Master Einkorn Muffin Recipe: One Recipe, Multiple Possibilities

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This morning, I received the summer email that parents either love or hate: “Welcome back to school!”

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this email. Okay, mixed feelings for about two seconds and then excitement sets in.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love August and back to school time. Maybe it’s because I was a teacher before having children. Or, and probably much more likely to be the case, I personally thrive on consistency and routine and find my children are the same way. Summer is a time when both those words have absolutely no meaning.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

It’s been a fun summer. We’ve gone to the movies on a random Tuesday night, without caring about bedtimes. (PS: Incredibles 2 is a fantastic movie–even better than the first one.) We traveled to Iceland with the kids. We’ve had fun in the kitchen, enjoyed picnic dinners at the beach, and watched way too much Netflix. <–We’re just catching up on the last nine months of new content. It’s been a good summer. And now it’s time to enjoy the last few weeks, all while preparing for a new school year.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

We talk a lot about food prep here on the blog and over on Instagram. I’ve personally seen the benefits of meal prep (even if this means preparing just one breakfast item) in my own life. Meal prep has helped us simplify our full weeks, allowing us to spend less time in the kitchen during the week.

I encourage you to give meal prep a try. Start small, with just one thing. This one thing may look like preparing one breakfast item, or chopping a few veggies for snacks and lunches. By starting now, you’ll get into a routine with meal prep and build some meal prep muscles. I think you’ll be amazed at how much of an impact preparing just one thing can have on your week.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

This week, here on the blog, we’re going to make muffins. The goal in sharing simple muffin recipes is to help you get started with meal prep. Muffins are a great food to prep in advance for several reasons:

  1. They’re easy to make. About 15-20 minutes is all you’ll need to prep muffins.
  2. They keep in the fridge for about a week.
  3. They don’t require any special reheating. I keep muffins in the fridge and take out as many as needed when I wake up in the morning. By breakfast time, the muffins are usually around room temperature. Muffins may be reheated in a microwave, too.
  4. They will feed a family for multiple days, especially if paired with eggs, yogurt and fruit, or smoothies. <–This keeps the muffins from getting boring morning after morning.
  5. It’s easy to cook once, eat twice with muffins. Make a double batch so you can save some in the freezer for another week (or even later that week). For most flour-based recipes, I don’t recommend doubling recipes in the same bowl since the results aren’t always favorable. Use two bowls, and whisk together each batch in their own separate bowl. Sure, this means cleaning up an extra bowl, but think about the time savings in the future.
  6. Muffins aren’t just for breakfast. They also make a great lunchbox addition and snack.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

Later this week we’re going to make a flourless, blender muffin recipe. Today we’re going to make muffins using einkorn flour.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

Einkorn is known as the oldest variety of wheat making it an “ancient” grain. The ancient grain is believed to have originated in the Tigris-Euphrates region and is possibly the main grain referenced in the earliest accounts of the Bible. Einkorn is said to be the wheat men were eating in the earliest days before modern day wheat varieties. While modern wheat has undergone hybridization, einkorn still holds true to its original properties. Einkorn is slowly gaining popularity, but is still grown in only a few regions in Europe.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

Einkorn is my favorite flour to work with when making traditional, flour-based baked goods. The sweet, ancient grain has a lighter texture and taste than modern day wheat, and contains a more favorable gluten ratio.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

I’ve received a number of requests for particular baked good recipes made with einkorn flour. One of the requests that stood out was for a master muffin recipe. The suggestion was to create one master muffin recipe with multiple possibilities. What a great idea! Talk about simplicity.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been tweaking this master recipe to make it just sweet enough, just moist enough, just flavorful enough to be able to work with multiple mix-in options. Today’s recipe is just that–a incredibly versatile muffin recipe that can easily be customized to your liking. Feeling like a blueberry muffin this week? No problem! Use this recipe as your base. How about chocolate chip and coconut muffins? Awesome! Do it! Start with the base recipe and add in your chocolate and coconut. What about veggie-filled muffins? Yep, add those veggies.

This recipe is perfection, in my opinion. Simple, basic perfection with so many possibilities.

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

Talk about the perfect way to start flexing your meal prep muscles before the busyness of the new school season

Watch: How to Make Einkorn Muffins

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Einkorn Muffin Recipe: One Master Recipe, Multiple Ways to Customize

A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins, like: chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, or shredded coconut. 

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Einkorn Muffin Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 187 kcal
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

  • 8 TB unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup (144g) or honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce (135g) OR plain whole milk yogurt (or a dairy-free yogurt)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose einkorn flour (222g), sifted *
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt

Equipment:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease or line a muffin pan.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together: melted butter, maple syrup, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract. 

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients: sifted einkorn flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. 

  4. Add any customizations desired (see notes, below). Stir to incorporate the customizations into the batter.

  5. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan (it will be thick). I use an ice cream scooper.

  6. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes, until firm on top. My muffins are usually done at 18 minutes, but this may vary with each oven. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before enjoying.
  7. For storage, I keep the muffins in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. They also freeze well.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*If you'd like to use whole wheat einkorn, decrease the amount by 1/4 cup. 

