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MUFFINS! 20 healthy muffin recipe ideas

MUFFINS! We love them, our kids love them… AND healthy muffins are an easy snack to make or put in your little one’s lunch box. Not only are muffins school-approved (if they’re healthy), but they have the added bonus that they’re something your child actually wants to eat.

Plus, you can make them savoury, sweet, nut-free, wheat-free and hide a heap of veggies in them as well. They’re a great snack when you’re watching your weight and easy to make in bulk and store in the freezer so you’ve always got a healthy option on hand. Win-win!

We’ve rounded up 20 of our BEST healthy muffin recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

20 healthy muffin recipe ideas

Your ultimate guide to healthy muffins – 20 recipe ideas

Lunch box approved

Pineapple and Coconut Muffins

Pineapple and coconut muffins

YUM! We love a delicious, guilt-free snack and these delicious, dairy free pineapple and coconut muffins are one of our favourites.

This recipe makes 12 muffins, so we suggest you double it and store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze individual serves to defrost and serve as required – perfect for lunch boxes.

Passionfruit and coconut muffins

110 calorie passionfruit and coconut muffins

When 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Erin McCrae shared this photo on the Healthy Mummy food lovers Facebook group, there was a LOT of interest in the recipe.

And you can see why – just a few quality ingredients is all you need to prepare these light and fluffy fruity muffins that the whole family will love.

Passionfruit and coconut muffins recipe here.

Peaches and cream muffins

Peach Muffin

If you’ve got a tin of peaches at home you’re well on your way to making these sweet little Peaches and Cream Muffins.

Peaches and cream muffins recipe here.

Carrot And Date Muffins 

6 Must Try Muffin RecipesWhen you really crave some cake, this should be your go-to recipe. Perfect for an afternoon snack – and there’s no need to tell the kids they’re packed with veggies! Sure to become a freezer favourite.

Carrot And Date Muffins recipe here.

Nut-free Honey and Raspberry Muffins

Honey And Raspberry Muffins

Do your kids love muffins? These Honey And Raspberry Muffins are a great option (even for fussy eaters).They are nut free, making them perfect for the lunchbox, while also being ideal for adults as a healthy morning tea.

While muffins aren’t an everyday food, these are high in fibre and contain no added white sugar, making them a much healthier option than a supermarket or café-style muffin.

Nut-free Honey and Raspberry Muffins recipe here.

Sweet snacks

Flourless zucchini chocolate muffins

Flourless Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

WOW these muffins look so good. A big thank you to 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Dina Santos for sending the recipe for these gluten free beauties our way!

Whether it’s for a healthy snack for you, or a tasty afternoon tea for the kids, these chocolate muffins are going to be a hit.

And nobody needs to tell the kids that there are hidden veggies in there…

Flourless zucchini chocolate muffins recipe here.

Decadent Double Choc Banana Muffins

Decadent Double Choc Banana Muffins

What’s better than a normal chocolate muffin? A DOUBLE chocolate muffin! Yummo!

These Decadent Double Choc Banana Muffins make the perfect sweet snack to kick those sugar cravings to the kerb!

Decadent Double Choc Banana Muffins recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Wholemeal Choc Chip MuffinsThis one comes directly from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge so you know it’s going to taste great AND be good for your weight loss goals too.

These muffins freeze really well, so why not make a double batch so that you always have some to hand. You could also add some banana or chopped apple before cooking if you have some to hand.

Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe here.

Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Banana Choc Muffins

This recipe is a perfect portion-controlled snack when you’re on a healthy eating plan. As long as they’re filled with nutritious ingredients, you can eat them warm or take them to work or school.

Healthy Mummy member Cassandra has cleverly created a recipe that can be made in two different ways – one with peanut butter and the other is extra-chocolatey.And they’re both under 100 calories per serve!

Banana choc chip muffins recipe here.

Banana, Raspberry and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana, Raspberry And Chocolate Chip Muffins

For a healthy snack under 100 calories, these Banana, Raspberry And Chocolate Chip Muffins are perfect.

There’s no need for a muffin to contain vast amounts of sugar like the ones you find in cafes or at the supermarket – check the label as often there is as much sugar as there is flour.

These muffins are sweetened with fruit and a small amount of maple syrup, making them a much healthier choice.

Banana, raspberry and chocolate chip muffins recipe here.

Savoury snacks

Easy Zucchini Muffins

6 Must Try Muffin RecipesGet some extra veggies in your day with this tasty savoury muffin. You could also have it as a satisfying lunch just by adding a side salad.

Easy Zucchini Muffins recipe here.

Asparagus and chicken mini muffin quiches

Asparagus and Chicken Mini Muffin Quiches

These five ingredient mini quiches are a great savoury snack or light lunch with a salad. They are perfect to make in a batch as they can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days and can be served hot or cold.

These can be thrown together and on the table in under half an hour.

