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Small Batch, One Bowl, Perfect Muffins

This Plain Muffin Recipe can be enjoyed as is, or you can add your favorite mix-ins! Perfect for a weekend breakfast! 

A plain muffin slathered with jam on a white plate.

These small-batch, one bowl muffins are one of my favorite breakfast recipes.  They’re quick to make, only require a few simple ingredients, and come out perfect every time!  We love to eat these warm, slathered with strawberry butter.

What’s Needed for Plain Muffins? 

This basic muffin recipe can be jazzed up with whatever mix-ins you’d like. But for the base recipe all you need is: 

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Oil
  • Milk
Three plain muffins on a white plate.

How to Make Plain Muffins 

These small batch muffins are as easy as it gets! Here’s how to make basic muffins: 

  1. Line a muffin tin with six muffin liners (use the center holes if using a 12 muffin pan).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. 
  4. Scoop into prepared muffin tin, and bake at 400F until done. 

Can I Add Mix-Ins? 

Of course! You’re welcome to add any mix-ins you’d like. Some options include: dried fruits, fresh berries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, lemon or orange zest, and poppyseeds. 

Can I Freeze Muffins? 

Yes! These plain muffins freeze very well. Let them cool completely, then seal them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

A plain muffin slathered with jam on a white plate.

Tips for Making Basic Muffins 

  • You can easily double this recipe. Just double the ingredients list! 
  • I recommend using the center six holes of your muffin pan when making this recipe for even baking. 
  • These plain muffins are best served warm, right out of the oven.  Pop them in the microwave (one at a time) for a few seconds to warm them back up if desired.  
  • For added flavor, try putting some vanilla or lemon extract into the batter. 

More Easy Muffin Recipes: 

Plain Muffin Recipe

4.3 from 24 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a muffin tin with six muffin liners, use the center holes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add milk, egg, and oil to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir until just incorporated, don’t overmix.
  • Scoop into prepared muffin tin, and bake for 15-18 minutes.


Original recipe found here


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 172mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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Recipe Rating

Barb P

Monday 7th of September 2020

Tasty and easy - I will make these again. I used half WW flour and added 1/2 t. orange extract and a small can of cranberry orange compote. Next time I will also add some chopped walnuts.


Tuesday 19th of May 2020

This recipe is wonderful! I used gluten free flour and added chocolate chips and it turned out great!


Saturday 18th of January 2020

I was also surprised by the buttery taste and how well these turned out. I just added chocolate chips.


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

These are perfect on their own and with fruit added! I use grape seed oil and find that it makes for a more delicate crispy crust than canola.

I wish I could accurately communicate how easy and tasty these muffins are. I have been making them 2-3 times a week for my 16 month old and I.

Emily Grace

Thursday 18th of July 2019

So glad you're enjoying them, Kelly! My 3yo loves to help me make them!

Joanne Drown

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

Just the right size. I added blueberries and sprinkled sparkling sugar on top. Yum yum. A real keeper and u can have them plain or add fruit. A real keeper.

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