Thursday, 28 February 2013

100 yummy fruit muffin ideas

Fruit Muffin Ideas
Fruit muffins rock!

Super quick to make, they're easy for little hands to bake as there's no hard labour creaming butter and sugar and they freeze well.

Most importantly - in our house - muffins are an amazing way to get fruit into a child who can't stand it whole.

There's zillions of different muffin recipes out there but my fave comes from the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

The recipe includes spelt flour ... I'm a big fan as it's low GI, gut friendly and super yummy.

If you can't find spelt locally you can get it on-line at e.g. Organic Wholesale Club.

Fruit Muffin Recipe

You basically :
  • Mix together in a large bowl 125g (half a cup) plain flour / 125g (half a cup) spelt flour with 3 tsp baking powder, 75g (third of a cup) caster sugar and any drice spices e.g. cinnamon
  • Lightly beat together 1 egg, 125ml (4.3 fl oz) plain yoghurt, 125ml (4.3 fl oz) milk, 75 (third of a cup) of melted butter
  • Mash, finely chop, grate or zest 200g (4 fifths of a cup) of fruit as appropriate 
  • Add fruit to the liquid and fold the liquid roughly into the dry mixture
  • Add a spoonful of mixture to each muffin cup ... if you bake lots with your kids do check out the muffin molds in zillions of cute shapes at Wholeport ... oh go on mum don't be a meanie ;-)
  • Cook at between 170 and 190c (depending on your oven) for 25-30 minutes

If your child is super fussy about fruit blend the fruit with the liquid to remove "bits". And if there's lots of seeds put the blended liquid through a sieve before adding to the dry ingredients.

Spelt flour isn't a must but gives a great texture and as it's low GI keeps children going through the most energetic adventures.  If your child struggles with constipation, sneak in bran.

You could obviously use just about any fruit combo that you like - or you've got leftover - but fruit muffins are a great way forkids to enjoy seasonal gems.  My daughter loves family trips to pick blackberries and the muffins ensure she gets to devour her share too!

The list below has 100 different ideas for fruit muffins. Can't wait to try out some new ones.

The gooseberry + rhubarb combos look delish and having discovered over Christmas unpicked wild crab apple and elderberries am massively excited about baking these next autumn.

If you've got your own fave muffin recipes do add them to the link-up at the bottom of the post

100 Fruit Muffin Ideas

  • Apple - with carrot; cranberry; pumpkin; banana and cinnamon; oatmeal
  • Apricot - with peanut butter; blueberry, raisin and cranberry
  • Banana - with carrot; peanbut butter; prune; blueberry; oatmeal; raisin; cinnamon; peach
  • Blackberry - with apple; lemon and thyme
  • Bluberry - with coconut; lemon; lime; orange; coconut and honey; oatmeal; cream cheese; ground flax seed
  • Cherry
  • Coconut
  • Crab apple with cinnamon; apple and raisin
  • Cranberry - with orange; pumpkin; leftover cranberry sauce
  • Date with orange
  • Damson - with almond and cinnamon
  • Elderberry - with apple
  • Gooseberry with ginger
  • Grapefruit and poppy seed
  • Kiwi fruit and banana
  • Lemon - with blackberry; coconut; cranberry; ginger; poppy seed
  • Lime - with coconut; lemon
  • Mango - with coconut; coconut and oat
  • Mixed berries 
  • Orange - with sultana; apple
  • Passion fruit
  • Papaya - with coconut; banana
  • Peach - with almond; bran; brown sugar
  • Pear - with dried cherry; dried figs; ginger; hazelnut; honey; polenta; walnut; cinnamon
  • Persimmon and cinnamon
  • Pineapple - with bran; carrot; coconut; orange
  • Plum - with ginger; poppy seed
  • Raisin
  • Raspberry - with lemon; orange; poppy seed; passion fruit; apple
  • Red currant
  • Rhubarb - with cinnamon and brown sugar; apple
  • Strawberry - with banana; lemon; rhubarb; mango; orange

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Muffin & Small Cake Link-up


  1. This is a wonderful list of ways to make fruit muffins. I'm following you via G+. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Fluster Buster

  2. This is a great list of flavor combos.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ [pinning to my party board as well!]

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  3. What a great collection of Muffin ideas, we will sure be trying some of these recipes. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Uhh YUM!!!
    I would love for you to share this at the party I am co-hosting this week, Raising Imperfection. It opens Sunday!
    Here is the direct link:
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  5. I love muffins and I love the combination suggestions that you posted. Thanks so much for some wonderful ideas!

  6. Mmm! These sound like great ideas! I definitely pinned this one! Thanks!! Julia @

  7. My son loves muffins! Thanks for this post.
    PS I do a Friday Linky party w/400 visitors if you want to link up!

  8. Thank you for this amazing recipe! I can't wait to try it! I would love for you to share it on Thrifty Thursday this week @ Hope to see you there! Bonnie

  9. That looks good....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  10. Wow! Definitely pinning this. I'm looking for yummy, healthy snacks that my kids will actually eat. Thanks for compiling such a great list!

    I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It goes live tonight at about 6 PM EST. Have a great week!


  11. Great list - I make courgette and cocoa muffins a lot. They are a lot tastier than they sound and it takes a while for my friends to work out what the hidden vegetable is :) You add 340g grated courgette and 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (says the recipe but I only ever use one tablespoon and that is enough for us).

  12. This is a great resource! Thank you so much! I am pinning this for future reference!

  13. Oh, what a great list. We made banana strawberry last week and loved them. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  14. They are great ideas!! Thanks for linking up at Romance n a dime.

  15. We are gluten free but I could use al yur ideas with my oats/banana base!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope you stop by again today!

  16. Hi Alice. This list is just perfect. I get bored of the same flavour combinations. I'm featuring this at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursday party. Thanks so much for always linking up. I love your posts.

    Anne xx

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