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Basic Recipe for Muffins

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Melissa lives in Downtown Albuquerque. She loves sharing her local discoveries with fellow travelers and explorers.

easy, basic muffin recipe
easy, basic muffin recipe | Source

Easy To Add Favorite Flavors To This Muffin Recipe

A quick, easy, basic muffin recipe that you can easily add fruit or a vegetable to is a beautiful thing to behold.

If you keep baking basics in your cupboard, this recipe will never fail you. If not, borrow that egg or cup of milk (heck, ya might not need the milk if you have some plain yogurt) and get baking!

Bake up a dozen muffins, freeze them and heat one up for your breakfast or morning snack break. Great with a dash of peanut butter (especially when you add bananas) for an afternoon pick me up.

Plus, this recipe is so basic that adding sweet or savory items can happen in a snap. I show you ways to update and add ingredients. It's so easy to do, you'll be smitten with this recipe as much as I am.

1. Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


Muffin Serving Baskets

Spending a moment to visually prepare your food is a great way to change the way you think about eating. Whether you're preparing for a special occasion or eating alone, I love the idea of using a special decorative plate to serve myself or my guests. Try a holiday themed dessert tray or small plate and use a special knife too when adding butter or jam to your muffin.

An easy way to appreciate this muffin recipe, and keep the muffins warm at the same time, is to place a decorative, cloth napkin or fabric in a favorite basket, add the muffins and fold the cloth around them. The advantage in doing this include a softer muffin and enough warmth to melt the butter throughout your meal.


Yummy chocolate added to a basic recipe.
Yummy chocolate added to a basic recipe. | Source

2. Tools You'll Need

  • muffin tin (recipe makes a dozen muffins)
  • rubber or silicone spatula (make it a pliable spatula for easy mixing)
  • whisk (an electric mixer may have too much power for this recipe)
  • two mixing bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons

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3. Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. grease or spray the muffin tin
  3. Whisk (beat) egg in a mixing bowl
  4. Stir in the milk and oil to the beaten egg
  5. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the other mixing bowl
  6. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the flour is completely moistened (it is okay if the batter is lumpy)
  7. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full with the batter
  8. Bake for 20 minutes

How to Add Fruit or Vegetables

Adding flavor ingredients to recipes may require an adjustment so that the texture turns out just right and the batter is the right consistency.

It is so simple to add fruit or a vegetable to this recipe. Just make the following changes:

  1. Reduce the amount of milk to 1/3 cup
  2. Add 1 cup of mashed fruit or vegetable

Easy, huh?

The bulk and water in the fruit or vegetable replaces the milk.

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Ways to Make the Recipe Healthier

It's easy to make this recipe even healthier with some simple additions or ingredient swaps.

Try these ideas and let me know how they worked for you:

  • Add a few tablespoons of wheat germ to increase the fiber content
  • Replace white sugar with packed brown sugar (really delicious when adding banana's)
  • Replace the sugar with Grade B Maple Syrup (lots more minerals in real maple syrup)
  • Create a mix of all purpose flour and rice or other grain flour (this will take some experimentation and the muffin will not be as "tall" in height but just as tasty!)
  • Use several tablespoons of yogurt and about a third of a cup of water or juice to replace the milk (will need some experimentation, too!)
  • Add a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or slivered almonds

Yummy - They're soooo good, they won't last long!

This yummy muffin recipe went fast!
This yummy muffin recipe went fast! | Source

Better grab one right out of the oven. Add some butter, pour a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy.


Favorite muffin, ever? - Is there a local restaurant, a family member or friend that makes a great muffin?

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      Jackie Block 

      7 years ago from SE Michigan

      I love adding wheat germ to so many recipes. Thanks for sharing this versatile recipe.

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