Mom's Citrus Bran Loaf

My Mom’s citrus bran loaf is the perfect healthy treat for January! With minimal sugar, this loaf gets its flavor from various citrus fruits.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup plain all bran cereal
  • 1 + 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 + 1/3 cup granulated sugar, separated
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Beat together the egg, milk, melted butter, lemon and orange zest.  Stir in the bran cereal and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add the wet cereal mixture to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir until just blended. Pour into a greased 8 x 4 loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 1/3 cup sugar and lemon and orange juice to a boil in a small saucepan.  As soon as the loaf comes out of the oven, poke it with a skewer all over the loaf.  Spoon the glaze over the loaf immediately and allow to soak in.  Cool in loaf pan, then remove and slice to serve.