Skip to main content

6 easy muffin recipes for kids to make with or without your help

While kids would prefer to eat dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets and mac and cheese for every meal, sometimes parents want to see if they can get their child to eat something a bit healthier. That’s where we can help. If you thought all muffins have to be either loaded with sugar or taste like dry cardboard, you are going to love us after you check out these easy muffin recipes for kids.

We found six healthy muffin recipes that you can make with your younger kids or are simple enough that your older kids can make them for you. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice when it comes to flavor. Make one (or all) of these delicious muffin recipes that your kids will enjoy as much as you will.

Three generations of women making muffins.

Peach honey muffins

If you haven’t let your kids eat peach slices with a bit of honey drizzled on them, we’ll wait while you let them devour some. It’s a delicious snack. A muffin version of this treat will also be a hit in your house. We like that you can use fresh or canned peaches for these peach honey muffins. Whether you use crushed nuts or rolled oats, the taste and texture of these muffins will win over any child. We love the added cinnamon and nutmeg to complement the honey.


You can switch out the peaches for apples or cranberries. Rotate through them all to keep everyone’s tastebuds from getting bored.

Lemon blueberry muffins

We know, blueberry muffins are one of the most popular types out there. But these have a zesty twist with the lemon added in. And yes, you can use fresh lemon or lemon extract, whatever is in the kitchen. We also love the use of Greek yogurt to give an extra bit of a health kick to this lemon blueberry muffin recipe.


If your kids are not a fan of blueberries, you can switch them out for raspberries or blackberries and the lemon will still partner well with it.

Breakfast egg muffins

If you don’t already make these every week, you are going to love how much time these egg muffins save you in the mornings. Make a double batch and have them ready to heat up the next day for a super-fast breakfast for everyone. Breakfast egg muffins are easy to make, and you can use anything you have in your fridge to perk them up. Your kids will have fun with the endless possibilities and flavor combinations with this one.


Use whatever meat or veggies you have in the fridge to make these egg muffins your family’s new favorite.

Two young kids baking in the kitchen.

Applesauce oat muffins

If you are a parent, you could open your fridge right now and find applesauce in there somewhere. Whether or not it’s expired is beside the point. But if that applesauce is close to the expiration date, make these applesauce oat muffins. Not only are these healthy for everyone, but that applesauce will give the muffins just the right amount of sweetness without it feeling like you are chewing on sugar.


You can add fruit pieces, chopped nuts, or chocolate chips for a bit of a kick.

Banana avocado muffins

Basic banana muffins don’t always do the trick. Add in some avocado and you are on the right track. We love that this recipe adds honey (it says it’s optional, but we say it’s a must) for a bit of extra sweetness. But the fact that there are so few ingredients should mean your kids will not need your help with this one.


Remember, the amount of sweetness these banana avocado muffins will have depends on the ripeness of your banana!

A young girl on the counter mixing batter.

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

We saved the best (in our opinion) for last here. We discovered the cookie version of these muffins a couple of years ago and it changed our lives forever. Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are just as delicious and can be eaten for breakfast, so everyone wins. There’s pumpkin for the parents who love all things pumpkin spice and chocolate chips for the kids. Everyone comes out enjoying life when eating these.


You can make these with pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin puree, with maple syrup or oil, depending on your family’s health needs. Also, try the cookie recipe and thank us later.

You are going to love how easy these recipes are to make (with no blender or mixer needed for any of them). Even if you have to help your kids in the kitchen, they won’t take long. And you’ll feel good about serving your kids something nutritious.

Letting your children help in the kitchen will boost their confidence, create some fun memories, and give you a break. It will also allow them to see that things not shaped like a chicken nugget can be delicious. Any of these healthy muffin recipes will be sure to be a hit with kids of any age and the adults supervising.

Editors' Recommendations