Honey Bran Muffins

I woke up this morning a bit homesick. I’m not usually that way, but I woke up missing Southern California in the fall. The sun still shining but a chill in the breeze, perfect weather for a hearty Sunday brunch. There’s this place near where I grew up called The Kettle. They’re open 24 hours and you could get anything on the menu at any time. The best thing about The Kettle was that you could choose muffins as your side dish, and bran muffins at that. I know right? Muffins as a side? You might think it’s a bit strange but anyone from the South Bay knows that The Kettle’s muffins could be eaten anytime, anywhere and with anything. 

So herein, folks comes my dilemma. Purchase a plane ticket upwards of $1,000 to fly from London to LA to feed my homesickness craving, or attempt the impossible: recreate those sticky-sweet, hearty, chewy, crave-worthy muffins right in my own little London kitchen. If only I could jump on that plane! Well, off to the kitchen. 

I didn’t have very high hopes for this experiment. Those muffins are so high up on my favorite foods list that they must be so technically difficult, time consuming and physically draining to make, right? Wrong! They were surprisingly simple and taste just like the original. I told my husband what I was attempting and he told me that I shouldn’t get upset if they didn’t turn out right. The look on his face when he tried them said it all. I’ve done it folks! The weekend just got a bit sweeter and stickier!

Honey Bran Muffins

Yield: 12 perfect muffins


    For the muffins:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 4 tsp dry milk powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the glaze:
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tbsp butter, soft
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Start by making the glaze. Simply combine all the glaze ingredients into a small bowl or jug. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, wheat bran, dry milk powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, molasses, vegetable oil, egg and water. Stir to combine.
  4. Distribute about 1 tbsp of glaze per muffin cup. Brush glaze up the sides of each cup, being careful to coat everywhere. This is important or else there won’t be that sticky sweet coating that you want on these muffins!
  5. Then make a well in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Don’t fill any more than that because they do spring up a bit in the oven.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or when a tester comes out clean from the middle. Invert immediately onto a cooling rack covered with foil or wax paper. Let cool. Serve warm with slightly salted butter for a brunch treat.

Just look at how the glaze forms a sticky crust on the ‘top’ of these muffins. I think I might just go have another!

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17 thoughts on “Honey Bran Muffins

  1. Michelle

    Had lunch at The Kettle today and ordered the honey bran muffin since I love that muffine (should be a dessert, not a side). I didn’t touch it at lunch. Started picking at it after I got home. Had to google “the kettle bran muffin” hoping to find the recipe since I just finished the last bite and already want another one! May have to give your recipe a try. Although it won’t come with the view of the pier. 🙁

    1. Ms. Whisk Post author

      Hi Michelle! These are so close to the original- they totally gave me the taste of home I’ve been missing here in London! I really love the sticky glaze of these muffins. Let me know if you give them a try!

  2. Laurie W

    Funny, I cam across your blog today. I moved from the Southbay and have been living in Colorado for several years. That said, it’s raining, and I was thinking about the muffins at the Kettle. Yummmmmmy. I will try your recipe. I have another one that is to die for, and will send it to you if you like. However, I love mixing it up and trying recipe gems that others discover/create. 🙂

    1. Ms Whisk Post author

      Hi Laurie! Thanks so much for visiting! It is hard not to think about those muffins, especially on a rainy day! This recipe is the closest one I’ve found, let me know how they compare to yours!
      Hope to hear from you soon! Happy baking! C xxx

  3. Helen Louise Whittlesey

    I am in total shock. I am a transplanted Hermosa Beach gal who moved to New
    Jersey 30 years ago. On this 16 degree winter morning I was craving the decadent
    sticky Bran Muffins that I remember from many a late nighter at the Kettle. After
    googling “sticky bran muffin recipe”, never in my wildest dreams did I think a recipe
    from the Kettle would appear and that there was anyone else out there like me who
    Loveed those muffins as much as I did! Thank-you for.
    recreating a fabulous recipe!! 💗💕

    1. Ms Whisk Post author

      Oh Helen, this has completely made my day! Whilst I think that no recipe could possibly recreate those beautiful Kettle muffins perfectly, mine gives it a really great shot! Let me know how they turn out! Thanks for reading!

  4. Mary

    I just tried The Kettle’s bran muffins and yes, they are delicious. So, like others, I Googled to see if there was a recipe. I will be trying yours soon. Thank you for sharing that! However, there are golden raisins in The Kettle’s muffins. I thought it was apricots, but I called them and while they do not give out the recipe, they did tell me there were yellow or golden raisins in the muffins. FYI! :0)

  5. Heidi

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I have been craving these muffins for a long time – I just made them and they are the best I’ve ever tasted! Some Pinterest recepies have been a disaster but this one is a winner!!

  6. Kate

    Just had dinner at the Kettle. I promised my mid-western S.O. I would start the recipe search for the bran muffins. He loves them. I think it’s the muffins that make The Kettle his favorite South Bay restaurant.

  7. Danielle Bayliss

    I grew up with The Kettle too, and have also ended up in London. I miss these muffins (and the carrot orange muffins, and the blackberry lemonade…) so much. Thanks for sharing this, will give it a go at the weekend.

  8. Kelly Moore

    So I was googling “kettle bran muffin recipe and your blog was first thing to come up! I was like “I know her!” Haha. So excited to try this recipe, I don’t live in so bay anymore and totally miss these. Thanks Chelsea!

  9. Tessie

    I love this recipe! We used to frequent the kettle when we lived in the South Bay, and these took us right down memory lane. Thank you for providing the recipe. Do you happen to know how long these will last, or if they can be frozen? Thanks for all your good info!!

  10. Nina

    Longing for Kettle bran muffins! Will give your recipe a try. Is there a non dairy substitute for the dry milk powder? Thank you So much!


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