This is a master base recipe that’s meant to be customized. Here are a few mix-in ideas to customize this recipe. Choose one option each time you make these muffins, or stick with your favorite from the list below.

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup halved blackberries
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup shredded carrots or zucchini 
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup dried fruit, such as: chopped mangoes, cranberries, or cherries
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chocolate chips + ½ cup dried cherries
1 cup chopped apples + extra ½ tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp nutmeg
1 cup shredded carrots + ½ cup raisins

For dairy-free muffins, use melted coconut oil in place of the melted butter.


A master einkorn muffin recipe with multiple mix-in possibilities. Make these muffins your own by adding your favorite mix-ins.

 

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79 Comments

      1. says: Kristin Marr

        Many health food stores now sell einkorn. Whole Foods doesn’t sell it yet. My favorite brand (and the easiest to find it Jovial). Blueberries would be good right now. You could even try some chopped cherries, even add some chocolate chips–cherries and chocolate chips are a delicious combo. Someone told me they were going to try chopped peaches.

  1. says: Katie

    5 stars
    This is perfect! I’ve been looking for a good einkorn muffin recipe and these are delicious. I made a batch this morning with shredded carrots and they are like happy little carrot cakes. My kids (and me) put such a dent in the batch that we quickly made another with blueberries this afternoon. I keep chasing everyone out of the kitchen while they cool so we have some to freeze. Thank you for sharing, this one is a big winner!!!

      1. says: Jennifer

        5 stars
        We love this recipe with chocolate chips! So yummy! To mix it up, I’m wondering how I could make this base recipe into chocolate muffins?

        1. says: Chardea Singer

          Ah okay. I think it’s possible. Maybe 1/4 cup cocoa powder stirred into the wet ingredients. And a bit less flour?

          LS Team

  2. says: Julie Rose

    Hi Kristin,

    Thanks for the recipe. This is the first time I’ve tried einkorn flour and I’m looking forward to trying more recipes with it. Have you ever used it to bake a cake? By the way I’m just over the bay in Tampa do you ever do cooking classes of any kind?

  3. says: Keke

    5 stars
    This was my first time baking at elevation, since I moved to Colorado, but the muffins came out perfect. Flatter than yours, but so delicious! I love that you have so many great Einkorn recipes. Love your site.

  4. says: Regina McCray

    Hi Kristin,
    Thanks for the recipe. You recommended here einkorn flour for making this recipe. If I use almond flour for making this can I make this? or I need to use einkorn flour to make this? Thanks in advance for giving me the clarification.

    1. says: C.c.

      5 stars
      My local flour mil l had einkorn flour but they have very few recipes so I was really happy to find this! I did one batch with honey, applesauce and a combination of dried cherries, apricots and cranberries with pecans. Second batch with agave syrup, yogurt and chocolate chips. Both were awesome! I’ll be buying more of this flour!

  5. says: Diana

    5 stars
    I made these muffins for the first time yesterday, and we loved them! My add in was 3/4 cup peeled, chopped Gala apple, with 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries & walnuts (I also added the extra 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon & the 1/4 tsp. nutmeg as you suggested). These were delicious! We can’t wait to try them with some of the other add in suggestions. Thanks for another great recipe!

  6. says: Ashley

    Just made these subbing the applesauce for mashed sweet potatoes. Added in extra cinnamon and chocolate chips. So good! Will be my go to recipe for Einkorn muffins

      1. says: Mel

        5 stars
        My entire family loved these muffins. My one daughter has autoimmune issues so it had been a challenge to find baked goods that the entire family enjoys. Einkorn flour has been a lifesaver and so has this recipe. I can finally feel confident making a muffin recipe everyone will like. We made blueberry muffins. Can’t wait to try other combinations.

  7. says: Tamara

    I’m making some vegan muffins for my daughter’s school and am wondering your thoughts on using coconut oil instead of butter and applesauce + lemon instead of eggs. I’ve never tried it with Einkorn, have been successful with other flours. TIA!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Tamara, I’m not sure how they’ll come out with all the changes. Coconut oil will work as a sub, but the applesauce and lemon combo are what I’m concerned may not work well with this recipe.

  8. says: Tamara

    Just made these vegan and they turned out fantastic! Subbed 8TB coconut oil, and 1/2 cup applesauce + splash of lemon for eggs (so 1 cup total applesauce). I added 1/4 cup extra flour and 1/2 tsp extra baking powder. My add-ins were 1C fresh blueberries. I wish I could upload a picture, they’re beautiful!

  9. says: Carly

    5 stars
    I substituted a 1/2 cup of carrot purée for the applesauce and used honey for the sweetener. It came out fantastic. Very moist. I also added raisins and walnuts to a few. Excellent recipe

  10. says: Andrea

    When you say “If using whole grain Einkorn – decrease by 1/4 cup” are you talking about decreasing 1/4 cup of flour ?

  11. says: Christy

    Do you think a strawberry rhubarb combo would work and about how much?? Its what I have on hand and was looking for a muffin recipe!

  12. says: Fiona

    Hi Kristin. I’m enjoying your master recipes, thank you! I haven’t been able to source einkorn flour in Australia – could I substitute spelt 1:1?

