I make muffins at least once a week. Sometimes my muffins are loaves, sometimes they are healthy coco-zucchini muffins masquerading as doughnuts, but they all start with my master recipe. I have figured out a a basic muffin recipe that is pretty forgiving as long as the basic proportions remain constant. Add nuts, seeds & fruit. Replace some of the sugar with mashed fruit. Make them more healthy with ground flax, & whole grains and vegetable puree. Go Dairy Free(DF), Gluten Free(GF), or Egg free(EF) or even vegan(V).
To make your own, start with the master recipe, use the proportions from one column, if the part of the column is blank then use the original measurement. After you’ve tried a batch experiment with additions, variations, and substitutions of your own. Some of my favourites are listed at the end. To ensure light and fluffy muffins the mixing order is done a little differently depending on which muffin you’re making- you’ll find details in the Directions. Enjoy!
|MASTER RECIPE||Yogurt-Oat (GF)||Banana (DF)||(EF)|
|¾ c brown sugar|
|½ c butter||½ c oil or butter||¾ c oil, vegetable or coconut||½ cup applesauce
and 1 Tb citrus or pineapple juice
|2 c flour||1 c GF/oat Flour||2c flour||2 c flour|
|1 tsp baking soda|
|2 tsp baking powder||½ tsp baking powder||3 tsp baking powder|
|½ tsp salt|
|1 tsp vanilla|
|¾ butter milk or yogurt||1 c yogurt +
1 c oats
|No dairy||Buttermilk/yogurt +2 Tb oil (coconut/veg)|
|2 c fruit
1 c grated fruit/vegetable
|2 c berries +
1 c grated apple
|1 c bananas, mashed (=3 or 4 large)|
|¼ c seeds/grains||Sunflower seeds||2 Tb each ground flax & chia seeds|
|(½ c nuts)||(pecans)|
- Preheat oven to 350
Cream sugar with butter & eggs. Mix on med-high until it lightens in colour.
If using oil: Combine eggs and sugar, mix on med-high until it lightens in colour then slowly add oil. Continue mixing.
If using applesauce, whip with sugar as with eggs
If using oats, soak in yogurt and set aside for at least 20 min.
- Separately combine salt, flour, baking powder & soda. Add dry to wet, in 3 parts, alternating with milk/yogurt/buttermilk
Stir until well combined.
- If using, add fruit, grated vegetable, seeds (& Nuts). Mix until just combined.
- Fill greased or papered muffin tins 2/3rds full.
Muffins: bake 20-25 min @ 350
Additions, Replacements, and Variations
Try making a loaf instead of muffins bake 50-60 minutes @ 350, or a doughnut press, follow manufacturers instructions.
Remember most kid spaces are nut free, so don’t add the nuts if you are taking your muffins to go 🙂
Use soy or almond milk in place of milk.
Use white sugar, agave, raw sugar etc instead of brown- you may need to add more dry to correct the consistency.
Replace yogurt with sour cream or kefir.
Flour can be replaced with gluten free flour + ground oat flakes in any of the recipes.
use cranberries, blue berries, strawberries, raspberries or rhubarb.
Add ground flax + chia seeds, to any of the recipes.
Add 1Td dried milk for extra protein.
Add ¼ c unsweetened coconut.
Add 1 tsp lemon or orange zest.
Add 1/2 c raisins, craisins, or dried fruit.
Add pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
Add 1/2 c chocolate chips.
Add 1/4 c flour with coco powder + 2 Tb sugar.
Add 1/2 tsp nutmeg + 1 tsp cinnamon,
OR ½ tsp garam masala + ¼ tsp clove
OR 1” fresh ginger, grated, (or ½ tsp dry) + ¼ tsp allspice .
Replace ½ of mashed banana or grated apple with grated vegetables, carrot/zucchini/beet/squash
Replace apple sauce with mashed banana OR 1/4 c apple sauce + 1/4 c vegetable puree (carrot, spinach, squash) .
Replace pecans with almonds or cashews.
Replace 1/4c butter with peanut butter.
Variation: Use a crumble topping. By combining one of the above spice combos with 2Tb each, butter or oil + brown sugar+ large oat flakes+ ground oats. Mash with fork and sprinkle over batter before baking
Variation: PB&J muffins: replace ¼ c of butter with peanut butter, and add peanuts. When filling the muffin tin, fill 1/3rd full, add a ½tsp-1tsp jam then add more batter on top. PB muffins with an oozy jam centre.
Some of our favorite combinations: orange zest with cranberries; Rhubarb with lemon zest & almonds; Apples & Blueberries with cinnamon & nutmeg; vanilla yogurt with raisins; garam masala & clove; coco with chocolate chips; pineapple and carrot and walnuts; coconut oil & flakes with oats and cinnamon.
Did you discover a great combination? Let us know in the comments!!