Chunky Banana Bran Raisin Walnut Muffins

M’s (and now my) good friend Karyn came to town and I decided to start off the visit with some Chunky Banana Bran Raisin Walnut Muffins.  And where else to turn for such a decadent recipe than Ina Garten?

A few years ago, I was given the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook by a very special friend and I have turned to it many times, and especially when company is coming.  Ina is not known for her restraint in the kitchen and this is what makes most of her recipes great for special occasions.

These muffins contain bran, walnuts, bananas and raisins and all that healthiness definitely outweighs the other not-so-healthy ingredients.  But the best part about these healthy sounding muffins is that they actually taste good too.

Chunky Banana Bran Muffins

by Ina Garten


  • 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk (shaken)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup large-diced bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners into 1 (10 or 12-cup) muffin tin.

Combine the bran and buttermilk and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, 1 at a time. Scrape the bowl and then add the molasses, orange zest, and vanilla. (The mixture will look curdled.) Add the bran/buttermilk mixture and combine.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the batter just until combined. Don’t overmix it! Fold in the raisins, bananas and walnuts with a rubber spatula.

With an ice cream scoop or large spoon, fill the muffin cups to the top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.



Filed under Breads, Sweet

4 responses to “Chunky Banana Bran Raisin Walnut Muffins

  1. Hey Larry, no, Ina Garten is not known for her restraint. That is true! I watched her make some scallops provencal a while back and I was taken aback at the utterly rich deliciousness (smile). These muffins actually do sound like a somewhat healthful recipe though, and I know they must be good. Pretty too…!

  2. These sound wonderful! I was looking for something to serve with the eggs tomorrow morning and these just might be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, I love Ina Garten and all her recipes, but that woman can put a whole LOT of butter into anything. This recipe sounds delish, I’m so gonna make these.

  4. I really like the idea of chopped bananas, instead of puréed. Will try this for sure. Thanks.

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