The Ultimate Muffin Guide

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This Ultimate Muffin Guide is the only resource you will need for making perfect muffins! I am talking about all the muffin flavors from sweet to savory, buttery, gluten-free, and beyond!

The Ultimate Muffin Guide

The Ultimate Muffin Guide

You will find recipes for not only breakfast muffins, but savory muffins, healthy, muffins, gluten-free muffins, and even fun creative ways to jazz up muffins.

I am all for muffins for breakfast. I love all muffins from fruity filled to chocolate to healthier versions.

I hope that these muffins recipes will give you the inspiration you need to get creative when it comes to making homemade muffins on your own. Now you can skip the bakery and enjoy muffins fresh from your oven!

What are your biggest challenges when it comes to making muffins?

For me, it’s getting that super tender texture that bakes up tall and fluffy. You know, just like the muffins you find in a high-end bakery. It’s not always as simple as mixing ingredients together.

So I compiled an all-inclusive list to help guide you on your muffin baking journey. Try the recipes below and save your favorite ones to have on hand anytime you have a specific muffin craving.

Everything you need to know about making muffins at home is right here in one place – The Ultimate Muffin Guide!

Banana Bran Muffins scattered on a white table top.

Muffins are often the go-to breakfast options when you’re busy. They take little time to prepare and bake up in just 25 minutes or less. But there are so many different ways you can flavor a muffin. And there are a couple different techniques for making muffin batter.

There’s a bread-like muffin batter which is made using the muffin method. This method calls for mixing all the wet ingredients in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another before combining the two.

It’s important not to overmix the batter because this will yield a tough muffin. When it comes to mixing muffin batter, a few lumps of dry flour are perfectly okay.

Then there’s the cake-like muffin batter which is prepared the same way as making a cake. This is actually my personal favorite because the technique yields a soft cake-like crumb.

Below is the ultimate muffin guide filled with recipes for you to experiment with to see what you like best.

Banana Bran Muffin Batter in glass bowl with a pink spatula.

Muffins made using the “muffin method”:

These muffins all use the muffin method for a bread-like muffin batter. This batter is assembled and baked in about 25 minutes. You need only two bowls to make them and remember not to overmix the batter.

  1. Basic Muffin Recipe by Baker Bettie
  2. The Muffin Method by Pastry Chef Online
  3. How to Make Muffins by the Kitchn
  4. How to Make Muffins by Better Homes & Gardens

Muffins made using the “creaming method”:

These muffins all use the cake method for a cake-like muffin batter. The butter and sugar are creamed together. The eggs are mixed in and then the wet and dry ingredients are added alternately.

  1. Basic Muffins by My Baking Recipes
  2. Apple Streusel Muffins by Baked by an Introvert
  3. Chocolate Muffins by Road to Pastry

One Lemon Blueberry Muffin on a white plate with lemons and blueberries scattered in the background.

Basic breakfast muffin recipes:

These are the most common breakfast muffins you can find in a bakery.

  1. Lemon Blueberry Muffins by Baked by an Introvert
  2. Chocolate Chip Muffins by Sugar Spun Run
  3. Snickerdoodle Muffins by Tastes of Lizzy T

Whole wheat muffin recipes:

Whole Wheat is a healthy ingredient that a lot of people embrace during the early part of the year. I love the rich flavor if offers to muffins and the ultra-dense texture. It helps keep you full longer. I primarily use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour.

  1. Whole Wheat Banana Muffins by Baked by an Introvert
  2. Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe by NYTimes
  3. Quick and Tender Whole Wheat Muffins by the Kitchn

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins topped with a banana chip in a muffin tin.

Other muffin recipes:

These are some other fun ideas for muffins.

  1. Chocolate Matcha Muffins by Simply Taralynn
  2. Spinach Berry Muffins by No Big Bites
  3. Eggnog Banana Bread Muffins by Climbing Grier Mountain

Gluten-free muffin recipes:

Sometimes you want to enjoy a sweet bakery-style muffin but you can’t due to a gluten intolerance. Here’s are some really amazing muffin recipes that were made with you in mind. My favorite gluten-free flour is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour.

