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. They have a fresh burst of lemon flavor and they store well in the fridge or freezer if you want to make them ahead.

strawberry muffins on plate with berries and fresh lemon.

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.

They have a nice hit of lemon flavor, which is so good with the fresh berries. (Lemon is great with blueberry muffins too!) And a mix of whole grain flour and oats to add fiber, without weighing them down. They’re one of our favorite muffins to make for the whole family.

You can make them ahead and tuck them into the fridge or freezer and serve as a quick breakfast or snack throughout the week. We also love to pack them in kids lunches.

ingredients in strawberry muffins

Ingredients You Need

The ingredients in these muffins are very straight-forward and include:

  • Whole wheat flour: This makes a hearty base for the muffins with fiber and complex carbs.
  • Rolled oats: These are sometimes called “old-fashioned” oats at the store.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Maple syrup
  • Unsalted butter: You’ll melt the butter and let it cool slightly before adding to the batter.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk: I use whole milk, but low-fat would work too.
  • Strawberries: I show using fresh berries here, but you can use frozen ones too.
  • Lemon zest

Ingredient Swaps

Use a cup-for-cup style of gluten-free flour in place of the wheat flour.

Trade in honey for the maple syrup.

Use vegetable oil or melted coconut oil in place of the butter.

Use nondairy milk if needed.

Add cinnamon instead of using the lemon (though the lemon is really great).

To use frozen strawberries, let the berries sit at room temp for a bit to soften, then cut into small pieces with kitchen scissors.

how to make strawberry muffins step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the easy process for making these muffins so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the lemon zest (I use a fine microplane).
  4. Stir batter together.
  5. Divide among a muffin pan.
  6. Bake and let cool.

TIP: Dice the berries up into small pieces so they are easy to bite into when eating the muffins.

strawberry muffins with icing on wire rack

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make vegan strawberry muffins without eggs or dairy?

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.

Can I make these Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins?

Yes and it’s simple to do too. Instead of the whole wheat flour, use this cup-for-cup gluten-free flour mix. And use certified gluten-free oats.

How long can I store these Strawberry Muffins?

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.

Can I make these muffins without oats?

Yes, use ½ cup all-purpose flour instead and bake as directed.

sliced strawberry muffin on plate
(Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins)

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.

What makes these muffins “healthy”?

Everyone uses that word to mean something different and there’s no one single definition. For me, I use it to signify that these include whole grains, less added sugar, and more fresh fruit than most other standard Strawberry Muffin recipes.

strawberry muffins on blue plate with berries and lemon

How to Store

Store fully cooled muffins for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Warm for 15 seconds to serve or you can also serve at room temperature. You can also freeze for up to 6 months in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer. Try to remove as much air as possible before sealing to help prevent ice crystals from forming.

Thaw at room temperature, overnight in the fridge, or in 15 second increments in the fridge.

These are a really great muffin to make ahead and freeze, or to share with a family in need during a Meal Train.

strawberry muffins in container

Best Tips for Success

  • 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.
  • To make without oats, omit the oats and use ½ cup all-purpose flour instead.
  • 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 teaspoon milk to make an optional icing if desired.
  • You may also like Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes, Strawberry Yogurt, Strawberry Banana Bread and How to Freeze Strawberries.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you make the recipe, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published April 2018.

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Healthy Strawberry Muffins

I love the burst of flavor that the fresh lemon adds to this recipe, so it's worth adding that ingredient if you can. These can be served at room temperature or slightly warmed according to your preference.
4.98 from 101 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 153kcal
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or melted and slightly cooled butter)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (stems removed)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (optional but recommended

