6 Healthy Muffin Recipes (1 Base Batter)

Are you a muffin queen just like us? Here’s our favorite base recipe for healthy muffins + 6 different healthy muffin recipes you can make with it!

Grab a pen because you’re going to want to write down the base recipe for our favorite healthy muffins. Today we’re sharing 6 unique muffin recipes with 1 classic base recipe!

You read that right. In this post, you’re going to get not 1, not 2, but 6 different healthy muffin recipes. Here’s what you’re in for:

  • Healthy Banana Nut Muffins
  • Healthy Chocolate Muffins
  • Cranberry Orange Muffins
  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
  • Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Muffins – Base Recipe

First and foremost, let’s chat about our healthy muffins base recipe. For all 6 of these healthy muffin flavors, you’ll notice that we used the same exact base recipe and then deviated slightly for each flavor. We’ve tested this base recipe time and time again and let me tell you, it just works! Here’s what you need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup pureed fruit*

You’ll note that each of these healthy muffin recipes calls for the same exact dry ingredients. When it comes to wet, they call for the same ingredients minus the pureed fruit. Each of the 6 recipes will slightly differ, but the three pureed fruits we feature are: banana, apple and pumpkin. The great thing about pureed fruit is that it will:

  1. add a serving of fruit to your muffins
  2. make your muffins super duper moist

Before we move into all of these delicious flavors, I thought we’d chat about substitution options for a second!

Substitutions

  • White whole wheat flour: While whole wheat flour definitely works the best time and time again, but if you’re hoping to swap for a different flour, we suggest the following (and only the following) at a 1:1 ratio: all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. Unfortunately, we do not recommend substituting 1:1 for coconut flour and/or almond flour.
  • Coconut sugar: The only sugar we would recommend swapping for coconut sugar 1:1 is a light brown sugar.
  • Eggs: We have not tested these recipes without eggs. If you do try these recipes with a flax egg, please let us know how it goes!
  • Maple syrup: Honey would be a fantastic 1:1 swap for maple syrup, and potentially agave nectar.
  • Almond milk: Good news! Any kind of milk will work with a 1:1 swap. Try soy milk, cow milk or coconut milk.
  • Coconut oil: While we haven’t tested any other subs, we’re confident butter would work as well as canola oil! If you try either of these, let us know how it works!

< Banana Base >

Love healthy banana muffins? Take our classic muffin recipe and use mashed banana along with your other favorite add-ins to make the most delicious banana nut muffins or healthy chocolate muffins! 

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

These banana nut muffins are made with mashed banana, walnuts, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract making them slightly spicy, good-for-you and a great breakfast muffin recipe! 

  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

If you like chocolate you’re going to love our healthy chocolate muffins! They’re sweetened with mashed banana and made with chocolate chips and cocoa powder to make them extra chocolatey and delicious. 

  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (in addition to base recipe)

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

< Applesauce Base >

Applesauce isn’t just for kids! Use our classic healthy muffins base and use a cup of applesauce for a slightly sweet and super moist addition. From there, make our cranberry orange muffins OR apple cinnamon muffins.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

With just a little bit of orange extract, orange zest and dried cranberries, you’re going to get the most delicious cranberry orange muffins out there. Bonus…they’re healthy and 100% whole grain! 

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

There is nothing better than a moist apple cinnamon muffin recipe. Made with applesauce, shredded apples, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract, these are a muffin all will love!

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup shredded apples (moisture removed)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Apple Cinnamon Muffins

< Pumpkin Base >

Don’t let pumpkin muffins be an autumn-only treat! Our healthy pumpkin muffins base recipe is made with 100% pumpkin puree, making these muffins ever so sweet and moist as can be!

Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

Made with both pumpkin and zucchini, these healthy chocolate pumpkin zucchini muffins are EXTRA moist and double the healthy with 2 servings of veggies.

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (moisture removed)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened (in addition to base recipe)
Chocolate Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

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Recipe

Basic Healthy Muffin Recipe

Are you a muffin queen just like us? Here’s our favorite base recipe for healthy muffins + 6 different healthy muffin recipes you can make with it!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 12 muffins 1x
Category: Breakfast
Method: Oven
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Base Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Base Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup pureed fruit*

Instructions

  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. We suggest also spraying your muffin liners with cooking spray just in case.
  2. Next, place dry ingredients into a medium bowl and mix.
  3. Then, in a large bowl crack 2 eggs and whisk. Add maple syrup, almond milk, and preferred pureed fruit* and mix again.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and then mix. Then, add in melted coconut oil and mix again.
  5. At this point, add any of the add-ins for one of the 6 muffin recipes in this post and mix again.
  6. Fill each muffin about 3/4 of the way full (these are going to be big muffins). Then, place in the oven at 350ºF and bake for 18-22 minutes or until the center is fully cooked.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove from the muffin tin to continue cooling.

Notes

  • Pureed fruit: the pureed fruit you use is dependent on which muffin recipe you are planning on using.
  • Nutrition information includes 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce as the pureed fruit.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 18
  • Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 28
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 3
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