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Basic Muffin Recipe

This Basic Muffin Recipe contains just 8 simple ingredients and can be customized with your favorite fruit, nuts, peanut butter, or even Nutella. They’re perfect as a quick breakfast or an easy snack. So grab your mixing bowl and let’s get started!

Muffin cut in half next to an apple.

Basic Muffin Recipe

Sometimes, when it comes to baking, you need to know the basics like how to make a good muffin!

A muffin is basically a quick bread that is baked in a muffin tin. They are denser and heartier than cupcakes and can be made with all sorts of different flavors and add-ins. Basic muffin ingredients include flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, oil or butter, milk, and vanilla extract.

For this basic muffin recipe, we’re just going to stick with those core ingredients. But feel free to customize it however you like by adding in your favorite fruit or nuts.

I love making blueberry muffins in the summertime or adding in some chopped walnuts for a bit of crunch. You can also make them sweet and chocolatey by adding in some Nutella or peanut butter!

With this basic muffin recipe, you can enjoy a quick and easy breakfast or snack that is both delicious and customizable!

How To Make a Basic Muffin Recipe For Add Ins

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly grease a muffin pan. Set aside for later.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until fully combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or using a stand mixer, combine the sugar and oil until well mixed and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Continue mixing until fully combined.
  4. To the wet ingredients, slowly add the dry ingredients and milk, and beat on low speed just until no flour streaks remain. Do not overwork the batter.
  5. If you’re going to add in any nuts, fruit, or mix-ins, this is where you would gently fold them into the batter just until incorporated.
  6. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to divide the batter evenly among the muffin tin. Bake for 18-20 or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
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Recipe Tips

  1. Be very careful about adding applesauce, pumpkin puree, or bananas to the recipe. Adding a lot of extra moisture will change the consistency and they may not bake well.
  2. Using room temperature eggs and milk isn’t necessary, but it does help them mix into the batter more smoothly.
  3. If your muffins seem to be browning too quickly on the top, you can tent them with foil for the last few minutes of baking.
  4. Only fill the muffin tins about half full to prevent them from spilling over in the oven.
  5. When mixing the wet and dry ingredients, mix only until combined as this could make the muffins dense and tough.

Variations

  • Before baking, sprinkle some raw cane sugar on top for a crunchy sweet topping.
  • Use other flavor extracts to change up the flavor of the muffins including almond, coconut, lemon, maple, or mint.
  • Add dried fruit: Cranberries, raisins, chopped apricots, and dates are all great additions.
  • Add chopped nuts: Try walnuts, pecans, almonds, or pistachios for a nutty flavor.
  • Add chocolate chips: Mini or regular sizes work well in this recipe.
  • Make them gluten-free: Use a gluten-free flour blend or mix in some oats for a chewier texture.
  • Add a streusel topping: Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter in a bowl and crumble over the top of the muffins before baking.
Pan of baked muffins.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: These muffins store well in a large plastic bag at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days to keep them fresh longer.

Freezing: Basic muffins also freeze well! Wrap the individual muffins in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. After they’ve been wrapped, drop them in a plastic bag and they’ll stay fresh in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Muffin cut in half with apples.

Basic Muffin Recipe

Yield: 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This Basic Muffin Recipe contains just 8 simple ingredients and can be customized with your favorite fruit, nuts, peanut butter, or even Nutella. They're perfect as a quick breakfast or an easy snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup neutral tasting oil (canola, vegetable, etc.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly grease a muffin pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or using a stand mixer, combine the sugar and oil until well mixed and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Continue mixing until combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and milk, and beat on low speed just until no flour streaks remain.
  6. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to divide the batter evenly among the muffin cavities. Bake for 18-20 or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 muffin. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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