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Yet another recipe I’ve been promising to post for-ever.  I don’t mean to be a tease; I’m just forgetful (and I have too many posts I want to write!).


Love Muffins

(Makes 10 small muffins)

· 210 grams (1 3/4cups) whole wheat pastry flour

· 2 tsp baking powder

· 1 ½ tsp Ener-G egg replacer (i.e. for one egg)

· ½ tsp salt

· 4 tsp unsweetened applesauce

· 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

· ½ cup sugar of choice


1. Preheat the oven to 380 degrees F.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients (this can be done ahead of time), then add the wet ingredients right before putting the miture into the oven.  Stir until just combined—don’t overmix.

3. Scoop muffin batter into non-stick (or oiled) muffin cups, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until they’ve puffed up (I take mine out after about 8 ½ minutes, because I’m strange and like the muffins a bit gooey.)

4. For optimum freshness, freeze all the muffins you aren’t planning to eat within two days.  To reheat, microwave for 20 seconds.


Love Muffin Variations:

These muffins are delicious as-is, but they also act as perfect “blank canvases” to jazz up with one of the following ideas:

  1. Powdered Jelly Doughnut Muffins (Add a dollop of jelly to the middle of each muffin when you’re putting the batter into the muffin cups. After baking, dip the warm muffins in powdered sugar.)
  2. Larabar Muffins (add dates and chopped nuts)
  3. Tropical Pina Colada Muffins (Add pineapple tidbits and coconut shavings to the batter)
  4. Mounds Bar Muffins (Mix cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and coconut into the batter)
  5. Raspberry-Marzipan Muffins (add almond extract and raspberries to the batter)
  6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Muffins (Mix in chocolate chips, and undercook the muffins so they’re gooey like cookie dough!)… If you’re feeling reeeeeaally decadent, you can always eat ’em with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal.  Would that be cookie dough overload?  Is there such a thing?
  7. Elvis Love Muffins (Stir in peanut butter and mashed banana.  “Ice” muffins with more peanut butter.)

And then, of course, there are all the usual suspects: Lemon Poppyseed, Banana Nut Bread, Cinnamon-Raisin, Blueberry, Apple-Raisin-Spice, Pumpkin… The Love Muffins are so versatile!!!

Can you help me?

I’m planning on bringing some Love Muffins to the nursing home where I volunteer.

But there are so many variations that I don’t know which to choose! Which one of my variations sounds most appealing? Or do you have a variation idea of your own? I’m definitely open to new-flavor suggestions!!


Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Elyse says:

    Those muffins look great! I love that they’re a bouncing off board for so many fabulous flavor combinations. Delicious!

  2. Marianne says:

    Mmmm, muffins. I think the powdered jelly ones would be awesome. Although, maybe messy for the care home? Probably a good idea to avoid anything too crunchy, since it can be hard on the teeth (which is why we only give my grandma chocolates with soft centres now). The Elvis ones could be fun, if there are any Elvis fans!

  3. Meg says:

    I’d totally go with the Elvis Love Muffins 😉

    Cause young and old, who doesn’t ADORE Elvis?! And bananas + peanut butter, of course. Always a winner.

    I think it’s an amazing idea to bring them to the nursing home. You could ask the people there what their favorite desserts are, then make them using ideas from that approach :)

    I’m sure any kind you make they will absolutely love!

    Have an awesome night!

    Love, Meg

  4. the elvis fo sho!!! delish. you could even add some dark cacoa powder to some of that for extra goodness.

    I need to try a tofu scramble!!

  5. i love the under-baked cookie dough muffin idea!!! slightly under cooked baked goods = my favorite! but for the nursing home, i bet they would go crazy over the elvis ones :)

  6. All of the muffin variations sound great, but I’d go with either the Elvis of Pina Colada variations to bring to the nursing home. It’s so sweet of you to not only volunteer, but bring food!

  7. Vegyogini says:

    How about peach or strawberry love muffins using frozen or fresh fruit?

  8. Kiersten says:

    I’d go with the jelly doughnut muffins. They all sound great though!

  9. Sally says:

    I think the peanut butter Elvis love muffins sound delicious!

  10. runsarah says:

    Love those muffins – the Mounds bar ones sound great, especially since some people may have peanut allergies!

  11. coco says:

    chocolate chip would be my favorite! :)

  12. Erin says:

    Oh, these sound like a great basic muffin. I love muffins that aren’t too sweet, like these sound.
    I’m definitely loving the Elvis idea!

  13. Ricki says:

    While it’s not my own personal favorite, Lemon Poppyseed seem to be one of the most popular flavors. . . but they all sound good to me!

  14. kirsten says:

    chocolate chip cookie dough ! yummm !!

  15. shepidemic says:

    I wish I could eat the kind of well-balanced meals that you do! I’m always on such a rush throughout the day though, and never seem to pay enough attention to when I’ll be hungry next…maybe in my next life.

    Anyway, I think raspberry-marzipan would be great for the nursing home. At least, my grandmother loves marzipan, ha, and it’s like an old school combination that might be a popular hit among that crowd.

    good luck!

  16. Natalie says:

    The Powdered Jelly Doughnut and Raspberry Marzipan sound so interesting! More emphasis on the doughnut version 😛 Those folks will totally appreciate them. Although Ive encountered one too many older people giving me lip service about being meat free. *sigh, it’s really hurtful especially when they tell you it’s rude to turn down the food they prepared.

  17. Christina says:

    Raspberry Marzipan sounds delish!

  18. Regi says:

    How’s about German chocolate? My friend Jenn and I were talking about German chocolate sorbet today!

  19. broccolihut says:

    Ooh–adding this post to my “rewards after finals” pile.

  20. Oooh, I want to try your recipe template very soon! It sounds so yummy!

    As for the help you requested…coconut, almond (or almond butter), & chocolate chip is a flavor combo I’ve been loving recently! Add coffee flava, and then you’ve got the new Mocha Almond Fudge kind of coconut milk ice cream!

