Raisin Bran Muffins

These Raisin Bran Muffins come from a cookbook called Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual, by Klutz Press.  I received this book as a gift when I was about 10 years old.  The book is obviously geared toward kids with recipes using basic ingredients ~ some with silly names or  interesting concepts (for example Tuna Cones, i.e. tuna in an ice cream cone.  Hmm…)

Anyway, these Raisin Bran Muffins were always a favorite and probably the most made recipe from that book.  They taste just like you would expect – raisin bran in muffin form.  I thought they would be a fun treat to make for Adam, only this time I decided to enhance the recipe with some vanilla, cinnamon and extra raisins.  I had no idea how much he would love them!  Adam is lukewarm about raisins alone, but the raisins in these muffins he loves.  Go figure.

Raisin Bran Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

2 cups raisin bran cereal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir raisin brain cereal, flours, sugar, raisins, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Mix egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.  Add to the dry ingredients and fold gently until combined (do not over mix).
  4. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups.  Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Put muffins on a wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual by Klutz Press


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  1. Raisin Bran is one of my favorite cereals, and I love snacking on it throughout the day. What a great way to use them!

  2. This sounds like such a smart, simple and healthy recipe 🙂 Lovely!

  3. I had that cookbook! I bought it at our scholastic book fair when I was in elem or middle school and that’s how my love of cooking began 🙂

  4. I always have rasin bran left over in the bottom of the box – so what could be more perfect!! Delicious muffins
    Mary x

  5. Sometimes inspiration is in the simplest of things! These muffins look fabulous =)

  6. Delicious and healthy…what could be better? 🙂 These look fab…

  7. Yum! What a great idea! i’ll have to try this one for sure

  8. How fun that you still have this cookbook! Muffins sound super fun, might have to try this with my 6 year old!

  9. Love this as an idea for a quick, on the go breakfast!

  10. Do I just pour the cereal from the box, or should it be crushed?

    How much cinnamon did you add? I’d love to try these – might sub cinnamon applesauce for the oil

  11. @Melanie

    Hi Melanie, I just use it straight from the box. You could crush it if you want smaller pieces of flakes…up to you.

    I use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and have updated the recipe above accordingly. Thanks for pointing out the inadvertent ommission!

  12. Love the simplicity of this recipe A! 🙂