Healthy Bread, Muffin, and Scone Recipes Because Carbs Can Be Good

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paleo pumpkin muffins with cassava
Photo: Brie Passano

Healthy bread does exist! We've called in all the good carbs, plus sneaky sources of fiber and protein to pump up the nutrition in these muffins, scones, and bread recipes. Some even offer a serving of fruit! There's a lot to loaf...ahem, we mean love...about these healthy homemade breads, healthy muffins, and healthy scones.

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Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins

Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins
Brie Passano

Think rhubarb recipes stop at strawberry combos? These healthy blueberry muffins will change your mind—and prove that your options are nearly endless with the vegetable. (Yes, rhubarb is a veggie!) Fruits, vegetables, plus some protein by way of Greek yogurt, these healthy muffins are a smart way to start the day.

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Hippie Banana Bread

Hippie Banana Bread
Tracy Benjamin

Peace. Love. Healthy banana bread. There's a reason why one BHG.com reader says, "This bread is so delicious I make it weekly! I bring a slice of it to work every day and feel like I'm eating something both healthy and tasty." Because it is all that and more! A two-to-one ratio of all-purpose to almond flour amps up the nutrition while keeping the texture nice and light, and dried fruits, nuts, and olive oil add healthy fats and natural sweetness.

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Cassava Pumpkin Muffins

paleo pumpkin muffins with cassava
Brie Passano

Since these healthy pumpkin muffins are made with cassava flour, maple syrup, and olive oil (instead of traditional flour, sugar, and butter), they're 100 percent Paleo-compliant. They're also 100 percent scrumptious, due to a spoonful of pumpkin pie spice and a big scoop of canned pumpkin. You'll also enjoy this recipe if portion control is a challenge: Each batch makes a reasonable six single-serving, healthy muffins.

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
Blaine Moats

This healthy zucchini bread is not only gluten-free (double check for GF oats and flour), but also hiding a surprising amount of protein. Each slice has a whopping six grams, in fact, from a scoop of whey protein powder, a carton of Greek yogurt, and a handful of walnuts. Two cups of shredded squash keep the batter super moist.

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Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins
Andy Lyons

Sweet, sugary streusel rarely appears atop healthy apple muffin recipes. But here's a fun, flavorful twist: Add pecans and flaxseed to a bit of brown sugar and butter and the streusel becomes a smart way to sneak in more fiber and healthy fats. The batter is made with half whole-wheat flour for more nutrition.

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Dilled Zucchini Bread

Dilled Zucchini Bread
Jacob Fox

Sweet, earthy, and full of freshness, this healthy zucchini bread will disappear fast. Walnuts and pecans offer a welcome crunch factor, and a mind-blowing 2½ cups of zucchini fold beautifully into the batter. Try half all-purpose and half whole-wheat flour for the best texture and nutrition results.

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Gluten-Free Lemon-Strawberry Cornmeal Scones

Gluten-Free Lemon-Strawberry Cornmeal Scones
Jason Donnelly

Most scones score their crumbly, rich consistency from a substantial splash of cream and plenty of butter. But not this healthy scone recipe (that still tastes and crumbles like its much higher-calorie cousins)! A gluten-free blend of brown rice flour and cornmeal combine with just a bit of butter and milk—plus fresh berries and lemon zest—to yield irresistible strawberry shortcake-inspired results.

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Mixed Grain Bread

Mixed Grain Bread
Jason Donnelly

This healthy whole grain bread recipe features cracked wheat, cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, and rolled oats for a hearty loaf that packs in 5 grams of protein per slice. Try it as the base for avocado toast, the foundation for sandwiches, or simply spread with homemade jam.

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Country-Style Semolina Loaves

Country-Style Semolina Loaves
King Au

Get a taste of Italy with this easy, healthy bread recipe. Semolina is a coarsely ground durum wheat flour commonly used in pasta. Here, we mix it with all-purpose flour and olive oil to lend a pleasantly rustic touch to the yeast dough.

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Rosemary-Citrus Scones

Rosemary-Citrus Scones

For tea time, breakfast, or even as a side with dinner, turn to this fruit-studded healthy scone recipe. A savory blend of oats, orange peel, and rosemary (trust us!) is used to create this tender, flaky dough. Just three tablespoons of a light-flavored oil are needed to ace the scone structure.

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Orange-Date Pumpkin Bread

Orange-Date Pumpkin Bread
Scott Little

This healthy pumpkin bread recipe is about to become your breakfast main squeeze. Stir some grated orange peel and freshly squeezed OJ into the batter to brighten up the flavors. Then keep that citrus handy: Stir extra orange zest into light cream cheese to slather on this enticing honey-sweetened, part whole-wheat pumpkin bread.

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Banana Bread with Chocolate, Cherries, and Nuts

Banana Bread with Chocolate, Cherries, and Nuts
Andy Lyons

Brilliant healthy eating trick ahead! Mini chocolate pieces scatter throughout this healthy banana bread, making a little chocolate seem like a lot. (By the way, chocolate is one of our top five stress-reducing foods...just one more reason to make this delicious, crowd-pleasing quick bread!) Light sour cream and skim or unsweetened almond milk keep the calories low yet the decadence factor high in this banana split-inspired bread.

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Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins

Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins
Jason Donnelly

You can tell just by the name that this healthy muffin recipe is loaded with nutrition. Using rolled oats, mostly whole wheat flour, and flaxseed meal adds ample fiber. The fat is kept in check by using just a small amount of butter and canola oil and fat-free milk.

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