If you’re anything like most of us here at RecipesForCooks, you have a little sweet tooth. This list can be dangerous in the wrong hands! Be careful with this list of delicious homemade muffin recipe options for a baby, a grown-up, or anyone else.  Here are the ones we love:

Best Blueberry Muffins For Baby Palette

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When do you usually find yourself baking blueberry muffins? For us, it’s pretty much anytime… Rain or shine, morning or night, diet or no diet. But baby and blueberry muffin recipe don’t go very well with each other; except in this case.

Here’s the source recipe for the best blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins are fun to make with your kids, amazing to eat for breakfast, as a mid-afternoon snack, or even as a treat at night time. But do you want to know what our absolute favorite thing to do is with these delicious blueberry treats?

Packing them in kid’s lunch boxes. They’re better than little Debbies, healthier, and packed with blueberry flavor. Let’s be honest, blueberry muffins just hit differently. Don’t you agree?

Many of our family members are very picky, particular, and conscious about eating muffins because a lot of times they’d rather have a donut or a different type of dessert. But when it comes to THESE blueberry muffins, they’re weak and ready for them anytime

These best-ever blueberry muffins get their name for a reason. They are bursting with fresh blueberries and have a tender crumb & sparkling sugar crust

It’s so nice that they take less than an hour to make, only have 10 household ingredients, and come in at less than 260 calories per muffin. You won’t want to have just one, and with this recipe, you don’t have to!

Plus, they are freezer or fridge-friendly. I have no idea how you would ever have any leftovers to freeze, but if you want to they will be fresh as ever when you pop them out of the freezer, I’ve done it for testing purposes

Absolutely no muffins compare to these!

Cinnamon Sugar Donut

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Is there anything better than a trip to the cider mill in the fall? You know, dressing your little ones up in plaid, taking pictures of the apple trees or Michigan signs, fresh bakery treats, yummy apple cider, brisk hayrides, and picking pumpkins?

During the months of June to October, we can honestly say if you’re not a Michigander, well then we feel sorry for you. The other months… Definitely debatable.

Our favorite time to go to the cider mill is mid-September. It’s a little early for sure, but the leaves have still changed from green to reds, oranges, and yellows, the temperatures are warmer and to be honest, the whole month of October is too crowded at cider mills.  The best part about a cider mill?

CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS.

We truly think the above recipe is comparable to the kind you get at an actual cider mill, so it’ll transport you. Donut muffins are super soft, homemade muffins that taste just like your classic cider mill donut rolled in cinnamon and sugar. The best part? This muffin recipe is baby friendly, so don’t worry about cider in the name. 

What makes them so amazing is that they are in the shape of a decadent and buttery muffin. Yum. ultimate yum. We can make these all year round for the kids, and we have the taste of fall right in our sugary messy fingers whenever we want. These are a great Sunday breakfast or tailgating dessert,

Chocolate Chip

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We think we’ve given up on buying chocolate chip cookies, and most of us never grab them at events anymore unless it clearly states “THESE ARE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES”

Oatmeal cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the start of a lifetime of trust issues, and it’s better not to take the leap anymore.

We don’t like it when oatmeal cookies trick or play with us and give us the idea that they are chocolate chip cookies. It reminds of us a cheating spouse. 

How many times were you at a bakery, and choose what you’re thinking is a decadent and delicious chocolate chip cookie SURPRISE! It’s an oatmeal cookie. And when that happens, we’re sure you’re not happy. 

Do you want to know what doesn’t fool you? Who you can always trust? Chocolate chip muffins

They will save you from a lifetime of hurt and deception. This is important, and we’ve tested out a lot of recipes…

We can honestly say this is The BEST chocolate chip muffin recipe. They are soft, moist, fluffy, loaded with chocolate chips, and have a perfect crispy sky-high muffin top!

With some chocolate chip muffins, there aren’t enough chocolate chips, and we find ourselves only enjoying the top of the muffin and regretting our decision once we get into the middle. Not these.

ooey gooey chocolate chip greatness is throughout the entire muffin, not just the part you can see. Just another example of how these chocolate chip muffins will be truthful with you.

Lemon Poppy Seed

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When life gives you lemons, sometimes you just need some lemon aid. And we don’t mean the refreshing drink. This one is definitely one of the more sophisticated tastes and not a muffin recipe for a baby — but it’s delicious nonetheless. 

Baked lemon flavors always brighten up a dreary day, and we love lemon desserts in general. We think there’s something to be said about shaking it up with some lemon flavors, especially during the spring and summer months

Lemon is clean, it’s refreshing, and as long as the flavor isn’t overpowering (which is crucial for lemon desserts) it makes for a sweet and decadent treat.