  21. Bibis says:

    Tropical piña colada muffins sound great! And you can “ice” them by putting some jelly or honey on them and then sprinkling shredded coconut on top!

    i want some muffins NOW! hehe

  22. Shelby says:

    I can’t believe I still haven’t made this, what is wrong with me?! They sound so good!!!

    I vote for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

  23. MizFit says:

    good gosh ANY!!!!!


    they will be so excited no matter which.

  24. Amanda says:

    I’ve tagged you in a meme about you and your aspirations. Do check it out: I’d love to see your replies!

  25. miss v says:

    they are template muffins for any direction you want to take them. i love that!

    by the way, it’s like playing ‘where’s waldo’ with the chopsticks in your food picks. i always know they are there somewhere…. :)

  26. brandi says:

    great recipe!

    Lemon poppyseed is a great one for Spring :)

  27. Amanda says:

    I cannot decide! These all sounds delicious!! How about making all a dozen of several kinds? Sort of like a healthy box of donuts!

  28. Virginia says:

    usually older people have a big sweet tooth…so i say powdered jelly donut!!!

  29. jvegegirl says:

    Those muffins look great, but do you ever bake with oil or any fats for them? Best way to create a tender crumb, and if you really want to get more calories, an easy way to incorporate them. Also, it seems to me you could make some really easy other subs to take in more calories (tried and true…by yours truly :)): add some higher-fat granola to your snacks and cereal, use regular tofu (cheaper) instead of silken, and mmm extra virgin olive oil.

  30. Crystal says:

    If there is anything that I know about in this world, it would have to be muffins. If you are looking for some inspiration or new ideas, well today is your lucky day. =)
    Now I haven’t tried all of these, but I’m sure they should taste fine. So some good combos that I can think of are:
    Caramel Apple, Blueberry “Cheesecake” with crumb topping(mmm just saying it makes me want one..or five), blueberry/or raspberry lemon,cherry chocolate, chocolate raspberry mocha, maple pecan, chocolate walnut,
    pumpkin “Cream Cheese”, chai tea, cappuccino/espresso chocolate chip, cranberry orange(yum), Chocolate filled with a)peanut butter or b)chocolate pudding.
    Oh there are so many, but I’ll stop my rambling.
    I like your ideas for the pinapple and coconut one. I think it would be really good with coconut milk as well. 😉 And of course the jelly filled ones are always a hit. Its like a jelly dougnut, but as a muffin. haha.
    Well I hope this helped you a little? And good luck with choosing a muffin!

  31. Kiki says:

    Awww love muffins! They sound so cute. They look so cute. Everything about them is cute! I think I might try making some with a lemon or lime or orange glaze, since I’ve been obsessed with citrus lately.

    I think it’s a great idea to bring some to the nursing home! I’m sure any flavor would be appreciated. But I really like the sounds of elvis muffins!

  32. laci says:

    Your muffin post is so clever- so verstile! I would bring any variation to the NH- one you would want too- maybe the jelly donut or mounds? Or the Elvis! (He ate his PB banana sandwich with Bacon- gross!) :-0

  33. thanks so much for sharing the muffin recipe! They look delish! 😉

  34. DJ says:

    Gotta be marzipan and raspberry – two of my favourite things combine to create a truly winning flavour. It’s a no-brainer. Love your love muffins – and love baking with almond milk, too, keeps everything so moist!

  35. Lauren says:

    Hey Katie,

    I just came across your blog and I wanted to send you a quick shout out!

    As I was reading through some of your posts, I quickly realized how I can fully relate to your life in many ways. Although I am not a vegan, I am very small, eat very little meat, a healt-nut, a runner, obsessed with food and devoted blogger!

    I definitely understand what its like being so small in such a big world, and having to constantly stand up for yourself in a society that thinks being tiny is an obvious disorder. I eat all the time, I run, I work out, and I practice a normal healthy lifestyle, but I feel that I am having to defend myself to people because of my stature. Do you ever feel that way?

    Anyways, I just wanted to let you know how much I apprecaite your inspiring words. I am so happy to see that there are other girls out there who are able to stand firm on a fully healthy belief in living life for all that it is worth and being completely true to yourself. Thank you for giving me that reassurance because honestly, sometimes I do become discouraged with the way that I look. I wish I could gain a little more weight and not have to shop in the kids section, but I know that I will in time. I know that I am healthy and happy and that is all that truly matters. So, truly, I want to thank you for being an inspiration to me and to so many other young women.

    Take care!

  36. Emily says:

    YUM! The Jell Donut Sounds very good! Perhaps try crumbling choc. cookies in them and drizzling with icing….cookie and cream cupcakes! 😀 You goods always look delish though!

  37. Sagan says:

    Delicious! I love all your ideas for variations. I’d probably add bananas to mine. Or blueberries. Or apples with cinnamon.

  38. laci says:

    The Nectars are being discontinued!? Why? Boo! Atleast we still have laras, jocolats and pures! :-)

  39. Lyss says:

    Hey there Chef CCV!

    My vote would have to be for something standard – like the Elvis recipe or a traditional Blueberry. The other ones are way more creative, but when you are serving other people, sometimes simple is your safest bet!

    They all sound great though! If you need a taste tester, you know where to find me. 😉

  40. Sweetie Pie says:

    They all sound so good, but I’m such a fan of coconut that I’ll have to go with the mounds bar love muffin!

    I really like versatile recipes like this one. Thanks for sharing it, and good for you for volunteering! :-)

  41. I’d say the people at the nursery home would love any of the chocolate varieties!! :) That will be such a sweet treat for them…some delicious home-baked goodies!!

  42. mihl says:

    Raspberry-marzipan, raspberry-marzipan, raspberry-marzipan!
    And so nice of you to use metric measurements for us European cup deniers. :)

  43. Cookiemouse says:

    The ones with chocolate!

  44. Sanja says:

    Those muffins look so yummy!

  45. Danielle says:

    I think this is the mystery picture!

  46. Liz says:

    I think this might be the mystery picture for the guessing game giveaway.

  47. Quix says:

    Oooh oooh or this!

