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Making Muffins from Scratch - Basic Muffin Recipe

Updated on August 8, 2007

One of the best ways to be frugal in the kitchen is to make your own foods. Don't use all of the prepackaged products available all over the grocery store. Just walking down the baking aisle will show you dozens of options for muffins and quick breads. On the bottom shelves you will find the sugar and flour and things that you will need to make your own. Initially purchasing these ingredients will cost more than a box of muffin mix, however you will be able to make dozens of muffins out of these ingredients. It should be well worth the money.

I have a basic muffins/quick bread recipe that I add different flavors to. It is very adaptable and easy to use. But first I will give you the true recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl beat the egg, milk and oil. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. At this point you will add in your flavors. Our favorite is chocolate chips and I purchase them in bulk at Sam's club. 1/2 cup of chocolate chips stirred in at the end makes for some really great muffins. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full and bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. This makes one dozen muffins. You can also adapt this for a quick bread. Pour all the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes.

Now for other options. I also use this recipe for blueberry muffins. I add 3/4 cup of blueberries and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice at the end of the recipe. You can also add some lemon zest if you would like. Another good option is cinnamon raisin muffins. At the end of the recipe add 1/2 cup of raisins and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

This recipe also allows for easy substitutions. I frequently use original flavored rice milk in place of milk. I have also substituted 4 oz of applesauce for the egg. ( I have a child with food allergies). I usually don't use only all purpose flour. I will use about 1/3 whole wheat flour and 2/3 white flour. I also sometimes add wheat germ to increase the nutritional value. When adding wheat germ or using wheat flour, you usually have to increase the amount of milk called for to get the right consistency. Leave the baking times the same.

I have found that having homemade muffins and breads available, we eat hardly any processed breakfast foods. Processes breakfast foods such as frozen waffles, toaster struddles, cereal, and burritos will increase your grocery bill by a lot. Cooking our breakfasts from scratch (not always in the morning, I frequently throw in muffins when I am cooking dinner) has saved us a lot of money over the years.

I also have a mini muffin pan that I will use to make muffins for snacks. The kids love these bite size muffins and beg for them when they see me making muffins. Snacking on muffins is more filling than prepackaged snacks and there are no additives and preservatives in them. So next time you reach for the boxed muffin mixes, look a little lower and grab the flour and sugar instead. Making your own has never been easier!

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      Isabel 18 months ago

      Thank you for this muffin recipe .Especially from scratch .I want to do cranberrie muffins with dried cranberries

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      jay 2 years ago

      How long do i bake the mini muffins and a what temperature?

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      makayla 3 years ago

      powered sugar or regular sugar ?

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      sgiroux@cogeco.ca 4 years ago

      Mine were AWFUL glad I didn,t waste my Blueberries on this recipe!!!!!!!

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      You could try fruit juice instead of milk for the liquid if you want a more fruity flavor. When I make cranberry muffins I add orange juice for instance.

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      Heather R 4 years ago

      I've tried this recipe a couple of times and am new to making muffins from scratch but I don't know if I am doing it right. I'd assume I'm off somehow though I followed the recipe as shown. The muffins turn out well as far as the bread part but there is almost no fruit flavor to them. We had always baked the store bought muffin mix where you just add milk and the "fruit" flavor really popped. I know that fruit was all artificial but am I messing up or is there a way to make the fruit in mine 'pop'? Cooking healthier doesn't add up to a hill of beans if they won't eat it and they say they're to bland....HELP PLEASE! :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      How helpful this is. A basic recipe to which our goodies can be added is a wonderful thing to have. In my collection are many recipes but I do not have a basic recipe like this one.

      I am featuring it in an apple crumble muffin hub that I published a while back so others can have it to use as well.

      Sending Angels your way ps

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      Veronica 5 years ago

      I used a half cup of cocoa powder and it turned out great!

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      April B. 5 years ago

      I have all these basic ingrediants in my pantry or fridge! So easy! Love it!

