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The Best Muffins for an Easy Weekend Brunch

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Make the most of brunch with a magnificent mix of muffins.


Brunching: such a treat. The decadence of mixing two meals together means there’s no shame in doubling up in serving sizes, dishes and time spent lingering with friends. All you need are the basics: coffee (strong), mimosas (also strong), savory meat (bacon, duh) and an array of sweet nibbles, like a mix of muffins, to enjoy at your leisure, well into the afternoon.


1. Caramel Bananas Foster Cinnamon Roll Muffins

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Bananas Foster was created in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1950s, and the decadent dessert has endured as the signature dish of NOLA. Our recipe: a little ooh-la-la-darlin’, sized for brunchie munchies.


2. Make-Ahead Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Mug Muffins

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Tart and sweet, these mug muffins are a fabulous brunch add. Make a huge batch and freeze them ahead of time, and then microwave just the right amount the morning-of.


3. Whole Wheat-Blueberry Muffins

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Mix a little healthy into the menu, and your guests will appreciate balancing out the more decadent dishes on your brunch buffet.


4. Peanut Butter Pancake Muffins

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Sure, you could spend your entire brunch slaving over a hot griddle, satisfying your guests’ pancake cravings. Or—better idea—make these pancake muffins (puffins?) and skip to the maple syrup dippin’.


5. Apple Muffins

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The classic muffin that started it all—And by “it all” we mean the whole concept of taking a cake, making it a smidge healthier, sizing it a lot smaller, and getting to have a dozen different cakes and eating them too.


6. Banana-Peanut Butter Chia Seed Muffins

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A trifecta of healthy: fresh banana with protein-rich peanut butter and chia seeds. So delicious, you won’t even care that you’re doing something good for yourself.


7. Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

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These are no cookie-cutter muffins. There’s a secret ingredient that’ll be yours to keep—along with lots of rave reviews from every friend who eats one (or two or ten).


8. Savory Caprese Muffins

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Balance out the sweets with these all-in-one Italian flavor blasts, inspired by the Mediterranean go-to salad of tomatoes, basil and cheese.


9. Caramel Monkey Bread Muffins with Icing

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These individual-serving monkey bread are chunky-licious, thanks to homemade caramel and a sweet glaze. (Yes, DIYing your own glaze is as easy as this recipe makes it sound. Pinky swear.)


10. Rosemary and Golden Raisin Muffins

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Get out the Irish butter, olive oil or cream cheese; these cheese-and-herb muffins bring out the best in your favorite add-ons.


11. Cinnamon French toast Muffins

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We love muffins that take a breakfast staple and make it acceptable to eat with our hands. Case in point: French toast, rollin’ muffin-style.


12. Chocolate Toast Crunch® Streusel Muffins

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Moist muffin with crunchy streusel on top; it’s what the chefs call “mouthfeel,” people, and it’s what separates the brunch pros from the amateurs.


13. Raspberry Jam-Filled Doughnut Muffins

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You just took your brunch game to a whole new level, folks. Instead of a hole in the middle, these muffins have a tart surprise. Bonus: a simple icing that whips together in no time.


14. Mixed Berry Chia Muffins

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Super delicious and moist thanks to a little Greek yogurt to richen up the batter; the chia seeds add healthy so you use the leftovers as a powered-up weekday breakfast-on-the-go solution.


15. Mocha Muffins

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Perk things up with the muffin that comes with an extra shot of delicious, and so easy to make. A little instant coffee, a shake of cocoa, and a ha-cha-cha.


16. Blueberry Muffins

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There’s a reason everyone loves blueberry muffins—they’re just right in every way. And then our recipe takes everything that’s right about them, and makes it better by making it super-easy with everyone’s favorite shortcut, Bisquik™ mix.

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