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The Best Muffins for an Easy Weekend Brunch

By Pie Squared
Created March 16, 2017
Make the most of brunch with a magnificent mix of muffins. MORE+ LESS-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.