These Raisin Bran Muffins are a classic old-fashioned recipe straight from the POST© Raisin Bran Box. A vintage cereal box recipe that I have enjoyed since my early childhood and made in my Nanny’s kitchen. I consider this muffin recipe an individual quick bread that in modern days are easy to make and take as well as a weekend relaxing pleasure!

This old fashioned recipe is a comfort food that has a warm, sweet, and inviting aroma. A perfect way to wake your family up in the morning! I love to enjoy one or two Raisin Bran Muffins with a hot cup of coffee on the weekend. Or, they are great to send in lunch boxes or put in someone’s had as they head out the door for the day as a portable breakfast!

Why I make Raisin Bran Muffins

The times I am baking in the early morning is when my Grandma Mae (Nanny) comes to my mind. I always think of her, how she would do it and how she would bake muffins in the morning.

One particular recipe I remember making with Nanny are Raisin Bran Muffins. Many mornings I would be at Nanny’s house for breakfast. I would get up early with my dad and ride over to her house with him. Dad would be on his way to work and he would be picking up Poppy to give him a ride. Me, I would go in to Nanny & Poppy’s house and go upstairs to snuggle with Nanny for a little while before we would get up to have warm muffin breakfast.

Muffin Recipe FAQ’s

Which Raisin Bran Muffin recipe is better? Post or Kellogg’s?

Both of these recipes came from a box of cereal, and they both originated from the same era. Both recipes are very similar so I can’t say which one is better. However, I grew up eating the recipe from the Post Raisin Bran cereal box.

Why do people soak their bran before adding to the recipe?

First of all, this muffin recipe doesn’t call for you to do that. However, I do remember my mom doing it. I think it comes from the day when they unprocessed grain, and it was a habit of my mom to do that. It isn’t necessary to do so with today’s cereals.

Why are my muffins so dense?

You likely packed the flour into your measuring cup, resulting in too much flour. To prevent dense muffins, sift and spoon your flour into your measuring cup first.

Why are my muffin tops flat?

There are two reasons you could have flat muffin tops. One, you didn’t fill the muffin pan enough. Two, your oven temperature may not have been hot enough. Check your oven temperature with a oven thermometer to be sure it is accurate.

A Raisin Bran Muffin cut in half where you can see the flecks of cereal and raisins in the muffin

Why I like Old Fashioned Recipes

They weren’t called the good old days for nothing. Old fashioned recipes are some of the best recipes to enjoy. Some may take a little bit of work, but are so worth it. I grew up in the era where convenience foods were becoming popular. As a result, I had exposure to how the recipes from the depression era were made as that is the era my mom grew up in.

People did things different in the olden days, anyone from the baby boomer era had the experience of knowing how things were done before it was made easier. However, having said that making recipes the way they did when my grandmother and mother were growing up is an art that I hate to see lost!

Raisin Bran Muffins and Sentiment

If you haven’t guessed, I was very close to my Nanny. I don’t know that many people are so lucky. Maybe it is different if you are a girl. I was very blessed to have the most wonderful grandmother. She was sweet, kind, loving and sometimes naive (or so we thought!). And, making these Raisin Bran Muffins always brings that sentiment back to me.

My Nanny loved to joke, she loved music. She had the most wonderful smile and she never judged me. Instead, she opened her arms (and her doors) and brought me in close. Her home was my home and her heart loved me unconditionally. That is how I want my family and friends to remember me.

Recipe from the Post Raisin Bran Cereal Box

The photo above is the recipe for Post Raisin Bran Muffins that she tore this from the cereal box. No matter that I love things neat and orderly, I will not change this card because it came from her house, her cereal box and her hands that tore it from there.

If Nanny was still here, then this morning I would pack up some Raisin Bran Muffins and run down the road, pj’s and all, to share them with her. It would certainly be something that would make her smile and say “come on in Shelby Mae.” I hope you will make and love this recipe as much as I do and create some memories with your loved ones!

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Yield: 10 muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

The recipe from the back of a Post Raisin Bran Cereal Box - an old recipe with a lot of nostalgia attached!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cup raisin bran cereal


  1. Mix flour with sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine melted butter, milk and egg. Add to flour mixture. Mix only enough to moisten flour. Fold in cereal. Fill greased muffin pans about 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 21mg Sodium: 199mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 3g
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