  48. Chrysta says:

    I think this might be the mystery picture for the scale giveaway

  49. cinnazimtanie says:

    I might have found the closeup! OOOh! I hope!

  50. Cassie says:

    guessing again for the scale giveaway!!

  51. megan says:

    I think this is the picture for the guessing game!

  52. brianna says:

    chocolate chip cookie dough sounds fantastic!!! I will be making those for sure.

  53. McKella says:

    Yummy! Those little guys look so good, but I think the jelly donut variation sounds awesome. Maybe I’ll try those for breakfast…

  54. Stefanie says:

    The Elvis variation of these sound really good. Maybe mix the tropical pina colada with the elvis. Add the banana and coconut then ice with peanut butter. I may have to try that. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter.

  55. Meg says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough sounds delicious!


  56. Evan Thomas says:

    These sound so good. I would do a carrot cake lovin’ muffin with raisins and carrot

  57. Danielle says:

    The elvis love muffins sound good to me (maybe with some chocolate chips thrown in!)

  58. Hope says:

    mmmm mounds bars for sure. Can’t go wrong with coconut

  59. homecookedem says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Muffins!! :)

  60. Shayna says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

  61. Helene says:

    Raspberry marzipan – and I’d add a dollop of almond paste in the middle of each, too.

  62. emily says:

    ummm, how can you think of anything better than chocolate chip cookie dough variation?

  63. Monica says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough sounds like an instant favorite for me! If I had to come up with my own flavor, I would substitute the applesauce in the recipe for pumpkin puree, yum!

  64. Jamie says:

    Lately i’ve been drawn to pumpkin + chocolate chips in all my baked goods…i imagine that would be a great variation for these muffins!

  65. Meghan says:

    How about pb chocolate chip? Stir in chocolate chips and ice with peanut butter..I mean really WHAT is better than chocolate and pb!?

  66. Tiffany says:

    ahh the mounds bar variation sounds amazing!

  67. Dena says:

    I’m drawn to anythng peanut butter, or maybe I’m drawn to anything Elvis 😛 but either way I’d go for the Elvis Love Muffins! yum :)

  68. ali says:

    i would make the Elivis one – except add chocolate chips too. I’m a peanut-butter-banana-chocolate-oholic! nom nom nom!

  69. joy says:

    I think I would be liking either plain or with strawberries, bananas and cocout best…

  70. Serena says:

    The Elvis muffins sound the best to me :) I’m a PB/nanner fiend, though.

  71. Madeline says:

    I think the Raspberry Marzipan sounds best, it just seems more “lovey” to me haha. Also, there’s 18 inches of snow on the ground and I’m enjoying chocolate mudslide oatmeal! It’s better than hot chocolate.

  72. allie says:

    The elvis love muffins sound FANTASTIC.

  73. one of my fave ways to use stevia is in egg whites mixed with cinnamon…it comes out like a souffle!

  74. eaternotarunner says:

    Slobs love muffins sound pretty great to me!

  75. lindsey says:

    sorry i’m obsessed with key lime pie, so i would make a key lime pie one! :)

    ♥ lindsey

  76. radioactivegan says:

    I’d have to go with the Elvis variation, partly because I love banana and peanut butter, partly because Elvis is just awesome!

  77. Zuzanka says:

    Jelly + (milled) poppyseeds, I love that combo..I even put it in my oatmeal!

  78. It’s a tough call on which love muffin I’d like to try most, I’d say it’s a tie between the cookie dough and the mounds!

  79. Mary says:

    I’d combine the Elvis and the powdered jelly version. PB&J make a pretty rockin combo! :)

  80. Christina says:

    I’d dhave to go with the Elvis ones also..can’t go wrong with peanut butter and banana!

  81. Meg says:

    When it comes to muffins I am a banana lover, so Elvis sounds good, but i’d probably skip the PB and add some cinnamon, nutmeg and sprinkle with brown sugar and walnuts on top!

  82. diane says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough muffins-yes please! :)

  83. Danielle says:

    The chocolate chip cookie dough muffins sound incredible!

  84. Jenny says:

    ah paying homage to the king. The Elvis variation sounds like a hunka hunka burning love 😉 Love you girlie!

  85. Emilie says:

    powdered jelly donut sounds INCREDIBLE!!!!!

  86. JW says:

    Ok I’ve been obsessed with pumpkin lately so I’d make that!

  87. lindsayruns says:

    raspberry marzipan for sure!

  88. runRedrun says:

    either the mounds or elvis.

  89. elaine says:

    hi katie! i think a new variation could be the Red Velvet Love Muffin! Maybe add a little nooch for that cream cheese taste and top the muffin with some of your awesome soy based frosting?

  90. vixedvegans says:

    The jelly donut version sounds the best to me! I love the squishy jelly and warm pastry.

  91. Nicole says:

    I love muffins that have both chewiness and crunchiness. I would make a batch with dried tart cherries and almonds (and maybe a few chocolate chips too :-)).

  92. Erin says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough muffins? Oh my gosh, I need that in my life!

  93. Erica says:

    The mounds bar muffins sound really good! And the chocolate chip cookie dough!

  94. Nicole P says:

    Larabar variation all the way!! yum :)

  95. Claudia says:

    Mounds variation, definitely!

  96. Jen O says:

    I think the chocolate chip cookie dough ones sound amazing! Mmmm!

  97. Lia says:

    The Elvis version sounds the best! I just LOVE peanut butter with everything!

    My variation would be this:

    Add a little bit of lemon juice and zest to the batter.
    When the muffins are done, poke a few little holes in them, not all the way to the bottom!
    Mix some milk of choice with some stevia and lemon zest until sweet to taste and pour a tiny amount of it onto the muffins.
    Let the warm muffins absorb the milk.

    Frost with icing sugar mixed with lemon juice or just eat plain. 😀
    (put some sprinkles on the muffins to cover the holes)

    They should be moist and delicious!

