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Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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My favorite treat? Something that’s made with affordable, approachable, and delicious ingredients: chocolate oat bran muffins. 

What I love most about these muffins is that they are incredibly filling, rich, and chocolatey. If you want something sweet, yet, still packs a well-rounded nutritional value, this chocolate oat bran muffin recipe is the way to go. 

Here’s the breakdown… 

Rough nutritional value per muffin: 

  • Calories: 176
  • Carbs: 34g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Protein: 5g 
  • Fiber: 6g

This morning, I woke up to a brisk 50-degree air wrapped around the inside of my home. Woo! It was frosty. It gave me the excuse to crank up the oven to warm up my apartment while sliding grab-and-go breakfast out of its belly. 

These muffins can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. While that coffee pot is puttering and churning, your muffins will be fluffing up in the oven. With 6 servings to deliver, it’s a great way to serve breakfast for the entire family. 

Pro-tip: Serve ‘em warm and feel free to roll out a pat of vegan butter onto the muffins. 

If this is your first time making oat bran muffins, keep in mind that since we’re using whole ingredients, these will be denser. 

If you want these muffins to be a bit more dessert-y, you can modify the recipe. Add 3-4 tablespoons of melted butter to the batter and 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1/4 cup.

There will be a light banana flavor from the ripe bananas, which will also give a natural sweetness to the muffins.

What Else Can You Make With Oat Bran? 

Oat Bran Pancakes With Chocolate Syrup 

Want fiber from a stack of pancakes? Well, here you go! Covered in homemade, chocolate syrup and frosty raspberries, this is the kind of breakfast everyone can get behind. It is the ultimate kid-friendly breakfast. 

Savory Oat Bran Bowl With Tofu 

Oat bran doesn’t have to be made into something sweet. Topped with tofu and steamed kale, it’s a breakfast that’ll make you feel whole and light. 

Oat Flour 

Oat flour is easier to make than you think. With just one ingredient and a high-powered blender, you’ll have oat flour in seconds. 

Buttery Oat Bran Bowl 

This reminds me of cream of wheat or farina, but better. You’ll actually feel satiated and comfortably full.

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Bran Bowl 

Need a bit of dessert for breakfast? Go for a decadent bowl of dark chocolate and peanut butter oat bran bowl. 

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Muffins, Oat Bran, Oat Bran Muffins


  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup vegan milk/water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 450 F degrees. 
  • Grease a six-mold muffin or cupcake tin with vegan butter, cooking spray, or oil. 
  • In a large bowl, stir all of the dry ingredients: oat bran, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In a blender, blend the vegan milk/water and banana. If you don’t have a blender, thoroughly whisk together.
  • Combine and whisk the dry ingredients and wet ingredients. Add chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the greased muffin tin and fill a little over ¾ of the way full for each muffin mold. 
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove muffin and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes. 


  1. The muffins are ready in about 15-17 minutes. However, pierce the center of the muffins with a toothpick to check its doneness. If it comes out clean, they’re ready. If they don’t, pop the muffins in for another couple of minutes. 
  2. To prevent sticking, use a cooking spray or grease the muffin tins with vegan butter or oil. 
  3. These muffins will be modestly sweet. Personally, I sometimes just want a treat that won’t send me on a downward sugar spiral.
  4. To add moisture and flavor to the muffins, add 2 tablespoons of melted vegan butter to the batter.

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    Hey, I’d love to try these but we don’t get oat bran here in the UK – is it just finely milled oats? We have something called Ready Brek that are fine cut oats with added vitamins… do you think that would work? Thanks 🙏

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    5 stars
    I’ve been trying out some plant based recipes. Haven’t had any success until I found these. They were really good. I’ve been eating them every morning with peanut butter and coconut oil. I put them in the fridge and then warm them up in the oven. I couldn’t find oat bran at the store so I used my cuisine art and put in some rolled oats. Not sure that is the same but it turned out delicious. Thank you for the easy recipe.

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      Hi Amy! Thank you for trying out the recipe. I am glad you did. I love having them because it’s absolutely delicious but doesn’t have so much sugar in it. Having it with peanut butter sounds like a great idea to me! Also, I saw your other message to me – I’ve removed your last name in this review, as requested. If you have any questions or want to reach out, I am always here at Drop a note anytime! 🙂

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