breakfast spice muffins

February 2, 2010

These muffins are not all that sweet and the spice makes me think they would be best enjoyed with hot, strong coffee at breakfast.

I took a look at a Mark Bittman recipe for muffins and used what I had on hand (i.e. no butter!) to make these:

Breakfast Spice Muffins

  • 3 tbsp oil (neutral oil, like corn or grapeseed) OR 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Heat the oven to 375F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tip and line it with muffin cups.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (excluding the raisins). Beat together the egg, milk and oil in another bowl. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it. Using a large wooden spoon, combine the ingredients swiftly, stirring and folding rather than beating. Stop as soon as all the dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Spoon the batter into muffin tins, filling them about two-thirds and handling the batter as little as possible. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let rest for five mins before taking them out of the tin. Serve warm…

…preferably with butter:

These turned out nicely spiced and light (they’re only 154 calories and 4 grams of fat a piece) but a tadge on the dry side. Next time I’d use butter instead of oil and maybe a splash more milk.

What is your favourite muffin recipe?
I love these vegan banana blueberry muffins that Janetha introduced me to way back when. They’re the BOMB.

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Food Makes Fun Fuel February 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

Those sound so good. I have to say, butter makes them better :-)
My favorite muffins are from Trader Joes–their carrot ginger ones. OMG good. My favorite recipe would be the one I made up with kashi oatmeal packets, if only because it's really easy


insideiamdancing February 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

Those look great! I love ALL muffins…hehe. I had never heard of putting butter on a muffin until I moved back to the US- are the standard muffins in the UK different, do you know? (US scones beat UK scones anyday!)

Fave muffin recipe… I posted one I made up a few days ago that I am loving right now. But I have one bookmarked for morning glory muffins which sound amazing. I LOOOOOOOVE muffins.


Jenny February 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

an old favorite of mine was my moms cornbread muffins toasted with cornbread and honey. Oh my god, pure bliss!


Michal February 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Yum yum in my tum tum! I love all muffins – hence my name hehe :)


Janetha February 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm

the muffins that brought us together! YUM!


ohonemorething February 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

What's this sorcery? You are reading my mind or something because I have been meaning to look for a breakfast muffin recipe! And what's your latest post? Exactly that! But hey, I'm not complaining–keep casting your spells :p

My favorite muffin recipe would have to be a classic blueberry muffin.


p.s. I made the spicy black bean burgers today and they were delish!! My roommate and her boyfriend even asked me what I was making because it smelled so good :D


laurageorgina February 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

Muffins are definitely something I can't have just one of! I love cornbread muffins (especially the Jiffy box ones) and any muffin with cranberry….


Susan February 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

One of my favourite things in the world is butter on a muffin fresh out of the oven :) My fave muffins are the peanut butternut squash muffins I make. Runner up is any kind of carrot :)


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