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Kidspot Kitchen

Basic muffins with variations recipe

This basic muffin recipe is a starting point to add your own variations. A bit of this and that and you will have great tasting muffins for lunch boxes everyday. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup additional ingredients

Additional ingredients

  • Banana walnut - 1 cup mashed banana +1/2 cup crumbled walnuts
  • Blueberry - 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • Apple and cinnamon - 1 cup tinned pie apples + 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp vanilla
  • Orange and poppy seed  - 1 orange (whizzed in the blender) + 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • Raspberry and almond - 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries + 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • Choc chip - 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Choc choc chip - 3 tbsp cocoa + 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Pineapple and coconut - 1 cup crushed pineapple + 1/2 cup coconut flakes


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12 cup muffin tray and set aside.

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt and mix.

In a jug, combine the egg, milk and oil.

Add the additional ingredients into the bowl and fold in the wet ingredients using a spatula until all ingredients are just wet.

Using a 1/3 cup measure, fill each muffin cup and smooth the top.

Bake for 22-25 minutes. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.


  • This quantity will make 24 mini-muffins.
  • Take care not to overwork the batter. You want all the ingredients just wet. If you mix it too much your muffins will become very heavy.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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