Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

Servings: 12 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins offer a comforting gingerbread treat without the richness of a cake or the extra sweet of a cookie. 

healthy gingerbread muffins

A healthy start to 2015

I spent half of Sunday cleaning, pitching, de-cluttering and generally trying to organize our house. I went through piles of papers, drawers and cupboards…

The de-clutter urge comes but once a year so I have to make hay while the sun shines.

healthy gingerbread muffins

I de-clutter my cooking this time of year too. After all that rich food over Christmas I start to crave healthier, simpler recipes.

Healthy gingerbread muffins fit right into that category. They are true muffins — not too sweet and beautifully spiced, they offer a comforting gingerbread treat without the richness of a cake or the extra sweet of a cookie.

These muffins contain no refined sugar and instead are sweetened with flavourful fancy molasses and honey. They also contain a good amount of whole grain flour which adds fiber and flavour.

You can dress them up with a sprinkling of sugar or keep them plain. Either way they’re a tasty treat for a January day.

healthy gingerbread muffins

Healthy Gingerbread Muffins Recipe

Adapted from Pinch of Yum

Makes 12 muffins


  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup yogurt or sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1½ cups flour (spooned in)
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour (spooned in)
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Coarse sugar for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, molasses and honey. Whisk in the egg then yogurt and milk.
  3. In another bowl combine the flours, baking soda, salt and spices.
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir gently just until combined. (Batter will be lumpy).
  5. Spoon batter into muffin tins and sprinkle with coarse sugar (if using).
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. (Muffins baked in a dark pan will cook more quickly). Let cool in tins for about 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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Nutrition analysis (per muffin, made with butter):

Calories (kcal) 246.5
Fat (g) 9.3
Saturated Fat (g) 5.3
Trans Fat (g) 0.5
Cholesterol (mg) 38.0
Sodium (mg) 79.6
Potassium (mg) 296.1
Carbohydrate (g) 36.7
Fibre (g) 1.3
Sugar (g) 16.3
Protein (g) 4.8
Vitamin A (RAE) 82.5
Vitamin C (mg) 0.1
Calcium (mg) 67.6
Iron (mg) 1.8
Vitamin D (μg) 0.2
Vitamin E (mg) 0.5
Thiamin (mg) 0.2
Riboflavin (mg) 0.1
Niacin (NE) 2.5
Folate (DFE) 65.6
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.1
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.2

39 thoughts on “Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

  1. ann marie says:

    love baking with molasses

  2. Spud Martin says:

    I made these muffins yesterday. For the alternatives, I used butter, sour cream, spelt flour and maple syrup. The muffins were fully baked in 18 minutes and I removed them from the baking pan after five minutes. I also used parchment baking cups. The first day the muffins tasted good. I put them in plastic bags and the second day they were excellent. I will be making these again using honey instead of maple syrup. I did not use any sanding sugar on the top of the muffins. Even though I have a sweet tooth, these “not too sweet muffins” were very tasty.

    1. Hi there, So glad to read your review. I’ll add a note about checking them before the 20 minute mark and that the spice flavours develop beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Spud Martin says:

        I use two oven thermometers and a handheld infrared thermometer to make sure the oven temperature is correct. I did use a dark colored non stick pan so that may be why the muffins were done a couple of minutes sooner. I also let my oven preheat for at least 20-30 minutes before I bake. It is worth the wait as the temperature is more even throughout the oven.

        1. BERNICE PENNEY says:

          love coo king with molasses we ate molasses on our bread it was our after school snack or sometimes wehad this for our dinner he best ever we wee very poor but very happy thanks for making such goodmolasses

          1. Thanks Bernice. I love how bread and molasses is still a treat.

    2. Cavelle Skanes says:

      Baked those today…. no bad… however, very strong taste of baking soda. Maybe baking powder would work better?

      1. Dear Cavelle,
        Thanks for your message. I didn’t notice the taste of the baking soda when I baked these muffins. They may work with 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. baking soda but I’m not sure since I have only made them with the 1 1/2 tsp. of baking soda.

