Looking to learn how to bake the best homemade Healthy Muffins for Kids?
Our comprehensive Healthy Muffins for Kids list features over 30 sweet and savoury muffin recipes.
Healthy muffins are a yummy meal idea for babies, toddlers and kids as an on the go breakfast, bread roll replacement, midday snack or healthy dessert.
Many of the most popular Healthy Muffins for Kids are vegetarian, low fat, high in fibre and full of nutritious fresh fruit.
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Best Healthy Muffins For Kids
Most moms and dads in Canada and America love baking muffins for their kids. They are celebrated for being easy to make, a great way to use up old fruit and vegetables in the fridge and store well in the fridge and freezer.
So how does one define Healthy Muffins exactly? Don’t worry, none of these nutritious muffin recipes yield a “hard as a hockey puck health food.”
We’ve developed Healthy Muffins for Kids that are flavourful rifts on classic recipes. Here’s how we ensure our muffin recipes are nutritious:
- Fibre: We typically use (or suggest) a mix of All Purpose Flour and Whole Wheat Flour. Add whole wheat flour to your recipe without compromising the ideal mouthfeel of the muffin crumb. We also regularly add flax meal, bran and oats for additional fibre.
- Protein: We typically add organic free range eggs to our muffin recipes and help increase the moisture of the muffin by adding wholesome milk and Greek yogurt. Use Greek yogurt over plain yogurt as it has more protein and its thick texture helps ensure a sturdy muffin structure.
- Fruit & Vegetables: We always use fresh fruits and vegetables when baking healthy muffins for kids. They infuse the batter with healthy minerals and vitamins. We like to overload our muffins with berries and grated vegetables so you can really taste their unique flavour in each bite. You’ll notice many of our recipes include twice the amount of fruit you’d typically see in a traditional muffin. Don’t fret! We’ve adjusted the other ingredients in the recipe to ensure the overall muffin bakes to perfection! For example, we took a classic banana muffin recipe and reduced the oil and sugar by adding twice the amount of pureed banana along with Greek yogurt. The final muffin is crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, with far less calories!
- Fat: We typically use melted butter or healthy vegetable oils like canola oil in our muffin recipes. We do not suggest using lard, vegetable shortening or margarine. Pack your pantry with fats that are all natural.
- Sugar: We typically use white sugar, brown sugar, molasses and honey in small quantities. We’ve reduced the sugar in our recipes by adding additional fruit.
Once you’ve read through our healthy muffin list you may scratch your head and wonder why we’ve included Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins and Sticky Toffee Pudding Muffins.
We don’t believe every healthy muffin for kids has to be low calorie and high fibre. We treat these dessert muffin recipes as a healthy alternative to a slice of cake or donut. It’s easy to treat your kids to healthy muffins year round, even on special occasions like birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween.
Best Muffin Tools & Equipment
Before making a batch of Healthy Muffins for Kids make sure your kitchen is outfitted with essential bakers tools.
- Mixing Bowl Set: It’s important to have a set of durable mixing bowls. We love stainless steel mixing bowls with a good grip. When making muffins you’ll typically need a large mixing bowl to sift your dry ingredients into, and a medium or small mixing bowl to beat your wet ingredients.
- Measuring Cups: Ensure you have a set of measuring cups with a flat top rather than a spout, so you can easily use a knife to level off your dry ingredients like flour and sugar.
- Measuring Spoons: We love these durable stainless steel measuring spoons that will help you accurately measure spices, baking soda and baking powder.
- Whisk: This stainless steel whisk has a great grip and is helpful when beating eggs into other wet ingredients.
- Sieve: It’s essential to have this tool in your kitchen so you can ensure all your dry ingredients are separated and don’t clump in the wet batter.
- Bakers Scale: Use this digital scale to weigh flour and other ingredients that require a weight measurement.
- Spatula: We love this rubber spatula as it also acts as a spoon so you can easily drop batter into each greased muffin cup.
- Muffin Tins: We only use silicone muffin tins as they allow you to easily remove baked muffins from the tin with minimal baking spray required.
- Baking Spray: Ensure your cupboards are stocked with baking spray so your muffins don’t get stubborn and refuse to slide out of the pan.
- Cooling Rack: A sturdy cooling rack is a must to ensure your muffins cool without falling apart or getting soggy. They need breathing space to let out the steam before storing.
