Where muffins are concerned, my kids fit the stereotype. When my daughter saw me writing this article, she squealed in excitement at the mere sight of the word “muffin.” Every mom I’ve ever met claims that her kids love muffins, but can these beloved baked goods be a safe dietary choice? Don’t worry – your search for healthy muffin recipes is over.
Can muffins be healthy?
Should I give my kids muffins at all? Aren’t they just sugar-loaded flour balls with empty calories? I have long pondered these questions myself and have even tried to decode the labels on every store-bought muffin before feeding it to my kids. However, none of them lived up to my “mom standards.”
The best way to make a muffin healthy is to bake it yourself at home.
How to make muffins healthy?
The biggest concern with store-bought muffins is the amount of added sugar, fat, and refined flour. To make healthier versions, we need to:
- Cut down or completely replace added sugar with natural sweeteners. Some of the healthier substitutes for added sugar are:
- Fruit juices
- Include a healthier type of flour to replace refined flours. Some nutritious substitutes are:
- Almond flour (gluten-free)
- Oats (gluten-free)
- Whole wheat flour
- Reduce the added fat content. You can simply reduce the quantity of butter/oil used in the recipe or substitute with peanut butter or almond butter, which I’ve done in most of the recipes here. The result is healthy, soft, and less greasy muffins that both my daughters love.
- In some of the recipes, you can add low-fat yogurt or low-fat milk to make the muffins moister.
- Add nutrition-loaded superfoods to make the muffins a wholesome and healthier meal option. Muffins are the best place to hide nuts, seeds, fruits, and even vegetables like zucchini and carrots, especially when you’re dealing with picky eaters.
Healthy muffin recipes for kids (and adults)
The recipes included here are simpler versions with fewer ingredients to keep the cooking process and taste uncomplicated and straightforward.
- The most important thing in baking is the ratio of ingredients used. To make them simple and easy to prepare, most recipes follow the same proportions for the essential ingredients.
- If you are looking for gluten-free recipes, switch to almond, oats, or gluten-free baking flour, with xanathum gum (to help in the baking process). Also, don’t forget to get gluten-free baking powder.
- The time indicated in the recipes may vary depending on your oven. Use your judgment and adjust the timing to cook the muffins completely.
- Most of the recipes are sugar-free, but if you wish to add some sweetness, you can enjoy the muffins with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (gluten-free).
- Some of the healthy replacements in the recipes include superfoods such as spinach, oats, berries, nuts, and cheese.
Which vegetable or fruit do you find the hardest to hide in your kid’s daily meals? Which would you like to hide in one of the muffin recipes we’ve provided? Let us know in the comments below.