Mix up these healthy Strawberry Muffins in just about 30 minutes and serve up a delicious breakfast or snack packed with whole grains, fiber, vitamins. Bonus: They store well in the fridge if you want to make them ahead!
Healthy Strawberry Muffins
I love it when I find berries at affordable prices at the store, either fresh or frozen. And while my girls tend to gobble them up fresh, I love to bake with them when there are extras. These easy Strawberry Muffins pack in a lot of nutrition, but are also tender and naturally sweet enough to nourish and please the kids.
TIP: You can make them ahead and tuck them into the fridge or freezer and serve as a quick breakfast or snack throughout the week.
Ingredients You Need
The ingredients in these muffins are very straight forward and include:
- whole wheat flour (or gluten free cup-for-cup flour)
- rolled oats
- baking powder and baking soda
- maple syrup (or honey)
- vanilla extract
- optional lemon zest
TIP: Everything except the strawberries is a normal pantry ingredient in the hopes that you can make a batch of these without a special trip to the store!
Whole-Wheat Strawberry Muffins
The base for these muffins is whole wheat flour (see below for a gluten-free option!) and oats. This ensures that there are plenty of complex carbs to fuel the kids with balanced energy. The fruit and lemon ensures that the final texture is light and fluffy.
How to Make Strawberry Muffins Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the easy process for making these muffins. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.
- Stir together the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients.
- Add the lemon zest (I use a fine microplane).
- Stir batter together.
- Divide among a muffin pan.
- Bake and let cool.
TIP: Dice the berries up small so they are easy to bite into when eating the muffins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Here are the substitutes in case you have an intolerance or allergy in your house. Instead of the egg, use 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed and ¼ cup water. Use an unsweetened plain nondairy milk for cow’s milk. Use maple syrup instead of honey.
Once cooled, you can store the muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve chilled or warmed slightly. Or, store in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw one at a time for 15-30 seconds in the microwave or at room temp.
Yes, use ½ cup all-purpose flour instead and bake as directed.
What goes well with these muffins?
We often have these as a simple breakfast, snack, or even lunch component with a simple side of fruit. If I’m feeling fancy I may add some cheese or a smoothie. Really anything goes! You can also top them with a little butter, almond butter, or cream cheese for additional flavor if you’d like.
Tips for Making the Best Strawberry Muffins
- Dice the berries into small pieces to ensure the batter around them holds together well as they bake.
- If using frozen berries, let them thaw enough that you can separate them and cut them into 1/2-1-inch pieces with kitchen shears. Stir into the batter while still frozen.
- Use the fresh lemon to add bright flavor.
- Use a cake tester inserted into the center of the muffin to test for doneness. It should come out cleanly.
- Remove the muffins from the pan after they come out of the oven so they can cool on a wire rack, rather than continue to bake in the hot pan.
- Stir together ¼ cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk to make an optional icing if desired.
I’d love to hear your feedback if you make the recipe, so please comment below to share!
Healthy Strawberry Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat (or gluten-free cup-for-cup flour bend)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup canola oil (or melted and slightly cooled butter)
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup diced strawberries (stems removed)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray.
- Add the flour, oats, baking powder, and baking soda to a medium bowl. Stir together.
- Add the milk, honey, oil, egg, vanilla extract, strawberries, and lemon zest, if using. Stir together gently to just combine.
- Evenly divide the batter between the muffin tin using about ¼ cup per cup.
- Bake 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
- Remove from oven, let cool for a minute or two, and remove to cool fully on a wire rack. Use a paring knife around the edges if needed to help you remove them from the pan.