  13. says: Larry

    5 stars
    Hi Kristin,
    I’m enjoying my first Einkorn Muffin made with your master recipe. They turned out wonderful I wouldn’t change a thing. Many thanks

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Kaitlyn, Glad you liked them. Did you use all-purpose einkorn? Or whole wheat einkorn? The all-purpose will rise more. What filling did you go with? That could also determine how much the muffins rise.

      1. says: Edwina Steel

        Hi Kaitlyn, I’m not Kristen, but I’ve used this recipe of hers many times and no matter what I do it works perfectly. I believe the key is to make sure you add or subtract enough einkorn flour so the batter is muffin consistency. I find I generally need to add a little more flour rather than less.

  14. says: Laura

    5 stars
    I love this master recipe! Pretty quick and easy to make and they taste great. Love that it’s one recipe you can use for multiple “flavors” of muffins.

  15. says: Jessica

    5 stars
    Wow!!! Just made these with my 4 yo and 2 yo boys using whole wheat einkhorn flour and a little less sugar. Wonderful recipe! These are so incredibly delicious and filled my house with the best smell. Thank you!

  16. says: Rachel Runyon

    Would like to do a blackberry lemon poppyseed. Any thoughts on adding lemon juice and how to do so properly as to not have it too liquidy?

  17. says: Pamela

    Hi Kristin, Thanks for sharing this recipe, my husband and I love it!! I’m running low on Einkorn as my local organic shop hasn’t had it in stock for weeks (due to Covid) so was wondering what the measurement substitute would be for Bob’s all-purpose organic flour. I don’t want to make other muffin recipes that require sugar when this one has honey! Thanks again!

  18. says: Hannah

    5 stars
    Wow, these turned out so good! Definitely a must-have recipe for anyone who bakes with einkorn. I followed the suggestion for whole wheat ekinkorn and subbed coocnut oil for butter.

  19. says: Edwina

    5 stars
    So yummy! I used dried organic sugar free cranberries and apricot. They were a hit and so healthy.. Love when healthy tastes good and has a nice texture.
    Thank you for the recipe. I did use whole grain einkorn though and had to add the 1/4 cup you said to subtract as it was too thin. Will definitely be my go to muffin with so many varied options.

    Edwina

      1. says: Edwina Steel

        5 stars
        Made these again with apple chunks and chopped nuts inside and sprinkled on top. So very good. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  20. says: Christine

    5 stars
    LOVED these! Made them with diced apples and just threw a bunch of fall spices in. (It was my first time using einkorn!) Thanks for the recipe!

  21. says: Brenda

    5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for some time now. and the whole family loves these muffins! Thank you for such an amazing recipe with so many variations to try. 🙂 When using blueberries in this recipe, I have always used fresh. If using frozen blueberries do I need to thaw them first?

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Brenda! So happy you love the recipe, no you do not need to thaw the blueberries.

      Thank you for commenting and rating!

      LS Team

  22. says: Brandi

    5 stars
    This has become our go to muffin recipe! They are incredibly delicious and love to customize it for different family members. Thanks Kristin!

  23. says: janice

    5 stars
    thanks for this master recipe! i’d not used einkorn for muffins yet but glad i found yours. worked great even subbing chia egg replacement, pureed pumpkin for the applesauce and adding in appr 2/3 c minced apple peel. i had pumpkin puree i needed to use and didn’t want to waste the organic granny smith apple peels leftover from pie making. this recipe worked great even with all the substitutes! i baked them 21 minutes and they’re delicious. thanks again for all the time you saved me with this master recipe and ways to customize.

  24. says: Katie

    5 stars
    I made this using whole milk skyr (icelandic yogurt) and added fresh cranberries. These are to die for – fluffy, flavorful, moist – delicious! This is going into my recipe box for sure.

  25. says: Lindsay

    This master recipe looks great! One question though.
    If I want to use coconut sugar or another non liquid sugar how much would I use?

  26. says: Edwina Steel

    5 stars
    It’s me again, lol. I just have to say THANK YOU! No matter what substitutions or additives we use with your recipe it turns out yummy. We’ve been making bread with it as well and bake 350F for 55-60 min. Love einkorn whole wheat flour and buy it bulk now to save. So fast and so easy and so yummy! No more searching for a healthy muffin or quick bread recipe.

      1. says: Semp Mama

        This is THE recipe for einkorn muffins. All 5 kids loved them. Can’t wait to try Edwina’s recommendation for bread! Thank you!

        1. says: Edwina Steel

          You are so welcome. My grandkids devour the bread so now I have to double the recipe when they come. They will eat pecans now so I top the loaf with pecans and they ask for pecans on top. Happy baking.

    1. says: Brenda Hall

      what do you do, Edwina, to make bread with this muffin recipe? Do you double the ingredients? Please give more details. I would love to make this as bread!! Thank you!!

      1. says: Edwina Steel

        Yes as Kristen suggested. 60 minutes does it. Follow her recipe and simply put in a loaf pan. I line with parchment paper for easy removal. If you double the recipe you would use 2 loaf pans.

        Enjoy!

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