These muffins are one of the first things my husband, U.S. Army Lt. Colonel John Duda Jr., gets hungry for when he’s home from deployment. I make sure to have the overripe bananas ready. They’re a family tradition. —Kimberly Duda, Sanford, North Carolina
Our home economists liked these fruit-and-nut muffins from Marianne Clarke of Crystal Lake, Illinois so much, they modified the recipe to layer the dry ingredients in a jar. TIP: Print the directions for preparing the muffins and spiced butter on a holiday postcard and attach to the jar with a festive ribbon.
Because my family loves muffins, I'm always on the lookout for new variations. When I tried these nutritional muffins the first time, they were really a hit and became a favorite addition to our big family meals.
It's sometimes difficult to get our daughter to eat healthy foods, but she gobbles up these fruit-filled muffins. Although these are a "must" around the holidays, I keep cranberries in the freezer so I can whip up a batch any time of year. —Esther Bowers, Westland, Michigan
These finger-licking muffins have the appeal of old-fashioned sticky buns without the fuss of yeast dough. Their delightful blend of flavors comes from walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and sunny orange zest. They're a sure morning eye-opener and a treat anytime.
-Sandi Ritchey, Silverton, Oregon
When she was a teenager, Patricia VanWyk of Newton, Iowa adapted this recipe from a cookbook. "Since we didn't have the caraway seeds called for in the original recipe, I substituted poppy seeds," she explains. "We liked the savory cheese-topped muffins so well I still make them this way."
To perk up your mornings or snack times, Mina Dyck suggests you try her moist munchablemuffins. "Apples and raisins lend natural sweetness to whole grain flavor," she notes from Boissevain, Manitoba. "These muffins impressed judges enough to earn a prize in a healthy recipe contest I entered.