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      Sara August 5 years ago

      Hi! since i dont have any flavoring tools or anything so i just do them plain. And boy i thought that the muffins would taste like bread but i was wrong!!!! You have to try a muffin home made!! They're awesome!!!!!! :p :p :p

      It tastes to good to miss out on,

      !!!!HONEST!!!!

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      Toni 5 years ago

      I use this recipe quite often. Ive done numerous flavorings like berries etc. My family favorite is making it into a loaf and putting cinnamon streusel in the middleand i sprinkle some on top. Delicious

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      speciale 5 years ago

      me and my sisters made this recipe. it was really simple aned easy and lets not forget yummy!!! great recipe! thx!

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      ... 5 years ago

      I need to make sure I'm fully awake before I attempt recipes like this... I used baking soda instead of baking powder... Yuck!!

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      Tina 5 years ago

      Well the least I can say,this is the best recipe I have ever came across. I read all ur comments,decided to try it,instead of making muffins,I made a loaf,put 2 tablespoons of vanilla abstract,and 1/2 a can of cranberry sauce,made just the perfect texture,turned out excellent! Thank u for the recipe...I am definitely keeping this 1 for my books!!!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      Craig, baking soda and baking powder are different.

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      Tiffany 5 years ago

      I added a teaspoon of vanilla frozen blueberrys and sprinkled with brown sugar :) mmmmm they are yummy lol

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Recipe sounds good, been looking for a basic recipe I can build on myself, so will have to try this out

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      Craig 5 years ago

      Is baking powder the same as baking soda?

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      lunahewitt 5 years ago

      we made this recipe but added a bag of sweet chili heat chips and they ended up tasting and having a texture like a biscuit would.

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      Jereme Causing 5 years ago from Philippines

      MMmmm... Good

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      fabio 5 years ago

      400 degrees its too high mine cooked too much on the outside and not at all on the inside.blah

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      arielle 5 years ago

      I used it for bread and it taste gross but i prob messed it up

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      zainab 5 years ago

      mine r in the oven.don't know how they turn out.lets wait and watch.Anyways thank u 4 the recipe...

      will write after they they r done.

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      Elsa 5 years ago

      I got tagged to make 100-300 muffins for a high-falutin breakfast. Your recipe will let me get some good variety in there. Thanks bunches!

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      crazy_gurl_next_door 5 years ago

      wow.i tryed this an it came out pretty well.im just a kid an it still came out well.i by mistake put in to many ingredints and ended up with 4 or 5 batches of muffins.welp i got sumthing to eat for a whole month now lol.i only eat muffins 4 desert an now i want morez!! ^.^ thx ='.'=

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      Veronica, I would just add cocoa to the recipe to make a chocolate/chocolate chip muffin. You might have to play with the sugar amount though, I haven't ever tried that type of muffin. Let us know what you come up with!

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      Singinplant 5 years ago

      Thank you! Not only has this helped me find an easy way to make one of my favorite treats, but it also helped me with a certain scene in my story!

      Once again, thank you. I'm sure a certain pony would thank you too.

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      Veronica 5 years ago

      How would I make chocolate muffins with the chocolate chips?

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      Juanita 5 years ago

      Found these muffins to be too dense; had to ask extra milk. I wouldn't make them again without adding a few extra's...

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      Ruth 5 years ago

      Dear Jennifer,

      I love your basic recipe.

      I live in Indonesia (halfway around the world)

      and find it difficult to find ingredients

      from America.

      But with this recipe I can experiment with

      local ingredients.

      The recipe is always a success. My family love

      it. We have it at least twice a week for breakfast.

      And my children enjoy making it with me..

      Thanks :)

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      brooke 5 years ago

      i dont have baking powder, what can i use instead?

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      will water do? 5 years ago

      What advantage is there to using milks at all in these recipes? i.e. will water do?

