Who doesn’t love a mouthwatering, homemade muffin fresh out of the oven?
Muffins are an easy, versatile recipe—you can enjoy them for breakfast with a smidge of butter, bring them with your on-the-go for a quick, portable snack, or even serve them in the evening as a delectable dessert.
Plus, you can make large muffins in a traditional muffin tin, make mini muffins for a bite-sized treat, or use the batter to make muffin tops on a cookie sheet (because that’s the best part anyway—right?).
The possibilities for how to serve muffins are endless—and so are the flavor options! There are hundreds of recipes to choose from to satisfy your craving for moist, fluffy muffins—from decadent and sweet to fresh and fruity!
However, even we can’t deny that certain muffin recipes stand out above the rest. Here are the nine most popular types of muffins we guarantee your family will love:
1. Blueberry Muffins
There aren’t many baked goods tastier than a tender, buttery blueberry muffin. Blueberry muffins are filled with sweet, juicy blueberries that burst with delicious flavor when you take a bite, and they help to keep the muffins incredibly moist.
To give your blueberry muffins a bakery-style taste and appearance, top your treats with coarse sugar or a classic streusel topping for a sweet, crumbly texture.
Try our Blueberry Muffin Recipe to make fluffy, flavorful muffins that everyone will love. The secret ingredient? Buttermilk!
2. Banana Nut Muffins
Looking for the best way to use up the overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? Look no further than banana nut muffins!
These moist muffins are a nutritious recipe for breakfast or snacks because they are loaded with potassium and healthy fats. Not to mention, they are naturally sweetened by the overripe bananas, so you can enjoy a muffin (or two!) completely guilt-free.
Our Banana Nut Muffin Recipe calls for walnuts, but you can use pecans, almonds, or your favorite nut, instead. Or, add in some chocolate chips for a decadent twist!
3. Chocolate Chip Muffins
Nothing will transport you back to childhood more than a warm, homemade chocolate chip muffin with a cool glass of milk.
Chocolate chip muffins are soft, fluffy, and bursting with sweet, melty chocolate chips. You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips to make the classic, kid-friendly favorite or decadent dark chocolate to give your muffins an adult makeover.
For bite-sized treats, make your chocolate chip muffins in a mini-muffin pan. They’ll taste ten times better (and healthier!) than the store-bought packages with the same childhood nostalgia.
4. Triple Chocolate Muffins
If chocolate chips aren’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, a triple chocolate muffin might do the trick!
Triple chocolate muffins are made with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate—making them one of the most decadent (and popular!) muffins you can make at home year-round.
These muffins include cocoa powder and dark chocolate in the batter to create a rich, fudgy taste, and they are topped with chocolate chips for a crunchy finish.
Eat these muffins just as they are for breakfast, or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert!
5. Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Step aside, pumpkin spice lattes. Flavorful, tender pumpkin spice muffins are the way to go for a warm autumn treat!
Made with pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves, pumpkin spice muffins include all the cozy tastes of fall in one delicious treat. It’s no wonder they are one of the most popular muffin recipes to make at home!
Not to mention, pumpkin muffins provide an excellent base for additional add-ins and topping. Mix with some pecans, walnuts, or chocolate chips to add some crunch to your muffins, or top with a delicious cream cheese frosting or filling for an unbeatable dessert.
6. Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Apple is a popular ingredient in tons of classic desserts, like apple pie, apple cobbler, and applesauce. But apples are also the key ingredient in a popular muffin recipe—apple cinnamon muffins!
Though you can make them year-round, apple cinnamon muffins are especially popular during fall—the prime apple-picking season. The fruit in these muffins make them a healthful breakfast option, but they’re also a delicious dessert—especially with a crumb topping and drizzled with homemade caramel sauce.
7. Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Lemon poppyseed muffins are light, refreshing, and the perfect citrus treat. Enjoy them for breakfast, dessert, and everything in-between!
With fresh lemon juice and zest added to the batter and a lemon glaze to top them off, these muffins offer a unique, bright flavor. And, the poppyseeds add a slight crunch to make the texture of these muffins unbeatable!
8. Carrot Muffins
You might not think of carrots as a muffin ingredient, but shredded carrots are a great natural sweetener packed with fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. They have been used for centuries to sweeten up desserts when sugar was rationed or too expensive.
Our Carrot Muffin Recipe is an easy, flavorful way to enjoy a delicious treat that’s packed with nutrients.
The muffin batter offers a fantastic base for other mix-ins. Add shredded zucchini to your muffins extra moist, or mix some raisins, walnuts, or pecans in the batter for added texture. You can even add cream cheese frosting to the muffin tops to create miniature carrot cakes!
9. Cornbread Muffins
Muffins aren’t just for breakfast, snacks, or desserts—you can enjoy them for dinner, too! Cornbread muffins are a hearty side dish to accompany chili, stew, or barbeque meals.
If you want to get creative, throw in some savory add-ins to your cornbread batter, like pepperoni and parmesan or bacon and scallions, to make these muffins a meal on their own!
Not to mention, with a generous smear of butter and a drizzle of honey, cornbread muffins make a divine dessert.
Classic Muffins for the Whole Family
With so many popular muffin recipes to choose from, it can be challenging to determine which to make first!
Luckily, you can always refer back to this list of classic favorites for an easy, delicious muffin recipe for breakfast, snacks, or dessert that everyone in your family will love!