Healthy Breakfast Muffins

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These healthy breakfast muffins are made in just one bowl and come with tons of flavor options! No white flour and no butter needed, they take just 20 minutes to make.

healthy breakfast muffins.

Dessert for breakfast is standard procedure around here.

On rotation (of the sweet variety) includes slices of a breakfast cake or sometimes oatmeal breakfast cookies. When I want to change things up, I love making my family breakfast muffins. 

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe highlights
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make healthy breakfast muffins
  4. Dietary swaps and ingredient substitutions
  5. Flavor variations
  6. How to store leftovers
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. More healthy muffins to try
  9. Healthy Breakfast Muffins (Recipe Card)

Recipe highlights

  • Made in just ONE bowl. No fancy kitchen gadgets or mixers are needed. 
  • Ready in 20 minutes. Set your timer if you don’t believe me, but these muffins take just 20 minutes, including prep time! 
  • Satisfying and filling. Like almond flour blueberry muffins and oatmeal muffins, each of these are packed with fiber, protein, and whole grains. They keep you satisfied all morning until lunch!
  • Easy to customize. From fresh berries to chocolate chips to crushed walnuts- the possibilities are endless, and you can add anything and everything to them. 

These are the kind of muffins you can batch cook and freeze up leftovers for meal prep, so you can have quick grab-and-go breakfasts for weeks at a time.

breakfast muffins healthy.

Ingredients needed

As mentioned earlier, this recipe does NOT call for butter. Instead, a combination of Greek yogurt and a touch of oil helps keep the batter moist and gives the muffins a gorgeous crumb. Here are the healthy ingredients you’ll need:

  • White whole wheat flour– A healthier alternative to white flour, white whole wheat flour looks exactly like white flour but has added fiber and whole grains. 
  • Sugar substitute– Any baking sugar substitute can be used, including allulose or monk fruit sweetener. I have tried liquid sweeteners like maple syrup and honey successfully. Of course, coconut sugar and white sugar will work.
  • Baking powder– Gives the muffins a gorgeous rise and fluffiness. 
  • Salt– Just a pinch to balance out the sweet ingredients. 
  • Greek yogurt– Nonfat plain yogurt cuts down on the oil needed while keeping the muffins perfectly moist in the middle. 
  • Almond milk– My preferred milk, but any will work. 
  • Olive oil– A neutral flavored oil. Coconut oil can also be used. 
  • Eggs– room temperature eggs. 
  • Vanilla extract– A must for any good muffin recipe. 
  • Mix-ins of choice– Berries, nuts, chocolate chips, bananas, cranberries, raisins, etc.

How to make healthy breakfast muffins

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the batter. Start by adding the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Next, whisk through the wet ingredients until a smooth batter remains.

muffin batter in a mixing bowl.

Step 2- Add mix-ins. If using multiple mix-ins, divide the batter into 2-4 bowls. Add your preferred mix-ins to each one. 

muffin batter in four bowls.

Step 3- Bake. Next, distribute the muffin batter evenly amongst a 12-count muffin tin. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

pre-baked muffins.

Dietary swaps and ingredient substitutions

  • Make it vegan. Replace the eggs with an egg replacer (like Bob’s Red Mill) or flax eggs. Use coconut yogurt or soy yogurt instead of Greek yogurt. 
  • Make it gluten free. Use a gluten-free flour blend that contains added xanthan gum. 
  • Substitute the yogurt. Sour cream or a non-dairy yogurt can be used. 
  • Skip the sugar. Use a sugar free substitute, like a brown sugar substitute
  • Change up the mix-ins. Use your favorite fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. 

Flavor variations

The beauty of these muffins is just how easy they are to customize. Here are TEN popular flavors to try-

  • Blueberry banana- Add one large banana and half a cup of blueberries. 
  • ,Chocolate walnut– Add one cup of chocolate (chopped) and 1/4 cup of walnuts. 
  • Chocolate chip– Fold through one cup of chocolate chips. 
  • Raspberry– Fold through one cup of fresh or frozen raspberries. 
  • Mixed berry– Add one cup of your favorite berries, including blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. 
  • Apple cinnamon– Add one large apple, chopped, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  • Peanut butter– Replace half the olive oil with 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
  • Dark chocolate raspberry– Fold through 1/2 cup of raspberries and 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips.
  • Lemon poppy seed– Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 cup of poppy seeds.
  • Double chocolate– Fold through 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and add one cup of chocolate chips.

How to store leftovers

To store: Leftover muffins can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to five days. If you’d like them to keep longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

To freeze: Place the cooled muffins in a ziplock and store it in the freezer for up to six months. 

healthy breakfast muffins in a muffin tin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are muffins healthy for breakfast?

Muffins can be part of a healthy breakfast, provided they are low in sugar and high in whole grains, protein, and fiber. These muffins tick the boxes, as they cover all of that. They are also lower in calories than traditional fruit filled muffins.

Can I make these low carb?

Instead of making this recipe, try keto breakfast muffins.

Can I use another flour?

Oats, oat flour, coconut flour, and almond flour won’t yield the same muffins than ones made with wheat based flour.

More healthy muffins to try

healthy breakfast muffins recipe.

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

5 from 287 votes
These healthy breakfast muffins are made in just one bowl and come with tons of flavor options! No white flour and no butter needed, they take just 20 minutes to make. Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen.
Servings: 12 muffins
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375F/190C. Line a 12-count muffin tin with muffin liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar substitute, baking powder and salt. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until a smooth batter remains. 
  • Divide the batter into four bowls. Add the different flavor mix-ins to each one.
  • Distribute the muffin batter evenly amongst the muffin liners and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out mostly clean.
  • Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool in the muffin tin for ten minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Flavor options included in the post. 
TO STORE: Leftover muffins can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to five days. If you’d like them to keep longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to one week. 
TO FREEZE: Place the cooled muffins in a ziplock and store it in the freezer for up to six months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSodium: 172mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 50IUCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 17g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Recipe originally published January 2022 but updated to include new information for your benefit.

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi. I want to try your healthy muffins but make 12 of each. The fruit ingredients that you suggests – are they for 3 muffins or for 12 muffins?

    If I have to triple the amount of fruit, does this affect the baking time?

    Thanks.