Sweet, soft, and fluffy, these homemade treats are charming, single-serving breakfast treats.
Baked the night before, or pulled fresh out of the oven first thing in the morning, their easy preparation offers a refreshingly laid back approach.
And there’s a very good reason why muffin pans include multiple cups – this baked good is best served at the breakfast table surrounded by friends and family!
While it was a little heartbreaking to choose just our top favorites from our collection of tasty muffin recipes to feature here, we have selected five popular options that we think you’ll really enjoy baking and serving.
With this small compilation, we hope you will be inspired to get in the kitchen to try one right away – or maybe even all five! – before you branch out to explore even more homemade options to bake for many mornings to come.
Before you begin… review our guide if you want some helpful tips for avoiding the soggy bottom blues.
Ready? Start separating some paper liners, and let’s get to baking!
5 of the Best Morning Muffin Recipes
The big bursts of juicy, fresh blueberries, the moist and tender texture, the crunchy, sugary topping…
For this bountiful blueberry version, we kept one main motto in mind:
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Simple and Classic Blueberry Muffins – Get the Recipe Now
This is for anyone who can’t get enough that classic blueberry muffin taste and texture. We did our best to pay tribute to a bakery-style goodie, while adapting it to create an accessible version you can quickly and easily mix, bake, and serve for your next casual morning gathering.
Besides a ton of deliciously fruity flavors and aromas, you’ll get the added benefit of fresh blueberries’ antioxidant power.
The lightly vanilla scented batter plays well with the berries, while a little sour cream or whole Greek yogurt provides some subtle tang and added moisture.
The ultimate dessert-turned-breakfast, our carrot muffins will be a sweet favorite in many homes!
With both carrots and tart Granny Smith apples freshly grated and mixed into the batter, these are super moist baked goods that will – we kid you not – literally melt in your mouth.
Carrot Muffins – Get the Recipe Now
As with any perfect carrot cake, a medley of spices is a core component to its iconic flavor and scent. A teaspoon of ground cinnamon and pinches of ground ginger and nutmeg make their presence known as the batter is baking, flooding your kitchen with warming, aromatic waves.
While we don’t include dried fruit or nuts in the batter, we understand that everyone interprets the key ingredients of a carrot cake quite differently. Mix in a quarter-cup or so of your favorite add-ins to make this recipe truly yours.
3. Chocolate Chip
We’re enjoying chocolate for breakfast – and no one can stop us!
If you’re still on the fence, as soon as you get a chance to stuff your face with these delicious chocolate chip treats, you won’t be hesitant for too much longer.
Healthier Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins – Get the Recipe Now
And let us further appease your worries by explaining that this recipe is a healthier version of what you might find at the grocery store, made with whole wheat flour, old fashioned oats, ground flax seeds, and unsweetened applesauce.
It’s like a hearty chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, but in the delectable form of a fluffy breakfast goodie you can feel good about eating.
4. Honey Lemon (Gluten Free)
Brighten up your morning with bold, lemony flavors!
Our gluten-free honey lemon muffins are a taste of sunshine in a cute little package, and they’re a beautiful start to the day.
Gluten-Free Honey Lemon Muffins – Get the Recipe Now
Sweet and light, you’ll enjoy a subtle tang in each bite from the freshly squeezed lemon juice and yogurt.
The wheat-free base includes an assortment of gluten-free flours and other ingredients, including brown rice, sweet sorghum, tapioca, ground flax seed, and xanthan gum.
And by making just a few ingredient substitutions for dairy-free or vegan diets, everyone can enjoy these treats – no one is left out of the sunny fun!
5. Pumpkin Nut
Who says pumpkin is just for fall? Enjoy these pumpkin nut breakfast treats at any time of year!
This recipe is a classic combination of sugar, pumpkin spice, and everything nice.
Pumpkin Nut Muffins – Get the Recipe Now
As for the “everything nice”…
Thanks to the pumpkin puree and softened butter, these mounds are incredibly rich and moist.
And a cupful of pecans gently folded into the batter provides a delicate crunch.
Suggested Smears and Spreads
You can never go wrong by serving any of these recipes warm from the oven with softened butter – what melty perfection!
But if you want layers of fun flavors, consider other condiments that would complement or contrast with your baked goodies.
For example, we are currently chasing a wild obsession with pairing our sweet and fruity blueberry muffins with an acidic and mouth-puckering homemade lemon curd.
We also are completely supportive of your decision to serve homemade carrot muffins with thick smears of cream cheese frosting for the ultimate breakfast inspired by carrot cake.
Choose your own path with the final pairing. Whatever you decide, we guarantee you’ll be sweetly satisfied.
Is your favorite recipe not included here? We would love to know about your most beloved homemade treat, so please leave a comment below.
Okay, okay – fine! We hear you loud and clear, shouting for more ideas! For your encore, here’s a trio of other sweet starts to the day that you can bake from our full lineup of breakfast recipes:
- Pistachio Granola Bars
- The Best Banana Bread with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
- Overnight Raspberry and Chocolate French Toast Casserole
Photos by Nikki Cervone, Fanny Slater, Kelli McGrane, and Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on August 8, 2015 by Jennifer Swartvagher. Last updated on June 11, 2023.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.