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Whole Wheat Raspberry Apple Bran Muffins

Delicious whole wheat raspberry muffins with finely chopped apple chunks and and made with yogurt. They are so good, you'll want them for breakfast and dessert.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 20


  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup wheat barley , milled or ground
  • 1/2 cup wheat barley flakes
  • 1 cup Hard Red Winter Wheat , milled*
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1 gala apple , finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a muffin tin pan with cupcake liners; set aside
  • In a small cup, combine half & half with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar; set aside and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, combine milled Hard Red Winter Wheat (or whole wheat/all purpose flour), milled wheat bran, wheat bran flakes, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a bowl fit with a mixer, combine milk mixture, yogurt, egg, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix until combined well.
  • Dump dry ingredients into wet ingredients bowl and mix just until incorporated.
  • Stir in raspberries and finely chopped apple.
  • Fill each muffin tin a little more than 3/4 to the top. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar, wheat barley flakes and press a raspberry in the top.
  • Bake for 14-18 minutes. If using cupcakes liners, I baked mine for 18 minutes, but check at 14 minutes to see if done. **If using a dark muffin tin pan coated with non-stick cooking spray, bake for about 14 minutes but check around 12 minutes as they will burn more easily.
  • They are done with the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


*Store bought whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour can be used in place of Hard Red Winter Wheat (Hard Red Winter Wheat is whole wheat flour but it must be milled. It can be milled at home, or purchased online or from a flour mill).
**Milling is the process of grinding the grain into a powder, usually between two stones. Mockmill is a wonderful mill attachment that will work with a kitchenaid stand mixer.
***Whole Foods sells both Hard Red Winter Wheat and Wheat Barley in the bulk section.
****Old fashioned oats can be used in place of the wheat barley flakes but I suggest using an equal amount of flour in place of the milled wheat barley, if not using.