These are incredibly delicious, and absolutely perfect for a spring breakfast, mother’s day dessert, or sunshiney summer morning. This soft and decadent muffin base is just exploding with lemon flavor.

All thanks to the recipe itself which includes lemon zest, lemon extract, and lemon juice. But it doesn’t stop there.

Each fluffy center is stuffed with a silky smooth pocket of lemon curd, and the topping is a sweet drizzle of lemon glaze. We do need to be honest though. At first, some of us were nervous about making these.

Like we said before, as much as we do love lemon desserts—when the flavor is overpowering it can be too much to handle. However, some of our team members pointed out that the poppy seed flavors would balance out the lemon and create a unique flavor in these muffins. So, we gave it a shot. 

Guess what? The poppy does balance out the recipe perfectly and it makes for the perfect zesty seedy muffin with just the right amount of both flavors.

If you’re a lover of lemon zest, and poppy, these muffins will be your main squeeze!

Matcha Lemon

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Have you heard of matcha green tea powder? Well if you haven’t, don’t worry. So many are late to this party, but when they arrive they are bound to stay. Matcha may sound like the incompatible flavor for a muffin recipe suitable for a baby, but these will impress anyone. 

Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan. It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated for centuries. So then, why?

Well, after doing some research we found that Matcha green tea has an immense amount of benefits, and we honestly went from asking “what does it do” to “what doesn’t it do”

Matcha contains caffeine (more than regular green tea) and L-theanine, which can improve several aspects of brain function. It also protects the liver and the heart and aids in weight loss. I’ve tried a couple of different kinds of powders, and the kind we find the sweetest and best tasting is “Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder”, and you can purchase it for cheap right on Amazon.

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  • Packaged tin contains 3-ounces
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  • Brewing Instructions: Powdered tea is prepared by whisking the tea powder with hot water until it has dissolved and become frothy.

What we love most about these fluffy matcha lemon muffins, is that pairing t the matcha green tea with lemon was a perfect idea. The taste was subtle and not too sweet, but still yummy and sweet enough to feel like a desert because of the lemon

And the calorie count? Less than 150 per muffin. We have experimented with these muffins quite a bit, and they are a staple in the morning for us now. We prepare them a week ahead of time, and usually, add blueberries or chocolate chips to them. But don’t worry, they are good enough without doing that.

You can grab a muffin, make a small smoothie and head off to work feeling refreshed and like you just had dessert for breakfast. These can keep you on track and energized in the morning. If you’re committed to staying on track but still want a healthy treat then we promise, you have your match with these!

Pumpkin Carrot Apple Muffins

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Ahh, when fall is in the air… and so continues our obsession for baking. We don’t know what it is, but we are usually in our prime for experimenting in the fall.

Baking with pumpkin and apple flavors, trying out new possible staples, and creating recipes sums up the months of September-November for many of us.  If you’ve always been a bit of a health fanatic, you won’t need to worry about these muffins. The pumpkin carrot apple muffins here do not sacrifice flavors for calories.

The utter infatuation we have with these muffins is indescribable, but you won’t blame us if you have the chance to make them because it’s impossible not to be. 

Pinterest went ahead and changed our lives forever when it introduced us to create much more than just pumpkin pie with Pumpkin Puree. It adds moisture, flavor, and nutrients to plenty of other fall desserts like THESE muffins.

Plus, it’s loaded with fiber. In these healthy pumpkin carrot apple muffins, it’s one of the main ingredients that create these moist and decadent muffins

Another recipe changing in addition to this recipe? Applesauce

Applesauce in muffin recipes keeps them moist and makes it possible to reduce oil, aka fat. To top these muffins off the addition of grated carrots blend right in but also give the muffins a similar taste to carrot cake, but sweeter These muffins come in at just 187 calories and are loaded with health benefits and nutrients. They are SO yummy, sweet, and decadent

Fall desserts are in the air, but so is your summer body this year!

Coffee Cake

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One of our team members has such an inquisitive 7-year-old. He questions EVERYTHING, and always wants to know why things are the way they are, how they got to be that way, who invented things, etc…

Having kids has taught them so much about themselves. However, they say that raising kids takes a lot of energy. Of course, they have days where they’re stressed, overwhelmed, and feeling overly tired.

That’s what coffee cakes were made for. Once we got to discussing coffee cake, we reached a point in the conversation where we realized there’s no coffee included in the coffee cake.

It turns out Coffee cake is just intended to be eaten with coffee. Coffee cakes are often single-layered, flavored with either fruit or cinnamon has a more cake-like texture, or yeast, which results in a more bread-like texture.

This explanation definitely makes sense with the recipe. If you like New York-style coffee cake with its thick layer of crumbs, then you’re going to adore these coffee cake muffins. They’re the perfect muffin recipe for baby parents.