        1. Nicola Heskin says:

          I baked with just 1 tsp of bread soda. Worked great

  3. Nancy Lindsay says:

    I just made these muffins this morning. They are delicious. I added a cup of raisins and we really enjoyed them.

    1. Hi Nancy, Raisins are a nice addition. Thanks for the suggestion.

      1. Donna says:

        Could banana be added somehow to this recipe?

        1. Hi Donna, I’m sure you could add banana. I’m just not sure of the ratio and whether or not you could omit the butter entirely or cut it in half. If I was to try adding banana I’d reduce the fat by half and add just one mashed banana. Can’t guarantee it would work, but that’s what I’d start with. You might want to take a close look at some other banana recipes to get an idea of quantities.

  4. Sharon says:

    chia seeds will bump up the fibre and protein

    1. Hi Sharon, Great suggestion to add chia. I’ll give that a try. Do you grind your chia or add it whole?

  5. Johanna Cromwell says:

    The recipe did not specify how many muffins it made.

    1. Hi Johanna, The recipe makes 12 muffins. Enjoy!

  6. Catherine Egan says:

    I will be trying these muffins because I absolutely love gingerbread. When I bake them, I will skip the sanding sugar, and add some chopped crystallized ginger. I’m sure they will be delicious.

  7. Susan says:

    Hello can you use regular flour

    1. Hi Susan, Yes, you can always use regular flour in place of spelt or whole wheat.

  8. Carrol Mandryk says:

    These sound delicious! Love Molasses. Love Ginger. Being diabetic I will use Splenda instead of sugar.

  9. Penny Snell says:

    Can just all purpose flour be used Bridget?

  10. Penny Snell says:

    Can just all purpose flour be used?

  11. Cindy Goldrick says:

    I diced candied ginger and added it to the mix. Used white flour and buckwheat honey. They turned out darker but so velvety soft. I will make these again for sure.

    1. Hi Cindy, Great suggestion to add candied ginger. And buckwheat honey is my very favourite….

  12. Louise croft says:

    Have made this receipe a few times now add I add 1/2 cup raisins, love these bring to work for coffee break, so easy and much better then coffee shop muffins , the raisins are a great extra, so easy and so good!


  13. Alan Brown says:

    Hi Bridget, I have a new recipe that I would like to submit with pure chocolate and beans to make Chocolate Bean Muffins. I submitted a recipe for Ginger Molasses Muffins that I cannot find on your site. Were they not liked by anyone. I think these Chocolate Bean Muffins will go over well with everyone.

    1. Hi Alan, Yes, your lovely ginger muffin recipe is still on the site. I call them Alan’s Ginger Molasses Muffins. Here’s the link: I’d love to see your new muffin recipe.

  14. Marlene says:

    What do you mean by flour ‘spooned in’?

    1. Hi Marlene, if you spoon the flour into the measuring cup, you alleviate some compression and get a more accurate measurement of flour. Hope this helps!

  15. Bella Roberts says:

    Is there a substitute for the sour cream that I could use?

    1. Hi Bella,
      More often than not I use plain yogurt in place of sour cream. Sometimes I’ll use Greek yogurt.

  16. Susan McDonald says:

    Could I use buttermilk instead?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Susan, Yes, buttermilk would be great in this recipe too.

  17. Debra Brien says:

    Just noticed the two flour measurements? I only used 11/2 c whole wheat flour and they were lovely.

  18. Meg says:

    Hi Bridget, I just made these muffins and the kitchen smells wonderful! I used honey and plain yogurt. I love molasses anything. I’ve made many recipes from your website and I love the old fashioned gingerbread. My mother was born in Nova Scotia and when she was 3 moved to Gloucester , Ma but I still like to think we have Canadian roots:) my mother always uses Crosbys Molasses. The muffins are moist and delicious.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Meg, Wonderful that you still have your Canadian and Crosby’s roots! Glad you’re enjoying the recipes.

  19. Nicola Heskin says:

    Made this recipe in Dublin, Ireland. Really lovely muffins. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      You are most welcome :)

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