13 Wholesome Muffin Recipes: Perfect for School Lunches!

Healthy muffin recipes
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Back to school season is here and I’m still always trying to nudge my children into eating just a bit more healthfully than they might naturally like to. Of course, with kids, it’s not as easy as plopping down a kale salad or flax cereal. But, when it comes to introducing healthy ingredients and giving their favorite foods a boost, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. I love making muffins, and they love eating them, so a wholesome muffin recipe is often the perfect way to get them eating a little more fiber, protein, fruit, or vegetables. I love to add a wholesome muffin to their lunch boxes — they see it as a special treat and I know their getting their nutrients.

Many of these muffins are made with the good stuff like butter and sugar, but I’ve hand-picked a selection that also feature great, healthful ingredients like wheat germ, flax, fresh fruit, whole wheat, olive oil, and nuts. So find your favorite, bake it up, and add a little lunch time magic to your kid’s school lunch!

Here are 13 wholesome muffin recipes that are back to school lunch box perfect!

1. Whole Grain & Flax Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins
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These nutritious muffins feature antioxidant-rich fresh blueberries, fiber-rich oats and whole wheat flour, plus flax seed meal, which is a great source of protein, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. (via Babble)

2. Apple Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa muffins
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Since quinoa flour has more fiber and protein, and fewer carbs than traditional flour, it adds a nutrition boost to these yummy apple raisin muffins. (via Babble)

3. Pumpkin Bran Muffins

bran muffins
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These pumpkin bran muffins are a terrific fall treat, and since they have an ounce of All-Bran per serving, they’re rich in dietary fiber, protein, iron, and a host of essential vitamins. (via Babble)

4. Quinoa Pear Muffins with Brown Sugar

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Fresh pear and a mixture of all-purpose and quinoa flours make these muffins a protein packed snacks that’s just right for on-the-go eating. (via Babble)

5. Back to School Brown Sugar Blueberry Muffins

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These traditional blueberry muffins are just bursting with fresh blueberries, a great source of Vitamins C and K. For an even more nutritious muffin, try subbing in whole wheat pastry flour. (via Babble)

6. Whole Wheat Apple Crumb Muffins

Apple crumb muffins
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These dairy- and egg-free muffins feature whole wheat flour, maple, and apples, plus walnuts, which are a great source of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, essential minerals, fiber, and protein. (via Babble)

7. Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate zucchini muffins
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These chocolate zucchini muffins may sound decadent (trust me, they taste decadent too), but they’re chock full of wholesome ingredients like fresh zucchini, whole wheat flour, coconut flakes, buttermilk, olive oil, and honey. (via Babble)

8. Mini Sweet Potato & Apple Morning Glory Muffins

Carrot mini muffins
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These little muffins have lots of healthy things going for them — not only are they a tiny, bite-sized treat, they feature fresh sweet potato and apple, not to mention applesauce, yogurt, raisins, and walnuts, for a moist, satisfying muffin that’s packed with the good stuff. (via Babble)

9. Squash Muffins

Squash muffins
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Though pumpkin gets top billing in the fall, winter squash can be a great addition to muffins too! This simple, versatile muffin recipe lets you take your pick of Vitamins A- and C-rich veggies. (via Babble)

10. Zucchini Bran Muffins

Zucchini muffins
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These flavorful zucchini muffins feature plenty of wholesome bran, which is a terrific source of dietary fiber, protein, and iron! (via Babble)

11. Ginger Orange Olive Oil Muffins

Ginger orange olive oil muffins
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These yummy orange and olive oil whole wheat muffins have just a half cup of sugar, so if you’re looking for a delicious, but not-so-sweet treat, this is it! (via Babble)

12. Apple Bear Muffins

Apple bear muffins
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Use whole wheat pastry flour to give these adorable apple bear muffins a nutrient boost. (via Babble)

13. Nutella Bran Muffins

Nutella Bran Muffins
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These nutty, chocolaty muffins are a great way to introduce a bit of fiber to your little one’s lunchbox! (via Babble)

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