5 med. bananas mashed up into 1 1/4 cups rather than 2 1/4 as the recipe says. But the batter was still great, didn’t need to add any more wet stuff.


Adrianna January 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Oh awesome. Hmm…that’s strange. Good to know that it works ok with 1 1/4 cups mashed banana but mine was definitely 2 1/4. :/


Amy February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Why don’t you have nutritional value?
I need to know what is in it?


Adrianna February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Sorry I don’t provide nutritional value for my recipes.


Bushra April 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

will try this tomorrow, so excited but have one Q can i use oat instead of bran? or flour? ‘cuz i don’t have bran and it’s almost 12 a.m here and i want 2 make this for breakfast :(


Adrianna Adarme April 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Hmm…I would sub them with oats, but I’d recommend grinding up the oats a bit in a food processor, until it’s a coarse consistency. It should work just not sure how tasty they’ll be. Good luck!


Bushra April 27, 2013 at 2:06 am

thanx alot, just made it it’s yummy but i feel it needs more sugar maybe because of the bran!!


Bushra April 27, 2013 at 3:44 am

oops i meant the oats :)


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