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Healthy Oat Bran Muffins with Chocolate Chips - XXL Bakery Style!

Think you don't like bran muffins? These healthy oat bran muffins with chocolate chips will totally change your mind in one delicious mouthful! Light and chewy with a wonderfully sweet texture and plenty of melted chocolate chips, these healthy bran muffins are the perfect quick grab-and-go breakfast or afternoon energy-boosting snack.

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Healthy Oat Bran Muffin with Chocolate Chips on a plate on a pink napkin

Monday morning. The time when we all decide this week will be the one. We'll get all our work completed on time, we'll tick off all those things on our to-do list we've been putting off, we'll totally rock our workouts and we'll stick to our healthy eating meal plan.

But unless you're a total productive rockstar (in which case I digitally applaud you!) by Tuesday afternoon we start slacking and then by Wednesday all those goals we set with the best of intentions have gone out the window. Sound familiar?

The ingredients to make Healthy Oat Bran Muffins with Chocolate Chips in a bowl

It does to me because that's pretty much how all my weeks pan out. But you know one thing that's guaranteed to keep me on track, keep me crossing things off my to-do list and stepping-up my fitness outfits like I go to the gym and don't just run around like a freak in my house? Healthy snacks. Which is exactly where these healthy oat bran muffins come in.

When it comes to food, I've got very little self-control. I simply can't go from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner without nibbling on a little something in between. So the best way I can combat this is to make sure I've got plenty of high fibre, low sugar, low fat treats around like these healthy bran muffins.

Batter for Healthy Oat Bran Muffins with Chocolate Chips in a muffin tin

How do I know I'm actually going to eat these healthy oat bran muffins and not just shove them aside in favour of a s'mores Pop Tart? Because they taste ah-maz-zing. Seriously - they taste as good as a regular fat-filled sugar-loaded heart-attack-in-your-hand bakery muffin. That's right. A healthy oat bran muffin you'll genuinely want to eat. I've achieved the impossible!

A while ago my boyfriend brought home some oat bran and I didn't even know what it was. It looked like a cross between flour and couscous. I looked it up online and found out that you use it to make healthy breads and muffins. But not the yummy kind of healthy breads and muffins.

Healthy Oat Bran Muffins with Chocolate Chips in a muffin tin next to a wooden spoon

If you didn't know, oat bran has a pretty bad rep for tasting horrible and making tough, hard, icky-tasting baked goods. I love a good challenge. So I decided to take this hated ingredient and make something delicious with it. And I'm thrilled to say it all worked out.

While these healthy oat bran muffins are a little denser than regular wheat muffins, they've got a wonderful chewy texture and thanks to all the fibre, they're really filling. Filling enough to eat for breakfast. And that's saying a lot coming from someone who can eat two bowls of oatmeal in the morning and still not feel full. You should see me at a breakfast buffet. I totally demolish it!

Healthy Oat Bran Muffin with Chocolate Chips with a bite taken out on a plate

Everything is better with chocolate, so I added some milk chocolate chips to the healthy oat bran muffins batter. When you bite into the muffin, little delicious pools of chocolate loveliness burst open and make you happy. And who doesn't need an extra bit of happiness on a Monday?


📖 Recipe

A Healthy Oat Bran Muffin with Chocolate Chips with a bite taken out

Healthy Oat Bran Muffins with Chocolate Chips - XXL Bakery Style!

Think you don't like bran muffins? Think again! These healthy oat bran muffins with chocolate chips have got a wonderfully light texture, deliciously sweet flavour and plenty of chocolate chips to satisfy all your junk food cravings without any of the bad side effects. 
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Low Fat, Low FODMAP, Low Sugar, Vegetarian
Keyword: Healthy oat bran muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 muffins
Calories: 170kcal


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup oat bran
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose white flour
  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons skimmed milk (use non-dairy milk for low FODMAP)


  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and grease or line a 6-mould muffin tin. In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined and there are no dry pockets.
  • Evenly scoop out the batter into the 6 muffin moulds and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until the tops of the muffins are golden brown.
  • Leave to cool in the pan on a wire rack before storing or eating.


These healthy oat bran muffins will keep well in a sealed container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can freeze them in a sealed container or Ziploc bag and they'll keep for up to 6 months.

If you don't want XXL size muffins, bake the batter in 8 muffin moulds. Then each muffin will work out around 125 calories.


Calories: 170kcal

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  1. Winnie

    These muffins are sooooooooo beautiful looking
    I'd love to try this recipe, so I'm pinning it

  2. Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    These look great, Nicky! I can't wait to try them. I love a good, healthy muffin for breakfast or snack. Pinned!

  3. Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Just started following you on Facebook...I look forward to seeing what else you make next! 🙂

  4. Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Not Facebook...I meant Pinterest! 🙂

  5. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    Those sound yummy, I could do with one of those every morning!

  6. Ai Lin from Nomsies Kitchen

    Hi Nicky, I LOL when I read your post - I too have grand plans every Monday morning then panic come Friday because I have maybe done half of my to-do list. Anyway, these muffins are so great! What wonderful flavours and high in fibre, just too good. Pinning right away.

  7. Kimberlee

    I look forward to trying your recipe. I have been using oat bran and oat flour in more of my bread making lately - I like how it increases the fiber. Oat bran is so good for you.

  8. Emily

    This looks and sounds super yummy!

  9. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Nicky, these muffins sound wonderful. I love the ingredients- the oat bran, whole wheat flour, applesauce (and chocolate!). Thank you for bringing these to Treasure Box Tuesday- I am sharing on Google+! 🙂

  10. jill

    I've never thought about adding chocolate to a bran muffin. I am intrigued and pinning this recipe to try. Thanks for sharing!

  11. aprila

    I love muffins and this one looks delicious. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  12. Agos

    They sound good! Do you think they would work with wheat bran?

    • Nicola Quinn

      I've never used wheat bran before, so I really can't say. Sorry!

  13. CJ Huang

    This looks like a pretty healthy and yummy muffin! I'll have to give it a try.

  14. Sara

    I tell ya, I'm not a huge fan of bran muffins but these sound quite yummy! Thanks for sharing your version with us and for linking up over at Tell it To Me Tuesday! We hope to see more from you next week!

  15. Shannon {Cozy Country Living}

    These look great! I love muffins for a quick breakfast for my kiddos in the morning and I think that we will all love these. I can't wait to try them!

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Shannon. English muffins really are one of my all-time favourite breakfast breads 🙂

  16. Diane Ugo

    These muffins look so good. Another great recipe, Diane @ Mrs U Makes

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Diane!
      Hope you have an awesome week.

  17. Miriam

    Hi folks, I'm a regular oat bran user. I switched because I always found wheat bran to be too noticeable in my baked goods. I find oat bran to be nice and fine. I throw about half a cup of it into all my cakes and muffins and my picky picky son doesn't even notice. I even throw it into cake.

    • Nicola Quinn

      You're right, Miriam. Oat bran is a lot easier to sneak into baked goods than wheat bran!

  18. Sonia

    Tried recipe. Very good. Recipe is a keeper. I didn’t have whole wheat flour so I substituted with just reg flour and I added a tsp of vanilla extract.