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Honey Bran Muffin {Mimi’s Copycat}

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Ever had a Mimi’s Honey Bran Muffin? I haven’t been to Mimi’s in awhile – but I remember those bran muffins and this recipe is a beautiful copycat version! A honey bran muffin recipe that is soft, a little chewy, packed with amazing flavor and gooeyness and oh you might say that they are on the healthy-ish side! WIN!

If you are into copycat recipes, you might try my Flour’s Famous Banana Bread, Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup or Chipotle Chicken! Both spot on!

Mimi's Copycat Honey Bran Muffin with muffin on plate and honey stick dripping fresh honey on hot muffin.

You know me, I had to tweak the recipe slightly; the original recipe called for 4 tsp dry milk powder, I looked at the grocery store (truly), but honestly I couldn’t be bothered, especially for just 4 teaspoons.

So, I did a little math conversion and came up with replacing said milk powder with cream or 1/2 & 1/2 and a little less water and wow did they turn out yummy!

Simple Ingredients for Honey Bran Muffins

  • Brown Sugar, Honey & Molasses
  • Oil | I like a heart healthy oil like Grapeseed or Avocado oil
  • Egg | Room temperature is best, I always use large
  • Heavy cream or half & half
  • Orange zest | Adds great interest and flavor
  • All-purpose flour | I use organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Wheat Bran or Oat Bran either can be used
  • Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt

I’m gonna get right to the recipe and steps, because it’s been one of those weeks and I am literally typing this hours before my deadline! Sigh! You all have weeks like that, right?

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° and spray muffin tin (12 cup) with spray oil.

Making the Honey Glaze

In a small bowl, whisk your glaze ingredients together and set aside. If using all natural cane sugar, whisk for a bit to break down the larger granules.

Pouring butter into small red bowl with mini whisk and glaze ingredients. | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. In a separate bowl add dry ingredients; flour, wheat bran, sea salt, baking powder, and baking soda and whisk to combine, set aside.

NOTE: Can’t find wheat bran, use oat bran instead!

Cobalt Blue mixer in background with bag of wheat bran and mixing bowl with whole wheat flour and bran. | www.thefreshcooky.com
  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, mix brown sugar, honey, molasses, and oil and mix on medium speed until smooth.
Looking into a stainless bowl of Kitchenaid stand mixer at honey, brown sugar mixture.
  1. Add egg, water, cream (or half & half) and (optional) orange zest and mix until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
In stainless bowl of stand mixer adding egg, water, cream, and orange zest.
  1. Slowly add your dry ingredients with mixer on low speed until mixed.
Glass batter bowl pouring in flour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer (Kitchenaid).
  1. Stir glaze and using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop about 2/3 of a tablespoon of glaze into bottom of each muffin cup, spreading it around and up the sides, this will ensure that distribution of the glaze is even and gets all over that muffin!
A tablespoon filled with glaze being poured into cups of muffin tins with red bowl in background.
  1. Using a medium or large cookie scoop, scoop batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full, careful to not overfill them, they do overflow a bit, but you don’t want them overflowing onto the bottom of your oven.
Muffin Tin with bran muffin mixture spooned into each tin cup, red handled scoop in background.
  1. Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  2. As soon as they are done, line a cooling rack with a piece of parchment paper and carefully flip the muffin tin over, allowing those beautiful bran muffins to escape.
  3. They don’t look like much, but once you invert them — watch out baby!!
A muffin tin with baked muffins oozing over the tops sitting on a cutting board.

Eat immediately (especially yummy with a pat of butter) or cool and reheat (also with a pat of butter and maybe a drizzle of honey!).

Or cool completely and store in an airtight container on the counter up to 5 days, may be frozen up to 6 months.

Mimi's Copycat Honey Bran Muffin on plate with fork and pat of butter melting on top of warm muffin.

Please enjoy bran responsibly! —————– I crack myself up!!

What’s your favorite go-to muffin recipe? I don’t bake many muffins, I tend to do more scones and quick breads, why?

Probably because muffins feel more complicated, but they really aren’t. And I love a good, tender, moist muffin as much as the next girl!! I’d love to hear your comments if you try this, just scroll down below the recipe!

Recipe lightly adapted from Lou Lou Girls.

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42 Comments

  1. I was wondering, the recipe calls for 2 Tbs half/ half or heavy cream. I find myself buying the half/ half and only using it for the recipe. Is there a way I could use my 2% milk? Would it make a difference?

  2. I baked the muffins with artificial sugars, and baked them in my jumbo 6ct muffin tins. I wanted the Mimi’s experience. I made 2 batches and baked 1 doz. Really awesome recipe!

  3. I made these muffins 3 times, and gave away to friends, they raved how delicious the muffins were. I used artificial sugars and baked then in my jumbo 6ct muffin tins. I wanted the Mimi’s experience. Great recipe!!

  4. Just make these…know nothing of Mimi or her muffins…but sure do love me some honey bran muffins!! None available on my little remote island so online ordered the wheat bran and whipped these up. O. M. G. – incredible!! Thank you sooo much for the opportunity to create these luscious morsels myself 😊😊. Will try with the raisin idea too next time, but this is a keeper, forever. Thank you!

  5. What an Amazing “mimi” recipe! Living in Washington we do miss Mimi’s AND their Honey Bran Muffins. I have made this twice before BUT decided to follow it EXACTLY as written. 😉 It turned out so good…i did however add 1/2 cup plumped raisins,upon my husbands request, they were as we remember, Thank you.
    I would like to attach a picture but can’t seem to find that link ?

    1. Thank you so much Susan, you are such a doll and I love that it turned out so good and that you added raisins to make your hubby happy! That’s how we roll isn’t it! And, yes unfortunately there isn’t a way to attach a picture to the post itself, only on social media channels, but thanks for trying!

