December 16, 2013

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Honey Gingerbread Muffins

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I haven't made muffins in forever.  I had the same revelation with cookies last week, too.  So cookies and muffins were my top two priorities this week.

These muffins.  Seriously, honest to goodness, best muffins I've had. 

Best peanut butter honey muffins anyways.

But seriously.  These rank high among my muffins.  It is the texture that makes these so good.  They are dense, yet fluffy (don't ask how that works.)  They are soft, but definitely not gooey.  They're sweet, but also heavily spiced.  They're amazing, but also healthy. 

Oh yeah, these have no white flour, no butter or oil, and no refined sugars.  And they are just incredible. 

You definitely taste the peanut butter first.  And then you can taste the honey and as you chew and swallow, the gingerbread spices kick in.  Thanks to the molasses, honey, and spices, these are not lacking in flavor.  I have a thing for peanut butter right now.  I have another recipe coming up that uses peanut butter and honey.  I am all about sweet peanut butter - in everything! :)  And the peanut butter honey combo tastes so good with the gingerbread spices. 

Let's talk texture real quick.  Whole wheat goods often have the reputation for dry and bland.

Not these.

Any good muffin has to have the perfect fluffy, yet sustaining texture and these nailed it.  The peanut butter provides the fat needed to make them moist and the buttermilk adds the slight fluffy factor. 

Can you say no to a healthy and delicious flavor packed muffin?  I sure can't.  Empty muffin tin as evidence.

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Gingerbread Muffins
Recipe Source: The Sweet {Tooth} Life.  Adapted from Heather's French Press
Yield: 16 muffins

1 egg
1/2 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
Preheat oven to 350.  Line 16 cupcake tins. 
Beat egg and honey together.  Add peanut butter, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, and stir.  Alternate flour and buttermilk, stirring after each addition.  Stir in baking soda.  Divide between lined cupcake tins and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 


  1. I love the combination peanut butter + honey...and that late kick of gingerbread spices must make these muffins irresistable!

  2. Gingerbread and peanut butter in the SAME MUFFIN??? No way! Sounds delicious! And the fact that these muffins are healthy makes them even better! :) Great post! AGAIN! And they're so pretty again, too!

  3. I am so happy we're both on board with the gingerbread :) I used almond butter in my chocolate gingerbread granola bars but next time I'm using peanut butter! Thanks for the inspiration girly :)

  4. There is a lot going on in this muffin, and I love it all! What a great combo of flavors, and you can see how amazing the texture is! Definitely trying this recipe! Gorgeous photos too.

  5. Mmmm. I love peanut butter and honey! I had to leave my muffin tin behind when I moved last week, but I really need a new one!

  6. These look so great, I want one for breakfast, lunch and dessert.. I can have 3 a day, right? Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  7. These look so moist and delicious, and they're healthy? The perfect muffin! You've outdone yourself, Mary Frances. I need to pin these. :)

  8. WOW!!! I would have never thought of this combination. Ever. But your pictures look so delicious and I can see how they would work together. Bravo!!

  9. Oh this is my kind of dessert! :D I'd love to grab a few right now.. They look so moist, have no butter or sugar! And I love the addition of peanut butter.

  10. I love muffins and haven't made them in a while too! I love your healthy spin on these. :) They look so yummy and a fabulous way to start the day (guilt free).
    Tina at

  11. These look delicious!! Perfect for Christmas brunch... or any day for that matter!! YUM :)

  12. Can we stop a second to look at how perfect these are?? Oh gosh, peanut butter, honey, gingerbraead and wholewheat??? What a winner muffin! I can't wait to make these to snack on throughout the day, yum!

  13. I haven't made muffins either in such a long time! These are beauties Mary Frances! The flavor combination sounds delectable - I don't think I ever had pb with gingerbread! So perfect for the season.

  14. I haven't had muffins in a while too!! And I should fix that this weekend. These look absolutely perfect. Gingerbread and peanut butter? Genius girl!!

  15. I love anything peanut butter!!! Peanut butter and honey is a perfect match. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  16. These look awesome! I love the idea for whole wheat AND for honey with peanut butter. Yum! Looks delicious, girl! :)


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