Easy Vanilla Peach Muffins

You only need one bowl to make these peach muffins with lightly spiced vanilla batter and ripe, juicy peaches. Jump to the Vanilla Peach Muffins Recipe

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
  • Heat 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.

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

    In 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).

    Add vanilla and almond extract. Whisk until blended.

    Pour 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).

    Fold in peaches.

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

      Make 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).

      Bake 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.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

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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88 comments… Leave a Comment
  • chantal September 6, 2021, 5:34 am

    Hi there. I don’t have ground ginger, but I do have fresh grated ginger. Could I use fresh grated ginger instead? Have you tried it? Would I need to add more or less than the amount recommended? I’d appreciate your advice on this. I’m a bit nervous about adding the ginger as it is strong.

    • Joanne September 6, 2021, 3:47 pm

      Hi there, we have only used ground, but you can use fresh instead! I’d use 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh grated ginger.

  • Kimberly Taylor August 17, 2021, 10:51 am

    I’m going to make these right now. I’m so excited, the recipe sounds great. I think I’ll add a few blueberries as well, that combo makes my mouth happy happy!! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  • Cindi Snyder-schneider July 4, 2021, 11:58 am

    I just made your easy vanilla peach cupcakes with a slight twist. I added some blackberries to the peaches and a little lemon zest to the topping. YUM!!!!!!!

  • Karen Boyd April 23, 2021, 9:47 am

    I often make these using gluten free flour and frozen peaches. They come out wonderfully. I do have to increase the baking time by a few minutes, but other than that I follow the recipe pretty closely.

  • C W January 10, 2021, 5:12 pm

    I searched for a recipe to used up my frozen chopped peaches and found this. Wow I lucked out! I wanted to make 12 muffins so I just multiplied everything by 1.5 (except the egg in which I just added two large). I also only had almond milk, so that’s what I used. I also added a total of 3/4 cup of sugar due to my own personal preference.The result is a perfectly moist and fluffy muffin. The almond and ginger comes through perfectly. I will make this again and again! SO GOOD.

    • C W January 10, 2021, 5:14 pm

      Side note: I didn’t add the chopped peaches frozen. I microwaved until they were soft enough to chop into smaller pieces.

  • Bridget September 14, 2020, 10:28 am

    How would you adapt this recipe as a quick loaf bread for 2 9×5 bread pans? Ty!

  • Helen September 7, 2020, 8:00 pm

    These peach muffins are delicious…wasn’t sure about the ginger but I went with it and I love the taste! Thank you!

  • Sherie September 5, 2020, 10:57 am

    I made these with frozen peaches. The recipe is very good IF you a a fan of spice cake. Which I am not. The name of the muffins should be spicy peach muffins. The texture was excellent. The water in the empty cup was new to me. It worked well. I was very disappointed because I wanted a vanilla peach muffin but that’s on me

  • Rieko Cohn August 28, 2020, 7:57 pm

    This is my new favorite peach muffin recipe and works perfectly with white peaches from our garden. I’m very grateful that the ingredients are listed by weight. It’s the best & easiest way to bake.
    Like others, I used 1 1/2 cups (approx 225 g) sliced peaches. Instead of the spiced sugar, I used demerara sugar, which gave the muffins a sweet crunchy top. A couple of suggestions: 1) Taking a page from homemade mayonnaise, whisk the egg with oil first to create a smooth emulsion. Then whisk in the milk, followed by the extracts. I find everything blends well by mixing the egg and oil first. 2) Considering using a Danish dough whisk for mixing ingredients. The dough whisk will: blend the dry ingredients together; mix the dry & wet ingredients together without creating gluten (results in tough muffin); easily fold the peach pieces into the batter. Sadly, Danish dough whisks don’t seem to be widely known, despite being such a great inexpensive baking tool.


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