Sunday, March 6, 2011

Delicious Breakfast-Worthy Muffins

Many "muffins" these days are really just cupcakes without the icing. Chock-full of butter and sugar, they're fine as an occasional treat or for dessert, but they simply aren't breakfast worthy in my (Ashlie) book! Alfred of course adores these so called "muffins." After some tinkering I've come up with a muffins that we can both agree on - Alfred loves the taste (in fact he has requested that I only make these muffins from now on) and I'm happy with the healthy ingredients. As you will see below, the "recipe" is really a template, there are many ways you can change things up to suit your preferences. The recipe makes a small batch, 6 standard muffins. Since muffins really taste best fresh, and Alfred is the only one who eats them in our household, that makes the most since for us, but feel free to double or triple it as you see fit.

Breakfast-Worthy Muffins

Dry Ingredients
3/4 C. Whole Grain Flour (Spelt, Whole Wheat, Buckwheat, Oat)
1/4 t. Baking Soda
1/2 t. Baking Powder
1 t. Spices (e.g., cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves), optional
pinch Salt

Wet Ingredients
1/4 C. Liquid Sweetener (Agave, Honey, Maple Syrup, Molasses)
1 Egg, beaten (or 1 T. Ground Flax Seed mixed with 3 T. Water)
1/4 Plain Yogurt (Dairy or Non-dairy)
1 t. Extract (Vanilla, Almond, Lemon), optional
1/4 Unsweetened Fruit Puree (Applesauce, Mashed Banana, Pumpkin)
1 C. Shredded Fruit/Vegetables (Carrot, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Apple, Pear)
1/4 C. Dried Fruit (Raisins, Dates, Figs, Currants, Cranberries, Cherries)

Two Optional Topping Ideas:

Option 1: Sticky Nut Topping
1/4 C. Chopped Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts)
1 T. Molasses
1/4 t. Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients until nuts are evenly coated with molasses.

Option 2: Streusal
2 T. Oats
1 T. Finely Shredded Coconut (or more Oats)
1 T. Coconut Oil at room temperature
2 T. Sugar (preferably raw sugar, sucanat or coconut sugar)
1/2 t. Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients with a fork until crumbly.

To Make the Muffins:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

2) In a mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients.

3) In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients.

4) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir until just combines.

5) Divide batter evenly among 6 muffin cups.

6) If using one of the optional toppings (Alfred likes both toppings, but he prefers the streusal), sprinkle it evenly on top of each muffin.

7) Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean!

8) Go ahead and eat one (or two), there's no reason to feel guilty!

The muffin at the top contains spelt flour, grated carrots and raisins, and it is topped with the streusal topping. Here's a different batch with whole wheat flour, grated apples and dates and the sticky nut topping:

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, Sweets for a Saturday, Messy Missy's Marvelous Mess Party, and Sweet Tooth Friday. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!


  1. I totally agree with what you have said about many muffins these days being nothing but cupcakes, Ashlie! I love cupcakes, but I too believe they should be a treat - when I make muffins I want them to be good for my family. Your recipe sounds wonderful - delicious and nutritious, just as a muffin should be!

  2. Ooo, I love these muffins! Thanks for a great recipe :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  3. Hi April - Thanks for making me feel like I'm not the only crazy healthy nut out there :)

    Hi Miriam - Thanks! Please let us know if you try the recipe out and what ingredients you use!

  4. These look delicious! I love all of the dried fruit in them...i bet they are amazing! :)

  5. Delicious muffins! Perfect for a nutritious breakfast!

  6. Ashlie, you could not have posted this at a better time than this. I was looking for healthy recipes to make the children's snacks for school. This sounds absolutely wonderful. Will try and make some this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mmm, they may look like dessert but I say that all those fruits/vegetables make them healthy. Thanks for linking these up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  8. Thanks Ladies! We hope you all have a delicious and nutritious week :)

  9. These look healthy and delicious! I posted a so called "dessert muffin" recipe today. I am a sugar freak at heart, but I'm looking to change my ways and use some healthier recipes. I think I'll follow along and see if you can help me change my ways!

  10. Hi Laura - Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope you enjoy these healthier treats, but you don't have to deprive yourself all the time. We'll try and help you change your ways, while still enjoying every bite :)

  11. These muffins look and sound delicious! Hope you don't mind if my daughter and I use your recipe for an upcoming Muffin Monday on our blog - - Thanks so much for sharing. :)