- Storage Containers: We love doubling our muffin recipes so we have leftovers to store in the fridge or freezer to enjoy later.
Moist Buttermilk Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
These are our go-to healthy muffins for kids who love banana.
Moist Buttermilk Banana Muffins feature healthy whole wheat flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetable oil, ripe bananas, egg and buttermilk.
Scatter a few chocolate chips into the batter for sweet treat or leave them out entirely.
Ginger Spiced Banana Pear Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins during the Fall? We love making these Ginger Spiced Banana Pear Muffins in the Autumn around Thanksgiving when plump pears are in season.
The recipe features nutritious eggs, buttermilk, banana, pear, whole wheat flour, oats, cinnamon and ginger.
Top each muffin with a thinly sliced pear and sprinkle with chopped crystallized ginger for a show-stopping spiced muffin.
Yogurt Cardamom Spiced Plum Muffins
My family loves to bake these healthy spiced plum muffins in the summer during the height of stone fruit season. The addition of creamy Greek yogurt gives the crumb a desirable soft and tender texture.
Christmas Cranberry and White Chocolate Muffins
Looking for a Christmas snack recipe that can be deemed healthy muffins for kids?
Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins are our favourite breakfast pastry to serve around the holidays.
Enjoy festive flavours features dried cranberries, fresh cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Banana Pumpkin Healthy Muffins For Kids
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids during Halloween? We love making these Banana Pumpkin Muffins in the Autumn during the spookiest time of year when pumpkins are a plenty!
The recipe features nutritious eggs, canola oil, banana, pumpkin, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pecans and rolled oats.
Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins during the summer for your kids? We love baking these Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins in July and August when fresh berries are in season across Ontario.
The recipe features nutritious eggs, fresh strawberries, milk, cream cheese, vegetable oil and lemon juice.
Sweet Potato Healthy Muffins For Kids
Looking to make healthy muffins during Thanksgiving for your kids? We love making these Sweet Potato Muffins in the Autumn when sweet potatoes are in season.
The recipe features nutritious eggs, canola oil, sweet potato, rolled oats, ground flaxseed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, pecans and ginger.
Top each muffin with chopped crystallized ginger and roasted pecans for a show-stopping spiced muffin.
This easy blueberry muffin recipe is soft and tender on the inside thanks to creamy ricotta cheese. Tart lemon juice contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the fresh berries.
Savoury Cheesy Vegetable Muffins
This is the perfect “everything but your kitchen sink” savoury muffin recipe. A great way to use up odds and ends in your vegetable crisper!
Banana Rhubarb Healthy Muffins For Kids
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids during the spring? We love baking these Banana Rhubarb Muffins in May and June when the rhubarb plant in our backyard has boomed.
The recipe features nutritious eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, rhubarb, bananas and yogurt.
Cheese and Onion Muffins
These are our go-to healthy muffins for kids when looking for a creative bread roll replacement at the dinner table.
These savoury muffins are a hit with even the pickiest of kids. We love serving them as a bread roll with fresh salads, homemade soups and roast meat.
The recipe features nutritious onions, milk, eggs, canola oil, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
Welsh Rarebit Muffins
Kids love these healthy muffins which we love to serve at brunch with bacon and eggs or on Sunday roast night as a dinner roll.
Welsh Rarebit Muffins are a play on the classic Welsh Rarebit, a British dish consisting of melted cheese on toast.
The savoury muffin batter includes a mix of rye and all purpose flour, grainy mustard, aged cheddar cheese and greek yogurt. Before popping them in the oven each muffin is sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese and a few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce.
Banana Prune Healthy Muffins For Kids
Looking for healthy muffins for kids that help you use up those dried prunes in the back of your cupboard?
We love baking these Banana Prune Muffins as a quick grab and go breakfast, during tea time or a midday coffee break.
The recipe features nutritious rolled oats, eggs, yogurt, banana, apple, milk, carrot, prunes and walnuts.
Healthy Kiwi Vegetarian Muffins
Looking for healthy muffins for kids that are fun, unexpected and delicious?
We love baking these Kiwi Muffins whenever we have kiwifruit laying around the fridge. You’ll rarely find kiwi included in baked recipes but they really shine here when added on top of each muffin. The interior of the muffin crumb feature soft diced kiwi and kids love munching through the tiny seeds.
