Muffins can be a great breakfast, snack or lunch addition for kids. I’ve got 23 different healthy muffins for kids you will want to include in your meal plan stat!
For me, muffins speak “winter.” I rarely fire up the oven to bake muffins in the spring or summer.
So, with winter on its way out (hopefully!), one last batch of muffins for the winter seems like the right thing to do. Whether you’re hankering for blueberry muffins or banana muffins or another type of muffin, I’ve got an extensive list of healthy muffin recipes from my fellow dietitians to share with you.
Dietitians do a great job of working in flavor, nutrition, and kid-appeal all at once!
Are Muffins Healthy for Kids?
Most kids I know love muffins. They like to eat them for breakfast, snack time, or even part of their lunchtime fare.
Muffins are a versatile way to pack in nutrition, especially with helping kids get more fruits and vegetables.
Sometimes I even use muffins as a vehicle to introduce fruits and vegetables to kids who might otherwise be resistant to trying new foods. You’d be surprised to hear that kids who won’t touch a veggie may be open to a zucchini chocolate chip muffin. A step in the right direction!
Got a picky eater in the house, an athlete, or simply want to build more variety into your meal and snack offerings?
Give these healthy muffin recipes a try!
Better yet, make these and stock them in the freezer. You’ll have muffins all spring and summer long.
23 Healthy Muffins for Kids
In this list of healthy muffin recipes, you’ll find all kinds of flavor combinations. I encourage you to branch out and try a new flavor combination!
Cinnamon Spice Muffins by Amy Gorin. A classic breakfast muffin.
Banana Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal Muffins by Linzy Ziegelbaum. We are wild for bananas and peanut butter in my house. The added oatmeal bumps up the fiber.
Double Banana Coconut Muffins by Sharon Palmer. Always nice to have a healthy banana muffin recipe on hand.
Blueberry Oat Muffins by Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place. Ditto for a healthy blueberry muffin recipe!
Chocolate Cherry Muffins (Gluten-free) by Shannon Aleise Garcia (Lone Star Nutrition). I’ve never made this combination before, so this one is on my list!
Cardamom Oat Muffins by Halsa Nutrition. Ditto — I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with cardamom…hmmm.
Banana Pumpkin Muffins by One Hungry Bunny (Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan). This is a yummy take on a healthy pumpkin muffin recipe.
Whole Grain Double Chocolate Muffins by Jessica Levinson. Chocolate?! Yes, please!
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Nazema Qureshi at Nutrition by Nazema. I was able to get one of my picky eater clients to agree to tasting zucchini in a muffin like this.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Dixya Bhattarai at Food Pleasure and Health.
Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham Muffins by Betsy Ramirez at Betsy’s Kitchen Table. Check these out for something different — a savory muffin recipe.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by Jessica Elyse of Smart Nutrition. These are a go-to in my house.
Chocolate Cashew Butter Zucchini Muffins by Katie Cavuto. Cashew butter as a muffin ingredient sounds like a brilliant idea to me.
Zucchini Muffins with Skyr by Abbie Gelman at Culinary Nutrition Cuisine. Skyr is a high protein food that is similar to Greek yogurt. It will bump up the protein in breakfast, certainly!
Double Chocolate Mini Muffins by Holley Grainger. Mini muffins are perfect for snack time.
Blueberry Oats and Maple Muffins by Victoria Shanta Retelny at Simple Cravings Real Food. I like the idea of using maple syrup as a sweetener in baked goods.
Coconut Oil Banana Muffins by Lindsay Livingston at The Lean Green Bean. Banana muffins are so versatile and a real kid-pleaser!
Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins by Julia Whitney Robarts of Juggling with Julia. An interesting twist on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Mini Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins by Meal Makeover Moms. I’m giving these a try!
Whole Wheat Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins by Kara Lydon Evancho. Lovely combination.
Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Muffins by Meg Beste Salvia of Mostly Balanced. A twist on the classic pie.
Healthier Walnut Raisin Muffins by Liz Ward at Better is the New Perfect. I love to see nuts in muffins, but if you have a food allergic child, then just skip them.
Fresh Raspberry Muffins by me!
Healthy muffins for kids are a can-do reality. What is your favorite healthy muffin recipe to make for your child?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: April 3, 2019
Updated on: August 21, 2019