Universal Muffins

Category Muffins

This is an amazing universal muffin recipe - I love it because it lets me use what's in the house or what's cheap at the time, without having to find ingredient-specific recipes


  • Grains: Use 2 - 2 1/2 cups flour or substitute 1 cup oats, cornmeal, rye flour, or flake cereal for 1 cup flour. Or substitute 1 cup cooked oatmeal or rice for 1/2 cup of the flour and decrease liquid to 1/2 cup
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  • Milk: Use 1 cup or substitute buttermilk, sour milk, or fruit juice for part or all of the milk
  • Fat: Use 1/4 cup vegetable oil or 4 Tbsp. margarine or substitute butter or peanut butter The fat can be reduced or omitted by using a 'wet addition'
  • Eggs: Use 1 egg. Or substitute 1 Tbsp. of soy flour and 1 Tbsp. of water. Or 1 Tbsp. applesauce
  • Sweetener: Use between 2 Tbsp. and 1/2 cup sugar. Or substitute 3/4 cup brown sugar. Or up to 1/2 cup honey or molasses, and decrease milk to 3/4 cup Baking Powder: Use 2 tsp. If using whole or cooked grains, or more than 1 cup additions, increase to 3 tsp. If using buttermilk or sour milk, decrease to 1 tsp. and add 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Salt: Use 1/4 tsp.
  • Dry Additions: Nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, coconut
  • Moist Additions: Blueberries, chopped apple, shredded zucchini, shredded carrot
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  • Wet Additions: Pumpkin puree, applesauce, mashed cooked sweet potato, mashed cooked carrot
  • Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, orange zest, lemon zest
  • Jam
  • Toppings: Cinnamon sugar, nuts

Additions, Spices, Jam, and Toppings are all optional. Additions can be used in any combination, up to 1 1/2 cups total. If using more than 1 cup wet additions, decrease milk to 1/2 cup


If using a cooked grain, separate the egg, add the yolk to the batter, beat the white until stiff and fold into the batter

Combine dry ingredients, then mix in wet ingredients until just combined, the batter should be lumpy. Grease muffin tin and fill cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes

If using jam, fill cups half full with batter. Add 1 teaspoon jam and top with 2 tablespoons batter

Servings: 12
Time:15 Minutes Preparation Time
20 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Tightwad Gazette

By Melanie from Ontario, Canada


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October 28, 20100 found this helpful

The fat can be reduced or omitted by using a 'wet addition'. Do you use an equal amount of the 'wet' if you are going to substitute it for the 'fat'? Example: 1/4 Cup applesauce instead of 1/4 Cup vegetable oil?

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