  98. Anonymous says:

    Definetly the carrot muffins! I’ve already made them and they’re absolutely my favorite! I believe that the sugar makes them a bit too dense though, so some stevia will lighten em up! No body likes to feel groggy all day! :)

  99. ally says:

    Definetly the carrot muffins! I’ve already made them and they’re absolutely my favorite! I believe that the sugar makes them a bit too dense though, so some stevia will lighten em up! No body likes to feel groggy all day! :) can’t forget about the coconut butter either..I just bought some and have been putting it on anything I can! Love it.

  100. jvegegirl says:

    Hmmm….I would make cherry chocolate love muffins for valentine’s day!

  101. Annie says:

    powdered jelly donut sounds AMAZING! I love donuts but stay pretty clear of them.. thanks for the idea!

  102. Emma says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough one’s sound the best to me! I LOVE cookie dough :)

  103. Marianne_Auburn says:

    Definitely the Elvis variation! Anything with PB and bananas pretty much rocks my world!

  104. Laura E says:

    I think the Mounds Bar variation sounds best!

  105. Renee says:

    Carrot cakes sounds good to me!

  106. Definitely chocolate chip cookie dough- yum!

  107. Ariffa says:

    ooh the elvis and the cookie dough muffins sound awesome! who am I kidding they ALL sounds amazing, but the elvis sounds to LIVE for.

  108. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says:

    choc chip cookie dough and the elvis ones would be at the top of my list! or adding chunks of brownies, yuM!

  109. Rachel says:

    I’d go with the Elvis muffin fo sho. I’m all about the nanner+nut butter combo plus Elvis is awesome

  110. Tiggy says:

    hey katie! what about making them maple glazed? yumm you could use a bit of maple syrup maybe to ice them with and add maple extract to the batter!!!.. (sorry im from canada, cant you tell? lol)
    on the other hand, old people seem to love their prunes and dates, so you could always make a banana-date version, or a “chocolate-prune-digestive” version.. haha

  111. Laura D says:

    Lemon Poppyseed or Banana Nut Bread….I can’t decide!!!

  112. Julia says:

    Yumm… I would deffinetly make a strawberry shortcake muffin for valentines day… and bake them in the shape of little hearts! All you’d need to do is just add a tiny bit of vanilla extract to the batter, while increasing the baking powder to 3 t (in order to achieve the fluffiness of a shortcake!).

    Then, make a strawberry sauce, by combining strawberries and stevia in a sauce pan until melted. Pour the sauce over top your love muffins, and top with some vegan whipped cream… you can by “soy whip” from this website…

    Or, knowing your creativity, I’m sure you could just make your own whipped “cream”.

    Anyway, that’s my take on the love muffin… strawberry shortcake flavor in the shape of a heart, to make it even more “loveable”!

  113. Heather says:

    powdered donut sound like they’d be delish!!what a creative idea. i bet blueberries would go great too

  114. The jelly doughnut version sounds totally delicious! It gets my vote.

  115. Tiffany says:

    Raspberry marzipan sounds sooo delicious. I am a sucker for all things almond-flavored. I’d probably add some dark chocolate chunks/chips to the batter as well, just to put it over the top.

  116. A says:

    i actually prefer them plain, so I’ve experimented with different kinds of flours :]

  117. lz says:

    Ohh man, it’s tough to choose which variation sounds the best but I think I’d go with the jelly doughnut!

  118. veggie365 says:

    I think the chocolate chip cookie dough sound fabulous!

  119. Mama Pea says:

    You probably already know this one, but helloooooo???? Cookie Dough!!!

  120. Sally says:

    The elvis sounds the best to me!

  121. Jessie says:

    I would add some chocolate to those love muffins!

  122. Kara says:

    Cookie dough muffins???? You are my hero!

  123. leangreendeane says:

    Definitely Larabar muffins!:)

  124. Desiree says:

    I think the Raspberry-Marzipan sound awesome, but I would definitely eat any of them! Your blog is great!

  125. anjali says:

    elvis sounds grrrrrrrreat

  126. kathleen says:

    mmm raspberry marzipan, i think.

  127. anisha says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough sounds pretty awesome to me!

  128. Andria says:

    I haven’t had a Powdered Jelly Donut in ages…THAT ONE!

  129. Sara says:

    chocolate chip cookie dough!

  130. Vanilla says:

    The mounds bar variation sounds so yummy :3


  131. Blair says:

    Elvis Love muffins holy yummmmm!

  132. Lizz says:

    Elvis has my heart…but I couldn’t turn down Mounds or cookie dough. Pumpkin might be fun to try out too!

  133. Kristi says:

    I want to try the pina colada ones! Just what we need in the middle of January :)

  134. lindsey says:

    I’d make pumpkin pie love muffins – add some pumpkin, raisins, maybe walnuts, pumpkin pie spice…
    or coconut pineapple – add in pineapple, coconut shavings, use coconut milk instead of almond milk, and maybe even fill the middles with coconut milk yogurt… 😀

  135. Katie says:

    Easy. I’d make the Elvis variation. Peanut butter + banana + chocolate = best combo ever.

  136. Emily says:

    I’m torn between the Elvis one and the chocolate chip cookie dough :)

  137. Susan says:

    The Elvis one sounds bangalangin’!

  138. AB says:

    Ooo! Elvis with Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter! Now if that isn’t a Hunka-Hunka Burning Love Muffin, I don’t know what is!

  139. haylee says:

    I would do the Powdered Jelly Doughnut or the Tropical Love Muffin, ah sounds so good! I think I would add bananas to the Tropical one though, I LOVE bananas.

  140. Keegan says:

    Banana and Raspberries, then topped with some White Chocolate Wonderful PB…. drool…. :)

  141. Mara says:

    Frankly, hazelnut — the king of nuts IMHO — never disappoints! I would go with cocoa, hazelnut butter and vanilla extract (or vanilla NuNaturals alcohol-free vanilla stevia drops =] ) for a nutella-like love muffin.

    Oh, yeah! =P

  142. Samantha says:

    Powdered jelly sounds amazing!

  143. Jenna says:

    My entry for the NuNaturals giveaway:

    I would mix in overripe mashed banana, stick a few chocolate chips in the middle of each one, and top with some PB! Elvis-style with a chocolate surprise =)

  144. molly b says:

    Raspberry-Marzipan! I want to go make these NOW!