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      Dawn 5 years ago

      Thanks I needed a basic

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      Kat 5 years ago

      First time making muffins for my husband (yes, we're newly weds :) ) and these are delish! I did add a few of my own special ingredients, but I would not have made them without your help! I didn't have any eggs and what caught my eye was your apple sauce substitution and the room you left for creativity. Thank you Jennifer! I hope he likes his homemade blueberry muffins! :)

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      shannon - the recipe calls for baking powder, not baking soda

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      Kris 5 years ago

      Love this recipe - I tweaked a little also - added a little more milk to thin it out and u also added 1/4 cup for ground flax to give it more healthy boost! We just did blueberry cinnamon and the kids loved them

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      shannon 5 years ago

      I'm wondering why my muffins don't rise nearly as much as the muffin mix muffins. . . any idea why? I don't want to add too much baking soda b/c it makes them taste a little weird

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      badman123/ swagger Jagger 5 years ago

      Your recipe is amazing. it's so easy. :)

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      Elaine and Megz 5 years ago

      They are in the oven right now. Hope they turn out good. The batter was more like cookie dough is that normal. We added more milk to thin it out.

      Thnks for sharing.

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      Brian 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the recipe! I added canned pumpkin in place of the wet ingredients and a little milk cocoa and pumpkin spice just to the right consistency and they were delicious!

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      Guest 5 years ago

      Thanks for this recipe. The store nearest us stopped selling the brand of chocolate chip muffins we buy, and the next best choice costs twice as much.

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      Sierra:) 5 years ago

      Thanks for this recipe it was GREAT!!

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      Meagan 5 years ago

      Tyhanks for the recipe, its great. So simple and easy, i love it.

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      Tamara 5 years ago

      Wow! Thanks! I bake in large batches where I work and all they use is boxed stuff. I have been looking for a basic recipe I could use on a large scale for the many varities I make. Perfection! The students and staff are going to devour these!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      This recipe makes 1 dozen.

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      Frankie :) 5 years ago

      Hi im really looking forward to making these! I love making muffins and I do them all the time for all the family! I just have one question how many muffins does this make? thanks! :)

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      Emily 5 years ago

      This recipe is pretty good, thank you. I come from Germany and we have different specifications. Grams and not ounces and I have never heard from cups. So the recipes I brought were hard to do. I always had to convert the amount of flour etc. This is easy and fast made and delicious too. And my 3 year old loved to do the muffins and to eat them for sure :)

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      Maralea 5 years ago

      I made a variation with mini chocolate chips in mini muffin pans (made 36 mini muffins with batter left over) and I used a mini cookie scoop which was the perfect size. Cooked them about 15 minutes in 375 degree convection oven. Thanks for the yummy recipe:)

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      melissa 5 years ago

      i havn't tried the recipe yet but today we used a different recipe but they were more like scones. this recipe looks great im going to try it!

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      Elisa 5 years ago

      Thank you for the basic recipe!! Did a google search & your was at the top! I am so impressed with the recipe & all the variations readers have come up with!!! Also, 3 years. That is great :)

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      CoreToPeel 5 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska

      Wow, I was looking for a recipe for home made muffins today and I came across yours.... I absolutely love this basic recipe that can be made into different kinds of muffins. Muffins are a fast easy way of snacks breakfast's etc. Thank you for your time and effort.

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      M.Awais 6 years ago

      my one were fried black because we were 3 people and me 13 my friend 12 and my sis 6 years old but any way thanks for the recipe :D

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      Jolene 6 years ago

      Thank you for this recipe...I was just sitting here contemplating if rice milk would work or not! Thank you again!

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      Spiwe Sita 6 years ago

      Thanks for this recipe . l am going to try this today. Thanks a million hope they will be nice

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      Shelia 6 years ago

      Thank you! So simple and so good!

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      Rhonda 6 years ago

      I was wondering, if I added pumpkin, would I have to change around any of the wet ingredients to still have them turn out correctly? Or just dump the pumkin in? Thanks!

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      Sydney 6 years ago

      I make these muffins for breakfast all the time! they are amazing!

