33 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Muffin Pan

By , SparkPeople Blogger
If the muffin isn't the world's most perfect food, it's definitely in the running. Because it's pre-portioned, it's easy to indulge your cravings in moderation while staying within your target calorie count (but watch out for those oversized, calorie-filled muffins you can find in grocery stores or coffeehouses). Muffins are also perfectly portable—you can easily enjoy them as an on-the-go breakfast, toss them in your lunch bag on the way out the door or serve them as kid-friendly after-school snacks.

When you think of muffins, you probably think of bananabran or blueberry—and those classic options are all mouth-watering in their own right—but there are plenty of unconventional ways to put your muffin pan to work. Which of these yummy ideas would you like to try?

1. Mini Apple Sage Turkey Meatloaves: These are freezer-friendly, super-moist and require just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare.

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2. Double-Ginger Molasses Cookies: Chewy molasses cookies are studded with chocolate and crystallized ginger and teeter on the brink of becoming gingerbread cakes.

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3. Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins: Here's a yummy and satisfying way to start the day, with very little fat and plenty of flavor.

4. Lightened-Up Mini Meatloaf: By keeping the meatloaf portions small and baking them in a muffin tin, the meat cooks in just 20 minutes. Plus, the smaller size is incredibly kid-friendly.

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5. Scrambled Egg Muffins: Equally adorable and appetizing, these scrambled egg muffins are perfect for a brunch party or an easy on-the-go breakfast, lunch or even dinner.

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6. Cheesy Sweet Potato Stacks: Cream and cheese are cooked with thinly sliced sweet potato to make a dish that has been renamed "Little Stacks of Joy" by those who have tried it.

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7. 100-Calorie Blueberry Muffins: As one reviewer says, these light and tasty muffins make a great breakfast or snack when you’re in a hurry.

8. Easy & Wholesome Zucchini Muffins: When you find yourself with a surplus of zucchini, throw these together to have on hand for quick and healthy breakfasts.

9. Freezer-Friendly Baked Egg Cups: This flavorful, healthy breakfast is made with whole grain bread, homemade healthy turkey sausage and melty Vermont cheddar cheese.

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10. Mini Garlic Monkey Bread: You can't go wrong with biscuits tossed in butter, garlic, parsley and Parmesan.

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11. Hard Boiled Egg and Cheddar Muffins: These savory, gluten-free muffins have a hard-boiled egg hiding inside them for an extra protein punch.        

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12. 100-Calorie Carrot Ginger Muffins: Enjoy all the deliciousness of carrot cake, with none of the guilt!

13. Eggs in Potato-Carrot Nests: Eggs are especially egg-cellent when cooked in a nest of shredded potatoes and carrots.

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14. Spinach Artichoke Cups: What's more perfect than toasted sandwich bread with creamy spinach dip inside?

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15. Gouda and Spinach Soufflé : These savory soufflés are individually sized, so you can feed a crowd or make them for breakfast throughout the week.

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16. Freezer-Friendly Western Omelet Egg Muffins: With 10 minutes of prep on the weekend, this is an easy and delicious make-ahead breakfast or snack to nourish your family—even when you hardly have time for coffee.

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17. Healthy Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes: Sweet, creamy, protein-packed cheesecakes with no refined sugar? Yes, please!

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18. Lasagna Cupcakes: Wonton wrappers stand in for pasta, housing layers of meat and cheeses.

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19. One-Bowl Corn Muffins: Sweetened naturally with honey, these make a wholesome, delicious snack or side to savory entrees.

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20. Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes: When you've just got to have something sweet, these petite cakes keep you satisfied in moderation.

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21. Kouign Amann: This delicious pastry has a crisp, caramelized shell and soft, flaky insides flavored by gooey sugar pockets.

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22. Mini Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes: They're so sweet and irresistible, no one will believe they're a healthy option.

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23. Double-Decker Taco Cupcakes: Wonton wrappers are the perfect foundation for taco meat, cheese, beans and crushed tortilla chips.

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24. Healthy No-Bake Rice Crispy Treats: Unlike traditional rice crispy treats, this version contains no butter, margarine, oil, marshmallows or white sugar, but you’d never be able to tell.

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25. Sausage Egg Casserole: Turn this simple casserole into mini-muffins for a make-ahead, healthy breakfast or snack.

26. No-Bake Vegan Key Lime Tarts: Made with avocado, coconut oil, hemp seeds and almond flour, these tarts combine healthy fats and proteins for a guilt-free dessert or post-workout snack.

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27. Flourless Chocolate Chunk Brownie Bites: At only 44 calories per bite, these extra-fudgy brownies contain no oil, flour or refined sugar.

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28. Egg White, Ham and Spinach Quiches: This perfectly portable breakfast (or lunch) can be reheated in 15 to 20 seconds.

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29. Muffin Tin Bacon Cheeseburgers: The kids will go crazy for this fun and delicious twist on classic burgers. With only half the bun, they’re a little healthier, but still have all the flavor.

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30. Pecan Pie Muffins: These perfectly portioned desserts have a fluffy muffin texture with soft, gooey insides.

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31. Skinny Monkey Bread Bites: Soft balls of biscuit dough are coated in cinnamon sugar and baked until caramelized.

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32. Healthy 3-Ingredient No-Bake Granola Cups: In less than five minutes, you can have a delicious grab-and-go snack or wholesome breakfast that’s naturally free of gluten, oil, dairy and refined sugar.

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33. Jackfruit Muffins: Tasty jackfruit blends with whole grains, coconut oil, milk, egg and shredded coconut for a refreshing and satisfying snack.

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Share your unexpected ways to use your muffin pan in the comments.

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I do the Turkey and egg bake in it all the time. It's the best way I use for portion control. Report
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Don't read when hungry, indeed-it is getting to be brunch-time here, and I'm regretting having but a single muffin pan... :-) Report
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