Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

My kids love raisin bread.  My son, who is all of 18 months old, loves to grab the bag of raisin bread and bring it to me, begging me with those sweet blue eyes.  Sometimes this ritual is accompanied by lots of sounds that may or may not be his attempt to say “open”.  I oblige him and hand over a piece, and he makes me smile by saying his version of thank you.  It sounds a little bit like “doo-dooo”.  And that always sends my daughter into fits of giggles.

This was our morning routine for months, but when we switched to an all natural diet to help control my daughter’s ADHD-like symptoms I had to say goodbye to our favorite breakfast convenience food.  It occurred to me that I could not only make an all natural, real food version of our old raisin bread, but I could make it tastier too.  These cinnamon raisin muffins have no artificial ingredients and are easy to mix together on Sunday nights so we have grab and go breakfasts all week.  You can even double the recipe and freeze them for lunches or after school snacks too.  I do that a lot with all my muffins, that way I always have a few options for last minute food emergencies.  When you have two young kids those situations happen more than you can even imagine.

Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

makes 12 muffins
3/4 cup light brown sugar, divided
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins
3/4 cup granulated sugar or palm sugar
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, softened
2 large eggs
6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup applesauce
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
Mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins in a small bowl and set aside.
Place granulated sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer until well blended, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla to bowl.  Mix until well combined, about 2 more minutes.  Slowly add flour to bowl, mixing well as you go.  Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt to batter and continue mixing until combined.
Set mixer aside.  Pour brown sugar mixture on top of batter and lightly fold into batter using a spatula or wooden spoon.  You should only fold this 3 or 4 times – you don’t want to incorporate it into the batter too much.
Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each one about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle each muffin evenly with the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, checking for doneness after 15 minutes.  Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool in pan for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
An Our Family Eats original recipe.
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  1. Sarah says

    found your recipe on tastespotting…just made in (sans raisins – out of them) but yummy good. thanks

  2. says

    Made these today and I know they will be favorites…delicious! We used currants in ours and I was out of yogurt so I substituted sour cream. I did get more batter than I expected, though… I tried to get it all in a dozen muffin cups but there was a lot of overflow. Next time I think I’ll adjust the recipe and make 2 dozen so I can freeze half. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your experience with these. I’ve never had that issue with the batter, but it sounds like you’ve stumbled on a great idea!

  3. says

    OMJeeehoshaphat, THESE R GRRRRREAT. I didn’t use rasins (my hubs hates them). I added Chia to the mix and a little extra cinnimon (per hubs). I used the palm suger that you have spoke about instead of the white sugar, as well. I also sprinkled chia seeds on the top. Thanks so much for what you do!

  4. kayl says

    How do these compare to your oatmeal chocolate chip muffins in taste? nutrition? I was going to make the oatmeal choc chip muffins because, as you mentioned, it would give protein and fiber. But I’m torn because your cinnamon raisin is the one you highlight as a favorite. Do you have any suggestions to combine the two in some way to get the best of both worlds?