The recipe features nutritious kiwifruit, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, yogurt, vegetable oil and eggs.
Healthy Bran Muffins with Applesauce
Looking for healthy muffins for kids who love apples?
We love baking these Bran Apple Muffins with Applesauce for a quick on the go breakfast when we know we have a busy week ahead.
The high fibre recipe features nutritious apple sauce, fresh apples, All Bran cereal, milk, canola oil, egg and cinnamon.
Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins
If you’re a fan of classic banana muffins you’ll love this recipe featuring sweet chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts.
Peach Cobbler Vegetarian Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids during the summer? We love baking these Peach Cobbler Muffins in July and August when fresh peaches are in season in Niagara.
The recipe features nutritious eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, yogurt, vegetable oil, peaches, pecans and rolled oats.
Blueberry Lemon Muffin Tops
If you’re a fan of Seinfeld you’ll know that Elaine is obsessed with crispy muffin tops.
If you’re keen to ditch the muffin stump, try making this easy homemade recipe as a quick breakfast or a snack.
Simply mix together the blueberry muffin batter and then scoop out portions onto a baking sheet like you would homemade cookies. They bloom in the oven and offer a simultaneous crunchy and soft texture.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids for a birthday party? We love baking these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins for a kids party as they’re a healthier option to icing-covered cupcakes. It helps that they have a secret surprise inside, and are finger licking good too!
The recipe features nutritious eggs, oatmeal, peanut butter, banana, milk and peanuts.
Rhubarb Muffins with Strawberry Cream Cheese
Looking to make healthy muffins for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day? We love baking these Rhubarb Muffins with Strawberry Cream Cheese when pink and red baked goods are all the rage.
These Rhubarb Muffins are extra special for celebrating with family as they have a secret cream cheese filling inside.
The recipe features nutritious eggs, rolled oats, milk, vegetable, oil, rhubarb and strawberry cream cheese.
Dairy & Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Muffins
If you’re looking for a healthy vegetarian muffin recipe to bake for those on a gluten free or dairy free diet this berry recipe is perfect.
We love making these Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Muffins in the summer when fresh berries are in season.
We use a combination of gluten free flours including coconut flour and almond flour.
Old Fashioned Jam Donut Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids when craving a delicious donut?
We love baking these Old Fashioned Jam Donut Muffins for a kids as a healthier rift on the classic deep fried dessert. The recipe mimics old fashioned donuts by rolling the muffin in lemon sugar. Your kids will love the sweet surprise inside, featuring a scoop of your favourite fruit jam.
The recipe features nutritious nutmeg, cinnamon, vegetable oil, eggs, milk, raspberries and lemon.
Fresh Fig Muffins
Looking for healthy muffins for kids that use up fresh figs?
We love baking these Fresh Fig Muffins when we’re keen to enjoy a simple breakfast or brunch. Serve a hot Fresh Fig Muffin with a bowl of yogurt and granola and enjoy while sipping a hot mug of coffee in the morning.
The recipe features nutritious fresh figs, dried figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, yogurt, vegetable oil, eggs, walnuts and rolled oats.
Apple Fritter Muffins
We suggest baking these healthy-ish Apple Fritter Muffins as a treat for the family instead of deep frying homemade apple fritter donuts.
In our family they are particularly popular in the autumn when fresh apples are in season. Take your kids out for a morning hike and treat them to these glazed muffins as a well-earned tasty reward!
The recipe features nutritious apples, cinnamon, eggs and buttermilk.
Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids when craving your favourite British dessert?
We love baking these Banana and Date Muffins as a healthier rift on the classic British dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding.
The recipe features nutritious dried dates, eggs, vegetable oil and banana.
Banana Carrot Muffins
This recipe is a marriage of our two favourite muffins: carrot muffins and banana muffins.
They’re sure to impress even the most picky kids at breakfast thanks to their crunchy exterior, moist crumb and heavenly aroma.
The recipe features nutritious canola oil, eggs, whole wheat flour, ground flax, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, bananas, raisins, carrots and milk.
Blueberry Earl Grey Muffins
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids during the summer? We love baking these Blueberry Earl Grey Muffins in July and August when fresh bush berries are in season in Muskoka.
The recipe features nutritious milk, canola oil, Greek yogurt, lemon, eggs, whole wheat flour, blueberries, cinnamon and pecans.
