Healthy Muffin Recipes

Whether sweet or savory—these easy-to-prepare little quick breads are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or even dessert.

Our Favorite Healthy Muffins

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Our Favorite Healthy Muffins

Ready in a flash and delightful as can be, our muffins will disappear from your table almost as quickly as you can whip them up. Muffins are easy to master—just follow our tips and you will be on your way.

Five Tips for Perfect Muffins:

1.  Leave a few lumps. Over stirring can toughen a muffin.
2.  Spray the liners with cooking spray before adding batter.  
3.  Check for doneness early (about 5 minutes before specified time) since ovens can vary.
4.  Cool in the pan 5 minutes, then eat warm or remove to a rack so muffins don't get soggy.
5.  Store correctly so muffins stay fresh. Keep in an airtight container for a day or two. Or wrap  individually in plastic wrap, place all in a zip-top bag, and freeze up to one month. Thaw at room temperature or in microwave for 10 to 30 seconds.

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Tuscan Lemon Muffins Recipe

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Tuscan Lemon Muffins

The tart, rich flavor comes from a favorite Italian combo—olive oil and fresh lemon.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cocoa batter encases chocolate mini chips, which also melt atop for chocolaty goodness. Did we mention chocolate?

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Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins Recipe

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Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins

Cheddar, jalapeño, and bacon make these muffins a great partner for chili or as a savory grab-and-go breakfast.

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Pistachio-Chai Muffins Recipe

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Pistachio-Chai Muffins

A simple sugar glaze anchors crunchy pistachios, while aromatic spices and black tea speckle the dough.

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Cherry-Wheat Germ Muffins Recipe

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Cherry-Wheat Germ Muffins

Dried cherries enliven a hearty muffin featuring nutty wheat germ. Vary the flavor with dried apricots or blueberries.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Spiced Persimmon and Pecan Muffins

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Spiced Persimmon and Pecan Muffins

Traditional spiced muffins suddenly seem stylish when made with seasonal persimmons. There are two distinct types: Creamy-fleshed Hachiya is mashed to keep the muffins moist, while firmer Fuyu is diced for fruity bits with some bite.

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Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

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Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins

This family favorite gets a twist with the addition of whole-wheat flour and oatmeal. Tossing frozen blueberries with flour before adding them to the batter keeps them from turning the batter purple while they bake. If you use fresh blueberries, skip that step.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Tropical Muffins with Coconut-Macadamia Topping

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Tropical Muffins with Coconut-Macadamia Topping

Most monounsaturated fat in each serving comes from mild-flavored canola oil and rich macadamia nuts. Flaked sweetened coconut is high in saturated fat for a plant food (nearly 94 percent of the fat is saturated), but a little offers nutty flavor to the batter and texture to the topping.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins

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Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins

These muffins are at their best warm, so reheat briefly if you make ahead. Wheat germ is an excellent source of vitamin E.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins Recipe

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins

These moist, 5-star pumpkin muffins get a burst of sweet and sour notes from the dried cranberries. This favorite recipe doubles easily to feed a crowd.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Consider these a breakfast version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Don't use a natural-style peanut butter in this recipe; it won't have enough sugar or fat to help the muffins rise.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Morning Glory Muffins

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Morning Glory Muffins

Substitute apricots or raisins for chopped pitted dates in this recipe if you like. The dried fruits, nuts, oatmeal, wheat bran, and whole wheat flour contribute plenty of fiber to each Morning Glory Muffin. Complete your breakfast with fat-free yogurt and fruit.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Banana Nut Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel

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Banana Nut Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel

Whole wheat flour and oatmeal offer whole grains. The prudent amount of walnuts adds fiber, vitamin E, and unsaturated fats. The English walnuts (the most common variety in supermarkets) provide nearly 20 percent of an adequate daily intake of heart-healthy omega-3 fats per serving.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Oatmeal Topped Fig Muffins

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Oatmeal Topped Fig Muffins

Offer these low-fat, heart-healthy muffins as a side dish or a dessert option for your lunch buffet. To enjoy them to the fullest, heat briefly in the microwave and pair them with raspberry or orange preserves. Bake the muffins the day before, cool to room temperature, and store in an airtight container. Save leftovers for breakfast.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Double Apple Bran Muffins

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Double Apple Bran Muffins

Oat bran, the outer casing of an oat, is high in fiber. Apples and applesauce make these healthful muffins sweet and moist. If making ahead, individually wrap cooled muffins, and freeze for up to one week.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Whole-Grain Blackberry Spice Muffins

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Whole-Grain Blackberry Spice Muffins

Coarsely chop frozen blackberries, and place them back in the freezer until ready to stir into the batter. To freeze muffins, let cool completely, and place in zip-top plastic bags. Reheat in microwave 20 seconds.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Whole-Wheat, Oatmeal, and Raisin Muffins

Whole-Wheat, Oatmeal, and Raisin Muffins

With four whole grains and three dried fruits, these muffins are a great way to get a variety of antioxidants and fiber. Wheat germ is a good source of vitamin E. Look for untoasted wheat germ in the organic food section of the supermarket. Adding boiling water to the batter and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes before baking allows the hearty oats, wheat germ, and bran to soak up the liquid for a more tender muffin.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Sour Cream and Coffeecake Muffins

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Sour Cream and Coffeecake Muffins

Coffee cake in individualized servings will revolutionize your next breakfast gathering. Fold the batter just four times to swirl in the sugar mixture, not fully blend it.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Pumpkin Muffins

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Pumpkin Muffins

Prepare these golden muffins up to two days ahead, and enjoy a light breakfast on Thanksgiving morning—or any morning.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Pear and Walnut Muffins

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Pear and Walnut Muffins

Fragrant pears and walnuts make an unbeatable combination. For this recipe, you can use any type of pear available, though we suggest Anjou or Bartlett. Adding ground walnuts to these muffins results in a delightful richness. Turbinado sugar has large blond crystals and a subtle molasses flavor; substitute granulated sugar if you don't have turbinado.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Lemon-Scented Olive Oil Muffins

Lemon-Scented Olive Oil Muffins

The unique flavor of these little breads is a slight departure from a traditional sweet muffin, and they make a delightful addition to any brunch menu. If you love the taste of olive oil, choose a robust, full-flavored one for a more intense taste.

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Healthy Muffin Recipes: Cheddar Green Onion Muffins

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Cheddar Green Onion Muffins

These savory muffins are delicious warm but can be made up to a month in advance and frozen in heavy-duty zip-top plastic bags. Snatch them out of the freezer for a breakfast or brunch accompaniment that will be ready in a pinch.

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Orange-Hazelnut Snack Muffins

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Orange-Hazelnut Snack Muffins

Hazelnut flour (often called meal) is full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

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