  6. I made these tonight. I accidentally put in a full cup of water tho! Yikes! So I tasted the watery batter and it was so sweet. I added 1/4 cup more of wheat bran. Then I also added 1/4 cup more flour. I tasted the batter again, and it was still very sweet. I let it sit for 20 minutes and the batter thickened up magically! I made the muffins and they turned out great. But I only filled 2/3 full and they did come out small. I did get 12 muffins, but again, they were small. For the glaze, I omitted the white sugar and it all still came out just fine. BTW, when I added the water, I added 1/4 apple cider and 3/4 water (again, I know, too much water!). The flavor of the muffins was very good.

    Side note: It was very hard to read this recipe because your page has so many ads. I know you need to make $ for all the time and effort you put in, plus I know it costs $ to host a site. I just wish you didn’t have so many. My two cents! Otherwise, this was a good experience. Thank you!

    1. Love all of your adjustments to make it yours! That’s what this site is all about, making adjustments when you see fit! Sorry about your experience with the ads, never my intention to frustrate or annoy anyone, there is a balance for sure and I will check with my ad agency about my settings! Hope you continue to enjoy those muffins!

  7. This recipe has some issues…it doesn’t make 12 muffins…I got 6. they were a bit dry
    For the second time round I doubled the glaze and filled the muffin pan half and half-half glaze/half muffin mix-turned out much better; gooey sticky muffins-8 muffins

    1. That is so strange Michel? How large is your muffin tin? So sorry you experienced that though, I take it personally when someone makes one of my recipes and it doesn’t work out as planned, happy to try and troubleshoot with you!

  8. I made this recipe today and they tasted great, but they didn’t look great. After flipping them onto the parchment paper they sunk in the middle and ended up looking like blobs. I didn’t have wheat bran so I substituted wheat germ. My baking powder and soda were brand new. I’m not sure what I did wrong.
    They are very tasty and won’t go to waste, but I would like them to look as good as they taste.

    1. Hi Shelley, thanks for reaching out. I read up a little on wheat germ and wheat bran, found that you can typically substitute them 1:1, so my only thought if they sunk is that you didn’t bake them quite long enough. Or it could be your oven temp, have you checked your oven temp recently, the temp could have made a difference too, many ovens run hot or cold by 25-50 degrees (mine tends to run cool). Bake them until a toothpick comes out clean, hopefully that will help you trouble shoot!

  9. Theses tasted good but wondering why the recipe only made 1/2 a muffin tin (6 muffins). My muffins were not that big either and didn’t spill over the top. I live in Canada so I’m wondering if it’s because we have different flour.

    1. Good Morning Marie,

      That’s so strange, my recipe makes twelve, filling a standard sized muffin tin?? I would think even though your flour may be different that you should still get the same quantity. As far as your muffins not spilling over the top, I am wondering if your baking soda and or baking powder might have lost their oomph? I am also assuming you put in a full cup of wheat bran and a cup of flour? Just double checking as this has me stumped for sure, of all the times I’ve made them as well as others, this is the first I’ve heard of it not filling a full tin?

      Would love to help you figure this out, if you are willing!
      Thanks for reaching out!
      Kathleen

    2. @Marie, same here! I live in Mexico so I’m wondering if its because the recipe works best in US…haha, just joking. The second time I made them I doubled the glaze recipe and filled each muffin cup a little less than half with the glaze. This stretched the recipe to 12 muffins…barely. It’s always fun to experiment and tweek a recipe and eventually make it your own. Cheers from Mexico (Irish expat)

      1. Thank you Michel for taking the time to write an encouraging word! I do not know why if using the same basic ingredients this wouldn’t fill a regular sized muffin pan? Are you only filling them ⅔ full? I will have to remake them again soon and triple check my numbers, but I have made them several times and it’s always yielding 12.

  10. These are so delicious! I eliminated the 1/3 cup of brown sugar from the muffin mix because the orange blossom honey I had is really sweet and this still came out sticky, sweet and fully craveable! Also, I didn’t have a muffin pan so I used an 8×8 square pan with zero issues. Thank you so much for this new family favorite.

    1. @Kathleen, Everybody’s kitchens, flours, oven and techniques are a little different so we should all expect some variable results. It’s a great recipe with delicious results!…to all the bakers out there; if it doesn’t turn out quite right the first time, just tweak the recipe a bit…that’s what baking is all about…a kitchen experiment of Love, exploration…and determination. Thanks so much for posting your fun delicious recipes!!

  11. This tasted really good, and brought back memories of eating them in the restaurant. They were easy to make, too. I didn’t have molasses so I used rice malt syrup. I also used coconut oil. They were slightly drier than I remember, but that might be due to my using a convection oven. I did reduce it to 300 degrees but next time I’ll try reducing the cook time by a few minutes.

    1. Hi Christina, thank you for commenting and putting in your substitutions as well. If they were dry I would definitely suggest the reduction in oven temp as you did along with reduction of cooking time! Glad you liked them! Happy baking, Kathleen

  12. I love Mimi’s Cafe bran muffins and this recipe is spot on! They are perfect! I couldn’t find wheat bran so I used oat bran (in the oatmeal section). I’m already planning on making them again. My family all fought over who got to eat the last one!

    1. Hi Linda, We wish huh! I went into the nutrition card to double check, it’s actually 33 carbs and 2 grams of fiber, it confused me too! It’s a nutritional card and I just plug in the number of servings and based on the ingredients it comes up with the calculations.

  13. I made these honey bran muffins tonight and they turned out wonderful! I did not have wheat bran so I substituted with oat bran. They were delicious but a little more cake like than the “Mimi’s” muffins. I will try with the wheat bran next time. Still yummy and easy to make!