Sweet and Savory Muffin Recipe

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  • 2 eggs or ½ cup Greek yogurt or 2 flax eggs*
  • ¾ cup applesauce or 2 ripe 2 ripe bananas mashed or 5 soaked dates blended
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup olive, coconut (melted) or avocado oil
  • ¼ cup of water


  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour GF all purpose or whole wheat. (My favorite is a combo of ½ cup each of these two flours, along with ½ cup almond flour and ½ cup oat flour.)

*Flax egg: 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed mixed with ¼ cup of water. Mix together the flaxseed and water. Whisk until combined and let sit for 10-15 minutes to form a “flax egg”.

  1. Line a muffin pan with 12 liners and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together. In a separate bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Fold dry into wet ingredients.
  3. Fold in savory muffin mix-ins or sweet muffin mix-ins (See mix-in recipes below!)
  4. Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  5. Add toppings (optional)
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When you press on the top it shouldn’t feel too spongy. Everyone’s oven is different so best to check at 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let them sit in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove and let it fully cool on the rack.
Savory Muffins Mix-Ins
  • 1 cup cooked spinach, fresh or frozen (if frozen and unthawed, squeeze to remove extra liquid)
  • 1 zucchini shredded (squeeze to remove extra liquid)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried herbs or 2 tbsp fresh herbs (chives, basil, parsley)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Toppings: seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower), grated cheese
Sweet Muffin Mix-Ins
  • 1 ½ cups of either shredded carrots, berries, diced apples,  pears, peaches or plums
  • ⅓ cup raisin or cranberries or shredded coconut (optional)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (this blend of spices works well with all fruit) or 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Toppings: rolled oats, chopped nuts

If you’re feeling adventurous, combining 1 tsp of chopped rosemary to the diced apples or pears or 1 tsp of chopped basil with berries will create a new flavor that is surprisingly delicious.

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