We love some good breakfast muffins in the morning! Or, quite frankly, as a mid-afternoon snack to keep us going until dinner time. There are so many different homemade muffins options out there that you’ll never get bored. So many ways to experiment in the kitchen, so little time, right? We’ve come up with this easy and simple base recipe for all of your muffin-making needs. We’re outlining some of our favorite flavors and variations below, as well as some helpful tips. Our basic homemade muffins recipe will give you moist, fluffy, and delicious results every time.
Flavors and Add-ins:
Again, you’ll want to use this recipe as a base for your baked goods. You can feel free to leave it as is, but it’s definitely worth it to add in some spices, fillings, and toppings. Here are some of our favorite combinations:
- Cinnamon and chocolate chips
- Double chocolate: White and dark chips
- Streusel topping: Made with brown sugar and cinnamon
- Cranberry with walnuts or pecans
- Lemon poppyseed
You can also try out some more unique combinations based on your specific preferences. Get creative!
You can make this homemade muffins recipe vegan-friendly by using an egg substitute and plant-based milk to replace the buttermilk. These substitutions shouldn’t change the texture or taste of your baked goods. Great news!
You can also sub in any flavor extract for vanilla. Some ideas include almond, lemon, or orange extracts.
A Note on Baking Powder:
If you want your homemade muffins to rise, you need to make sure that you don’t skip out on the baking powder. It’s one of those ingredients that you may have tried to get away with omitting in the past. There’s nothing worse than having all of the ingredients for a recipe, only to find that you’re missing one. You may think that a few tablespoons of baking powder aren’t that important, but trust us, they are!
If you have added your baking powder and your dish still won’t rise, check that it hasn’t expired. If it hasn’t, you may need to add a bit more to the mix. Using a hand mixer can also help make sure that everything is mixed together thoroughly. Check your oven temperature while you’re at it too – it needs to be hot enough! When the conditions (and the batter) are right, you can’t go wrong.
Troubleshooting: How Do I Make My Muffins Fluffier?
What’s better than fluffy breakfast muffins? Not much! If you follow the instructions on the recipe card you should get fluffy results. But if you want to make yours even lighter and fluffier, we have a useful tip for you.
Make sure that the eggs, butter, and milk are at room temperature before you start mixing. It will form a much smoother batter that will naturally trap air before it goes in the oven. The trapped air then expands when baked, which will encourage your pastries to fluff up really nicely.
Can I Make These Mini?
We love mini breakfast muffins! If mini varieties are more your style, you can totally adapt this recipe to your liking. Follow the steps as instructed, but use a mini muffin pan instead. You also need to lower the temperature.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through. Check if they’re ready by sticking a toothpick in the middle of your baked goods. If it comes out clean, remove them from the oven.