Healthy Breakfast Muffins

breakfast muffins

These breakfast muffins are great because I find them really quick and easy to make – just a matter of throwing everything into the mixing bowl and giving it a light mix through.

These healthy recipes below are great breakfast ideas because they provide you with loads of good nutrients. These recipes are all adaptable, so you could very easily add some nuts and seeds to the mixtures for a wonderful omega 3 and 6 boost which is fantastic food for the brain and a wonderful way to start the day.

They are also healthy snack ideas because they can very easily be packed for school lunches and make a tasty addition to the work lunch box too.

Four Grain Muffins

These Four Grain Muffins (pictured above)are really healthy because they contain whole wheat flour, rye flour, maize meal (flour) and rolled oats (oatmeal). It uses honey for sweetness instead of sugar and oil instead of butter.

These aren't very sweet, so you could experiment with different healthy savoury toppings. I like them with peanut butter.

Four Grain Muffins

  • 200ml (3/4c) whole wheat flour
  • 200ml (3/4c) maize meal/flour
  • 125ml (1/2c) rye flour
  • 125ml (1/2c) rolled oats/oatmeal
  • 25ml (5t) baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 375ml (1 1/2c) low-fat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 60ml (1/4c) canola or sunflower oil
  • 60ml (1/4c) honey

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF)

2. Sift all the dry ingredients together except for the oats which can be stirred in.

3. Add the milk, egg, oil and honey and stir together until combined. Do not over-stir.

4. Spoon the mixture into greased tins and bake for about 20 minutes or until done.

The maize meal tends to give them quite a crumbly texture. You could, as a variation, use more rye flour and less maize meal. So you would then use 1/2c maize meal and 3/4c rye flour.

Honey Nut Muffins

These also contain honey for sweetness instead of sugar as well as whole wheat flour and nuts for added goodness.

Honey Nut Muffins

Makes about 12 regular sized muffins

  • 1 egg
  • 200ml (3/4c) low fat milk
  • 125ml (1/2c) chopped nuts
  • 80ml (1/3c) canola oil
  • 60ml (1/4c) honey
  • 500ml (2c) whole wheat flour
  • pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF)

2. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix together gently until just combined.

3. Spoon into greased trays and bake for about 20 minutes or until done.


You can try adding the following to both recipes which will increase the vitamin and mineral content. The nuts will also good fats which our bodies need.

  • 1 or 2 grated apples
  • 1/2c raisins
  • 1/2c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2c pumpkin seeds

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