They are essentially mini coffee cakes, except these sweet muffins are all about their amazing, decadent Cinnamon Crumb Topping

And the sweet homemade vanilla glaze drizzled on top? We’re not sure you can top a morning meal like this one. This will change the way you drink your coffee in the morning and will start your day off sweet.

Question everything and always ask why or how, but don’t waste your time wondering about the amazingness of these muffins!

Strawberry Crumb Cake

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Now that we are familiar with the fact that “coffee cake” is simply just a flavor that is meant to be paired with coffee, then what in the world is “crumb cake” and is there any difference between the two?

In the battle of the bakery, the difference between the two comes down to the amount of crumb topping. Serious stuff, right?

Both a crumb cake and a coffee cake have a moist cake bottom and a streusel topping. The main difference between the two is that the majority of the crumb cake is the crumb topping, whereas the coffee cake is more cake with a much smaller amount of topping

A large amount of topping gives the crumb cake a delicious sweet flavor with a crunchy texture.

Once we figured this out, we realized that we might like crumb cake a little bit better? Many of us wanted the crunchy texture, and we love sweet cakes. 

Coffee cake is perfect in the morning with your cup of Joe, much better than most crumb cakes actually. But this…. THIS strawberry crumb cake muffin recipe is everything. Anytime. With any cup of anything.

In this recipe, muffin meets strawberry with a sweet creamy vanilla glaze and a crunchy texture that makes it a valid crunchy crumb cake. Plus, every muffin is filled with fresh strawberries. The sweet glaze paired with the strawberry and crumb cake muffin texture?

Unlike anything you’ve ever had before. This is perfect in the morning, mid-afternoon, and even sweet enough to be a bedtime treat

Double Chocolate

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Alright, guys level with us here. Chocolate comes from cocoa… which is a tree. So that makes chocolate a plant, which makes chocolate a salad. So we think it’s safe to say that a balanced diet is chocolate in both hands? Or double chocolate?  

Sometimes you just need chocolate on chocolate. Trust me, we get it. In times when just chocolate chip muffins aren’t enough…we give you these better than bakery double chocolate muffins.

These delicious chocolate muffins are made entirely from scratch, but they are SIMPLE, which is one of the best things about this recipe. These are the kind of muffin recipe even a baby would gobble down. 

If you lead a busy life and prefer homemade recipes that don’t call for 27 ingredients with 19 different steps, still give this one a try. 

The right cocoa powder is the trick to amazing homemade muffins, and by following the steps of the recipe you’ll have the perfect texture every time. We found a really good organic cacao powder packed with healthy benefits that didn’t break the bank: “Cacao Powder: Organic Cocoa Powder” 

Anthony's Organic Raw Cocoa Powder, 5 lb, Batch Tested and Verified Gluten Free & Non GMO
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  • Naturally full of Antioxidants and Magnesium - Fine milled Cacao
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  • Great for plant based, raw, gluten free, paleo, vegan, and organic recipes!
 

The first time we made these we had to experiment with peanut butter chocolate chips because we were out of regular chocolate chips and honestly they turned out amazing both ways!

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of peanut butter with your extra chocolatey dessert. These muffins are indulgent, decadent, and rich. If double chocolate is wrong, we don’t ever want to be right

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“Today me will live in the moment. Unless it’s unpleasant, in which me will eat a cookie” – Cookie Monster

We’ve all grown up watching Cookie Monster on Sesame Street, and when we grew up we wanted to capture his spirit.  He can always find a reason to eat a cookie, doesn’t share, he’s funny, and he’s just freaking wise. We loved Sesame Street if only for this character. 

These monster cookie muffins are inspired by our favorite blue little friend. And it’s the muffin recipe for the baby in you. They are loaded with M&M’s, sweet, savory, and fun to look at and make. The part we love best about this recipe? Oatmeal is substituted for some flour, which makes them a ton healthier and the mixture of the oatmeal, peanut butter, and M&M’s is one you won’t want to pass up.

We love making these for the kids for breakfast instead of the regular oatmeal and toast because it brightens their day right up.

Gingerbread

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We found the perfect man, and he’s been right in front of us all along. He’s quiet, he’s sweet, and if he annoys me then we can just go right ahead and bite his head off and make another one. Can you guess who he is??

He is the gingerbread man! 

Okay, seriously when the warm and cozy holiday season comes around the flavor of sweet and spicy gingerbread is just something we all have the urge to be eating.

These gingerbread muffins are perfect for your holiday dessert platter this year! They are the perfect muffin recipe if you have a baby in the house and want to introduce them to gingerbread.

Plus, they have a sweet and creamy vanilla bean glaze frosting that is to die for. The flavors combined are so tasty and full of holiday flavor. These muffins are that traditional dark brown color from a rich dose of molasses, and they are ridiculously light and airy

We’ve tried out a lot of different gingerbread flavors because we tend to make them only a couple of times a year, and these are our favorite to date.

