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Date Orange Bran Muffins Recipe

These Date Orange Bran Muffins are the perfect breakfast for a comforting morning at home. Nothing weird or adventurous, but just a super healthy, home inspired muffin laced with the caramel sweetness of dates and citrusy brightness of orange. Bran fans, unite!


Do you remember my Pear Fig Chia Bran Muffins? If so, you may recall my often forgotten adoration for bran. Bran muffins to be exactly precise. I don’t have them regularly but damn, spread with butter? They’ve got to be my all time favorite of the muffin family. 

Tied with a good ol’ banana chocolate chip, of course. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

Now the weird thing about this recipe is – I’m not really a big orange fan. But every week when I would visit the farmers market, there was this one table that always had this massive date orange muffin. It stared at me each saturday, oddly tantalizing my budding curiosity, yet I never did give it a try.

The other week, for some reason, I started thinking about this muffin and suddenly got the BIGGEST craving for this date orange combination. Without having tried it, something about the pairing of citrus and caramel-ly sweetness just sounded so perfect. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

And it ISSSSS. Now that I followed this and trusted it to lead me through the kitchen cupboards, I can fully attest that the date orange combination is dynamite. Like I said, the citrus and the caramel-y sweetness compliment each other perfectly. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

The flavor combination aside, I also must say these muffins turned out basically perfect. 

Soft and moist. They cut perfectly without losing any crumbs, and they don’t have any of those weird holes that many homemade muffins have (a repercussion of a heavy stirring hand). They didn’t even turn gummy after two days. Huzzah!

They are light, naturally sweet, and of course, laced with that comforting flavor of bran. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

These date orange bran muffins are taking us back to some plain old – nothing too weird (cough beans) or fancy (cough spinach) – baking, but they are still exceptionally healthy made with only whole food, real ingredients.  They remind me of home, in that way. Simple, comforting goodness. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

Date Orange Bran Muffins

So next time you are craving the comforts of a delicious, home inspired bran muffin, look no further. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

And of course… always recommended with a good slab of butter. 

Date Orange Bran Muffins

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Date Orange Bran Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12


  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar or brown sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar left to sit (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped orange pieces
  • 1/3 cup dates, chopped and let to sit in warm water


  1. Preheat oven to 450F
  2. Chop dates into small bits (size depending if you like large chunks in your muffins - I definitely do). Put into a bowl and just slightly cover with warm water. Set aside.
  3. Peel an orange (any kind will do), separate its pieces and and cut into small chunks.
  4. Combine milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside. (vinegar optional)
  5. Combine all dry ingredients (bran to baking soda)
  6. Whisk together all wet ingredients including sugar
  7. Make a well in the dry ingredients to pour in the wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Drain dates from water and pour into mixture along with chopped orange pieces. Stir gently to combine.
  8. Pour batter into greased or lined 12 cup muffin tin. Bake for 5 minutes and then without opening door turn the temperature down to 400. Bake for another 10-12 minutes, until a tooth pick comes out clean.


I always gauge my "add ins" by eye and how much I want in my muffins. I suggest adding in part of the dates and orange pieces, stirring, and taking note if that is enough for you or not. Keep adding until up to your preference.

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Thank you to AnnmarieFarrah + Esther for Foodie Friday

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  1. chasetheredgrape | 7th Apr 17

    Date fan for sure! And I’m not usually a big citrus fan but I can see how it would pair wonderfully with the dates.
    It’s odd, but in the UK we never ever ate muffins with butter or anything on them. Maybe because we didn’t really grow up with muffins, a North American import that became popular when I was in my early teens! But we do of course put butter and jam on our scones 😉

    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Oh you brits!! Come to think of it, I don’t recall seeing ANY muffins when I was in Scotland this summer! Good thing you guys have your scones. I’d choose one of those with clotted cream over a muffin any day.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 7th Apr 17

    This sounds DELICIOUS. I never would have put orange and date together, but I bet it works, and I am a bran/whole grain muffin fan in a big way. Next muffin obsession?
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      It totally works. And I’m all up for a bran obsession.

  3. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 7th Apr 17

    I have been wanting to make some muffins for awhile. I used to love when my mom baked them on the weekend as a kid. These sound so delicious!
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Muffins + home + mothers just seem to fit together. Definitely a nostalgic thing for me.

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 7th Apr 17

    mmm this combo sounds great! I love anything with dates involved lately and I know my husband would love these!
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Yay to date lovers!!

  5. Emily Swanson | 7th Apr 17

    I love wholesome, yummy, sweet muffins (with nut butter especially.) 😀
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Bran is the muffin where I prefer normal butter over peanut butter. But otherwise, ALWAYS nut butter.

  6. Jamie@TheMomGene | 7th Apr 17

    These look awesome!!! I love bran muffins with butter. Pecan and peach bran is one I’ve always wanted to try.

    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Ooooo that is one I’ve never thought of. YUM.

  7. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 7th Apr 17

    Mm-mm. Isn’t it exciting when recipes turn out just the way you want them to? And isn’t it funny to crave something you don’t ordinarily like that much? I’m a big bran fan too. 🙂
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      It is so satisfying when it turns out! And often, in my case, surprising..

  8. Casey the College Celiac | 7th Apr 17

    These look so fresh and perfect for Spring! Before my celiac diagnosis, I was addicted to bran flakes…like 2 bowls a day addicted. I still crave them from time to time – I just love that whole grain taste, which I’m sure these muffins also have! YUM!
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Is there any sort of substitute for bran without gluten!?

  9. Annmarie | 7th Apr 17

    It’s been so long since I have made bran muffins! Love the orange – these look delicious!
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Right? Why are they so easily forgotten? They are my favorite and yet I always end up forgetting about them and go waaaaay too long without them.

  10. Evangeline | 8th Apr 17

    Someday, somewhere, we’re going to meet, and you’re going to bring your famous, perfectly textured muffins. I’m going to bring a family sized jar of nut butter, and we’ll sit outside, in the sunshine, and talk about life things and eat muffins and drink cozy beverages. Until then, I’m going to binge bake these muffins and dream of that day <3
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  12. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 10th Apr 17

    These look so so good, a combo I would have never thought of! I was messing around with dates in my baked goods this weekend and I liked the outcome!
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    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Ooooooo I hope to see what this outcome was!!

  13. Miss Polkadot | 10th Apr 17

    Reminisce of home – could there be any better feeling to baked goods? The way you described these is as sweet as the ingredients make these sound delicious. I still have fond memories of the giant – seriously; it was enough to share between my mum, sister and me – bran muffin served with lingonberry jam and cream cheese in that cool coffeeshop in Sweden. Bran and wheat germ fan right here!

    • Cora | 10th Apr 17

      Oooooh my gosh that sounds incredddibblllleeeee. Food, but I think especially baking, has this way of creating such wonderful nostalgic memories of home and family.

  14. Kristy from Southern In Law | 11th Apr 17

    Sooo, I was OBSESSED with bran muffins from the time I was little until I found out I was coeliac. They’re totally the neglected cousin of the muffin world but they are SO good!
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