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Top 10 Breakfast Muffin Recipes

These are my favourites and well-tested breakfast muffin recipes. All are great for breakfast but don’t let that limit you as they are great for an afternoon snack or really any time at all.


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Here are some basic muffins making tips:

  • Use pre-sifted all purpose flour – if you want to use cake and pastry flour, increase the recipe by ¼ cup
  • Muffin batter needs to be mixed quickly and as lightly as possible – basically only stirring it moisten it together. The batter needs to look lumpy. If you are going to use an electric mixer, use it only for putting together wet ingredients.
  • Most muffins can be baked at 375F – any higher temperature will result in leathery texture muffins.
  • If you want big, high muffins, fill your muffin cups to the top. You might want to grease the top of the muffin tins as well to prevent sticking and make unmolding easier.
  • All the muffins will freeze beautifully – you just need to cool them completely, wrap them in foil and put into airtight plastic bags. To reheat them, unwrap and bake at 350F for no more than 10 minutes.

Here is the list of my Top 10 Breakfast Muffin Recipes:

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

  • ¼ cup of shortening
  • ¾ cups of white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups of chopped apples
  • 1 tablespoon of cream
  • Cream shortening and sugar

Directions:

  1. Add vanilla and beaten eggs
  2. Stir together dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients, stirring just to moisten
  3. Add apples and cream gently
  4. Fill greased muffin cups and bake at 350F for 20 -25 minutes

Note: These taste great if you add a cup of grated cheese to the batter!

Applesauce Bran Muffins 

Applesauce Bran Muffins

  • 1 cup of all bran
  • 1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1-1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup of molasses
  • ¼ cup of oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Directions:

  1. Stir all bran, buttermilk, applesauce, molasses, oil., egg and vanilla together and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir the dry ingredients together
  3. Aff bran mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just to moisten
  4. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes

Fantastic Banana Muffins

Fantastic Banana Muffins

  • 3 large bananas
  • ¾ cups of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter

Directions:

  1. Mash bananas, add sugar and slightly beaten egg
  2. Add the melted butter
  3. Add the dry ingredients and bake at 375F for 20 minutes.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

  • ¾ cup of all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of mashed bananas

Topping:

  • ¼ cup of white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mash bananas. Combine bananas, brown sugar, oil and egg. Beat until mixed.
  2. Stir in dry ingredients together and add to banana mixture, mixing to combine.
  3. 1/2 cup of chopped nuts can be added to the batter
  4. Sprinkle topping on top of batter before baking
  5. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes

Honey Bran Muffins

 Honey Bran Muffins

  • 1 cup of natural bran
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup of butter or margarine
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  1. Soak bran in buttermilk while preparing the rest.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in the honey and egg. Add the bran and buttermilk.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients and stir until well moistened.
  5. Bake at 375F for 15 – 20 minutes.

Cranberry Muffins

 Cranberry Muffins

  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • ¼ cup of white sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup of flour
  • Another ¼ cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground all spice
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¼ teaspoon of grated orange zest
  • ¾ cup of orange juice
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter or margarine
  • ¼ cup of chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Coarsely chop cranberries
  2. Sprinkle with 1./4 cup of sugar and set aside
  3. In a bowl, stir together flour, ¼ cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, all spice and make a well in the centre.
  4. Combine egg., orange peel, orange juice and melted butter. Add all at once to the flour mixture, stirring to moisten.
  5. Fold in cranberry mixture and nuts.
  6. Fill greased muffins cups and bake at 375F for 15 -20 minutes or until golden

Date Muffins

Date Muffins

  • 1 cup of chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of margarine or shortening
  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water over this and let cool.
  • Add 1 cup of brown sugar to one beaten egg and add to cooled date mixture.
  • Add: 1 cup of bran
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Stir to moisten
  • Bake at 375F for 15 – 20 minutes

Healthy Muffins

Healthy Muffins

  • 1-1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 cups of granola
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of molasses

Directions:

  1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Blend oil, milk, vanilla and molasses.
  3. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir only to moisten.
  4. Spoon into well-greased muffin cups, sprinkling with more granola on the top.
  5. Bake at 375F for 15 – 20 minutes.

Oatmeal Orange Muffins

Oatmeal Orange Muffins

  • 1 cup of oats, soaked in 1/2 cup of orange juice and ½ cup of boiling water for about 15 minutes
  • ½ cup of margarine
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Cream margarine and sugar. Beat in eggs and stir in oat mixture. Stir in raisins.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla.,
  3. Stir until moistened. Pour into well-greased muffins cups and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.

Marmalade Muffins

 Marmalade Muffins

Ingredients:

  • Peel of 1 grapefruit and 1 orange
  • 1-1/2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of margarine
  • 1-3/4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda

Directions:

  1. Cut grapefruit and orange skins into a blender. Pour in buttermilk and grind fine.
  2. Add sugar, salt and shortening and blend.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients together in a bowl and pour rind mixture over, stirring just to moisten.
  4. Bake at 375F for about 20 minutes.

Hope you enjoyed these recipes – if there is another one you are looking for, let me know and I will get it for you. And remember – your comments, suggestions and input is always welcomed!

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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Maddie - September 3, 2012

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    Hanna Trafford - September 4, 2012

    Thanks for your message Maddie! Tell me what your favorite `kid`muffin would be and I will make sure I post the recipe!

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Jenn - May 29, 2011

Made the old fashioned apple muffins tonight with a slight change: I used gluten free flour. These are yummy!

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Yasmin Fischler - October 23, 2010

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    Hanna Trafford - October 25, 2010

    Thank you so much for your comment and I promise I will continue posting more information on natural health and related topics – please keep watching my site on regular basis and send me your comments and suggestions anytime!

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natasha - October 20, 2010

first time for me trying to make banana muffins. And when i finished, omg, i ate like 5 of them. The recipe is perfect. I cook a lot and not all of recipes are always turned out good. But this one is.
So if you want to make banana muffins you dont even have to try recipe, i did it for you:) Thanks

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    Hanna Trafford - October 20, 2010

    Those banana muffins are one of my favourite – I made them lots of times and they always turn out great. If you haven’t already, give a try to the Triple Berry Muffins – they are awesome! And thank so much for taking time to write to me – appreciate your comments!

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    Hanna Trafford - March 30, 2010

    Thanks so much for your great comment – I just made a fresh batch of apple cinnamon muffins and I tell you – not nuch better than the aroma of freshly baked muffins first thing in the morning!

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