Cheddar Apple Muffins
This spicy recipe is a marriage of our favourite sweet and savoury muffins: cheddar cheese muffins and apple muffins.
We love serving these muffins hot slathered in butter, whipped cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone or yogurt.
The recipe features nutritious ginger, eggs, milk, cheddar cheese and fresh apples.
Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins
Looking for healthy muffins for kids that are a guaranteed crowd pleaser? Our Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins are the most popular muffin in the family, devoured by little kids and adults alike.
We love serving these muffins hot slathered in butter, whipped cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone or yogurt. They’re a perfect accompaniment to tea time or your morning coffee.
The recipe features nutritious rolled oats, milk, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground flax, shredded coconut, eggs and bananas.
Mini Blueberry Healthy Muffins For Kids
Looking for healthy muffins for kids perfect for a tiny toddlers appetite? Our Mini Blueberry Muffins are tiny treats perfect for little kids or grownups looking to control their portions.
We love serving these muffins in the summer when blueberries are in season and infuse the batter with fresh lemon juice. They pair perfectly with a hot pot of Earl Grey tea.
The recipe features nutritious blueberries, eggs, milk, Greek yogurt and lemon juice.
Cheese Bacon Healthy Muffins For Kids
These are our go-to healthy muffins for kids when looking for a bread replacement at the brunch table.
These savoury muffins are a hit with even the pickiest of kids. We love serving them as a breakfast muffin alongside scrambled eggs and yogurt parfait.
The recipe features nutritious cornmeal, corn, buttermilk, eggs, chives and cheddar cheese.
High Fiber Blueberry Banana Muffins
Looking for healthy muffin recipes that are packed full of fibre? We guarantee our High Fibre Blueberry Banana Muffins will be a new family favourite!
We love serving these healthy muffins as a quick and easy breakfast alongside a bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit.
The recipe features nutritious blueberries, wheat bran, flax meal, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, bananas, Greek yogurt, canola oil, milk and oatmeal.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
These are our favourite healthy muffins to make during the Fall and Autumn season, especially at Thanksgiving breakfast.
The recipe features nutritious whole wheat flour, flax meal, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, carrots, apple, pear, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, coconut, eggs, oats, pumpkin, milk, canola oil and pumpkin seeds.
Top each muffin with pumpkin seeds for a show-stopping spiced muffin.
Lemon Blueberry Muffins
If you asked my mom what her favourite healthy muffins for kids are she’d point you to this recipe. Mostly because it’s hers and she made it for us all the time when we were little at the cottage.
The recipe features nutritious blueberries, eggs, milk and lemon.
Carrot Raisin Healthy Muffins For Kids
These classic Carrot Raisin Muffins are always a crowd pleaser at the family brunch table.
The recipe features nutritious canola oil, eggs, whole wheat flour, flax, oats, raisins, carrots and milk.
Best Ever Banana Muffins
Looking to find an easy muffin recipe to bake with your kids? This simple banana muffin recipe is the first muffin recipe I learned how to bake. I’d make these muffins all the time in Elementary School for my family. I was known as the families Muffin Savant.
The recipe features nutritious banana and eggs.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
These are our go-to healthy muffins for kids when looking for a spicy savoury baked bread.
We love serving these spicy savoury muffins with homemade chili, Louisiana Cream of Shrimp Soup, Chorizo Corn Salad and Jalapeno Poppers.
The recipe feature nutritious cornmeal, cheddar cheese, corn, jalapeno peppers, canola oil and eggs.
Christmas Mincemeat Muffins with Hazelnuts
Looking to make healthy muffins for kids during the Christmas holidays? We love making these Mincemeat Muffins with Hazelnuts for Christmas brunch or as a healthy snack or dessert at holiday parties.
The recipe feature nutritious canola oil, eggs, milk, rolled oats, Greek yogurt, apples and hazelnuts.
Top each muffin with chopped roasted hazelnuts for a festive show-stopping Christmas muffin.
Vegan Zucchini Carrot Apple Muffins
These are our go-to healthy muffins for kids when looking for a vegan recipe.
These easy vegan muffins are packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats. They are slightly sweet and perfectly spiced with a dash of cinnamon, your kids won’t even have a clue they’re filled with fresh veggies.
The recipe feature nutritious zucchini, carrot, apple, cranberries, pecans, lemon, chia, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
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