Homebaked muffins are hard to beat. Unless you add more sugar and call them cupcakes. They are easily portable and have no need for utensils or even a plate in order to enjoy them.
This Mix and Match Muffin recipe has endless possibilities. Talk about versatility! Mix up the dry ingredients and when you add the wet team, toss in whatever fruit, nuts, or flavorings you have on hand. We’ve tried vanilla blueberry and banana chocolate chip (above) with great success. You can even prepare the baking mix ahead of time.
I was inspired by this recipe in Fine Cooking, but have tweaked it to fit the schedule of a busy mom. Who has time to separate eggs when there’s so much to do on any given day? I’ve also healthified it by substituting plain yogurt for the sour cream and a little whole wheat flour for the white.
Recipe: Mix and Match Muffins
- 3 cups unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, or sucanat
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
Mix-Ins (Choose however many you want):
- 1 teaspoon extract
- 1 1/2 cups any combination of fruit, such as mashed bananas, blueberries, finely chopped apples, raspberries, or coarsely chopped cranberries
- chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 350 °. Line muffin tin with papers or spray with nonstick cooking spray. In large mixing bowl, combine, flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. (If preparing as a mix, simply combine all these ingredients in a ziptop bag, label well, mark with the wet ingredients and baking instructions.)
- In a separate bowl, combine oil, milk, yogurt, and eggs. Whisk to blend. Add wet ingredients to dry. Fold gently until mostly moistened, but still lumpy. Fold in mix-ins.
- For 12 large muffins, fill muffin cups completely, even mounding past their tops. For 18 kid-size muffins, fill almost full. Bake 25 – 35 minutes, depending on how much you fill them.
- To make-ahead: prepare the dry team as a baking mix to use later. Alternatively, baked and cooled muffins can be stored in an ziptop freezer bag in the freezer.
A Great Make Ahead
This recipe is great for freezer cooking but also makes a fantastic gift for someone. You are definitely gonna want to mix up several bags of the mix for later use once you taste how yummy these muffins are. Just place all the “dry team” ingredients in a quart or gallon-size ziptop freezer bag and seal.