Muffins are a great breakfast, snack or lunch addition for kids of all ages. I’ve pulled together 26 healthy muffins for kids, culled from registered dietitians (so, yes, they’ll be healthy!). You’ll want to get them into your meal plan STAT!
Muffins for Kids
Of my four kids, not one has refused a muffin. Especially not a homemade one.
What I love about muffins is their flexibility. You can make sweet ones, of course, but you can also pack in some savory flavors. They’re also easy for little fingers to handle independently, which makes them a nice finger food for toddlers.
Muffins are a great way to start the day, end the school day or serve as a dessert alongside a meal.
Whether your child is hankering for blueberry muffins or banana muffins or another type of muffin, I’ve got an extensive list of 26 healthy muffins for kids, culled from my fellow dietitians to share with you.
Dietitians do a great job of working in flavor, nutrition, and kid-appeal all at once!
Healthy Muffins for Kids
A healthy muffin for kids will showcase some key nutritional qualities. For one, it should have a boost of fiber. It shouldn’t be too high in sugar (although, an easy way to moderate that is to add a glass of milk or a piece of fruit alongside).
They’re a versatile way to pack in nutrition, especially with helping kids get more fruits and vegetables.
And they can help your child explore different flavors in a familiar way. For example, a chocolate zucchini muffin marries vegetables with chocolate. Looks familiar. Tastes familiar. The difference is the foundation of zucchini, a vegetable your child might not eat otherwise.
Healthy muffins can be a vehicle for introducing fruits and vegetables to kids who might otherwise be resistant to trying new foods. You might be surprised to hear that kids who won’t touch a veggie will try a zucchini chocolate chip muffin. Certainly, 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.
26 Muffin Ideas for Kids
In this list, you’ll find all kinds of flavor combinations. I encourage you to branch out and try something new!
1. Cinnamon Spice Muffins by Amy Gorin
A classic breakfast muffin.
2. 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.
3. Double Banana Coconut Muffins by Sharon Palmer.
Always nice to have a healthy banana muffin recipe on hand.
4. Blueberry Oat Muffins by Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place.
Ditto for a healthy blueberry muffin recipe!
5. 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!
6. Cardamom Oat Muffins by Halsa Nutrition.
Ditto — I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with cardamom…hmmm.
7. Banana Pumpkin Muffins by One Hungry Bunny (Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan).
This is a yummy take on a healthy pumpkin muffin recipe.
8. Whole Grain Double Chocolate Muffins by Jessica Levinson.
Chocolate?! Yes, please!
9. 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.
10. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Dixya Bhattarai at Food Pleasure and Health.
Even picky eaters will try a bite of this muffin!
11. 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.
12. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by Jessica Elyse of Smart Nutrition.
These are a go-to in my house.
13. Chocolate Cashew Butter Zucchini Muffins by Katie Cavuto.
Cashew butter as a muffin ingredient sounds like a brilliant idea to me.
14. 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!
15. Double Chocolate Mini Muffins by Holley Grainger.
Mini muffins are perfect for snack time.
16. 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.
17. Coconut Oil Banana Muffins by Lindsay Livingston at The Lean Green Bean.
Banana muffins are so versatile and a real kid-pleaser!
18. 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.
19. Mini Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins by Meal Makeover Moms.
I’m giving these a try!
20. Whole Wheat Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins by Kara Lydon Evancho.
21. Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Muffins by Meg Beste Salvia of Mostly Balanced.
A twist on the classic pie.
22. 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.
23. Fresh Raspberry Muffins by me!
These are what I make when our raspberry bushes are popping! You can substitute frozen or fresh from the grocer.
The Thanksgiving holiday inspired me to make these yummies.
The perfect finger food for young eaters, and your older kids will love them too. Easy pancake batter is the base of this recipe.
Healthy muffins for kids are a can-do reality. What is your favorite healthy muffin recipe to make for your child?
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