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      Ang 6 years ago

      I made these on impulse, found the recipe had the ingredients and thought why not? I added homemade apple sauce and cinnamon to mine, they are to die for! Not sure there will be any for my daughter's breakfast tomorrow, for which they were intended! Thanks for such a great basic recipe it will be used many times in the future, :D

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      ella 6 years ago

      thank you for this recipe! I made bluberry muffins lastnight and they turned out perfectly :) usually online recipes I do from scratch never turn out right but this one did! they taste so yummy ^.^

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      Donna 6 years ago

      I made these this morning and they turned out great. I added 1T lemon extract and some poppy seeds. Next time I will add lemon zest also. Didn't think about that today. Thanks

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      Yuna 6 years ago

      i lovet this recpie! i made a batch with cranberries, rasions, apricoits, its delish!

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      Nia 6 years ago

      Wow!!! thanks so much!!! made these for my mum for her birthday and she loves them! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Jessica 6 years ago

      WOW! All Ican say right now is THANK YOU!!! I have been searching what seems for hours for a cinnamon raisin muffin reciepe and everything i came across was so complicated...You've saved me!! Thanks!

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      Sabeen 6 years ago

      I hope this recipee will turn out good. I am going to make it tomorrow.will let u know how it came out...

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      Sabeen 6 years ago

      I hope this recipee will turn out good. I am going to make it tomorrow.will let u know how it came out...

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      amber 6 years ago

      My 10 month old won't eat her baby food, I added two jars to this recipe and she loved it. Even my school age kids ate it and liked it. They have no idea baby food was added. Thanks it was super easy!

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      Katie 6 years ago

      LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!

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      Angel 6 years ago

      Thank you for this basic recipe! I modified it the following ways:

      2 c white whole wheat flour

      1/2 c coconut sugar

      1 T aluminum free baking powder

      1/2 t celtic salt

      1 egg

      1 c + splash fresh milk

      1/3 c coconut oil

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      Homelover 6 years ago

      I was searching for a basic recipe for muffins and found out one here... Thank u so much for sharing this.

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      Dakellitiniop 6 years ago

      this recipe is amazing

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      Sandy 6 years ago

      Thank you so much Jennifer. This recipe is so great. First time making muffins from scratch. I used 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 white flour. I made chocolate chip,

      cinnamon and raisin, and for the last batch, I used applesauce instead of oil, 1/3 cup honey instead of sugar. I tried the chocolate chip, it is so great tasting.

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      sharmina 6 years ago

      hi i haven't try your receipe as yet but it seem very simple and i will make it from scratch cuse that my idea thank you .

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      Jennifer 6 years ago

      Great easy & quick recipe to make.....I just tweaked the sugar amount to 3/4 Cup though! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Frankie 6 years ago

      Im 12, and im the worst cook in the world. We have NO equipment at home (i.e. measuring jug, not even a wooden spoon or big bowl!) but with your recipe it was so much easier! i didn't have to do the whole measuring buisness, all i needed was a few cups and spoons! Thankyou so much

      :-)

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      Tara 6 years ago

      I just made the muffins with chocolate chips. What a delicious recipe! Thanks.

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      Zoe 6 years ago

      A cup is 250ml. If that helps :)

      I'm trying this recipe this afternoon, adding vegetables for the kids.... fingers crossed and I'll let you know how they go!

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Hi this recipe looks great me and my 20 month old son want to try and make them. Ive looked at conversion websites but I m confused as to what english mesurment to use for cups. Thanks

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      harry 6 years ago

      thanks that was a great recipy i'm trying it

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      Jennifer 6 years ago

      Sarah, those sound delicious! Will have to try that variation.

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      Sarah, Sydney Australia  6 years ago

      I added a jar of cherries and roughly chopped dark chocolate. I was a bit worried because the mix seemed so thick...I thought it would be dry... But they turned out great! I made them for morning tea for work, but don't want to share them now!