    I wasn’t a reader yet when you posted this. I am going to have to look back through your archives to find what other delicious recipes I missed!

  145. Laura says:

    Mmmm! Elvis Love Muffins!

  146. Li says:

    Powdered Jelly Doughnut!!! OMG!

  147. ashley says:

    Larabar muffins for sure :-)

  148. Emily says:

    I’d make an Apple Pie variation with apple chunks and cinnamon sugar.

  149. Erica Rose says:

    DEFINITELY the raspberry/marzipan! Raspberries and almonds are two of my favorite things, yum!

  150. Kate G. says:

    ELIVS LUUURV muffins :) yum i love the PB & banana combo i bet it’d be bomb in muffin form!

  151. Cookie dough muffins sound too good to be true! Definitely on the must-make list

  152. liz says:

    The cookie dough Love Muffins sound unbelievable (okay, cookie doug anything sounds delicious) One of my favourite way to make muffins is add mashed banana, walnuts and lots of cinnamon, tastes like banana bread!

  153. Tara says:

    MMM raspberry marzipan sounds good. I’ve actually never had marzipan, but i love the smell of almond extract, haha.
    I also think a great flavor would be peanut butter and banana (my favorite combo!) or adding toffee bits and cinnamon!!

  154. rawcandy says:

    My vote is for raspberry marzipan! Sounds like a great combination.

  155. Lori says:

    I love peanut butter and bananas so I have to go with the Elvis!

  156. Megan Leigh says:

    Raspberry-Marzipan sounds so yummy!

  157. Erika says:

    Oooh – I like the marzipan spin on the muffins! If I came up with my own.. I would probably end up doing some sort of lemon/lime/coconut twist!

  158. chocolate chip cookie dough
    elvis for runner up…tho the mounds is cool too

    yikes…indecisive…but go with the ccd

  159. Katie says:

    Oh goodness…the chocolate chip cookie dough ones sound amazing! I’m going to have to make those this week.

  160. elizabeth says:

    lemon poppyseed is always a winner-but I’ve tried a lime poppyseed that actually turned out very well!

  161. MaryZ says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough sounds so good!

  162. I vote for Elvis Love Muffins!

  163. Sana says:

    Chocolate chip cookies dought sounds yummy!!

  164. becky says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough looks GOOD!

  165. Raspberry-Marzipan sounds SO yummy! I almost went for the mounds, but then I thought of my memories of my sweet grandma, and she always had stashes of chocolate candy for herself and all the grandchildren. Raspberry is delicious and nutricious.

    Katie W

  166. Elis says:

    Yum! I would say that I would be stuck between the chocolate chip cookie dough muffin or the Elvis muffin. Yummo!

  167. jane says:

    i’d make the elvis but add chocolate chips. cant have pb without chocolate!

  168. Gaby says:

    I love this basic recipe! I make muffins all the time and never make the same variation.
    I still need to try the powdered jelly donut one, and I might sub in some garbanzo bean flour for a cake donut texture.
    I also think maybe an orange zest coconut combo would be super amazing…oh man I might have to go in search of hard to find ingredients here soon!
    I have found some great natural food stores and vegan restaurants here. My new faves are an oatmeal puff cereal (envision puffins) but pb filled! I also got a quinoa flour vanilla cake mix I need to try. I’ve stocked up on vegan empanadas from a few places too, and some squash bread from a vegan bakery. LOTS of yums to be found if you really look in this meat and potato loving country :)

  169. emi s. says:

    How about swirling hazelnut butter through, and mixing in chocolate chips, for nutella-esque love muffins? mmmmm. frost with hazelnut butter mixed with melted chocolate, i think :)

  170. rebecca says:

    the elvis variation sounds SO good, i love anything with the PB and banana combination!

  171. Liss says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough sounds the best, yummmm!!!

  172. Lauren P. says:

    mmmm, the lara bar variation sounds delicious and nutrient-packed ! great combination!!

  173. grace says:

    gotta love the mounds bar muffins! <3 coconut!

  174. k says:

    the elvis variation sounds tempting! i’d love to make them sometime!

  175. Diana says:

    Oh my gosh. The Powdered Jelly Doughnut Muffins variation looks amazing!

  176. jqlee says:

    Definitely the Elvis variation. I can’t get enough PB

  177. Katy says:

    I love the idea for the powdered jelly doughnut muffins. I can’t wait to make them!

  178. Lucas says:

    Raspberry-Marzipan Muffins! wins my vote.

    I wonder how they would taste if you used spelt. Next week I think I will give them a try and post back with my results. Spelt is my new favorite flour and I have been using it in everything.

  179. Andrea says:

    The Elvis sounds delish! I need to make those!

  180. Heather Marie says:

    Raspberry marizipan all the way!

  181. monica says:

    Straight up boring but always delicious banana! I’m thinking I want to try adding walnut butter into the mix too-that would kill!:) I want those vanilla drops…..:)

  182. Elvis definitely sound the best, but some cinnamon, oatmeal, chocolate chip love muffins would be delightful! xo

  183. I think my toddler would love peanut butter and jelly love muffins! But I think the Elvis would be my favorite. YUM!

  184. Sonia says:

    Powdered Jelly donut sounds best to me! YUM!

  185. Debbie says:

    Cherry chocolate chip muffins with a drizzle of chocolate glaze on top.Especially good on Valentines Day.

  186. Clara says:

    I think the larabar muffin sounds amazing! Love larabars! :)

  187. krista says:

    the chocolate chip cookie dough muffins sounds unreal!

  188. Deborah R says:

    I love coconut and it’s not often I see it used in a muffin…and with one of my other favorites, pineapple…so it doesn’t surprise me that I need to try the Tropical Pina Colada version. 😀

  189. Laura says:

    Definitely the chocolate chip cookie dough muffins. YUM!

