7 Healthy Muffin Recipes

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These Healthy Muffin Recipes are the perfect solution for breakfast on the go, and we’ve got flavors for everyone’s tastes including apple cinnamon, sweet potato, blueberry, chocolate zucchini, and more! They are oil-free and completely vegan and vegetarian.

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Homemade muffins are SO much better than store-bought. Though many people love muffins, typically they’re full of added sugar, fat, and other unhealthy ingredients. But, that’s not the case with these healthy, plant-based, oil-free breakfast muffins!

line of vegan muffins in white paper cups on cooling rack with apples in background

What makes muffins healthy?

It’s all about the ingredients! These muffins are healthy because they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat and oat flour as well as fresh berries and even vegetables. Yes, you heard that right–VEGGIES!

But don’t be afraid because these muffins are perfectly sweet, and no one will ever know they are actually healthy.

overhead shot of vegan sweet potato muffins in muffin tin


There are quite a few varieties in this list of muffin recipes, and you’ll find that they all have similar wholesome ingredients in the list. What you won’t find is any milk, eggs, or butter.

  • Flour- We use whole grain flours like wheat and spelt as well as gluten-free oat flour.
  • Rising agents- A mixture of baking powder, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and salt.
  • Sweeteners- Some of the sweeteners we use are date sugar, date paste, brown sugar, sucanat, and maple syrup.
  • Spices- Cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla are commonly used.
  • Plant Milk- These muffins are all made with plant milk such as almond, soy, and oat.
  • Applesauce- It’s the secret ingredient that helps keep them moist. Purchase it or make your own applesauce.
  • Veggies & Fruit- Apples, raisins, blueberries, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and more!
  • Nuts- We love to add protein-packed nuts like walnuts and pecans to the batter.
stainless bowl with wet muffin batter and grated zucchini and white spoon

What makes them rise?

Since we don’t use eggs, butter, or milk, it’s amazing that these healthy, low-fat muffins are able to rise to perfection and still be nice and moist.

It is a combination of baking powder, baking soda, salt, and apple cider vinegar that creates the fluffy rising stature of these muffins.

Because we use whole grain flour, they are a little denser than the sugary greasy variety.

stainless bowl with whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon

Muffin baking pro tips & substitutions

  • Cooking time- Don’t overbake because it will cause dryness. Test for doneness by pushing a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. When it comes out clean, the muffins are ready.
  • Gluten-Free- Some of these muffins are already gluten-free, and this link to the Minimalist Baker will help adjust the others for those gluten-sensitive folks that want to give them a try.
  • Storing- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. While you’re at it, make a stash for the freezer so breakfast can be as easy as a quick heat up in the microwave.
  • Cupcakes- Even though muffins aren’t technically cupcakes, I’ve thrown in an amazing chocolate cupcake recipe that uses sweet potatoes as the main ingredient in the frosting. You’re welcome!

This is a growing list, so stay tuned for more amazing dairy-free and oil-free muffin recipes to come on my Muffin Recipe Page!

vegan chocolate muffins in old metal muffin tin with empty batter bowl with ice cream scoop

Healthy muffin flavors

sugar free chocolate cupcakes

You’ll love these muffins because they’re…

  • Moist
  • Perfectly sweet
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Oil-free
  • Some are gluten-free
  • Wholesome
  • Vegan and vegetarian
  • Super flavorful

Traditionally, muffins are super high in calories and pretty much devoid of other nutrition. But with a few wholesome ingredients, a muffin pan, and some creativity, they can be made not only healthy but completely delicious.

So, crank up that stove and whip out those non-stick silicone pans– it’s Muffin Time!

Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes

These lower-calorie, oil-free dairy-free muffins are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a snack. Keep a stash in the freezer for grab-and-go hurried mornings. Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

About Terri Edwards

Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy.  I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…

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