Tailor them to your heart’s content (or to suit fussy eaters!) and use up leftover cooked meat or roast veggies that you have on hand.

Asparagus and chicken mini muffin quiches recipe here.

Sweet Potato Muffins with Cinnamon & Maple Cream Cheese

Sweet Potato Muffins

Here is a great lunchbox friendly snack that is perfect for your afternoon tea as well. It contains sweet potato for added nutrition, and it also gives it a hint of sweetness.

As this recipe serves 12, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze muffins individually to defrost and reheat as required.

Sweet Potato Muffins With Cinnamon and Maple Cream Cheese recipe here.

Pumpkin And Parmesan Muffins

6 Must Try Muffin RecipesAs well as being packed with nutrition, pumpkin is often cheap and plentiful. Make the most of it with these cheesy muffins that are delicious served warm.

Pumpkin And Parmesan Muffins recipe here.

5 ingredient savoury feta bites just 110 calories

Feta Bites

Want to try something a bit different for your morning tea this week? These delicious, savoury feta bites are easy to prepare and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Made with just five main ingredients, you can make these in less than half an hour.

5 ingredient savoury feta bites recipe here.

Dessert / occasion

130 Calorie Chocolate Fudge Muffins

Fudge Muffins

Thank you to Healthy Mummy Tawhai for sending the recipe for these delicious Chocolate Fudge Muffins.

Tawhai says: “These moist dense muffins are delicious and make the perfect snack or dessert, bonus is they are only 130 calories each. They are egg and nut free, can easily be made gluten free and dairy free if required.”

We tried them and they are definitely thumbs up muffins – and a perfect addition to your meal plan for the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Chocolate Fudge Muffins recipe here.

Chocolate & Goji Berry Muffins

Chocolate and Goji Berry Muffins

If you enjoy a chocolate treat but don’t enjoy all the fat and sugar that goes into the cakes, chocolate and biscuits you usually find in the bakery and shop then the good news is that there are lots of ways to give your favourite treats a healthy make over.

Chocolate & Goji Berry Muffins recipe here.

Healthy Apple And Honey Muffins

Quick and Easy Healthy Apple And Honey Muffins

Mmmm, we love a good muffin for morning tea with a cup of tea or coffee. Problem is, most muffins you buy are packed with tons of sugar, butter and salt. Not exactly great for the waistline!

Festive Christmas Mini Muffins

Stuffed Christmas Mini Muffin

These fun and festive Christmas Mini Muffins are the perfect afternoon treat or party food for kids (and adults) of all ages!Packed full of flavour thanks to juicy cranberries and shredded coconut and just the right amount of crunch from a sprinkling of pepitas, they’re sure to be a hit.

Christmas Mini Muffins recipe here.

Fruity Spiced Easter Muffins

Fruity Spiced Easter Muffins

The smell of these fruit and spice filled muffins baking is going to bring everyone into the kitchen.Why not make a batch or two to enjoy with the family over the Easter weekend, or any time?

Breakfast ideas

Raspberry and apple crumble breakfast muffins

raspberry and apple crumble breakfast muffins

If you think you have to give up sweet things while trying to lose weight, think again! These raspberry and apple crumble breakfast muffins are a deliciously healthy and sweet way to start your day!

You can even add in some Healthy Mummy Vanilla Protein Powder to help fill you up even more!

Raspberry and apple crumble breakfast muffins recipe here.

Sugar-Free Apple and Banana Muffins

6 Must Try Muffin RecipesThe kids will love these and you can rest easy as there is no added sugar – it’s all made with the sweetness from the fruit. Plus the wholemeal flour increases the fibre content and provides slow-release energy.

Sugar-Free Apple and Banana Muffins recipe here.

Banana Yoghurt Breakfast Muffins

6 Must Try Muffin RecipesCake for breakfast? Yes, please! You’re not going to find too many kids who object to something cake-shaped for brekky.

While cafe or supermarket bought muffins are often laden with white flour and copious amounts of sugar, homemade varieties can be packed with wholesome and filling ingredients to keep little tummies satisfied.

Banana Yoghurt Breakfast Muffins recipe here.

Blueberry, banana and coconut muffins

Blueberry Banana and Coconut Muffins

For a delicious breakfast on the run, these sweet muffins are perfect.Sent in by 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Cassie Wight, they’re sweetened with fruit and just a little maple syrup.

Blueberry banana and coconut muffin recipe here.

Feta and Tomato Breakfast Muffins

Feta and Tomato Breakfast Muffins

These muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go, or for a healthy afternoon snack.

Make a batch and store in the fridge to have on hand as needed, then reheat when ready to eat.We love portable breakfasts on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

We know what it’s like trying to get the kids out the door, and being able to grab a healthy breakfast can be a life saver.

Feta and Tomato Breakfast Muffins recipe here.

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