25 of Our Best Muffin Recipes to Wake Up Your Morning

Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins
Photo: Brie Passano

For brunch or busy weekday mornings, our go-to quick and easy muffin recipes will keep your crowd happy. We've picked our favorites for you to try, including classic double chocolate muffins, blueberry muffins, pumpkin muffins, and irresistible peanut butter streusel muffins.

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Apple-Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins
Andy Lyons

Buttermilk adds a pleasant tanginess to this apple muffin recipe. The streusel topping combines pecans, flaxseed, and brown sugar for an irresistible sweet and crunchy finish. If you don't have any apple pie spice on hand, you can easily make a jar of your own.

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Citrus-Topped Double Blueberry Muffins

Citrus-Topped Double Blueberry Muffins
Andy Lyons

Wake up to a batch of beautiful blueberry muffins loaded with fresh, juicy blueberries and swirled with blueberry preserves. Don't skip the sugary lemon zest topping.

Buy It: Wilton Muffin Pan ($11, Walmart)

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Savory Spaghetti Squash Muffins

Savory Spaghetti Squash Muffins
Jacob Fox

Featuring spaghetti squash, fresh chives, and Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, these muffins (under 150 calories and fairly low-carb) will be a hit at your next brunch gathering. They also work well as a tasty side for your favorite grilled chicken, steak, or a pasta entrée.

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Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins

Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins
Jason Donnelly

Banana bread is delicious. Zucchini bread is tough to beat come summer. So why not combine the two—with an oat and flax fiber boost—in one handy palm-sized muffin recipe?

Test Kitchen Tip: For the lightest, most tender muffins, don't overmix. It's okay for batter to be slightly lumpy as you spoon it into the pan. You want to stir just enough to incorporate all ingredients together.

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Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins

Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins
Andy Lyons

Whether you serve them in the morning or with a barbecue dinner, these muffins are a perfect accompaniment. Chopped fresh (or frozen) peaches lend some brightness that pairs perfectly with the salty-savory goodness of the prosciutto. Plus, with as much protein as an egg packed into each little muffin, these golden beauties are a grab-and-go breakfast option that keeps on giving.

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Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins

Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins
Brie Passano

Our Test Kitchen started with a blueberry muffin recipe and took things up a notch by adding spring-fresh rhubarb to the mix. Greek yogurt helps give every bite a bit of tang while keeping the muffins moist.

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Lemon-Strawberry Chia Seed Muffins

Lemon-Strawberry Chia Seed Muffins
Jason Donnelly

This easy muffin recipe is full of good-for-you ingredients such as Greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds. Combined with the fruit, you'll get a healthy boost of fiber, antioxidants, and extra vitamins to start your day.

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Make-It-Mine Muffins

Customizable Healthy Muffins
Blaine Moats

Our time-tested muffin recipe lets you get creative with your favorite mix-ins and flavors. You can bake the perfect batch for any crowd with just a few extra ingredients. Want savory? Try Monterey Jack cheese. Something festive? Go with chopped cranberries.

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Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Andy Lyons

What's more sunny than citrus? Shredded orange peel, orange juice, and semisweet chocolate pieces join forces in this moist muffin recipe your whole family will love.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Muffin

Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake
Hannah Bigot

Cure your baked good craving without having 11 leftovers (or temptations) with this single-serving mug muffin recipe that cooks right in the microwave. A pinch of espresso powder and pumpkin pie spice perk up the baking mix and canned pumpkin base.

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Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins

Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins
Andy Lyons

This sweet morning muffin has as much protein as an egg. Chopped walnuts and cooked quinoa make it possible, while plenty of orange zest and juice (plus a half cup of sour cream) make it delicious.

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Curried Squash Muffins

Curried Squash Muffins
Scott Little

Capture your favorite autumn flavors year-round with this nutty muffin recipe. Unique spices such as cayenne pepper and curry powder lend a warm bite to each batch.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Walnut Streusel Muffins

Gluten Free Pumpkin-Walnut Streusel Muffins
Jason Donnelly

Layered with a crunchy walnut streusel, then drizzled with a cream cheese glaze, you won't feel like you're skimping on a thing with this wheat-free pumpkin muffin recipe. Pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and vanilla give each bite fall pie vibes.