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      Karyn Becker 6 years ago

      This recipe does not disappoint. Last week I made them with frozen wild blackberries we picked last summer, today subbed 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and added craisins and cinnamon and nutmeg. Have also made them with choco chips. Thanks for the easy yummy recipe!!

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      dachef 6 years ago

      just made a 2x batch of this recipe, threw in mixed berries. came out professional.

      great recipe!

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      Haley 6 years ago

      over mixing the ingredients will make the muffins turn out dry- once the mixture is moist you really need to stop mixing, it wont matter if the muffin mixture is lumpy or not, they will turn out fine after baking!

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      Laura 6 years ago

      I made these this morning for my kids and their friends they had over. I used 2/3c whole wheat flour and 1 1/3c white flour and just a bit more milk and they were perfect. Of course they wanted to add the chocolate chips, so that's what we did. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! They were very delicious and came out perfect.

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      fiona 6 years ago

      can anyone tell me what gas mark for the oven i use when making these please

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      annieh4 6 years ago

      I'm looking after a friend's 2 boys this week and decided to have a baking afternoon - found your recipe for muffins (I've never made muffins before) and it was so easy to follow. The muffins look and taste fantastic and I cant wait to try different variations.

      Thank you for providing us with great entertainment and a valuable maths lesson at the same time :D

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      Tabatha 6 years ago

      Thanks for posting, I will be trying your recipe this weekend. Any experience with replacing the white sugar with honey?

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      david 6 years ago

      hi my name is david hat is a good re

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      ginger 6 years ago

      just made and used walnuts and cranberries in mini muffin pan. they are decent. my next batch today will be blueberry, almond extract,with a tad lemon juice. i will freeze and put in kids lunches.

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      ginger 6 years ago

      just made and used walnuts and cranberries in mini muffin pan. they are decent. my next batch today will be blueberry, almond extract,with a tad lemon juice. i will freeze and put in kids lunches.

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      Monica 6 years ago

      I have always mastered the basic recipe from long back in time when I was doing food and nutrition at high school,I was looking for variations and substitutes and God oh my! found this,I tried out different berries,even nuts! came out awesome :)

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      Marine Wife 6 years ago

      @Morgan.... Well for 2 years people have been making this recipe and commenting, and since you are only one of a very select few that said this was a disaster recipe, maybe the problem is you, your baking skills, or your ingredients. But one thing is for sure, your manners need adjusting. How rude of you to say even your dog wouldn't touch it. You could have handled it with more grace than that. BTW Mine turned out amazing!! @ Jen-THANK YOU!!

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      vanessa 6 years ago

      my hamster loves the muffins. Thank you!

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      Vanessa 6 years ago

      I made these muffins with A LOT of substitutes. I used spelt flour, used apple butter instead of sugar, soymilk, an egg replacer, and I used olive/canola oil. I also added in lemon juice, blueberries, and crushed almonds. Even with all of the substitutions the recipe came out great!!!

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      fadibody 6 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      http://www.bodybyfadi.com/duluth-personal-trainer....

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      kellie from australia 6 years ago

      not only am i impressed with the recipe i am impressed that these comments have been going for 3 years!!!!! keep it going...it could be world record...kellie from melbourne australia xo

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      I have them in the oven right now!

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      Sara Ali 6 years ago

      Hey! I wanna know if i can use the pan for making cupcakes to make these too? Also is there any way I use only the egg whites and not the yolk? My mom can't have the yolk. How many eggs will I then need?

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      Michelle Betts 6 years ago

      I was craving muffins and we didn't have any muffin mix in the house, so i searched an easy muffin mix and OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!! you are a freaking savior! i made mini cinnamon craisin muffins. i used the applesauce substitute because we were running out of eggs and they are just amazing! i printed off the recipie. Thank you SO very much for adding this recipie!!! its AMAZING!!! =D

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      Lauren  6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe :D They are beautiful great with big chunks of chocolate :D thanks again