Healthy Gingerbread Muffins – Gluten Free & Dairy Free Options available

For a healthy muffin recipe, these gingerbread bites of deliciousness are so light and fluffy that you’re not sure really … could they be healthy … and the answer is absolutely!

They benefit from the addition of some warm, fragrant spices and treacle and can be made in about half an hour. Perfect for breakfast or a treat with a cuppa. The smell in the house while these are baking will bring everyone to the kitchen.

I’ve written both the regular and gluten free options below so everyone can enjoy these delicious muffins. To make these muffins Dairy Free, sub the greek yoghurt with a soy or almond plant based yoghurt. Ticking all the boxes right there!

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Blackberry & Apple Muffins

I love baking when it’s Autumn. The range of great ingredients which offer so much flavour are abundant and very comforting. They make great cakes and desserts.

Picking blackberries must be one of the most endearing memories we have and they are readily available within a short distance for most of us. Coming home with stained fingertips from eating as many as you pick is a lovely memory.

These muffins are so quick to put together and have a delicious crunchy topping.

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Apple Muffins


A lovely recipe from GBBO Winner, Jo Wheatley which came from her auntie so it’s got great heritage. These muffins are full of chunky bits of sweet apple and they are low in fat. Using apples such as Pink Lady help to keep the addition of processed sugars down.

They are low in fat too but that means they won’t last very long. If you can, enjoy them on the day they are baked but they do freeze well which is a bonus. Wrap them individually and just take out of the freezer a couple of hours before you need them.

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Raspberry Lemon Muffins

Muffins must be one of the easiest things to make once you stick to the rules. It’s a basic method of dry ingredients whisked, then wet ingredients whisked, next add them together and here’s the key …. don’t over mix! That’s the one.  🙂

These muffins are probably a bit more for adult tastes as they are a low sugar recipe or kids who don’t like particularly sweet things (do they exist??). They’re not really sweet and the lemon adds a nice touch so if you are making them for little people, you could leave out the lemon and add some vanilla extract.

There’s no special equipment needed for these muffins. I love that!! Just my whisk and large spoon. Hurray!!



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Soft Toffee Muffins

This recipe was originally for a loaf cake style but the amount of flour meant it wouldn’t rise much so I thought it might work better as small muffins and it did. I doubled the recipe to make 12 muffins. They don’t rise a lot but filling them about 2/3 of the way will ensure you get a decent result.

There’s no butter either; I used sunflower oil and instead of golden caster sugar, I used organic, non refined coconut sugar which gave the muffins a rich golden colour when baked.

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Chai Spice Raisin & Carrot Muffins – Low Fat, Gluten Free (regular recipe included)

Sometimes I get absent minded while baking and make a mistake. Now and then, those mistakes turn into a new recipe that works out wonderfully and all is well again.

I wanted to make scones with a healthy twist, less sweet but full of flavour and decided to try mixing these ingredients. I used raisins as I had them but wanted them a bit plump as they can sometimes be hard to bite once baked. I covered the raisins with warm water and accidently threw the whole lot instead of draining them and it worked out ok! Suddenly the recipe turned from scones to muffins.

The mix of all spices works really well with the carrot and gives these muffins a lovely warm bite. They will last for up to 5 days in the fridge, in an airtight container and I just popped mine into the microwave before enjoying them.

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Dulche de Leche Muffins

Such a simple, sweet and totally delicious muffin recipe yet looks really professional. Definitely one to impress guests. The muffins are light and fluffy just as muffins should be even though this time you use a hand mixer. It’s not at all like a muffin recipe to do this but in order to completely combine the dulche de leche, it has to be done.

I found that making the muffins the day before you need them really deepens the flavour so it’s a great make ahead recipe too.

You can of course make your own dulche de leche but I buy a tin of the Carnation Condensed Cream Caramel and this works perfectly.

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Light, Fluffy Lemon Muffins

There’s nothing nicer than a light, fluffy muffin and when it’s lemon flavoured, well it’s lifted to another level. Now the key to light and fluffy muffins is nothing big or exciting. It’s restraint! Put that spoon down and stop mixing! Your batter should be thick and lumpy. That’s it. That’s the big secret and it’s difficult as you’re so tempted to give another couple of mixes but hold back …. I promise you’ll thank me 🙂

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Mincemeat Muffins

I absolutely love Mincemeat. I make my own as I like the bite of fresh cranberries but whatever works for you is always good. I have put a few suggestions to just lift up some good quality shop bought Mincemeat below.  I freeze punnets of fresh cranberries and use them through the year. They are just fantastic little jewels of loveliness.

You would think these Mincemeat Muffins would be rich and heavy but they are amazingly light and fluffy and absolutely packed full of flavour. They last well in an airtight container and were really popular. In fact, several times there were 2 eaten at a sitting!

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Gluten Free Spiced Apple Muffins

I love baking with apples and adding different spices to the recipe always makes them so irresistible and always a big hit. So I had a recipe for cupcakes with a streusel topping but as these were requested to be gluten free, I changed the recipe a bit and it worked really well.

They were made to go into the freezer so I couldn’t add any icing drizzle on top but if you would like to do this, then add apple juice and a touch of cinnamon to sieved icing sugar and mix well until you get the right drizzle consistency. (Approximate quantities in the method below)

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Cherry Muffins

This is a quick and easy recipe which results in gorgeous muffins with a lovely hint of almond flavour. It’s a combination that goes so well together. I love the fact you need nothing other than two bowls and spoon to make them.

Most muffin recipes are made the same way – you mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another and gently mix. Muffins are very easy to make but notorious for turning out dense instead of light and fluffy. The main reason for this is over mixing so go gently!

There’s no butter in the recipe which is handy for different people; vegetable oil is used in it’s place. I’ve also reduced the sugar quantity so you do what works best for you. It’s just an option.

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