  1. Low FODMAP Raspberry Muffins by The FODMAP Formula
  2. Gluten-Free Banana Muffins by What the Fork
  3. Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins by Catching Seeds
  4. Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Muffins by Beaming Baker
  5. Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins by Savor the Best

Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins and whole jalapenos on a wooden table.

Savory muffin recipes:

Delicious muffins that are more on the savory side. With eggs, cheese, bacon, anything to suit your salty cravings. These muffins make wonderful additions to any meal or just as is for breakfast!

  1. Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins by Baked by an Introvert
  2. Savory Pizza Muffins by Ruchis Kitchen
  3. Zucchini and Roasted Corn Muffins by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
  4. Egg Stuffed Muffins by Kitchen Sanctuary
  5. Savory Italian Muffins by Wallflower Kitchen
  6. Beer Batter Muffins by Good Life Eats
  7. Cheese and Bacon Muffins by Center Cut Cook
  8. Egg Muffins with Oatmeal Crust by Food Faith Fitness
  9. Toasted Pine Nut Herb Muffins by Running to the Kitchen

Streusel-topped muffin recipes:

Who loves a crunchy streusel topping? I know I sure do. These muffins combine an incredible texture contrast with a tender muffin and crunchy topping.

  1. Cranberry Orange Streusel Muffins by Bunsen Burner Bakery
  2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins by Two Peas and their Pod
  3. Butterscotch Muffins by Melanie Makes
  4. Gluten-free Cinnamon Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins by Snixy Kitchen
  5. Gluten Free Cinnamon Streusel Muffins by A Mind “Full” Mom
  6. Blueberry Streusel Muffins by Kleinworth & Co.
  7. Banana Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins by Averie Cooks
  8. Carrot Cake Muffins by Tutti Dolci

Muffin batter in a muffin tin with streusel topping.

Fruity muffin recipes:

If you love fruit as much as I do, you’ll love these fruit-filled muffins. Each one is bursting with the bright flavors of citrus, berries, apples, and so much more.

  1. Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins by Gather for Bread
  2. Raspberry Peach Muffins by Baker by Nature
  3. Strawberry Banana Muffins by Bakerita
  4. Lemon Raspberry Muffins by Lemons for Lulu
  5. Gingerbread Apple Muffins by Well Plated
  6. Toasted Coconut Paleo Banana Bread Muffins by Cotter Crunch
  7. Small-batch Orange Muffins by Baking Mischief

Oat muffin recipes:

If you’re looking for a healthier muffin option, these oat muffins are the way to go. Muffins loaded with oats are nutritious and keep you feeling satisfied longer. My favorite oats to use in oat muffins is Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats.

  1. Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Baked by an Introvert
  2. Wholesome Carrot Muffins by Gimme Some Oven
  3. Blueberry Almond Power Muffins by Sally’s Baking Addiction
  4. Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins by Crazy for Crust
  5. Skinny Pumpkin Muffins by Show me the Yummy
  6. Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Ambitious Kitchen

Cinnamon apple oatmeal muffins on a blue plate.

Cornmeal muffin recipes:

The crunch of cornmeal is a nice contrast to the delicious bits of fruit inside each of these muffins. Cornmeal muffins can be made sweet or savory. Try them all and tell me which one you like best. My favorite brand of cornmeal to use is Bob’s Red Mill.

  1. Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins by 365 Days of Baking
  2. Blueberry Basil Cornmeal Muffins by Recipe Runner
  3. Persimmon Cornmeal Muffins by Gather and Dine
  4. Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins by Minimalist Baker
  5. Honey Cornbread Muffins by Jessica Gavin

As you can see the list of recipes in the ultimate muffin guide can go on and on. What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy homemade muffins? Do you have a tried and true basic recipe? And which technique do you prefer to use when you make muffins at home?

About the author

Jen has a passion for baking and she’s dedicated to bringing you classic dessert recipes filled with more flavor and creativity. When Jen isn't in the kitchen she's traveling with her husband in search of the best places with the greatest experiences.

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