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Bacon-Egg Muffins

Bacon-and-Egg Muffins
Andy Lyons

Two brunch classics meet in the middle for one irresistible breakfast offering. Fluffy egg muffins are topped with crispy bacon and melted cheddar cheese, then baked to perfection. They're even better with a splash of warm maple syrup.

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Eggnog Muffins

Eggnog Muffins
Scott Little

A cup of eggnog stands in for the milk in these nutmeg-scented muffins. A half teaspoon of rum extract is all you need to make the whole pan of baked goodies taste like the quintessential holiday drink.

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Double-Chocolate Muffins

double chocolate muffins
Blaine Moats

Treat yourself to chocolate for breakfast. The combination of rich cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate pieces makes these indulgent chocolate muffins hard to resist.

Buy It: Silicone Muffin Liners ($7, Walmart)

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Peanut Butter Streusel Muffins

Peanut Butter Streusel Muffins
Andy Lyons

Peanut butter lovers will adore this homemade muffin recipe. They're made with both peanuts and peanut butter, then topped with crumbly peanut streusel.

Test Kitchen Tip: Beat the clock on busy mornings by baking these ahead. You can freeze them for up to 3 months!

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Pumpkin Praline Muffins

Pumpkin Praline Muffins
Kritsada Panichgul

With a crunchy praline crown, these pumpkin muffins are a sweet way to start your day. Try them slathered with honey butter, vanilla Greek yogurt, or almond butter.

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Gingerbread Pear Muffins

Gingerbread Pear Muffins
Andy Lyons

Don't be fooled by the richly-colored molasses. This delicious muffin recipe features dark chocolate, too. Finish each fruity delight with a sprinkle of coarse sugar to balance out the bittersweet chocolate.

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Sour Cream-Raspberry Muffins

Sour Cream-Raspberry Muffins
Blaine Moats

These breakfast beauties hide a sweet surprise: a filling made with layers of fresh raspberries. The addition of sour cream gives this muffin recipe smooth texture and extra zip.

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Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins with Greek Yogurt Frosting
Karla Conrad

A carton of Greek yogurt transforms into a rich and creamy frosting with the addition of a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla. Spread it on top of these gluten-free muffins that, with both applesauce and shredded squash in the mix, are remarkably moist.

Buy It: OXO Box Grater ($16, Target)

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Wheat Bran Muffins

Wheat Bran Muffins
Andy Lyons

Start your day with a healthy dose of fiber and protein in the form of this highly-adaptable bran muffin recipe. Master the original and then put your own spin on it with add-ins like shredded carrots and golden raisins (carrot cake for breakfast!), chopped apples and dates, or semisweet chocolate chips and pecans.

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Spiced Apple and Chickpea Muffins

Spiced Apple and Chickpea Muffins
Karla Conrad

If you make these moist, delicious muffins for your next brunch, your guests will gobble them up and never guess that the secret ingredient is mashed chickpeas. Enjoy them warm with a drizzle of honey or a smear of apple or pumpkin butter.

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Chocolate-Glazed Ginger-Pumpkin Muffins

Chocolate-Glazed Ginger-Pumpkin Muffins
Scott Little

Candied ginger adds a touch of spice to this fall-inspired muffin recipe. Spread our pretty chocolate glaze on top of each for irresistible, dessert-like flavor.

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Low-Sugar Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Low-Sugar Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins in paper cups on cooling rack
Brie Passano

If you're trying to cut out sugar, this is a homemade muffin recipe that will still satisfy your cravings. With only 2 tablespoons of added sugar, the moist muffins are naturally sweetened with unsweetened applesauce. The rolled oats in this chocolate chip muffin recipe can also help regulate blood sugar.

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