How to Freeze Muffins

Can you freeze baked muffins? Can you freeze muffin batter? Great questions.

image: two strawberry muffins on a small plate with a fork

I love having my freezer stocked full of essentials. And yes, I include a morning muffin in the essentials list. And with so many simple muffin recipes on this site, I can always whip up a batch of muffins using pantry staples.

If you are trying to cook with more of what you already have on hand, check out my Pantry Staples Meal Plan. It’s a 2-week plan that helps you save money and make fewer trips to the store by using what you already have in the kitchen to make delicious meals for your family. More details here.

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I love to have a warm muffin with my morning coffee. Since I am not a morning person, I can assure you that there is no morning baking happening at my house.

There are two ways to enjoy a freshly baked muffin in the mornings. One, take a pre-baked muffin out of the freezer, and two, take a frozen muffin batter cup out of the freezer, bake, and enjoy. Clearly, the first one is the fastest method.

Here is how to freeze baked muffins:

  • Prepare batter and bake muffins.
  • Allow muffins to cool down to room temperature.
  • Freeze muffins for about an hour, until solid.
  • Transfer muffins into a freezer bag and keep in freezer up to two months.

To heat, simply remove the frozen muffin and warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

image: 1 dozen muffins in a freezer bag

Here is how to freeze unbaked muffin batter:

  • Prepare batter and fill lined muffin tins with batter.
  • Place muffin tin flat inside your freezer and freeze, for about 4 hours.
  • Remove frozen muffin batter cups from the baking tin into a freezer bag.
  • Label freezer bag with baking temperature and time, and keep in freezer up to two months.

When ready to bake, remove the number of muffins you want to enjoy and simply bake, in the preheated oven, for an additional 3-5 minutes of the original time, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

For a muffin lover like myself, learning how to freeze my muffins has been a money-saver. Not only do I save money from buying the occasional muffin here and there, I now have a freezer stocked with different varieties of muffins that make perfect after-school snacks or even work perfectly in the lunch box.

I’ve been freezing muffins for a long time now. As soon as I figured out this trick, I always made sure to keep baked muffins in our freezer for a quick grab and go breakfasts and snacks. The muffins you saw in this post are my Strawberry Muffins.

If you choose to freeze your muffins in a freezer-safe bags, make sure to squeeze out any extra air first. Then place that bag inside another freezer-safe bag to prevent freezer burn (this will vary by freezer type). Once your bag is empty, you can wash, dry, and reuse your bag for more muffins. Label the bag if desired.

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!