Peanut Butter Muffins

This is the best Peanut Butter Muffins recipe because it makes super moist, peanut-butter-infused muffins. They’re easy to make and a perfect breakfast or snack. Add some jelly for a PB&J kind of breakfast!

Serve some vegan butter and berry-infused chia jam with these tasty muffins.

Two peanut butter muffins are stacked with more muffins behind them.

This tasty breakfast treat tastes like a peanut butter cookie in muffin form. How perfect is that! As you know, I’m a fan of the muffin and I’m always looking for the perfect balance between healthy and delicious.

Sometimes those two concepts are at odds with one another, but not in this recipe.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Adding applesauce creates tender, moist muffins
  • Brown sugar adds a subtle caramel flavor and also contributes to a soft, moist texture
  • Peanut butter is the star of the show and adds the perfect flavor to every bite.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Flour — I prefer using whole wheat pastry flour (different than whole wheat flour). You can substitute all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder + baking soda — These two together add lift and tenderness to these muffins.
  • Salt — We’ll add just a bit of salt to add depth of flavor.
  • Vegetable oil — Moist muffins require a little bit of oil. I use canola oil.
  • Peanut butter — I prefer crunchy (to add some crunch to every bite), but smooth works great. I recommend using regular peanut butter, not the natural kind that has to be stirred.
  • Applesauce — We’ll use unsweetened applesauce to bring out all the moisture and tenderness possible.
  • Brown sugar — You can use dark, light, or even homemade brown sugar.
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Plant-based milk
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vanilla extract

Do you want peanut butter chocolate chip muffins? If so, add 1 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips.

How to Make Peanut Butter Muffins

Here’s how to make make these tasty muffins.

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. 
    Dry ingredients, like flour, in a glass bowl.
  2. Combine wet ingredients by stirring together peanut butter and oil, applesauce, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add plant-based milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla and stir again until smooth and creamy.
  3. Combine peanut butter mixture with the flour mixture and stir until combined.
    A bowl of wet ingredients are being poured into a bowl with a flour mixture.
  4. Use a cookie dough dispenser to equally distribute batter into all the prepared muffin compartments.
    A cookie scooper is being used to add muffin dough into a muffin pan lined with papers.
  5. Bake muffins for 18 to 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown. A tester inserted in the center comes out clean or has only a few crumbs. Remove pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

New to Vegan Baking?

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Storage Tips

Once the muffins have cooled, transfer them to an airtight container. They’ll keep at room temperature for 3–4 days. Or you can refrigerate them for up to 7 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To serve chilled muffins, allow them to come to room temperature, or cook them in the microwave until heated through roughly 15–30 seconds.

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Marly’s Tips

  • Substitute a mashed banana for the applesauce to make healthy peanut butter banana muffins.
  • I do not recommend using natural peanut butter for most baking recipes.
  • This recipe makes up to 18 regular-sized muffins. If you prefer to make jumbo muffins, be sure to bake them longer (25–28 minutes).
  • Add 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder to make peanut butter chocolate muffins.

As you can tell, I love vegan breakfast recipes. In fact, you should try these vegan scones. They’re so good!

Jelly has been smeared over a half of a muffin.

Vegan Peanut Butter Recipes

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A peanut butter muffin has several muffins around it.

Peanut Butter Muffins

These Peanut Butter Muffins are nothing short of amazing!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 18 muffins
Calories: 179kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup crunchy peanut butter (see note)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Paper or grease 18 muffin compartments
  • Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add peanut butter and oil, applesauce, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add plant-based milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla and stir again until smooth and creamy.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips if using. Use a cookie dough dispenser to equally distribute batter into all the prepared muffin compartments.
  • Bake muffins for 18 to 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown. A tester inserted in the center comes out clean or has only a few crumbs. Remove pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store muffins in an airtight container.

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Notes

I used Jif crunchy peanut butter for this recipe.
Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

One Response to Peanut Butter Muffins

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly Reply

    5 stars
    As the author of this recipe, it’s my honor to tell you that these peanut butter muffins are delicious for breakfast or any time of day.

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