Kiwi Muffins Recipe

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Kiwi muffins are a wonderful treat and the perfect way to keep your breakfast, lunch bag, or box interesting and delicious.

If you love kiwis, you’ll love this kiwi muffin recipe. This recipe is surprisingly simple to make. Enjoy this sweet treat at breakfast or for an afternoon on the go.

Kiwi muffins sitting on a wire cooling rack.

Kiwi Muffin Recipe Notes

  • You can add extra protein by using soy milk, or you can use regular milk or almond milk if you don’t do soy.
  • I used some flax seed meal for fiber. You can sub with chia seed if you prefer that.
  • You can substitute many different types of fruits if you’re not a kiwi fan. Try apples, bananas, berries or pears.

How Full Should Muffin Cups Be?

For any muffin cup, you want to fill them about ¾ of the way full. More than that will make the muffin rise way beyond what it should. Less than that would give you flat muffins without a nice, rounded top.

Can You Make Muffins Without Liners?

Absolutely! The trick is to oil the wells of your pan really well. It also helps greatly to use newer muffin pans that have a smooth, non-stick finish.

How Do You Get Muffins Unstuck?

If you’ve made muffins without liners and they end up getting stuck to your pan, simply place the entire thing in the freezer for about an hour or two. Pull them out and use a knife or spatula to run around the edges of the muffins. They should come out quite easily after that.

Easy Muffin Recipe Variations

If you want something easy, this recipe is perfect. You can omit the kiwi and add just about any flavoring you prefer.

  • Lemon muffins – add 1 tbsp. lemon zest + 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • Blueberry muffins – add 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Poppyseed muffins – add 2 tbsp. poppyseeds
  • Chocolate chip muffins – add a ½ cup chocolate chips + 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Muffins stacked on a cutting board with half a kiwi sitting next to them.

Kiwi Muffin Ingredients

1½ cups whole wheat flour – Regular whole wheat flour. You can use whole wheat pastry flour for a finer texture, but you’ll only need about a ¼ cup milk if you use it.

2 tsp. baking powder – Make sure it’s newer for the best results.

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ cup flax seed meal

2 large eggs

½ cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ cup oil – I used safflower.

¾ cup milk – any milk you prefer – I used unsweetened almond milk.

1 cup chopped kiwi – about 3 kiwis.

How To Make Kiwi Muffins

A muffin pan lined with white, paper liners.

Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a standard muffin tray with muffin papers.

A flour mixture sitting in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. 

Eggs and liquids added to a flour mixture in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Add all wet ingredients to the dry mixture, except for the kiwi. Stir well to combine.

Chopped kiwi being folded into a batter in a mixing bowl.

Lastly, fold in your kiwi gently and scoop into liners.

a muffin pan with liners filled with kiwi muffin batter.

Fill the each cupcake liner with batter and then bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Kiwi muffins sitting on a black, wire cooling rack.

Muffins are done when you poke them with a knife or toothpick and it comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

How To Store Kiwi Muffins

Keep these in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They will last up to about 5 days.

How To Freeze Kiwi Muffins

Wrap them well and keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Kiwi muffins sitting on a wire cooling rack.

Kiwi Muffins Recipe

Delicious muffins made with fresh kiwi. A perfect snack or treat!
4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 203kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • 1 Standard muffin pan

Ingredients

  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup flax seed meal
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup oil (I used safflower)
  • ¾ cup milk (any milk you prefer – I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup chopped kiwi (about 3 kiwis)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.
    A muffin pan lined with white, paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. 
    A flour mixture sitting in a stainless steel mixing bowl.
  • Add all wet ingredients except for the kiwi. Stir well to combine
    Eggs and liquids added to a flour mixture in a stainless steel mixing bowl.
  • Lastly, fold in your kiwi gently and scoop into liners.
    Chopped kiwi being folded into a batter in a mixing bowl.
  • Fill the muffin liners with batters and bake for approximately 20 minutes. 
    a muffin pan with liners filled with kiwi muffin batter.
  • Muffins are done when you poke them with a knife or toothpick and it comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
    Kiwi muffins sitting on a black, wire cooling rack.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally published 1/1/2010.

Original Recipe

  • 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup flax seed meal
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup oil (I used safflower)
  • ¼ cup soy milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 1 cup chopped kiwifruit (although, you could use almost any fruit)
  • Olive oil to spray over tops of muffin pans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare your muffin tins by spraying the top surface with a light coat of olive oil and placing muffin paper in the tins. 
  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients except for the kiwi.
  • Mix both bowls separately, and then combine.
  • Lastly, fold in your fruit and scoop into lined muffin tins.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes. 
  • Muffins are done when you poke them with a knife or toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
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10 Comments

  1. Cascia Talbert says:

    5 stars
    I love making home made muffins for my kids. These look really good.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cascia – Homemade is always the yummiest! Enjoy!

  2. Your website has helped me SO MUCH. I’m new to clean eating. I’m wondering can I use whole wheat flour instead of the pastry flour ??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Thank you! Yes, you can, but the final result will be more dense and “bready”.

  3. Hi, what is “pastry flour”? Is it what we call self raising flour here in the U.K.? We only have two types, plain flour (what you call all purpose) and self raising.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chloe – No, it’s different. It’s made using a spring wheat instead of a winter wheat. The gluten levels are different and it provides a finished texture that is much closer to using white flour. If you can’t find it locally, Amazon can deliver it to your door. That being said, using regular whole wheat flour will work just as well. The only difference is that the final texture will be more dense and “bready”.

  4. can we use almond flour instead?

    1. Marlene – Almond flour is a different animal. Rather than trying to convert this recipe, here is an almond flour muffin recipe you can use. Simply add kiwi instead of chocolate chips. Just don’t go overboard because the liquid from the kiwi could make it hard to get these cooked in the center. You may have to cover them with foil and bake them longer. Just a hunch though. https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/almond-flour-muffins-recipe/

  5. Happy camper says:

    Hello, do you have a flax seed meal substitute suggestion?

    1. Happy Camper – You mean to avoid using flax? Or do you want to use all flax? Or do you want a flax egg suggestion? Sorry, just need a little more clarification.

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