40 Real Food Muffin Recipes – Great for Freezing and School Lunches!

Written by : Posted on August 25, 2014 : 9 Comments


Muffins are the perfect snack for kids. They are already in single serving sizes and you can put all kinds of ingredients such as carrots, zucchini, and more into them. You can also experiment with different types of flour and it is easy to make them gluten free. Many of these recipes are gluten free (and even more of them might be, I only marked the ones I knew for sure were free of gluten), dairy free, and nut free. I also only included recipes that call for small amounts of refined sugar or no refined sugar all. All of these healthy muffins are made with real food ingredients and are easy to make. The awesome thing about muffins is that they are usually very freezable. You can wrap the muffins up and put them in the freezer, then they are ready anytime you need a quick snack or a supplement to a school lunch. Which of these 40 real food muffin recipes are you going to try?

White Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins – One of my favorite treats. My kids gobble these muffins up as soon as they come out of the oven!

Chocolate Chip Spelt Muffins – These chocolate chip spelt muffins have no refined sugar!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins – Strawberry and rhubarb, what’s not to love?

Eggy Breakfast Muffins – These muffins would be an easy breakfast on those busy mornings.

Paleo Chocolate Muffins (Gluten-free) – Made with almond flour, these fit the definition of paleo. Kids will love the chocolate treat.


Banana Raspberry Muffins (Gluten-free) – These banana raspberry muffins are gluten free and very filling with oats and flax.

Cinnamon Raisin Muffins (Paleo, Gluten-free) – Cinnamon raisin is one of my favorite breads, and these muffins look delicious! They are great for someone transitioning to the Paleo or grain-free diets.

Strawberry and Cream Muffins (Gluten free, Egg/Dairy free) – These muffins looks so amazing and are perfect for someone with many food allergies.

Blueberry Muffins (Gluten free, Egg/Dairy free) – The classic blueberry muffin, but gluten free and egg free, with a dairy free option.

Sweet Potato Muffins (Gluten free, Egg/Dairy free options) – A savory or sweet muffin made with the nutritious sweet potato.


Apple Raisin Muffins – A wholesome snack and great for a kid’s lunch. These freeze very well.

Blueberry Buckwheat Muffins (Gluten free, Dairy free) – Blueberry muffins that use buckwheat flour and do not contain dairy.

Cheddar Bacon Biscuit Muffins – These look so amazing and savory. Try them with maple cinnamon butter.

Apple Banana Cinnamon Muffins – I have made these muffins before and they are very tasty. I like to add some chopped walnuts to them!

Chia Seed Blueberry Muffins (Gluten free) – Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and omega 3’s.


Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins – These are a very good dessert muffin when you are wanting something sweet.

Quinoa Chocolate Streusel Muffins – Two of my favorite ingredients combined into one recipe: chocolate and quinoa!

Coconut Carrot Zucchini Muffins – A healthy and hearty muffin choice to squeeze in a few extra vegetable servings.

Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins – A perfect pairing of lemon and blueberry.

Oat Flour Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten free, dairy/egg free) – Another muffin with pumpkin but this time gluten free.


Grandma’s Refrigerator Bran Muffins – These muffins use an interesting ingredient of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Cereal.

Carrot Walnut Muffins (Gluten free) – Like carrot cake, but in the form of a healthy muffin.

Gluten Free Muffins – This recipe is completely gluten free and are a great base to add any flavors.

Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins – What is not to love about dark chocolate in a muffin?

Apple Bacon Breakfast Muffins (Gluten free) – A delicious combination of bacon and apple. Made with almond flour so these are also gluten free.


Soaked Granola Muffins (Gluten free) – No refined sugar and gluten free.

Molasses Muffins (Gluten free) – Another great gluten free option. This one has lots of delicious spices.

Ginger Banana Muffins (Gluten free) – A great use of those overripe bananas!

Basic Sourdough Muffins – These sourdough muffins have 4 variation you can try.

Soaked Quinoa Muffins (Gluten free) – These savory muffins are full of protein from quinoa. They would be a hearty breakfast.


Cranberry Pumpkin Orange Spice Muffins (Gluten free, Dairy free) – This is one of my favorite combinations of flavors. Perfect for fall!

Lemon Raspberry Muffins – Made with whole wheat flour and no refined sugar, these muffins are just as pretty as they are healthy and delectable.

Grain free Banana Muffins (Gluten free) – Another recipe that helps use those extra bananas.

Chai Tea Breakfast Muffins (Gluten free, Dairy free) – These chai tea muffins have some of my favorite spices. I don’t think cardamom is used enough in baking!

Zucchini Bread Muffins – No refined sugar and made with whole grains.


Carrot Cake Muffins – Tasty carrot cake muffins without the refined sugar.

Blueberry Beet Honey Oat Muffins – I am excited to try these since they have beets. They are also the prettiest color that kids will love!

Molasses Date Oatmeal Muffins –  This muffin recipe is whole grain and uses chopped dates.

Banana Nut Oat Muffins (Gluten free) – I love that this recipe includes 2 cups of pureed organic squash, pumpkin, or zucchini for moisture. A great way to get more vegetables in!

Orange Poppy Seed Cranberry Hemp Muffins – I love having  hemp seeds on my oatmeal in the mornings so I love finding recipes that use them.

Equipment for Making Muffins

  • muffin pan – A must-have for making muffins
  • spatula – I use a spatula to scrap all the batter out of the bowl.
  • mixing bowls – stainless steel mixing bowls are my favorite.
  • stand mixer for easier mixing – If I am making a larger batch of muffins, I use my mixer.
  • silicone muffin liners – These are nice because you don’t always have to use a muffin pan or paper liners.


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  1. Lara G on said:

    These are great! I will definitely be trying some soon! I am so glad I found your blog. It amazes me how alike we are without growing up together! Looking forward to getting to know y’all better through your family’s healthy journey here!
    Your cousin, Lara

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