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a medium bowl. Stir together.
  • Add the milk, maple syrup, oil, eggs, 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 I the pan, and transfer muffins to cool fully on a wire rack. (Use a paring knife around the edges if needed to help you remove them from the pan.) Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Store fully cooled muffins for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge or 3 months in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer.
Egg-free: Instead of the egg, use 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed and ¼ cup water.
Gluten-free: Instead of the whole wheat flour, use this cup-for-cup gluten-free flour mix. And use certified gluten-free oats.
Dairy-free: Use an unsweetened plain nondairy milk for cow’s milk.
Mini muffins: Reduce baking time to 12-14 minutes to make 24 mini muffins.
Dice the berries into small pieces to ensure the batter around them holds together well as they bake.
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. Drizzle it over the muffins with a spoon.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 153kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 150mg, Potassium: 118mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Can you leave out the maple syrup. Baby under 12 months should not eat added sugar.
    Or should I add smashed banana instead?

  2. Tried this recipe about a year ago and it was amazing. It worked well with our allergy friendly subs. Just tried it again and I could not get the muffins to cook up as well as I had previously. Reading the comments, I noticed you said you updated the recipe. Is it possible to see the previous recipe to get the measurements? The previous version worked AMAZINGLY and we all loved them and I would love to make them again. Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    I searched way to many recipes before deciding to use this one and I’m glad I did. I debated because I was looking for a healthy recipe and with few ingredients, but landed on this one because of the 5 star reviews. I’m also glad I did not exclude the lemon zest! I have never added it to a recipe and it really takes these muffins to the next level. My only regret is that I overdid it with the strawberries. Added a little extra and realized I should have just followed the amount in the recipe because some muffins were too overloaded. I also used liners and did not spray them with cooking spray. Next time I will not use them at all or just spray them so the muffins do not stick to the paper. I always spray and decided not too because they can give off an oily look. Bad move on my part. This is a terrific recipe and I can understand why it has 5 stars!

  4. 5 stars
    These were GREAT! Made them with my 4YO and she asked to add blueberries, so we added ~1/2 cup. I didn’t change anything else and they still worked out great. It did make 18 minis and 9 regular, though. My 18MO loved these as well, and he’s usually not into baked things. Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    Great recipe and our whole family loves them! I appreciate all the detailed notes and the ability to see the ingredients for doubling and tripling the recipe!!

  6. 5 stars
    Great use of local strawberries. I’m going to make a batch of them for a nice gal who works at the farmer’s market. I printed out the recipe to give her. The newest one says “1-1/4 c of flour”. There are other changes, too…. Number of eggs, salt, lemon zest. Is this because you updated the recipe and I should try the new one?

    1. I updated the recipe earlier this spring to ensure it is super moist and has great flavor, so there is less flour now. I would use this current one.

  7. Would it be ok to add a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds to these to bump up the nutritional value?

  8. 5 stars
    At first the toothpick came out clean but when I split the muffins open they were wet and gooey. Took a little longer to bake, I used all purpose flour. Since they came out gooey, is that maybe from the all purpose flour? Any advice is appreciated, otherwise thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Yes, all purpose flour would likely take a little longer to bake since it doesn’t absorb quite as much liquid as fast as whole wheat. Glad they’re good otherwise!

  9. 5 stars
    A keeper – perfect wat to finish up last years frozen strawberries!
    Thanks for all the love you put into all that you do for do many!

  10. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! Tastes so yummy and not too sweet, great for my toddler and great for us parents too – perfect breakfast. When I made the first time, I used thawed frozen strawberries and no lemon since I didn’t have any. Was a little wet due to the nature of the frozen strawberries, I’m sure they’re so much better with fresh ones. Currently making my second batch but with fresh mango instead of strawberry since we have a mango tree in the backyard! This is my new go to muffin recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is absolutely delicious with both all purpose white and whole wheat flours. Any or a combination of berries work. However I wonder the same, can I use almond flour please?

      1. 5 stars
        I found Amy’s almond flour muffin recipe and they are currently in the oven!
        However it takes cinnamon as opposed to lemon. I love the flavour of lemon and berries. I don’t know if cinnamon and lemon would go together but will try next time.
        Also wonder if I could use oats and almond flour together – muffins are the only way my kids eat oats these days