Top 23 Best Muffins

Finished vanilla muffins

The Spruce

Like most people, we love muffins. They make a great quick breakfast or snack, a side bread with a meal or brunch, or a lunchbox treat.

Whether you like fiber-rich, healthy muffins, savory muffins to go with chili or stew, or delicious, cake-like indulgences, you're sure to find a recipe among these favorites. 

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    Vanilla Muffins

    Vanilla muffins
    The Spruce

    These vanilla muffins might seem plain and simple, but they are brimming with flavor. The muffins are fluffy, and they are wonderful with marmalade, preserves, or jam. Or bake them with a dab of preserves in the center. I topped a few of them with maple flakes.

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    Pumpkin Oat Muffins With Dates

    Pumpkin oat muffins with dates

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These moist pumpkin oat muffins with dates get extra texture from the oats and the simple streusel topping, Feel free to substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the dates in this recipe.

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    Carrot Muffins With Walnuts and Cream Cheese Spread

    Carrot muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These carrot muffins with walnuts and cream cheese spread are moist and full of flavor. The muffins are made with shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and spices and are excellent with an orange-flavored butter or cream cheese spread.

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    Sweet Potato Muffins With Cinnamon Sugar Topping

    Sweet potato muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These tasty sweet potato muffins with cinnamon sugar topping are delicious. Add toffee bits or use walnuts instead of pecans.

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    Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Muffins

    Cranberry pumpkin seed muffins

    The Spruce

    These cranberry pumpkin seed muffins are filled with flavor and texture. Fresh cranberries and pumpkin seeds make them perfect for fall and winter.

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    Raspberry Nut Muffins

    Raspberry nut muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These delicious, moist raspberry nut muffins are such a great way to use fresh raspberries, and the chopped pecans or walnuts give them just the right amount of texture. We sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar or vanilla sugar just before baking.

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    Best Ever Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Best ever chocolate chip muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These best ever chocolate chip muffins are incredibly good, and they're loaded with chocolate chips. We used milk chocolate chips in them, but you could use semisweet or mini chips as well. 

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    Lemon Blueberry Muffins

    Lemon blueberry muffins on a serving plate

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These classic lemon blueberry muffins have a pecan and brown-sugar crumb topping and the bright flavor of lemon from both zest and juice. Their tartness is the perfect partner for fresh blueberries, although frozen berries also can be used to good effect.

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    Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

    Vegan Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    A surprisingly simple recipe, these lemon poppy seed muffins are delicious and vegan. Egg replacer and almond milk, along with fresh lemon zest and juice ensure they're healthy and filled with bright flavor. Enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon snack.

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    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Perfect use of those overripe bananas on the counter, these muffins are moist and delicious. Oatmeal is not only in the batter but also made into a crumble with butter and cinnamon, making for a nice crunchy topping. Enjoy these muffins for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

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    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Take that banana chocolate chip batter one step further with the addition of chocolate in the batter. Melted butter, cocoa powder, and water are combined and mixed with the rest of the ingredients to create a rich, moist muffin that is studded with chocolate chips. A little dusting of powdered sugar is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Apple Bacon Muffins

    Apple bacon muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The sweetness of the chopped apple and the saltiness of the cooked crumbled bacon make a unique and delicious combination in these apple bacon muffins. We love them as they are, but feel free to add about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds for additional crunch. 

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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Kristina Vanni 

    These fluffy, cinnamon-scented muffins are topped with a deliciously crunchy and nutty topping. Pecan pie muffins have all of the flavors of the favorite fall dessert in portable, breakfast form.

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    Sour Cream Lemon Muffins

    Sour cream lemon muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Lemon zest and an easy lemon syrup topping give these fabulous sour cream lemon muffins plenty of citrus flavors, and sour cream gives them a wonderful, delicate texture. The recipe makes 1 dozen moist, delicious lemon muffins.

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    Strawberries and Cream Muffins

    Strawberries and cream muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This delicious streusel-topped strawberry and cream muffins with crunchy brown sugar topping are truly unforgettable.

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    Date Muffins

    Great date muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Dates are one of my favorite ingredients. These date muffins are delicious with or without the chopped walnuts. Add more dates if you like.

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    Surprise-Filled Muffins With Preserves

    Preserve filled muffins

    Brian Macdonald / Photodisc / Getty Images

    These easy surprise-filled muffins with preserves are baked with a surprise filling in the center! Use your raspberry, strawberry, apricot, or your favorite preserves to fill the muffins.

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    Amazing Apple Crumble Muffins

    Apple crumble muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These tasty fresh amazing apple crumble muffins are topped with a lightly spiced brown sugar crumble.

    Use chopped pecans or walnuts in this recipe or add a little more chopped apple if you don't care for nuts.

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    Pumpkin Corn Muffins

    Pumpkin corn muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These moist pumpkin corn muffins are lightly sweetened with brown sugar. They make a nice breakfast muffin, and they would make excellent bread to serve with a bowl of beans or chili. Try them with whipped maple butter.

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    Cranberry Orange Muffins With Pecans

    Cranberry orange muffins

     

    Svitlana Romanenko / Getty Images 

    A little orange zest adds fabulous flavor to these cranberry orange muffins with pecans. The fresh cranberry muffins are perfect for a fall or winter morning.

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    Savory Onion and Cheese Muffins

    Savory cheese muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Cheese and browned onions make up the savory combination in these great tasting savory onion and cheese muffins. Use a purchased or homemade biscuit baking mix for this recipe. top the muffins with butter and poppy seeds for extra crunchiness.

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    Banana Nut Muffins

    Banana muffins

    Benjamin Torode / Moment / Getty Images

    These moist banana nut muffins are a great way to start the day! Add some mini chocolate chips instead of nuts if you like.

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    Zucchini Muffins With Shredded Carrot

    Zucchini muffins
    Michael Himpel / Getty Images

    These tasty zucchini muffins with shredded carrot would also be delicious with about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, either in addition to the carrots or to replace them. Coconut, raisins, or craisins would be excellent additions as well.