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Two Ways to Freeze Muffins {plus links to over 50 healthy muffins from scratch recipes}

image of pumpkin muffins for freezing

I was having a conversation with a friend recently and I mentioned that I like to freeze muffins before I bake them. Up until a couple of years ago I always baked muffins and then froze them. It worked great but it was time consuming to keep cooked muffins stocked in the freezer. Then I learned that there’s more than one way to freeze muffins. Who knew?

Let’s chat for just a minute about which way is the best way to freeze muffins because we all want to do things the “best” way, right? Here’s the deal, there is no best way. Either way of freezing muffins is good and it means you can serve made from scratch muffins to your family without having to make them fresh each time.

I don’t think one way saves more time than the other, one way you spend the time when you’re making the muffin batter and the other way you split time between two different times. There are pros and cons to each way of freezing muffins, just pick a way and see if it works for you. If not, try the other way – it’s all good.

How to Freeze Muffins After Baking

The most common way to freeze muffins is to freeze them after baking. It’s a great option if you have time to cook the muffins and you want to be able to pull already baked muffins out of the freezer. Here’s how to freeze muffins so they store well.

  1. Bake your favorite muffins (or try a new muffin recipe below)
  2. Let baked muffins cool completely. This is a super important step, do not try to freeze warm muffins you’ get condensation and then ice crystals will form in your freezer container. If you cool them completely, there’s no need to put a paper towel in your container.
  3. Put cooled muffins in freezer safe storage container. You can use ziplock bags, plastic storage containers or freezer safe glass containers. Here are some tips for freezing in glass containers. If you use a ziplock bag, you can use a  straw to remove some of the air  – just don’t squish the muffins. I like to stack mine in an 11 cup Pyrex container.
  4. To reheat frozen muffins place muffin in microwave for 20-30 seconds or in oven (or toaster oven) for 5-10 minutes at 350°F. You can also put a frozen muffin wrapped in a napkin in a sack lunch and it will be thawed by the time lunch comes around. There’s no need to refrigerate muffins so they can also just thaw on the counter and eat them at room temperature.
  5. The muffins should store just fine in the freezer for 3-4 months. Mine never last that long.

image of freezing muffins in glass container

How to Freeze Muffins Before Baking

A couple of years ago I learned from Jami over at An Oregon Cottage that you could freeze muffins before cooking them. It was life changing for me! And no, I’m not exaggerating.

Up until that time would make double and triple batches of muffins to bake and freeze. Most muffin recipes make a dozen muffins and since my family of 8 could easily polish off a dozen muffins in one sitting there were never any extra to freeze unless I intentionally made extra.

I could easily spend an afternoon making 6-7 dozen muffins for the freezer and end the day exhausted and with a kitchen to clean and muffins to store. It was worth it but now I prefer to freeze the muffins before baking.

Freezing muffins before baking them seems less time intensive to me although I don’t think there is truly a time savings. I don’t need to be able to pull out a cooked muffin from the freezer. I have other snacks we can grab it we need something in less than a minute.

Here’s how to freeze muffins before baking them…

  1. Make your favorite muffin recipe (or try one of the muffin recipes below)
  2. Put paper muffin tin liners in  the muffin tin. Depending on the muffin recipe the muffins might stick to the paper liners so I try buy the ones that are waxed or are parchment paper. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on muffin tin liners, just grab them on clearance after any holiday.
  3. Put batter in the muffin tins and instead of baking put them in the freezer until they’re frozen.
  4. Once frozen, put the muffins in a ziplock bag – you should be able to get 12 in a bag. You can use other freezer storage containers, I like to use ziplock bags because they stack really nicely and don’t take up much space.
  5. To bake, put the frozen raw muffins in a muffin tin and put them in a cold oven.
  6. Turn the oven to the temperature called for in the recipe (or 350°F which is my default) and bake. The muffins will thaw as the oven heats up. You’ll need to cook them about five minutes longer than normal.

Here’s the beauty of freezing muffins before baking them. In less than five minutes I can pull frozen muffins from the freezer, plop them into a muffin tin, and put them into the oven to bake. I can then go shower and get ready of the day or do whatever I need to do while the muffins bake. So instead of spending a whole afternoon cooking and cleaning I can make and freeze muffin batter and then bake them as needed while doing other things.

image of freezing muffin batter

Healthy Muffin Recipes 

Obviously I haven’t tried to freeze all of these recipes, but I have frozen a variety of muffins and I’ve never had any that didn’t freeze well. If you’re trying a new recipe I suggest you make just one batch to be sure your family likes it before you make and freeze a bunch of muffins.

I would consider all of these muffin recipes to be healthy. Of course, we all have our own definition of what healthy means. Some of these might not fit your definition of healthy and that’s okay, just skip over those.

Savory Muffin Recipes

Kale and Chive Muffins
Leak and Parmsean Muffins
Old Fashioned Corn Muffins
Vegan Cornbread Muffins
Sweet Cornbread Muffins
Vegan Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
Chipotle Cornbread Muffins
Cheddar Caraway Muffins
Pizza Muffins
Gluten Free Cheese Muffins
Spinach and Parmsean Muffins
Chive Blossom Oregano Corn Muffins

Breakfast Muffin Recipes

Maple Walnut Muffins with Goji Berries
Leftover Oatmeal Muffins
Sour Dough Morning Glory Muffins
Flax and Walnut Zucchini Muffins
Rose Pistachio Muffins
Bacon Muffins
Bacon Cheddar Muffins
Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
Applesauce Muffins
Mocha Protein Muffins
Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Hemp Heart Oat Muffins
Chai Muffins
Dandelion Honey Muffins

 

image of baked muffins and muffin batter for freezing

Berry Muffin Recipes

Mulberry Apple Muffins
Fresh Strawberry Muffins
Redcurrant and Elderberry Muffins
Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with Lemon
Blueberry Oat Muffins
Cranberry Corn Muffins
Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Apple, Banana, Chocolate, and Pumpkin Muffin Recipes

Apple Hazelnut Muffins
Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins
Banana Cherry Muffins
100% Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Lentil Banana Muffins
Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins
Pumpkin Nut Sourdough Muffins
Sourdough Banana Nut Muffins
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Pumpkin Maple Muffins
Pumpkin Almond Butter Muffins

Gluten Free and Grain Free Muffin Recipes

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins
Coconut Flour Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins
Grain Free Apple Muffins
Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins
Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
Paleo Cranberry Nut Muffins

Do you freeze muffins? What are some of your favorite recipes?

Thanks for sharing with your friends!

denny

Monday 14th of December 2020

Thank you for sharing this amazing idea, really appreciates your post.

Angi Schneider

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

You're welcome!

Marlon Brando

Saturday 26th of September 2020

Thank you for sharing this amazing idea, really appreciates your post.

Angi Schneider

Sunday 27th of September 2020

You're welcome!

Boyd Kobe

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Freeze muffins before baking! I never knew that before. It's a very cool thing and a good idea.

Thanks for recipes my favorites are "Pumpkin Almond Butter Muffins" and "Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins" can't wait to give some of these a try! Thanks so much.

Ashley

Friday 17th of August 2018

I had no idea you could freeze muffins before baking. It makes perfect sense, it just never occurred to me. Thanks so much for sharing!