Searching for the best morning muffins for breakfast or little muffins as a side dish for brunch? Try this easy and healthy cinnamon spice muffins recipe made with Greek yogurt and whole-wheat flour! It's one of several cooking projects for kids that would make a fantastic Mother's Day activity! And of course, it's fun for adults to whip up, too!
This recipe for cinnamon spice muffins is a healthier spin on a favorite treat that my mom made throughout my entire childhood. I hope you enjoy this spice muffins recipe as much as I do!
With Mother's Day around the corner, I have muffins on my mind. You might be wondering...why?! Well, I grew up spending lots of time with my mom in the kitchen, and we would often whip up delicious cinnamon spice muffins from scratch. My mom would make these spice muffins for every occasion, including Thanksgiving dinner. And when I later went off to live on my own, I started making them for almost every celebration, including Mother's Day.
The cinnamon spice muffins recipe you see here is a healthier spin on my childhood favorite, and I hope you enjoy these healthy cinnamon muffins as much as my entire family does! You can make them either as full-size muffins or as little muffins. My family enjoys mini muffins the most.
For me, part of celebrating Mother's Day is embracing the joy of cooking with my mom. In addition to whipping up muffins, we often baked together, preparing cookies and pies. My mom taught me my way around the kitchen. Later, she bravely gave me free rein. Oh, she was brave! I’d concoct brownies with too many ingredients (butterscotch chips, cherry juice, coconut flakes, and marshmallows) and overcooked vegetables, getting the hang of cooking and baking as I headed into my teen years. Now, creating recipes is part of my job, and I have my mom to thank for nurturing my early curiosity and love of food.
Want more muffin ideas? Give these morning muffins a try! The orange juice muffins make an especially great cooking project for kids.
Cooking with your kids allows them to appreciate where their food comes from and can help them be healthy eaters now and into adulthood. Cooking projects for kids also offers opportunity for math lessons and encourages creativity. In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked several of my dietitian colleagues—who happen to be mom—how they involve their own children in the kitchen. I hope you and your family enjoy these cooking projects for kids!
This post was updated in May 2019. A version of this article originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
Now, here's that recipe for cinnamon spice muffins that I promised you!
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In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and 1 cup of sugar. Mix in yogurt, butter, eggs, and milk. Add baking powder, vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, and cloves; fold in walnuts and pour into greased muffin tin. In a small bowl, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; top muffins with mixture. Bake at 375° F for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes about 15 muffins or 36 mini muffins.
Nutritional information per serving (per mini muffin): Cal: 70 Fat: 2.5 g Sat fat: 1 g Pro: 2 g Carbs: 11 g Sugar: 6 g Fiber: 0 g Chol: 15 mg Sod: 10 mg
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I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you’re celebrating Mother's Day and how you’re enjoying these cinnamon spice muffins! What kind of cooking projects for kids does your family enjoy?