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Strawberry Muffins

Sweetened with honey and applesauce, these strawberry muffins are the perfect excuse to have dessert in the morning. They’re moist, fluffy, and packed with juicy strawberries!

If you’re a strawberry lover then you totally need to try out these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars or my Strawberry Banana Smoothie!

Moist & Healthy Strawberry Muffins

Baked until golden and fluffy, these strawberry muffins make a great breakfast and on-the-go snack. With bananas, honey, and applesauce as a swap for granulated sugar, you won’t need to worry about anyone eating more than one.

For ultimate fluffiness, don’t forget to use baking soda and baking powder! They’ll come out super soft and bouncy despite being made with whole wheat flour. Chopped pecans or almonds also add loads of texture. Paired with the cinnamon’s warmth, every bite is pure perfection.

Made with fresh or frozen strawberries, don’t worry if it’s strawberry season or not. You can even make them with berries! As long as you add one or the other, they’ll be super sweet and fruity— making them a yummy sweet treat for the summer. Plus, they bake up in about 20 minutes.

Bitten-into muffin.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Muffin Recipe

These moist muffins will earn a place in your recipe tin because they’re easy to make, fruity, healthy, and perfect for meal preps.

  • Easy. All you have to do is mix the dry and wet ingredients separately before making the batter. If you can do that, your muffins will be a success because you won’t over-mix.
  • Fruity. Made with strawberries or your favorite berries, they’re a perfect fruity treat perfect for summer.
  • Healthy. This recipe avoids refined flour and sugar, making them a healthy breakfast or dessert when compared to regular sweet treats.
  • Prep-friendly. Made ahead for the week and even frozen, these muffins make a great on-the-snack for work or school.
Ingredients for strawberry muffins.

Recipe Ingredients

Whole wheat flour, mashed bananas, honey, and applesauce are just some of the ingredients that make these muffins healthy. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for full ingredient amounts.

  • White whole wheat flour – Regular wheat flour or all-purpose work too.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda – Don’t swap it for more baking powder. They’re not the same thing.
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Bananas – They need to be ripened.
  • Honey – Raw honey is best. Maple syrup is great too.
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Strawberries

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries?

Yes! Thaw them first and drain really well. After that, incorporate them to the recipe as usual.

Three homemade strawberry muffins on a white marble slab.

How to Make Strawberry Muffins

Making strawberry muffins is just like a regular muffin recipe. It’s about mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately before combining them.

  • Prepare the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and set it aside.
  • Mix the dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to a large bowl. Set it aside.
  • Mix the wet ingredients. Add the mashed bananas, honey, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract to a small bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Combine wet and dry. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix until just-combined. Add in strawberries and gently mix.
  • Fill the tray. Gently scoop enough batter until each muffin liner is filled with batter up to 3/4 of the way.
  • Bake. Pop the tray into the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve. Remove them from the oven and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Baked muffins in the muffin tray.

Tips for Baking Moist Muffins

Homemade strawberry muffins or not, you can improve and perfect any muffin recipe with these tips:

  • Don’t over-mix. It’s okay if the batter still has a couple of lumps or small streaks of flour. The batter should be mixed until just combined otherwise the flour will develop too much gluten, resulting in rubbery and dense muffins.
  • Use add-ins. Adding 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, almonds, or toasted coconut can give your muffins a bit of crunch.
  • Add berries. Although it’s strawberry season, you can make this recipe with your favorite berry instead.
  • Use an ice-cream scoop. Using an ice-cream scoop or a measuring cup to add batter to each liner can help ensure they’ll bake evenly because they’ll have the same amount of batter.
Close-up of a healthy strawberry muffin.

Serving Suggestions

These healthy strawberry muffins are the perfect breakfast treat when paired with your favorite coffee, tea, or a glass of milk. If you’re a coffee-person like me, try it with my Thai Iced Coffee, Chai Tea Latte, or Sweet Cream Iced Coffee. To keep things nice and fruity, you can pair them with a smoothie like my Strawberry Banana Smoothie. For an extra sweet bite, spread them with a bit of Nutella, peanut butter, or almond butter.

Picking up a muffin.

Proper Storage

Once fully cooled, store the strawberry muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Keep them away from heat and sunlight to avoid spoiling. If the are where you live is particularly hot, refrigerate them and they’ll last for up to 5 days. Set them on the counter until they’ve come down to room temperature.

Can I Freeze Homemade Strawberry Muffins?

Yes! Place them on a baking rack and freeze them for 1-2 hours. Wrap each muffin in plastic wrap twice. Transfer to a freezer-friendly bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Set the muffins on the counter for 30 minutes or up to an hour to thaw.

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A strawberry muffin on a plate.

Strawberry Muffins

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These moist strawberry muffins are a healthy dessert turned breakfast. They’re ready in less than 30 minutes and are great for the week.


  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups diced strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 12 count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  3. To large bowl add white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. To a small bowl add mashed banana, honey, unsweetened applesauce, egg and vanilla extract. Using a spatula, combine all the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until everything is combined. Add in strawberries and gently mix.
  6. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full with the strawberry muffin batter.
  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve.


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 215 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 16 mg

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21 comments on “Strawberry Muffins”

  1. Very tasty, I didn’t have any applesauce so used nonfat Greek yogurt instead and a little bit of oat milk to thin the batter. Great low calorie snack.

  2. Lately it’s been tough going to the supermarket with COVID-19 going around so I was wondering if you know any good applesauce substitutes?

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    Betty Lim-Silvernail

    I was searching the Internet for a healthy strawberry muffin recipe and decided to try yours. I made them and they have to be the best muffins I’ve ever had! Thank you for the recipe.

  4. I’ll be making these strawberry muffins today! Also, I’d like ti hear more about party planning tips. I’d love to entertain more, but I get overwhelmed just thinking about it!

  5. Hi Krista,
    Thanks for another yummy-looking recipe!
    I would love for you to share other aspects of yourself, especially your ideas on entertaining!
    As someone who loves to cook, but suffers from major “hostess neurosis”, I’m sure your tips would be most helpful!

  6. I would love to read more about your entertaining ideas. I love to entertain but do find it sort of stressful. I’m a bit of a control freak and don’t like to leave much of the work for after the guests have arrived. Tips about menus, make ahead options and how to know how much to make (I always over estimate) would be great. And just any fun ideas. Thanks!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Love that you used banana in these gorgeous strawberry muffins — they look fabulous! And I’d love to hear about some of your other passions!

    1. thank you so much, the bananas give the right amount of sweetness! And thanks for your feedback Patricia, super helpful to know!