Category Archives: muffins

Blueberry Muffins

My favorite frozen fruit is the blueberry.  I could add those sweet little orbs to any and all baked goods or eat them straight from the freezer bag.  They don’t seem to lose anything by freezing, though, of course, they do tend to leak blue into everything.  When I needed a quick brunch snack the other day, I reached for the blueberries and made these delicious gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry muffins.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffins Continue reading

Cinnamon Muffin Balls

Cinnamon Muffin BallsHave you ever had a little voice in your head tell you to do something, ignored it and then afterward saw that you should have gone with that original thought? The other day I made a batch of Donut Muffins.  They are an old family favorite that always please my kids.  As I was about to put the batter into the muffin tins, I had a fleeting thought about using muffin liners.  I have a nice nonstick muffin pan that never gives me trouble, so I dismissed the thought.  When the muffins were done baking and cooling slightly, I turned the muffin tin over and every stinking one of the muffin tops came out without the bottoms. Continue reading

Banana Honey Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Honey Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was looking back over my recipes and found that every six months or so, I post a banana muffin of some sort.  Well, this is the last one, I promise (she says with fingers crossed behind her back).  However, if you want adouble fudge banana muffin, a banana bran muffin, a whole wheat banana muffin, or to turn a banana into a coffee cake or pumpkin banana bread into a muffin, you have come to the right place. Continue reading

Copycat Costco Chocolate Chip Muffins (mini sized)

Copycat Costco Chocolate Muffins in mini size

Am I the only one who adores(ed) Costco chocolate chip muffins?  I could never buy a 12 pack of them because I’d end up eating all most of them.  Well, here is a mini version that will take all of the guilt out of having them in the house (unless you start popping them like grapes and I am totally not responsible for that!) Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins

Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins

My little girl had a play date this afternoon.  When I was chatting with the friend’s mom, she offered to bring snacks over for the girls.  The first thing that popped into my mind was, “Oh shoot!  Snacks.”  Why?  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to feed the kids, it’s just that we have developed a weird schedule of eating dinner around 4:30pm.  At that moment, I realized that I was going to have to serve dinner later and that all of my kids would be filling up on snacks beforehand. Continue reading

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins

Have you seen the recipes where people take a can of pumpkin and add it to a chocolate or yellow cake mix and then bake it?  No eggs, no oil, just pumpkin?  Well this is almost that recipe.  I had pumpkin left over from making everything under the sun.  It’s really amazing how much pumpkin is in one of those 28 ounce cans.  Anyway, there it was, sitting in my fridge; almost a full 14 ounce can’s worth.  Then I saw the date filling left from my mother-in-law’s date filled cookies (it’s okay, folks, don’t freak out that this was old filling, I am just now posting the recipe, but I made the cupcakes about a week after the date cookies) and knew that I had to use both. Continue reading

Orange Muffins: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Orange Muffins

One thing that I have noticed since moving to Florida is that I always seem to have at least one bag of oranges in my fridge now.  I haven’t even checked to see if they are local fruit, but they are certainly delicious.  With two boys playing Pop Warner football, I had to buy extra for a half time snack and ended up with quite a few leftovers.  As a result, you may see a few extra orange flavored goodies posted. Continue reading

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Pumpkin Apple Muffins @frugalanticsThese muffins make a great breakfast, snack or dessert.    The fruit and whole wheat flour keeps them feeling slightly less indulgent than a piece of cake.  My husband has taught all of my sons to put butter on all muffins except the huge Costco kind.  So, I am pretty well resigned to the fact that no matter how sweet or savory any muffin I make, the boys will be grabbing a knife to cut them and slather on the butter.  

Continue reading

Aussie Bites: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Costco Aussie Bites copycat recipes: these are like little balls of oatmeal cookie with seeds, nuts and fruit.

Because I am not on my laptop, I don’t have the regular title photo to add to the weekly Your Recipe, My Kitchen.  That has not stopped me, though, from making a wonderful new-to-me recipe: Aussie Bites, from The Bad Girl’s Kitchen.  These little mini muffins are a homemade version of a treat that Costco used to sell years ago. (if they still sell them, they don’t sell them in Arizona!).  They are filled with coconut, dried fruit and sunflower seeds. Continue reading

Cherry Spelt Muffins

Cherry Spelt Muffins

I wanted to make muffins last week, but I had no particular kind in mind.  I looked through the cupboards and found 1/2 cup of toasted coconut flakes, a bag of dried cherries, that ever present odd ball flour assortment I manage to keep around and thought, “Huh.  I wondered how I can make that all work together in a muffin.”  I started thinking about a cherry coconut muffin.  It sounded pretty yummy.  I sat down with a pen and paper to jot down what I thought would make a muffin.

Originally, I was going to use almond flavoring, but alas, that was the only flavor of extract I couldn’t find in my spice cupboard.  I decided brandy flavoring was the next best thing, and boy was it!  I don’t use brandy extract very often.  In fact, I have no idea how old that little bottle is.  However, with the cherries and the coconut, that was the perfect little oomph to make these muffins phenomenal.

Cherry Spelt Muffins
Serves: 12 muffins
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup oil (or melted butter)
  • ½ cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp brandy extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour (can use all white or all whole wheat too)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  1. With a mixer, blend the cream cheese, oil, agave, eggs and flavorings.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the wet, stirring until just combined.
  3. Fold in the coconut and cherries.
  4. Scoop into a well greased muffin tin.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until done.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.



Cranberry Crumb Muffins

Cranberry Crumb Muffins

It always seems like just about the time that Spring is ending and the temperatures start to climb above 80 degrees, I start wanting things made from cranberries and pumpkin.  There are nary a fresh pumpkin or cranberry in sight at the grocery stores, but that doesn’t stop me, because I plan ahead.  My freezer has quite a few bags of cranberries and containers of frozen pumpkin puree.    Hope you don’t mind, because you may see quite a few recipes using those ingredients in the next month or so.  Once the summer heat is truly here, I won’t feel much like baking at all, so I have to get my fix while I can. Continue reading

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

I am partial to oatmeal, especially with raisins.  It can be in any form: hot cereal, cookies, granola or bread.  These muffins are now in that list, too.  They made the perfect breakfast or snack or even dessert.   Full of plump raisins and cinnamon, I cannot say enough good things about them.  Oh!  And they are good for you, too.  This recipe comes from the book Prevent a Second Heart Attack.   The only thing I will do next time I make them is to either reduce the sugar or substitute a different form of sweetener (like maple syrup or honey). Continue reading

Apple Strudel Muffins: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Apple Streudel Muffins

I started bookmarking and copying down recipes from other blogs right from the very beginning of my own blogging experience.  The plethora of good cooks and good recipes never ceases.  I found the recipe for Apple Strudel Muffins on Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles blog through the Ultimate Recipe Swap hosted by Life as Mom in April of 2009.  Yup, this recipe has waited a long time to be made.  And am I ever glad I finally did.  It was a huge hit and made a wonderful breakfast. Continue reading

Cookbook Review: Brunch

Orange Date MuffinsWhat I appreciated about Gale Gand’s Gale Gand’s Brunch!: 100 Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend’s Best Meal cookbook are the wonderful menus she put at the end of the book. Not only are there lots of interesting recipes in her book, but she included ideas for pulling them all together for the host/hostess. Regardless of how I eventually choose to put menus together, I love all the added suggestions I can get. Continue reading