Basic Whole Wheat Muffins

Basic whole wheat muffin recipe

The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
213 Calories
9g Fat
31g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 213
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 119mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Try this basic recipe for whole wheat muffins—courtesy of the Wheat Foods Council—made with whole wheat flour. Though the recipe calls for two full cups of whole wheat flour, many prefer to make whole wheat baked goods with a mixture of half whole wheat and half white flour. 

You can use this basic recipe for whole wheat muffins and add in whatever you'd like, such as raisins, nuts, blueberries, or even chocolate chips. 

If you like these whole wheat muffins, you might also like these applesauce oatmeal muffins, or, for a lower-fat, egg-free, and dairy-free option, try one of these vegan muffin recipes.


  • Cooking spray, optional

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, or margarine

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for basic whole wheat muffins
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  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Line the muffin tin using paper baking cups or use cooking spray to coat the bottom of the muffin tin.

    Line muffin tin
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  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda, scraping the bowl with a spatula.

    Use electric mixer
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  4. In a separate small bowl, using a fork, beat together the egg and vanilla.

    Beat together egg and vanilla
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  5. Add to creamed mixture. Beat until light and fluffy.

    Add to creamed mixture
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  6. Add the milk and then gradually add the whole wheat flour and lightly stir the ingredients together just until combined. Don't overmix your muffin batter!

    Add milk
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  7. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.

    Fill muffin tins
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  8. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until browned and done.

    Bake muffins
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How to Have Light and Fluffy Muffins

Achieving those oh-so-delicious, light, fluffy muffins is not that hard once you know the secret behind doing so.

  • Your eggs, milk, and butter or margarine, whichever you decide to use, should be at room temperature.
  • Don't overmix your muffin batter; mix only until the wet and dry ingredients are combined.
  • If adding fruit, nuts, or chips, gently fold them into the batter, do not stir.

Doing these simple steps will keep your muffins from becoming dense and losing their air pockets and will keep the mixture smooth, acquiring that light and fluffy texture in every single bite.