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Healthy Muffin Recipes

Here are my favorite healthy muffin recipes. I like to mix up a batch of these before we go camping.

Muffins are a good snack to eat in the car on the way to the campground.

Muffins and fruit make a perfect and easy camping breakfast.

Muffins are also a good afternoon or bedtime snack.

Make these at home before you leave, and enjoy them for your first morning's camping breakfast. (That is, if you can stop your family from eating them before then!)


healthy berry muffins on a camping plate


These recipes are so quick and easy that you'll be able to mix these muffins up in no time. The muffins can bake while you work on packing the rest of the food.




Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

These muffins are moist and delicious! If you don't have blueberries, try raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, or whatever you have.

This recipe makes 12 large or 18 smaller muffins.


Get ready

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

  • Get out your muffin tins and grease them, or use muffin liners.


Get to work

  • Put 1 cup/250 mL milk into a small bowl.

  • Add 1 Tbsp/15 mL lemon juice and 1 cup/250 mL rolled oats.

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups/375 mL whole wheat flour, 1 Tbsp/15 mL baking powder and 1/2 tsp/2 mL salt.

  • In a large bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add 1/3 cup/80 mL oil, 1/3 cup/80 mL honey and 1 tsp/5 mL vanilla.
  • Add the soaked oats to the large bowl. Stir to mix well.

  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir till barely combined. 

  • Add 1 cup/250 mL berries. Stir gently.

  • Fill muffin cups with batter.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean (about 20 minutes).




Banana Oatmeal Muffins
With Chocolate Chips

This is a family favorite. If I want to take these camping, I have to hide them. Otherwise, they'd all be eaten before we left the house!

If you want to make this an even healthier choice, you can leave out the chocolate chips. The muffins are delicious without them.

This recipe makes 12 large or 18 smaller muffins.


Get ready

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

  • Get out your muffin tins and grease them, or use muffin liners.
  • Gather your ingredients.


ingredients for Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins


Get to work

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups/375 mL whole wheat flour, 1 cup/250 mL rolled oats, 2 tsp/10 mL baking powder, 1 tsp/5 mL baking soda and 1/2 tsp/2 mL salt.

  • In a smaller bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add 1/4 cup/60 mL oil, 1/4 cup/60 mL honey, 1/4 cup/60 mL milk and 3 medium-sized bananas, mashed.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir till barely combined.

  • Add 1/2 cup/125 mL chocolate chips. Stir gently.



batter for Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • Fill muffin cups with batter.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean (about 20 minutes).

Tips for using these healthy muffin recipes

If you are leaving on your camping trip first thing in the morning, make the muffins the night before.

If you are leaving in late afternoon, make the muffins in the morning. Be sure that they have cooled completely before you pack them in an airtight container.


Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins


Be sure to use baking cups (also known as muffin liners). The last thing you want to do when you are packing for a camping trip is scrub muffin tins! I use unbleached paper baking cups like these ones.


Gluten Free Muffins

Now that some of my family members don't eat wheat, I make these healthy muffin recipes using gluten-free flour. It's easy to do!

In place of the 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour, here's what I use:

1/2 cup (125 mL) rice flour + 1/2 cup sorghum flour + 1/2 cup oat flour

Sometimes, when I remember, I add 1/2 tsp/2 mL xanthan gum - but the muffins turn out fine even if I don't. They're just a bit crumbly.

That's all there is to it! Follow the rest of the recipe as usual.

If anyone in your family can't have any gluten at all, be sure to check that the flour you buy is certified to be gluten-free. Also make sure to buy certified gluten-free oats. Although none of these contains gluten, there could be cross-contamination in the package.




By the way ...

These healthy muffin recipes are not just for camping! Enjoy them anytime!


Now that you have some healthy muffin recipes, visit this page for more great camping food ideas.

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