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36 Amazing Recipes That Prove Muffins Can Actually Be Healthy. Cupcakes are great (OK, they’re amazing), but we’re having a muffin moment.

36 Amazing Recipes That Prove Muffins Can Actually Be Healthy

These light, fluffy handhelds are perfect any time of day—even for dinner if they’re savory! And as long as they’re not the size of softballs and made with wholesome ingredients (read: not a pound of sugar), they can be healthy. To prove our point, we rounded up 36 simple and nutritious muffin recipes. From classic blueberry and crumble-topped treats to ones hiding vegetables and made from mac and cheese (oh yeah), these simple, lick-the-bowl-clean recipes will have you hit with muffin mania too.

Fruit 1. With just a half a cup of sugar in the entire 12-serving batch, this recipe is pleasantly sweet rather than cloying sweet like so many processed poppy seed varieties in the muffin market. 2. Who would pass up the chance to start the day with a food that has “shortcake” in its name? 3. Blueberry muffins are like the little black dress of the baked good world—they work in any situation. 4. 36 Amazing Recipes That Prove Muffins Can Actually Be Healthy. Lisa Faulkner's Beef Wellington. Classic scones with jam & clotted cream.

Blueberry Lavender Muffins. Baskets of ripe blueberries practically beg to be baked into blueberry muffins.

Blueberry Lavender Muffins

Blueberry is one of the most popular muffin flavors out there, and one of the reasons that it is so hard to tire of them is that it is so easy to put different twists on them to change their flavors. You can add coconut, nuts, lemon zest or a streusel topping. For these Blueberry Lavender Muffins, I added dried lavender to some buttermilk blueberry muffins to give them an unexpected and subtle – but delicious – twist. The muffins are moist and fluffy, studded generously with plump, juicy blueberries. There is just enough lavender to bring out the subtle floral notes of the blueberries, which makes the muffins seem even more packed with berries than they already are. The lavender sugar is something that you can prepare in advance and keep in your pantry. Preheat oven to 375F. Makes 12. Lavender Sugar 1 cup sugar 2 tsp dried lavender.

Bite Sized Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. Peanut butter cups are one of those candies that has such a great ratio of salty-to-sweet that they are quite addictive.

Bite Sized Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I find this to be particularly true of peanut butter cups made with dark chocolate, where you get the salty, the sweet and a rich, slightly bitter cocoa note. I’m a particular fan of the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, but as I noted before, they can be addictive and are pretty dangerous to keep in the kitchen. I say that they are dangerous because I have been known to eat a few too many – but I also know that they have a tendency to disappear if I leave the container unguarded for too long, too.

These Bite Sized Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of my favorite way to put those peanut butter cups to good use and turn a candy that is good on its own into a cookie that just might be even more addictive. These cookies start with my usual peanut butter cookie dough, which is divided into mini muffin pans and topped with a peanut butter cup before baking. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes ~ Non-news flash: Cupcakes aren’t going to be a passing fad anytime soon.

Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes

Advice: Submit, enjoy and check the caloric guilt at the door. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes These Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes stand tall with a burnt caramel buttercream (keeping reading so what I mean by burnt), balancing that is a chocolate flavored cappuccino cupcake and stuffed inside is a cupcake surprise filled with salted caramel pudding. Definitely not subtle, this cupcake is filled with some serious goodness. Yes, I have a problem. The burnt caramel is just that-burnt. As if that wasn’t enough, I thought why stop there? You’ve been warned: this is a rich little baby cake. A few notes: Advance preparation: The salted caramel pudding can be made three days in advance. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes Scharffenberger’s Chocolate Cupcake (By Alice Medrich for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker) Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Makes 12 cupcakes Ingredients: 10 Drunk Cupcakes.

3 Ingredient Banana Cups. A few weeks ago, I entered a contest for the Today Show.

3 Ingredient Banana Cups

It was a Too Good To Be Healthy Chocolate contest. So I submitted my Chocolate Almond Banana Cups. Well, my chocolate almond banana cup recipe made the finals! So I flew to New York to be on the show. During the show, the hosts picked mine as their favorite. This came out so good that I had to share it with you. A simple, guilt free treat! Ingredients 1 ripe banana 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or my 3 Ingredient Chocolate Bar recipe) 1/4 cup almond milk Instructions Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate chips and milk.

These chocolate cups need to be stored in the freezer.