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Better Than Basic Muffins in a muffin tin
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1 muffin

Better Than Basic Muffins

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Our Better Than Basic Muffin recipe is the ideal on-the-go breakfast. This muffin recipe features whole wheat flour to keep you feeling full and energized throughout the morning! Plus you can pick the mix-in, or two that best suits you, whether it’s berries for added antioxidants, shredded zucchini for a touch more fiber or a few chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Whole grains such as whole wheat flour are rich in fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, minerals. In addition to keeping you feeling full longer, a diet rich in whole grains can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Whole-grain foods contain all parts of the wheat kernel — the bran, germ and endosperm. USDA's MyPlate recommends we make half of the grains we consume whole. Consider substituting in whole grain options like pasta, brown rice and cereal to your day. To learn about adding more whole grains to your diet check out Now Serving: More Whole Grains!

Grains are measured in ounce equivalents and how much you should eat each day is based on your age, weight and gender. To find out how much you should get as part of a balanced diet check out  Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole Grains.

Mix In Ideas

Fruit - apples, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries
Dried Fruit - blueberries, cranberries, coconut, cherries, strawberries
Nuts - Sliced almonds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
Sweets - chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips
Flavor extracts - Almond, lemon, lime, vanilla

This recipe is part of the Social Eats Project. To learn more about the Social Eats campaign and see recipes like it go here



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon flavor extract
  • Up to 2 cups of mix-ins (fruit, nuts, vegetables, baking chips)


Preheat oven to 400°F.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter. Stir in the eggs, milk, and flavor extract until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in desired mix-ins, but do not over mix. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Dietary and Nutrition


Whole grains are made from the entire kernel and include the germ, bran and endosperm. Refined grains are milled so the germ and bran are removed. Refined grain products include white bread, white flour and white rice. These products usually have a finer texture and longer shelf life.

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Make at least Half Your Grains Whole Grains (FN726, Reviewed Dec. 2021)

The food icon at recommends that at least half of the grain foods in your diet be whole grains

Now You're Cookin': More Whole Grains! (FN695, Reviewed August 2021)

Children who eat more often with their families eat a healthier diet, including more grains, fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.