In my last article I mentioned 14 healthy snacks for kids, one of which was homemade muffins. Beyond blueberry and bran muffins, I have found a book that offers an amazingly creative, tasty, and healthy variety of muffin recipes. This may very well be the only muffin recipe book you ever need: 750 Best Muffin Recipes

750 Best Muffin Recipes: Everything from breakfast classics to gluten-free, vegan, & coffeehouse favorites

750 Best Muffin Recipes 750 Best Muffin Recipes is the definitive collection of muffin recipes! It offers an amazing variety of flavors and options covering many food preferences. The author, Camilla V. Saulsbury, is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. She has won several of North America’s top cooking competitions, has made multiple appearances on the Food Network, and has been featured in the New York Times as well as many magazines.

What’s In the Book?

The first section of the book covers tips for making muffins, discusses ingredients, equipment, and gluten-free muffin making.

The recipes are divided into nine innovative chapters:

  • The Top 25 Classics
  • Breakfast Muffins
  • Coffeehouse Muffins
  • Lunch and Supper Muffins
  • Farmers’ Market Muffins
  • Global Muffins
  • Superfood Muffins
  • Gluten-Free Muffins
  • Vegan Muffins

Within those chapters you will see such fabulous and unique recipes as:

  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins (The Top 25 Classics)
  • Maple Bacon Muffins (Breakfast)
  • French Toast Muffins (Breakfast)
  • Roasted Pepper Feta Muffins (Lunch and Supper)
  • Ham and Cheddar Muffins (Lunch and Supper)
  • Wine Country Grape Muffins (Farmer’s Market)
  • Leek and Gorgonzola Muffins (Farmer’s Market)
  • Eggplant Feta Muffins (Farmer’s Market)
  • Kale and Toasted Walnut Muffins (Farmer’s Market)
  • Rum and Coconut Muffins (Global Muffins-Jamaica)
  • Guinness Stout Ginger Muffins (Global Muffins-Ireland)
  • Papaya Oat Muffins (Superfood)
  • Zucchini Pecan Muffins (Superfood)
  • Smoked Gouda Chive Muffins (GF)
  • Mediterranean Muffins with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (GF)
  • Chai Latte Muffins (Vegan)

Muffins I Made

We have tried several of the muffin recipes including:

  • Georgia Peach Muffins (Vegan)
  • Carrot Cake Muffins (Vegan)
  • Golden Apricot Quinoa Muffins (Superfood)
  • Maple Quinoa Corn Muffins (Vegan)
  • Blackberry Oat Muffins (Superfood)

They are all easy to make and fabulous to eat! After we make a batch, we put a couple in a glass container in the refrigerator and we freeze the rest, to keep them fresh. When we want one we take it out of the fridge, refilling that container from the freezer when necessary. They will keep in the freezer for a long time.

Superfood Muffins for Super-Healthy Kids

There are 750 amazing muffin recipes in the book and while I can’t focus on them all, I wanted to at least mention the superfood muffins, since I think these would be great food options for kids: for breakfast, lunch bags, and snacks!

What is a Superfood?

Although there is no exact definition for what constitutes a ‘superfood’, it is often described as a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being. The muffin recipes in the superfood section of 750 Best Muffin Recipes certainly seem full of healthy ingredients to me, including:

  • berries
  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • citrus
  • eggs
  • flax seeds
  • green foods
  • green leafy vegetables
  • millet
  • nuts
  • oats
  • quinoa
  • whole grains
  • yogurt
  • zucchhini

Wouldn’t you love for your child to eat more of these items? I know I would! Here are two superfood muffin recipes from the book that your family is sure to love!


Golden Apricot Quinoa Muffins – Makes 12 muffins

These muffins were the first ones we tried and they were amazing! We are big fans of quinoa since it’s a complete protein; I loved seeing it in some of these recipes!

Sweet and nutty in flavor, quinoa is a superfood if ever there was one. More than 100 varieties are grown in the Andes (most of the supply in natural food stores is from Ecuador and Bolivia), and they come in various colors of ivory-tan, black or red. Use any variety here – you cannot go wrong, in flavor or nutrition.

Preparation:

  • 12-cup muffin pan, greased

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal (250 mL)
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots (175 mL)
  • 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed (75 mL)
  • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest (15 mL)
  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice (300 mL)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (300 mL)
  • 2 tsp baking powder (10 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda (1 mL)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey (60 mL)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (60 mL)

Directions:

  1. In a large heatproof bowl, combine cornmeal, apricots and quinoa.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring orange juice to a boil over high heat. Pour over cornmeal mixture and stir to combine. Let stand for at least 1 hour or for up to 12 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. In another large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  5. Stir orange zest, egg, honey and oil into quinoa mixture until well blended.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  7. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 24 to 28 minutes or until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

Whole-Meal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – Makes 12 muffins

Besides its unmistakable flavor, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants called flavonols, which benefit heart health and cholesterol levels.

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  • 12-cup muffin pan, greased

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (250 mL)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (250 mL)
  • 2 tsp baking powder (10 mL)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (10 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda (1 mL)
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar (150 mL)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (125 mL)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling) (175 mL)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (75 mL)
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (250 mL)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until well blended. Whisk in pumpkin and buttermilk until blended.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in chocolate.
  4. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 17 to 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

My Thoughts

This is an absolutely top-notch muffin recipe cookbook; the variety and uniqueness just blew me away! Here are a few other things that stood out to me:

  • Color Photos: There are several gorgeous color photos of some amazing recipes! That’s a great place to start when trying a new cookbook!
  • Healthy: I was impressed by several of the categories that promote healthier living such as Farmer’s Market Muffins, Superfood Muffins, Gluten-Free Muffins, and Vegan Muffins.
  • Two units of measure: For each recipe, the measurements are in English units and metric.

Great Gift Idea

With such unique and gourmet recipes, you could find some wonderful muffin ideas to make for bridal showers, baby showers, or any other party or get together. I really love this book and was thinking that it would make a great gift for many people or occasions:

  • Wedding: Most couples register for muffin pans on their gift registry. Wouldn’t it be a neat idea for a gift to buy a muffin pan and this cookbook?
  • Birthday: This would be a great gift for a fellow foodie, or for someone who is hard to buy for, or who already has everything!

Where to Buy

You can find 750 Best Muffin Recipes on Amazon.com. I’ve also added it to my Amazon.com store in the ‘Books for Parents’ category.

As a bonus, I can share with you this fabulous recipe for Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins! Even though there is no picture to look at, we made these muffins and they were a HUGE hit with my son; I just had to share the recipe with you!


Carrot Cake Muffins (Vegan) – Makes 12 muffins

Carrot cake is every bit as American as apple pie. Here, I use it as inspiration for a healthy muffin that is moist, heady with spices and just plain good!

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  • 12-cup muffin pan, greased

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (250 mL)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (125 mL)
  • 2 tsp baking powder (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (5 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (2 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (2 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (1 mL)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 125 mL)
  • 1 cup plain non-dairy milk (soy, almond, rice, hemp) (250 mL)
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine, melted (75 mL)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (500 mL)
  • 1/2 cup dried currants (125 mL)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (125 mL)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, milk, margarine and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in carrots and currants.
  4. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 22 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

Photos and recipes excerpted from 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2010 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

[Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher Robert Rose Inc. With that being said, the comments and opinions above are purely my own.]

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