  190. GIGI says:

    Hands down… Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!!! My Goodness that looks delish!!! I haven’t eaten chocolate, dough, cookies, etc in SO LONG… Instead I just use Nunaturals Stevia everyday on my more breakfast of pureed pumpkin & roasted butternut squash cubes! SO DELICIOUS – you should try this out some time!!! :)

  191. Katie says:

    I think the chocolate chip cookie dough ones sound awesome! Maybe mix in some sunflower seed butter too? yum!

  192. Kelsey says:

    elvis or raspberry marzipan!

  193. Christine says:

    Elvis love muffins!!! I love peanut butter and banana

  194. Gina G says:

    ahh what a tough decision! i would have to say chocolate chip cookie dough today, elivis tomorrow……and jelly monday! haha thanks so much!

  195. Mandiee says:

    lemon poppy seed allllll the way… or wait, carrot cake is amazing, too! i’ve really got to make some of these love muffins asap! (any clue why they’re called love muffins in the first place?)

  196. MOUNDS BAR! Yumm. I loooove chocolate & coconut.

  197. CaitlinRose says:

    thanks for thinking about the readers/non-bloggers! I like the sound of the chocolate chip cookie dough. . . everything is better raw IMO!!!

  198. Angela K. says:

    chocolate chip cookie dough sounds the best!

  199. ilanalala says:

    chocolate chip cookie dough for sure! i love slightly underbaked chocolate goods…

  200. Streuselmama says:

    Love all of your variations, but might also go for pumpkin chocolate chip or chocolate raspberry. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  201. Sarah says:

    Mounds Bar?!?! My life is complete. :))

  202. Wow, the Mounds Bar and the Raspberry Marzipan muffins sound soooo amazing!

  203. Definitely the larabar love muffin variation! Larabar has such simple ingredients and they are all so tasty! And good for you!

  204. Anna says:

    Its really hard to make this Muffins better then they are. I tried this using half coconut flour/almond flour variation and threw in some dark choc chips and cashews. It was AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much for the original recipe.

  205. Elis says:

    I entered this earlier, but it’s not coming up! LOL. Anywho, I would be stuck between the Elvis and the cookie dough! Both sound oh so tempting! Yummo!

  206. candice says:

    Mmmm, the marzipan version sounds totally yummy. I want a version with almond butter, figs, and red pepper flakes. <3

  207. Oh, the powdered doughnut muffin sounds delicious! I’ll have to try these soon!! :)

  208. Sarah A says:

    Elvis and cookie dough come together in my Love Muffins (somehow I don’t think Elvis would’ve objected). They get a generous dose of nut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate in some form. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it : )

  209. Alisha says:

    I’d go with..
    blueberries, dark chocolate chips, raspberris, and almonds!
    I should try it when I get the chance!

  210. Heather says:

    The Elvis love muffins! Nothing gets me more excited than a hunk a hunk of burning peanut butter love!

  211. Betherann says:

    The chocolate chip cookie dough muffins and Elvis muffins both sound amazing. You could also mix them together and form a tasty mutant Elvis chocolate chip cookie dough love muffin! Yum!

  212. Kimmy Jahnke says:

    I think…

    Elvis muffins are the definite winner! Anything is better with PB right?

  213. Sünne says:

    Right now I’d say the Mounds Bar Muffins would be my favourite – chocolate decadency at its best!

  214. becca says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough, without a doubt!

  215. beth says:

    I thought the sweeter options would grab my attention, but for some reason the Raspberry-Marzipan ones are calling my name… so much so that I think I’m going to make em for breakfast this morning!

  216. Kelly says:

    Yum! I would go for the tropical flavors…I am a sucker for coconut and pineapple.

  217. Hmmm…I’m thinking a chocolate Love Muffin…perhaps with coconut and pecans? Yum!

  218. Lauren says:

    The Elvis muffins sound amazing! I think I would carmelize the banana first (either by just melting it in the micro or by actually using earth balance and turbinado sugar on the stovetop) and then let it cool, mash it up, then add it to the batter. I think it would give the muffins a nice, deep carmel-y flavor. Yum!

  219. Michal says:

    The elvis varaition is the winner for me! I love anything with peanut butter and bananas are always yummy :)

  220. Rachel says:

    Wow, larabar muffins! I never would have thought of that. Sounds yum.

  221. Lauren says:

    The tropical Pina Cola muffins sound fantastic!

  222. Ashlei says:

    Smore muffins would be mighty tasty. Or some “surprise muffins” as I call them – probably close to the powdered jelly doughnut muffins (scoop of jelly or some berries on the inside…surprise!) Yum! :)

  223. Krissy says:

    The Elvis muffins sound amazing! You can never go wrong with PB and banana – best combination ever!

  224. Melissa says:

    I love Larabars, so I’m totally going to try that variation! Thanks!

  225. Kaysie says:

    Cookie dough all the way! There is nothing like warm… undercooked cookie dough… especially with some cheesecake mousse on top!! nom nom

  226. ari says:

    chocolate chip cookie dough!!!!

  227. Sarah says:

    Jelly Donut! Or raspberry marzipan. But now I really want some marzipan. Mmm.

  228. Heather says:

    I think I’d try the jelly donut version but add some peanut butter in too!

  229. Libby says:

    I think I’d make s’mores muffins by adding in some vegan chocolate chips and a layer of vegan marshmallow creme in the middle!

  230. destiny says:

    Lovemuffins!? yes please! i would love to try a pumpkin chocolate one!!

  231. Kayla says:

    Larabar sounds best to me– although the jelly ones sounds interestingly good too!

  232. Sweet Cheeks says:

    Ohhh MOUNDS muffins! That sounds like a winner!

  233. Brooke says:

    banana peanut butter sounds the best!

  234. Metta says:

    How about a brownie love muffin? Sub pureed sweet potato for the apple sauce and add some cocoa powder, maybe a couple of chocolate chips for a double chocolate brownie.

  235. Ellen says:

    mounds bar muffins?! sign me up! i just made a batch of oatmeal cookies with chocolate, coconut and almonds so i have mounds bars on the brain :)

  236. Krista says:

    I’d make gluten free love muffins so I could partake in the goodness!

