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How to make perfect strawberry muffins with a lightly spiced batter and fresh strawberries. Jump to the Strawberry Muffins Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Perfect Strawberry Muffin Recipe

– This Recipe is Sponsored by Gold Medal Flour –

If you’ve been following us for a while, you might have noticed that we love muffins. When I’m in the mood to bake, but not to do dishes, muffins are my go-to. These strawberry muffins are perfect — they are so simple and quick, you could make them in the morning for breakfast.

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How to Make Muffins Bursting with Fresh Strawberries

We make a version of these muffins all the time — sometimes swapping strawberries for other fruits like blueberries. The batter is very simple — just flour, baking powder, a little oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract.

How to Make Perfect Strawberry Muffins

In the strawberry muffin recipe below, you’ll notice we added a few extra spices to the batter — cinnamon and finely ground black pepper. It’s not often you see black pepper in sweet baked goods, but trust us, it’s so good. You don’t specifically taste the pepper, but it sort of lifts the flavor of everything in the muffin. Try it, we really love it.

Adding the strawberries

Try to use strawberries that are sweet and flavorful for these muffins. If you can’t find them, try other berries — blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or cherries would be amazing.

Just before baking, we add a sugary top to the muffins. It’s completely optional, but we love the tiny bit of crunch it adds once they’ve baked.

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Baked muffins

Recipe updated, originally posted April 2014. Since posting this in 2014, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Perfect Strawberry Muffins Recipe

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These light and airy strawberry muffins are very simple to make. We love adding a light spice to the batter with cinnamon and finely ground black pepper. The black pepper is a little unusual, but by adding just a small amount it lifts all the flavors in the muffins. Feel free to leave it out, but we highly recommend it.

Makes 12 muffins

You Will Need


1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour, we use Gold Medal

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil

1 large egg

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

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 ounces strawberries, hulled and diced (about 1 cup diced)


1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 12 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners.

    Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and the black pepper in a large bowl until well mixed.

    Using a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup, measure out the vegetable oil. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (this should be 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of milk). Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and whisk until blended. Pour into the bowl with flour and stir with a fork until just combined. Do not over mix. (The muffin batter will be quite thick — see note below for more details). Stir in the strawberries.

    • Make Topping
    • In a small bowl, stir 1 tablespoon of sugar with a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla then set aside.

      • To Finish
      • Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups. (The batter will come close to the tops of the paper liners). Lightly sprinkle vanilla sugar topping over muffins.

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

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Frozen strawberries: Thaw frozen strawberries then dice. These can be substituted for fresh strawberries in the recipe above.
  • 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 Supertracker recipe calculator 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 180 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 27 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 15 g / Total Fat 7 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 16 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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75 comments… Leave a Comment
  • DV September 8, 2017, 10:00 am

    I have lots of strawberries so waiting to bake these,,was wondering if we can omit the black pepper and add chocolate chips. Also is it possible to reduce the sugar? Can we freeze these muffins?

    • Joanne November 2, 2017, 3:19 pm

      Hi there, Black pepper can be omitted and chocolate chips sound great. You can try reducing the sugar a little, maybe by a few tablespoons? The muffins will freeze — wrap in foil or freezer wrap, or place in freezer bags.

      • DV May 19, 2018, 9:46 am

        Hi, They came out fabulous.. thanks. Definitely a keeper.

  • Sarah June 30, 2017, 12:17 pm

    This is my third time making these and they turn out perfect every time. My family loves them! Thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂

  • Colleen June 17, 2017, 7:00 pm

    These were great. Followed the recipe exactly with fresh strawberries, small diced and was a full cup. I didn’t use cupcake papers, I never have them. The top and sides were crisp and the inside moist. Only made 11 for me and baked for 17 minutes. May have filled them a bit high. I was out of butter, so chose this recipe and was pleasantly surprised. My go to strawberry muffin recipe.

  • Nitya May 20, 2017, 9:38 am

    Dear Joanne

    First pls accept my sincere gratitude for all your fantastic recipes as whatever I tried it just came out so good..God bless you both an keep posting..

    If possible pls share raspberry and white chocolate blondies recipie sometime..once again thanks a ton for all efforts.

    • Nitya May 20, 2017, 9:40 am

      Your all recipie are really very nice..thanks a lot for posting..

  • Jalenis April 14, 2017, 9:49 am

    Perfect! I was a little hesitant to try it because I read they were a little dry, but not at all! I just changed the flour, I used 1 cup regular flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and voila!! I couldn’t find any pepper taste, so maybe it can be omitted. However, loved them!

  • Sandy March 10, 2017, 12:25 am

    I’m contributing to a High Tea Party, and these look great. I would, however, prefer to make them as mini muffins. If possible, please give me your thoughts and recommendations.

  • Joannah December 25, 2016, 6:38 am

    Hi! I just finished baking blueberry muffins with your recipe. They were unbelievably moist! Just one thing, I’m not a big fan of really sweet foods (I know, I know =() Do you think I can cut down the sugar by 1/8 cup without affecting anything else (eg “moistness”) other than its sweetness? Thanks so much! =)

    • Joanne January 4, 2017, 1:46 pm

      Reducing the sugar by that amount should be fine.

  • R. Landa November 5, 2016, 9:18 pm

    Hi I made the blueberry muffins for a treat to give my married daughter who just had a baby. She loved them so so much. I wanted to know about substituting the sugar with artificial sweetener like stevia.

  • foodie August 28, 2016, 1:48 pm

    These muffins came out so spongy and very yummy with crispy top.I had small eggs so i added 2 of them.
    My daughter says she can eat 1000’s of them in a go!! .Thanks for wonderful recipe.

  • Emma August 8, 2016, 9:54 pm

    I made these muffins and they were divine!! I loved the cinnamon in them- it gave an extra boost of flavor. However, I found that they were a little bit dry. Any recommendations to make them more moist? Thanks!

    • Joanne August 10, 2016, 12:53 pm

      It’s possible you cooked them a touch too long. You could also add a little mashed banana or a couple spoonfuls of sour cream/yogurt. Replacing granulated sugar with brown sugar can also help make baked goods more moist/tender.


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