What better way to kick off your morning than with a muffin that’s healthy, containing gut-friendly kombucha plus everyone’s early morning fave, coffee. Spread some coffee-infused butter on these Whole Wheat Coffee muffins for an extra infusion of your morning joe!
This whole wheat muffin recipe is small-batch, too, making six perfect muffins for a week of delicious, nutritious breakfasts.
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Whole Wheat Muffins made using Kombucha
Recently, I came across a recipe by Jerrelle Guy in her cookbook Black Girl Baking that inspired me to create this recipe. In it, Jerrelle uses kombucha to give beautiful rise to her muffins while keeping them super healthy and flavorful.
If you're not familiar with kombucha, it's a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, yeast, and bacteria. It's characterized by its effervence and claims of many health benefits.
In this recipe, I recommend using plain kombucha versus flavored kombucha. If you have a difficult time finding kombucha (it's sold in most supermarkets and online), feel free to substitute with plain seltzer or sparkling water.
The effervesce of these drinks is what's most important for these muffins, as that's what gives them beautiful rise and lightness. The kombucha does add health benefits such as probiotics and claims that it helps digestion, among other benefits.
Easy Healthy Muffins
These muffins come together very easily. No electric or stand mixer is required. And there's no room temperature ingredients required either. So, no waiting around for your butter to soften or your eggs to reach room temperature in this recipe.
How to Get the Coffee Flavor to Pop
For some reason, the coffee flavor can easily get lost in baked goods. So, to make it pop, it's used in a few different ways in this whole wheat muffin recipe.
In the muffin batter, there is espresso powder plus strongly brewed coffee as well as cinnamon, which brings out the coffee flavor while creating a warm flavor in the muffins.
To highlight the coffee flavor even more, make coffee butter. This is simply melted butter that's infused with coffee.
Once you melt the butter, add whole coffee or espresso beans and allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes or longer. Strain the coffee beans out of the butter and discard. Then, allow the coffee to solidify in the fridge so it's perfectly spreadable on your baked muffins.
This step is optional, but I highly recommend it!
Ingredients Needed to Make Whole Wheat Coffee Muffins
- Unsalted Butter or Ghee (optional): does not need to be room temperature, since you'll be melting it
- Coffee or Espresso Beans (optional)
- Whole Wheat Flour: whole wheat flour gives these muffins a heartier, more earthy flavor. Feel free to substitute in equal amounts for all-purpose flour
- Baking Soda
- Kosher Salt: I prefer to use kosher salt in my baking, however, you can use whatever kind you have. Salts have varying levels of saltiness, so start out by adding just a little bit then adding more if you need to. You may want to add more or less than is called for in the recipe based on your preferences
- Ground Cinnamon: the cinnamon helps bring out the coffee flavor and creates a warmth in these muffins
- Espresso Powder: this helps enhance the coffee flavor
- Greek Yogurt: use plain, full-fat Greek yogurt or substitute in equal amounts with sour cream
- Coffee: the stronger the better! The flavor can get lost when the muffins are baked, so don't be afraid to go strong when brewing the coffee
- Kombucha: if you have a hard time finding kombucha, substitute with plain sparkling water or seltzer
Preparing these whole wheat muffins with coffee is super easy. You'll want to work rather quickly, since the kombucha (or sparkling water or seltzer) will be most effective at helping the muffins rise as soon as you pour it into the batter.
So no dillydallying while you're preparing the batter. Once all the ingredients are mixed together, scoop the batter into the muffin tin and pop them into the oven.
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Looking for more muffin recipes? Give these a try:
- Bakery-Style Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Banana Muffins Swirled with Dulce de Leche
Watch how to make these muffins
6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories199
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 1.1g 6%
- Cholesterol 5.2mg 2%
- Sodium 538.7mg 23%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3.4g 14%
- Sugars 17.2g
- Protein 7.7g 16%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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