Easy Vanilla Peach Muffins

You only need one bowl to make these peach muffins with lightly spiced vanilla batter and ripe, juicy peaches.

Vanilla Peach Muffins

Our recipe below makes muffins with large, domed tops, just like those found sold at many bakeries. They are very simple to make — simple enough to make in the morning for breakfast.

More muffins: These easy chocolate chip muffins are tender and moist. Plus, they only take about 30 minutes to make — and most of that is the baking time.

How to Make Muffins with Peaches

These may be simple, but they don’t lack flavor. The batter is laced with vanilla and almond extracts. (If you don’t have it on hand, the muffins are excellent without the almond extract). We add warmth with ground ginger and cinnamon — both complement the peaches well.

Peach Muffins

Making these muffins is as simple as whisking dry ingredients together, whisking the wet together, and then combining just until combined. No fancy equipment is needed.

Keep in mind: When you make this or other muffins recipe, mix dry ingredients as much as you want, mix wet ingredients as much as you want, but when you put the two together, only mix until they combine. If you over-mix, the muffins will be heavy and flat. We ask you to use a fork to mix things in our recipe below. The muffins may become dense if you use a hand blender or stand mixer.

Stirring in the fresh peaches to the muffin batter

Our blueberry muffins inspired these muffins — one of our favorite things about them is the candy-like top. Just before baking, we sprinkle granulated sugar over the batter. Then, it crisps up in the oven and adds a little crunch. We’ve done the same thing for these peach muffins, but instead of just using sugar, we add extra flavor with some ginger and cinnamon.

You may also like: These tasty strawberry muffins or this moist bran muffin recipe, packed with wheat bran, plump raisins and applesauce.

Recipe updated, originally posted August 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Vanilla Peach Muffins

  • PREP
  • COOK

These peach muffins are made with a lightly spiced batter and ripe, juicy peaches. We leave the skins on the peaches — it adds lovely texture.

If you don’t have it on hand, skip the almond extract. It adds a nice sweetness, but the muffins are excellent without it.

Our recipe yields 8 muffins with large, domed tops. Standard muffin tins have 12 muffin cups. We ask that you add 2 tablespoons of water to the empty cups. The cups with water will heat up at the same rate as the cups with muffin batter, helping the muffins cook evenly.

Makes 8 large muffins

You Will Need

1 ½ cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (150 grams) sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger, plus 1/8 teaspoon for muffin tops

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/8 teaspoon for muffin tops

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil

1 large egg

1/3 – 1/2 cup (80ml – 120 ml) milk, reduced-fat or whole milk are best

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional

1 large ripe peach, pit removed and finely chopped, about 1 ¼ cups


  • Prepare Batter
  • 1Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line eight standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the four empty muffin cups (this helps make sure the muffins bake evenly). For an extra precaution, you can lightly spray the top of the pan with non-stick cooking spray (or lightly oil) so that the muffin tops don’t stick.

    2Whisk the flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, and the salt until well blended.

    3In a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup, combine vegetable oil and the egg. Fill the measuring jug to the 1-cup line with milk (1/3 to a 1/2 cup).

    4Add vanilla and almond extract. Whisk until blended.

    5Pour into the bowl with dry ingredients and stir with a fork until just combined. Do not overmix. (The muffin batter will be pretty thick — see note below).

    6Fold in peaches.

  • To Finish
  • 1Divide batter between 8 muffin cups. (The batter will come to the tops of the paper liners).

    2Make the sugar topping by combining 1 tablespoon of sugar with an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Lightly sprinkle the spiced sugar over muffins. (Use any remaining sugar to top cereal, buttered bread or add to coffee).

    3Bake the muffins for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown, no longer wet, and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Storing: These are best eaten the same day. Overtime, they loose their crunchy top. We’ve found it best to place them in a plastic bag, seal, and store in the fridge for to 2 to 3 days then warm just before eating. To freeze muffins, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place them in freezer bags, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Batter Thickness: The batter should be thick and scoopable — not runny and not dry or extra thick like bread dough. If the batter is too runny, add flour, a tablespoon at a time until correct consistency. If batter is dry or too thick, add milk, a tablespoon at a time until correct consistency.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We assumed reduced-fat milk.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 muffin / Calories 272 / Protein 4 g / Carbohydrate 41 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 23 g / Total Fat 11 g / Saturated Fat 2 g / Cholesterol 24 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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108 comments… Leave a Review
  • Jennifer D. August 20, 2023, 12:17 pm

    These muffins are spot on.

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 6:12 pm

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  • Lizzy August 9, 2023, 10:24 pm

    I have some peaches to use up and can’t wait to make these! I am intrigued by the ginger. Yum! I only have a mini muffin tin and am far too impatient for that. Can I make this in a 9×5 loaf pan?

    • Joanne September 18, 2023, 9:10 pm

      Hi Lizzy, You should be able to bake this batter in a loaf pan, I just can’t say exactly how long it will take. It will take longer than muffins, so keep an eye on the loaf while it bakes. You also might want to consider reducing the oven temperature a little since it will be in the oven longer. Use this banana bread recipe as a guide.

  • Fran August 9, 2023, 12:51 pm

    Just to clarify do you peel the peach or leave skin on? Plan on making these tomorrow, they look great!

    • Joanne September 18, 2023, 9:10 pm

      Hi Fran, We leave the peel on. Peeling the peaches is totally an option, I just don’t do it myself.

  • Angela August 7, 2023, 12:27 pm

    Easy and delicious.

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 6:12 pm


  • Elaine July 12, 2023, 6:59 am

    Had leftover peaches,made these muffins. Delicious! 5 Stars!

  • Brooke October 6, 2022, 12:22 am

    So yummy! Had to use up some over ripe peaches so tried this quick recipe! Love!!!

  • Brenda Gowey September 26, 2022, 12:43 am

    These are my favorite muffins now! I tried them with GF flour & coconut milk to make them GF & DF and they are fantastic. I’ve also made them with diced apples when peaches weren’t available. They were even more delicious the 2nd day. Next time I’ll add a little sugar to the diced apples to bring the juice out more. I added a crumb topping made from 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, & 3T butter. Next time I’m trying them with blueberries. YUM YUM YUM! I don’t want to do breakfast without one!

  • Anna September 9, 2022, 9:00 pm

    Amazing flavour and so easy! I received a five star rating from my peach farmer neighbour who snacks on my muffins while he works. I’ve tried many different peach muffin recipes and these were by far the quickest to put together. They are also the perfect blend of moistness due to the ripe peaches without being mushy. Love the combination of spices and extracts. I added chopped pecans because my muffins eaters like nuts in their muffins. This will now be my go-to recipe for peach muffins.

  • Jennifer Morris September 9, 2022, 9:50 am

    Made these muffins for the first time today and they are amazing! I divided batter into 12 muffins so not as much of a muffin top but regardless they are delicious! Highly recommend!

  • Colin August 26, 2022, 11:16 am

    Amazing, 10 out of 10. My family loved it


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