  237. Kate says:

    Nigella Lawson does Christmas Morning muffins which contain dried cranberries, cinnamon, and the juice of a clementine. They smell divine when cooking, perhaps you might have to wait a while to try those. 😉

    I would quite fancy mocha ones with some choc and some dark coffee added as part of the liquid.

    Or carrot cake muffins – grated carrot and some raisins, and a cream cheese like frosting (guess you could blend tofu for that).

    Or finally, banoffee… melt your bananas a bit more and something that kind of gives it the toffee taste.

    Hope that is enough ideas for one day. :)

  238. Cellabella says:

    The Elvis Love variation sounds amazing :)

  239. Carol says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Muffins!

  240. Julie Inderbitzen says:

    yum! i think an an oreo style muffin would be SO good! or brownie action of course 😉

  241. twesties says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie dough…drool.

  242. Sasha says:

    I would definitely go with the cookie dough!

  243. Melissa says:

    The Powdered Jelly Donut flavor sounds best to me!

  244. Wow, Elvis sounds amazing! Gotta love peanut butter and bananas together! I’d also keep them as is, but serve with yogurt and strawberries, like strawberry shortcake!

  245. catms916 says:

    Sounds amazing!! I’d want to try a PB&J version though. Dried tar cherries & roasted peanuts… yum! I’ve been reading the larabar website and experimenting with their flavors and I think it’d go great. I’ve actually gotten the fiance to eat vegan for almost two weeks now… and during the super bowl too!!!! I never thought I’d get him off wings and he actually suggested a no meat day.

  246. Eileen says:

    Rasberry Marzipan for me – but I would eat any of them!

  247. Purna says:

    For the muffins –

    How about a berry explosion? Chopped cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and maybe a few diced apple pieces…with some lemon zest?

    Wow, I’ve made myself drool…

    I’ve been following your blog for a few days now, it’s great! Good for you for taking such good care of yourself! I’m glad you began focusing on it at a young age too!

  248. Eileen says:

    yummmm! These all sound really good. I think the mounds bar ones sound extra delicious, but I am a chocolate fiend. Agree with an earlier commenter that I’d probably stay away from nuts and possibly peanut butter because of allergies and difficulty eating.

    I also think a raspberry muffin or sweet potato muffin would be good, too.

  249. maren says:

    the Elvis sounds best to me! anything with PB!!!

  250. celestial says:

    ooh I would make maple-walnut-apple pie love muffin!

  251. jensanders52 says:

    Anything chocolate chip cookie dough sounds delish to me! I think adding some nut butter and cacao nibs would also be heavenly!

  252. Natalie says:

    I think the Chocolate Muffins look the best to me… but hey… I like everything chocolate so no surprise there 😛 The raspberries with chocolate is something I’d like to try as well. :)

  253. trendyiacc says:

    The Elvis sound the best to me! PB and banana is one of my favorite combos.

  254. Teresa says:

    I’d go with the mounds bars variation, although they all sound good and really the options are endless. I’d also like to make a cinnamon apple date variety.

  255. courtney says:

    Powdered jelly doughnut muffins sounds sooooo good. And so much healthier than the kind at Dunkin 😉 I also think a variation on the Elvis with chocolate chips instead of banana would be delish!!

  256. Rebecca says:

    The Elvis sounds the best for sure. For my own variation I might reduce the sugar an add some maple syrup because I am obsessed with anything maple flavored!

  257. Laila says:

    Yum…I would go with either the mounds bar muffins or the chocolate chip cookie dough!

  258. Derk Thomas says:

    I would go all Elvis on you. The peanut butter put that over the top.

  259. Holly S. says:

    Elvis Love muffins, hands down–I love me some banana + PB!

  260. Maya says:

    I’d probably go with Raspberry-Marzipan, or Mounds bar muffins.

  261. Kristie says:

    My creativity is lacking but I don’t even think I need to come up with another version of my own, you’ve covered all of the most amazing combos out there! I can hardly choose but I’m a sucker for ANYTHING ooey gooey so love muffin a la chocolate chip cookie dough sounds about incredible to me!

  262. heather says:

    Oh Gosh Katie, I think the mounds bar inspired version sounds absolutely amaze and would be a great breakfast with a little almond butter icing…

  263. Elise says:

    Mmm…Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, definitely!

  264. Jenn says:

    Yum! Love Lara bars…so I’d have to try that version first. But…next up would be cookie dough:)

  265. Amy says:

    Raspberry Marzipan! Almond extract is divine :)

  266. runnergirl says:

    mmmm the powdered jelly doughnut kind sounds awesome!!!

  267. Abigail says:

    Um, tropical pina colada! You’re a genius!!! Now I just have to make these gluten-free!

  268. Umm…I’m all about the chocolate chip cookie variety!

  269. lauren d says:

    Oh I would definitely add a flavor! Pumpkin-pecan (with a touch of flax)! I think the stevia would be perfect over sugar for this flavor because pumpkin often needs a bit of extra kick…

  270. Chrysta says:

    Yum!!!!!!!! I so made these and they are awesome. I loved the Elvis..haha! I think those were my favorite.

  271. Astrid says:

    The Elvis is definately my favorite. But I always love peanut butter and banana. It is definately the most genius food combination out there in the world!

  272. jessicaconte says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough…I love me some chocolate!

  273. Shannon says:

    the mounds bar or elvis… so hard to chose 1 :)

  274. Kate says:

    I think I’d go for banana chocolate chip. Or “banana split” which would include banana, chocolate chips, small bits of strawberry and walnuts. I think you could fit that all in, right?

  275. Kelsey says:

    Hmm, I think I would have to go for the Elivs PB/Banana combination! Lean protein AND complex carbs all in one muffin. :) Not to mention, pb/banana is a classic and I’m sure the residents of the nursing home haven’t had it for a few years. Just my opinion. :)

  276. carin says:

    i want to try the elvis muffins! definitely making these this weekend

  277. Michelle says:

    yum mounds sound awesome, anything with chocolate and coconut, I am there!