We love making these for breakfast on Christmas Eve for the family, it starts our Christmas celebrations off on the right foot.

If you’re looking for the gingerbread flavor then run, run, as fast as you can… to the kitchen so you can bake these!

Nutella Swirl

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How many of us love Nutella? 

We love spreading Nutella on toast almost as often as we catch ourselves with a spoon in the jar. For some, it’s literally a daily occurrence. 

These Nutella swirl muffins are a simple, yet decadent moist muffin with a sour cream base to start that’s sweet yet creamy. Each muffin is then swirled to perfection with Nutella, making you feel like you’re eating a moist cupcake or a piece of cake.

The best part about this? 10 ingredients that are simple items, no messy preparation, 20 minutes needed to prepare, voila. Swirly, Nutella-ey, creamy, sweet, muffins. Now this is a muffin recipe for someone with a baby at home and no time to fuss with ingredients and instructions.

Put down the spoon and pick up the muffin tins, these will be a crowd favorite for sure!

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

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Image Source: Priscilla Du Preez

We haven’t moved on from the oatmeal craze, sue us. 

Oatmeal is cheap, versatile, and just freaking tastes good, especially in the Autumn months. And the health benefits? Immense!

Oats are rich in carbs and fiber, but also higher in protein than almost any other grain. They are very high in many vitamins and minerals and aid in weight loss by helping you to feel full. It’s no wonder that the whole “overnight oat” craze took off and we were all about it.

The best oatmeal? The maple and brown sugar. Adults can get down with it, our kids love it, it gives us the fall taste we love, and it’s amazing in recipes just like this one.

We’ll be the first to say it… if we’re making muffins they better be good. We’ll sacrifice a healthy tasting muffin for a good tasting one any day because the whole point of a muffin is to treat yourself, right?

Well, oats are the perfect balance for this. They’re good enough for a baby and a muffin recipe. When we find a recipe like this… that IS healthy, tastes good, and healthy enough to customize with blueberries, chocolate chips, etc, we go with it

These maple brown sugar oatmeal muffins are a healthy, hearty, delicious portable breakfast recipe that you’ll want to get your hands on ASAP. They have that sweet brown sugar taste that pairs perfectly with the maple brown sugar oatmeal, and the maple syrup and cinnamon tie it all together to perfection

You’ll want to cozy up to these muffins this fall!

Banana Muffins

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We love bananas in baking for so many different reasons. They tend to add the perfect sweet flavor to almost any dessert, and the moist texture keeps it fresh and decadent.

Plus, it’s used often as a healthy substitute that can take a calorie count down for recipes like cakes, muffins, pancakes, etc…

We won’t bore you with all the health benefits of bananas because we’re pretty sure we learned about them in 3rd grade, but you get the message. If you like the flavor, you should use them when you can.

These are hands down the best banana muffins we have ever had, and we don’t just say that. This isn’t a muffin recipe for a baby trying out banana for the first time, though. Not only are they packed with that sweet banana flavor but have a brown sugar streusel topping that is absolutely to die for.

The streusel topping is so good we use it in a lot of other recipes, but it’s our favorite in this one. This is easy to make, the flavor is a-peel-ing, and you can easily freeze them.

We tested it out, and they are just as good after being stored. These muffins are good hot or cold, any time of the day, and in any season.

Starbucks Copycat Blueberry Muffins

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We were listening to a podcast just the other day about Starbucks; their business tactics, strategies to keep customers and get new ones, and their background story overall.

One of the business tactics mentioned that really stuck out to us was their strategy to get people to order food. Of course, you’re coming to Starbucks for coffee… So while you’re already there why not?

They train their customer service representatives and baristas to always ask “and would you like to add a blueberry muffin or breakfast sandwich with that coffee?” and then bam, all of a sudden you’re hungry.

At least one time, if not more, they will get to you to say yes. And there you have it. Immediate increase in revenue just for asking the question.

They sold us on the blueberry muffin a couple of months ago, and for several months after that, they had us paying the big Starbucks bucks for this muffin twice a week at our office. 

If you haven’t had a Starbucks muffin… well let us explain them to you.

They are hands down one of the best bakery muffins you’ll ever have. It’s a pretty large moist and sweet fun exploding with blueberries and topped with some sort of crunchy and sweet vanilla-ey streusel

This copycat recipe is everything if you’re trying to match this muffin. We can’t even taste a difference, that’s considering how many Starbucks muffins we’ve had. 

We have never made muffins with sour cream or white vinegar, but it all melds wonderfully and we think that’s the secret to the texture and creamy sweetness of the Starbucks muffins.

Save your dollars, and you’re welcome.

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