How to: Snack Healthy – Chocolate Cherry Bran Muffins


Did I have you at ‘chocolate cherry’?


I can be sneaky like that.

Just look at all those other goodies, though.  Prunes, guys! Bran, people!


I didn’t think Prune & Whole Wheat Bran Muffins was sexy enough, though.

Or sexy in any way. At all.


While sexy may be a stretch, these muffins have serious appeal.  I mean, hellloooo dietary fibre!

Whole wheat? Natural bran? Stewed Prunes? Now that’s what’s up.

And holy hell I’m getting old.


Ok but seriously, these are terrific.  Incredibly moist and satisfying with a punch of sweetness from the magical chocolate cherry combo.


I nearly filled my muffin cups for this batch and ended up with 18 large muffins.  If you fill the cups to ¾ full as the recipe suggests, you will get closer to 24.

I like a nice muffin top, myself.

I keep a few out to eat over the first couple of days and individually plastic wrap the remainder and pop ’em in the freezer for a quick snack later on.


Try them, k? Your colon will thank you 😉


Chocolate Cherry Bran Muffins

Serves Makes about 20 muffins
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
From book Adapted from 'Magic Morning Muffins' from the Cookbook Lucy's Kitchen by Lucy Waverman


  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups natural bran
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups dried cherries
  • 3/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine prunes with water in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 7 minutes until prunes are very soft. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Add canola oil and puree with an immersion blender, adding buttermilk as needed to achieve a smooth puree.
2. Combine prune mixture, remaining buttermilk, eggs and sugar in a bowl.
3. Combine bran, flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate large bowl. Add the prune mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips.
4. Spoon batter into oiled or paper lined muffin cups until about ¾ full. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.

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