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Making Healthy Muffins

Updated on May 26, 2012
Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Muffins

Cupcakes seem to be all the rage right now, but don't let that overshadow their healthier cousin: the muffin. Having a few healthy muffin recipes on hand means you can create your own hand-held treats that are better for you.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are a classic, and the additional fruit doesn't hurt either. Blueberries are usually classed as a "superfood" because they are so healthy for you.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole blueberries

Get your oven preheating to 400F.

In one bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. In another mixing bowl, whisk oil, egg and milk together until well blended. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly. Add the blueberries.

Pour the batter into your prepared muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes. This recipe should make about a dozen good-sized muffins.

Bran Muffins

You can't get much healthier than bran. You'll be surprised how tasty these ones are.

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Start preheating to 375F.

Mix the bran and milk together in a mixing bowl, and let stand for 15 minutes (to soften up the bran). In another bowl, whisk apple sauce, sugar, vanilla and egg together until well blended. Add that to the bran mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and then add this mix to the wet ingredients. Stir until just mixed, then fold in the raisins.

Pour batter into your muffin cups and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. You should get a dozen with this recipe too.

Morning Glory Muffins

These are ideal for a quick breakfast snack, filled with fruit and even a little vegetable.

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened is best)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 apple, also shredded
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple, juice drained off
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

For this recipe, start up the oven to 350F.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla together. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until you get a moist batter. Then mix in the carrots, apple, pineapple, coconut, raisins and nuts.

Pour the batter into a muffin tray and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. You'll get around 2 dozen muffins from this recipe.


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    • Rosie writes profile image

      Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

      I've never thought of muffins as good for you, but they do seem so. I want to try your Morning Glory muffins - new to me. Thanks!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I usually make bran muffins and see you included one here also. These all sound delicious. Thanks for your recipes. BTW...I add a touch of cinnamon to my bran muffins for extra flavor.