Orange-Cranberry Muffins: For every 1 cup of batter, fold in 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel.Honey-Poppy Seed Muffins: For every 1 cup of batter, fold in 1 tablespoon honey and 2 teaspoons poppy seeds.Maple-Bacon Muffins: For every 1 cup of batter, fold in 1/4 cup finely chopped, crisp-cooked lower sodium, lower fat bacon; 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup; and 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper.
Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Topping:
To serve, spread each warm muffin with 1 tablespoon whipped cream cheese and 1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper jelly or other jelly or preserves.
To Make Ahead:
Prepare as directed through Step 2. Divide batter among three 1-quart freezer bags or 1-cup microwave-safe, airtight containers. Freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, thaw one or more portions of batter overnight in the refrigerator. Or thaw one portion at a time in the microwave on 30 percent power (medium-low) for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, breaking up and stirring batter every 30 seconds. Continue as directed in Step 3.