  278. Denise says:

    Lemon poppyseed OR a strawberry flavored one!

  279. catms916 says:

    I know I already posted, but what about pumpkin pie muffins with canned pumpkin or even mashed roast butternut squash and then cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and perhaps even some chopped hazelnuts! Yummers!

  280. roya says:

    the mounds bar variant look deeelicious! I’m on a real coconut kick these days!

  281. catherine says:

    pina colada or chocolate chip-marzipan love muffins would be yummy.

  282. Chocolate chip cookie dough muffins sounds awesome!

  283. s says:

    Iv never tried the infamous lara bar cos you can’t get them scotland, boo hoo!so I’d love to try this kind to get an idea what a lara bar is like xxx

  284. nutmeg86 says:

    Mmm, the mounds bar muffins sound delicious, especially warm and topped with coconut butter!

    I actually recently made some pretty similar muffins, only they were gluten free and I added banana and blueberries. I baked them with stevia and they came out great! Check it out at my new blog Also featured is your banana blender cereal!

    Katie, I’m convinced you are a culinary genius!

  285. ummm YUM!!
    i can’t believe i almost missed this recipe (i’ve been out of bloggy land with family drama)…

    i’ll take one of each of your listed variations please!

    and my own would be chocolate and peanut butter…

    or maybe if there was a way to caramelize them???

    EVERYTHING is better with caramel.

    OR, although it’s not vegan… i bet you could make them cheeeeeeesy too!?!?

    ok i’ll stop =)

  286. Michelle says:

    How about apricot marzipan with chocolate? Would that be too crazy?

  287. jenny says:

    mmm raspberry marzipan!!!! sounds GENIUS.

  288. Katie says:

    I think I’d like to try these with some coconut or almond butter and carob chips

  289. Alex says:

    elvis love muffins sounds great, b/c how can you go wrong with peanut butter and banana?

  290. Ana says:

    I would sub the applesauce in the muffins to change the flavor! First thing that come to mind if using pumpkin puree and adding chocolate chips to the batter, making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!
    If you sub applesauce for mashed bananas and add raisins and walnuts you will have a yummy Banana Nut Muffin!!
    Another thing you can sub applesauce with is Mashed Butternut (or kabocha, or other squash of choice) squash, it makes for delicious muffins! As do mashed sweet potatoes!!
    Another idea? Sub applesauce for grated zucchini, add walnut pieces and make Zucchini Nut Muffins, have you tried that? Zucchini muffins are really yummy too!!
    Hope those ideas are fun for you and that I win the stevia drops, so exciting!!


  291. 21mph says:

    Elvis muffins sound delicious! I will have to practice making some gluten free love around here!

  292. Whitney says:

    Elivs all the way!

  293. Margie says:

    Drool….Chocolate chip cookie dough….drool..

  294. Christin says:

    The Elvis, fo sho. Anything peanut butter wins in my book!

  295. Tiffany says:

    I’ve been looking for vegan baking recipes lately. I’m so glad I found this. I love how you can varry it to whatever you are in the mood for. I love pumpkin, so I would add pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, ground flaxseed and pecans. Yum!
    Or grated carrots, raisins, nuts and a little cinnamon.
    Or zucchini, nuts and a hint of cocoa.
    But the powdered jelly doughnut muffins sound yummy. What a cleaver idea. Kids would love them.
    I just might need to make one of these this weekend! Thanks.

  296. Sarah says:

    LOVE the muffins! I think all of the creations sound scrumptious, but i thought i’d create a new varitety for you!

    The Tripple Theat: Crunchy peanutbutter, wihte chocolate chips, and butterscotch chocolate chips.

    I made them this evening and their yummy-licious!

  297. Jenny R. says:

    oh my gosh tropical pina coloda sounds wonderful to me right now since it is FREEZING COLD here….I’m dreaming of laying out on the beach eating some love muffins…

  298. marie says:

    I want to try to make chocolate Elvis love muffins…


  299. Gina says:

    The Elvis! But then again, how can you go wrong with a Larabar variety?!

  300. malpaz says:


  301. Morgan M says:

    Chocolate chip cookie dough!!

  302. Katie says:

    For Stevia giveaway: Chocolate chip cookie oatmeal dough all the way!

    Here’s my version: Vegan white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and coconut. Yum! :)

  303. jaynar says:

    thanks to your fudge baby recipes i have a new found love for dates, so I’d have to choose the larabar variation
    and the cookie dough recipe would be a very close second!

  304. nicole says:

    Mounds bar sounds Awesome!! Thanks for the recipe. I love stevia!!

  305. Melina says:

    The mounds bar muffins sounds the best to me!

  306. Anonymous says:

    Hi Katie! I just wanted to thank you for this AWESOME recipe. The powdered jelly donut twist was brilliant! Even my boyfriend, who usually scoffs at the *notion* of “healthy desserts” (le sighhhhh), thought they were delish :). Also, hello from another Dallas native!

  307. Anonymous,
    Aww thanks so much for the sweet comment! And “howdy” back hehe :) :).

  308. Duly Quoted says:

    Ohh I didn’t mean to be anonymous! Sorry about that! Thanks for the howdy ;). I’m on the west coast for college, and I miss hearing it! And “Y’all!!!”

    1. Hahaha I always made fun of people who said y’all! But then I moved to Texas and realized the error was all mine! 😉

  309. Raychel says:

    I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for so long and now that I finally have the ingredients, I realized I don’t have muffin pans (dorm kitchens suck!) Have you ever tried to make them into balls and just bake like that?

    1. I haven’t… but I’ve done it in a loaf pan, if that helps. If you do make them in balls, please let me know how it goes! :)

  310. kathryn says:

    I just made these, except I used a flax egg and added in 2 T each of cocoa and carob powder. I also mixed some liquid stevia in with the almond milk instead of sugar. My family loved em 😀

    1. I’m so excited you made them! And even more excited y’all liked them :).

  311. Michele says:

    Hi Katie:

    I was wondering if your cook book will be available to purchase in Canada? I have just very recently discovered your website and would love to purchase your cookbook. Thank you :)